Buchenwald and the Bauhaus

The Radio 4 series ‘Germany’, by Neil MacGregor, has been fascinating, but At the Buchenwald Gate provides particularly interesting questions about the possibility for a subversive role for typography in the face of inhumanity on an almost unimaginable scale. Listening to the full episode, (via that link there), some of the nuances of this situation are drawn out.

Other design related episodes look at the role of the Bauhuas, and German’s modernist designers, architects and artists, in shaping our contemporary understanding of ‘modern’ design. Recommended. (Thanks to Penny Anderson for the tip off).

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