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Do 14.02.2019


• Auditorium des DAM
Schaumainkai 43
60596 Frankfurt am Mai


Postmodernism and the Bauhaus Critique in West Germany

Daniela Fabricius

Link to the Video Lecture


In the late 1960s and 1970s, critical debates on the Bauhaus and the modern movement arose in conjunction with the development of the idea of postmodern architecture. In the West German context, postmodernism was championed above all by Heinrich Klotz (1935-1999) who not only critiqued the modern movement, but also encouraged the rediscovery and reinterpretation of forgotten aspects of its history. Postmodernism touched upon tender nerves – the coming to terms with the end of the Bauhaus myth, arguments around functionalism, the apparent absence of an architectural avant-garde in postwar Germany, and the crisis of the discipline itself.

The lecture was followed by a Q&A session and a conversation with Oliver Elser



Daniela Fabricius is historian and theorist of architecture and urbanism. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in New York, and holds a PhD from Princeton University. Her writing has been published in Architectural Design, Journal of Architecture, Journal of Architectural Education, Harvard Design Magazine, Stadtbauwelt, and Log.Her work has been supported by the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, a DAAD Research Fellowship, and a Whiting Doctoral Fellowship. She is currently working on a book about rationalism and West German architecture between the 1960s and 1980s.


The Bauhaus lecture series is conceived as a commentary to the Bauhaus 100th anniversary. In fourteen lectures and talks, the reception, migration and critique of the Bauhaus and its architecture are presented through a critical perspective. The second round of seven lectures starts in April 2019.

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