Understanding Modern -Isms

The origins of “modernism” date from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth. Urbanisation, grueling wars fought with never-before-seen mechanical horrors, medical advancements and new conveniences brought into homes had much to do with the formation of distinct, disillusioned-yet-progressive identities in the West. There were three concepts around which the brave new world tended to…

Back to School

Inarguably, one of the most influential causes behind the development of many upheavals in modern art was the Bauhaus art school. Founded and directed by Walter Gropius in Germany on April 1, 1919, Staatliches Bauhaus sought to reform art education, and in doing so, to create an entirely new type of society. The Industrial Revolution played…

Thinking Ahead

The movement we glibly call futurism today first began to crystallise as a literary trend in Europe, not long before World War I exploded across the continent. Young men with articulate minds began praising technological advancement and all the speed, heroics, violence, industry, politics and combustible energy that went along with it. The frenzy for the race towards…