Book Launch The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus

Bauhaus building, Dessau © CC BY 2.0, Chrstian Stock, Bauhaus Dessau (crop)

Thu, 26.09.2019

Goethe-Institut London

50 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road
SW7 2PH London

To celebrate the centenary year of the era-defining Bauhaus school for art and design, join novelists Naomi Wood (The Hiding Game) and Theresia Enzensberger (Blueprint) for an evening of discussion about some of the most exciting designers and artists of the 1920s avant-garde.

Both novels focus on young groups of students living and studying at the Bauhaus until pressure from the Nazis forced it to close in 1933, and take an in-depth look at what life might have been like amidst the blissful utopia of the school’s ideologies. In this anniversary year of the Bauhaus, you will likely hear of Paul Klee, Wasilly Kandinsky and Walter Gropius, but far less of the often overlooked female weavers, designers and photographers. This discussion will look at why both Naomi and Theresia believe these women need to be put back in the record books as some of the most exciting and interesting artists working in our modern history.

The discussion will be chaired by the acclaimed writer of historical fiction, Clare Clark.

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Theresia Enzensberger © Rosanna Graf Theresia Enzensberger studied Film and Film Studies at Bard College in New York and writes as a freelance journalist for the FAZ, FAS, ZEIT Online, Krautreporter and Monopol. In 2014, she founded the award-winning BLOCK Magazine. Blueprint is the English translation of her first novel, Blaupause. Theresia Enzensberger lives in Berlin.

This powerful novel tells a story of a time past that feels eerily reflective of the present. - Sunday Times


Naomi Wood © Rachel Hippolyte Naomi Wood is the best-selling author of The Godless Boys (Picador, 2011) and the award-winning Mrs Hemingway (Picador, 2014) which won the Eccles Centre British Library Writers Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award. It was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Award, and it was a Richard and Judy bookclub choice. Her third novel, The Hiding Game, set in the Bauhaus, is published by Picador and was selected as a Summer reading book in Stylist, Sunday Times Style and Grazia.

Impressive . . . With great conviction, Wood summons up the intensity of the students’ camaraderie and the forces that destroy it. - Sunday Times
Clare Clark is the author of six highly acclaimed historical novels. The Great Stink – now in pre-production for a feature film – is one of two novels longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She reviews regularly for the Guardian, New York Times and Washington Post and is on the Advisory Board of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She lives in London