The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt.
Photographs by Marianne Brandt. Edited by Elizabeth Otto.
Jovis, Berlin, 2006. 160 pp., 50 color and 60 b&w illustrations, 8x10".
Germany’s interwar years, the time of the Weimar
Republic, brought the world Fritz Lang’s Metropolis,
Christopher Isherwood’s gay underworld, the
Bauhaus and a burgeoning illustrated press. When
Marianne Brandt wasn’t designing the beautiful,
mass-reproducible metal home furnishings—
including lamps and teapots still in production
today—with which she and her compatriots
revolutionized modern interior space, she was
cutting and pasting newly abundant magazines
and printed material into these witty, politically
and artistically savvy photomontages. Their full
range is investigated, analyzed and illustrated for
the first time in Tempo Tempo! a striking portfolio
and critical complement to Brandt’s metalwork.
She used the technology of the era’s visual culture
to denounce that same technology, to re-imagine
the roles of women and to challenge pictorial
conventions. As photomontage is rediscovered
as a privileged site of Modernist artistic practice,
Brandt will be considered one its luminaries.
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