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Mondays, March 4 – March 25, 12 – 2pm


Walter Gropius. Bauhaus. Exterior, 1926–27. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Vanni Archive / Art Resource, New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

About the Class

In 1919, architect Walter Gropius articulated a clear goal: “to create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist.” In the aftermath of World War I, his Bauhaus school provided a model for the role of art and architecture in a new type of society. For a brief period before the school closed in 1933, its many famed teachers and students—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Paul Klee, among them—dared to think outside the box, ultimately ushering in an era of forward-thinking art and architecture bound by a shared collective unity. This course will delve into the Bauhaus school and movement and explore how we are still unpacking its remarkable legacy.

The class is online-only. More about online classes.

Barnes classes will:

  • Increase your understanding of art-related concepts.
  • Increase the ways you think critically about art.
  • Improve your ability to communicate about art.
  • Deepen your appreciation for cultures and histories outside your own.

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Walter Gropius. Bauhaus. Exterior, 1926–27. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Vanni Archive / Art Resource, New York


Matthew Palczynski

Palczynski is an independent art history lecturer and consultant, focusing on vanguard art after 1850. He presents talks online and globally for academic, corporate, and nonprofit organizations. His presentations have included those for Renaissance Weekend, Stanford University, the Wharton School, and United Airlines. He is an adjunct senior instructor at the Barnes and has taught at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University since 2004.

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