Amidst The Transcultural Modern
by Shashank Patel
The Bauhaus movement, originating from Germany in 1919 had a significant influence in the areas of art, design and architecture due to its ideas about multi-disciplinary thinking and its approach towards design education. Since then, the influence of Bauhaus has continued to spread across the world as these ideas have travelled with time and the movement of artists and designers linked with this movement.
India, is one such example where the dialog between Bauhaus artists and Indian artists’ dates back to the year 1919. Artists back then where trying to address global modernism in their work. Since then, the ideologies of the Bauhaus have got carried forward in time and today design education in India has its deep roots and linkages with the Bauhaus movement.
Amidst the transcultural modern looks at these various linkages and connections from the past between design institutions, faculties and artists from Germany and India to understand how ideas from the Bauhaus have travelled to India. In a country like India which has a rich traditional history in the areas of art, design & architecture, the incoming global influences, like one from the Bauhaus, are influences which have evolved together along with the traditional practices to solve the problems of modernity. It is only essential to know about such influences as it creates an aesthetic sense or perception of what one calls or states as modern. Bauhaus, an idea emerging out from the Europe is an example in the area of design education which through the work of artists and designers has brought an aesthetic which although far from its place of origin creates this sense or perception of modern which in turn adds to how an individual perceives Europe.