Mention Bauhaus and people think of white, flat-roofed buildings with frameless doors and windows. Or they associate the name with tubular steel furniture and streamlined utilitarian objects made of metal and glass. Bauhaus became a style, a byword for modernism. But when the Staatliches Bauhaus institution opened 100 years ago on April 1, 1919 in Weimar, in central Germany, it was just another art school in a fairly provincial town.

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