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Elizabeth Otto

Jovis, 2005
176 pages
120 illustrations in colour & b+w
ISBN: 3936314551

Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt, brings together over 30 montages created by Brandt in the mid-1920s and early 1930s. These montages are visually dynamic and intriguing pictorial investigations of technology, gender roles, and entertainment culture through a medium not often associated with this artist. Although Brandt is better known for her iconic metal work designs for the Bauhaus, these works reveal an artist entirely at home in the medium of photomontage.

Brandt used fragments of popular and media culture in her work, drawing upon the vast array of visual material made available by the period's burgeoning illustrated press. They explore and critique a moment of great changes in German culture and society. Many investigate the rise of the New Woman, a figure seen to embody the free spirit of the time, and explore themes of freedom, judgment, and limits placed upon women by male figures around them. Other works focus on varied images of men‚ boxers, business tycoons, imperialists or soldiers‚ to represent and indicate the problematic links between manhood, aggression, and militarism in the wake of the First World War.


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