One of the great triumphs of post First-World War was the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, in 1919 which aimed to transform and integrate post-war design and arts for the 20th century and a modern society. Sadly, this modernist, innovative, forward-thinking initiative was closed by the National Socialist regime in Germany only 14 years later, who wanted to return to a previous era of nationalistic and controlled design.
Many of the artists and designers at the Bauhaus moved to America and to Britain, where they influenced 1930′s design, art and architecture here as we moved from Art Deco into a new modernist world prior to yet another world war in 1939.
The exhibition at Tate Britain shows examples of the work created in Britain by both Bauhaus and British artists and designers, many of whom knew each other professionally and collaborated together. An interesting taster, but you leave feeling that this is worthy of a larger and more in-depth exhibition and wonder why we are not celebrating this centenary more.