It was time for a »new style«. The dusty columns and ornaments of historicism had served their purpose. Architects who held fast to tradition limped behind the vitality of their time. Henry van de Velde shook the aged foundations of his guild with all his powers and »made«. As the initiator and strongest advocate of the »new style«, he established distinctive features and left behind striking traces. Elegant forms, materiality, colours and construction in unison—the beginnings of breaking into modernity.
From painting to visual arts to design and architecture—a look at the biography of the multi-talented artists shows not only his versatile talent, but also his special connection to the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
They are two of his most important architectonic works: The School of Arts and Crafts and the Weimar Saxon-Grand Ducal Art School. Today, they are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and still homes to art and creativity.