- date of publication: 11.03.2019
- 656 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-26263-8
- Deutschland: 32,00 €
- Österreich: 32,90 €
He is one of the giants of modern architecture. But what did Walter Gropius actually build? The answer is: not much. And that’s not surprising considering that after studying for two years, it became clear that he lacked any talent for architecture. He founded an architectural office where others designed buildings that are considered icons of modernity today. That was the beginning of his legendary career, which took him to the Bauhaus School and later led to a professorship at Harvard. Bernd Polster’s biography shows for the first time the decisive role that charisma and chutzpah played in his life.
Gropius was a master of exploitation and took advantage of others for his own ends. His network included every name that played a role in 20th century architecture and design - who would have dared doubt his standing? Bernd Polster has meticulously researched Gropius’ life; and in the future it will no longer be told as a heroic story, but as a picaresque novel.