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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unidentified Artist
Architect: Walter Gropius, German (Berlin, Germany 1883 - 1969 Boston, Mass., USA)
Total Theater for Erwin Piscator, Berlin, 1927: Perspective
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black ink, gray wash, opaque watercolor, brushed and spattered on cream wove paper mounted to paper board
image: 27.6 × 44.5 cm (10 7/8 × 17 1/2 in.)
sheet: 69 × 95.7 cm (27 3/16 × 37 11/16 in.)
frame: 73.2 × 100.2 × 3.2 cm (28 13/16 × 39 7/16 × 1 1/4 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Walter Gropius
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Jeannine Fiedler, ed., Bauhaus, Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft (Cologne, Germany, 2000), p. 540

Bauhaus: Dessau, Chicago, New York, exh. cat., DuMont (Cologne, Germany, 2000), no. 76

Eva Bajkay, Die Ungarn am Bauhaus, exh. cat., Bauhaus-Archiv (Berlin, Germany, 2010), pp. 272-273, fig. 313, ill.

Lilly Dubowitz, In Search of a Forgotten Architect, AA Files (London, 2010), 61, 3-17

Stefan Jonsson, Masse und Demokratie: Zwischen Revolution und Faschismus, Wallstein Verlag (Gottingen, Germany, 2015), p. 294, fig. 4.15, ill. (b/w)

Claudia Quiring and Hans-Georg Lippert, ed., Dresdner Moderne 1919-1933: Neue Ideen für Stadt, Architektur und Menschen, exh. cat., Sandstein Verlag (Dresden, 2019), p. 64, fig. 8, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Walter Gropius' Total Theater Design of 1927: "A Variable Theater-Instrument", Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge

Bauhaus: Dessau-Chicago-New York, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, 08/12/2000 - 11/12/2000

Modell Bauhaus, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 07/22/2009 - 10/04/2009

The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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