Bauhaus for Your Wallet
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A break with traditional ideas and old ways of life, and a new way of thinking in art, architecture, education and society: when Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in 1919, he established not only a school of design but a completely new form of holistic education. Architects, artists, craftsmen and designers created innovative impulses that can still be felt today: in the city, in the design of everyday things, and also in society – and always in response to the needs and realities of people’s lives.
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The edge of the new commemorative coin issued by the German government to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus is inscribed with the German words for the centenary’s motto: “Thinking the World Anew”. The 20-euro coin, made of solid sterling silver and designed by the Berlin artist Bastian Prillwitz, fittingly portrays the very complexity that the Bauhaus embodied in all areas of design. In the words of the jury, it is a “world of experience in miniature that accompanies the beholder along 100 years of Bauhaus history”. The central motif of Prillwitz’s design is the “Bauhaus staircase”, based on a painting by Oskar Schlemmer, around which he has grouped the three Bauhaus sites: the School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar, the Bauhaus building in Dessau and the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin. Geometric shapes symbolise the theories of colour and form at the Bauhaus. Marianne Brandt’s teapot, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Carl Jacob Jucker’s table lamp, and Marcel Breuer’s chair MR-20 also stand for the iconic everyday objects produced by the Bauhaus.
The coin weighs 18 grams, has a diameter of 32.5 millimetres and is available in two grades: brilliant uncirculated (BU) and proof-like (PL). The coins of BU quality are being sold at their face value of 20 euros, and the coins of PL quality are available at a price of 34.95 euros each.
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