MEZ (Middle-European Time)

MEZ (Middle-European Time)

1919-20

Robert Michel

(German, 1897-1983)

Woodcut

John L. Severance Fund 1993.210

Location

Description

MEZ is one of a set of four woodcuts Michel executed in Weimar, the site of the Bauhaus, a progressive art school where the goal was to amalgamate the natural sciences, technology, and art. Michel, who had been a test pilot, shared these aims, associating the function of mechanical parts with the dynamism of modern life and the idea that a new world would rise from the ashes of World War I. MEZ, which is an abbreviation for Middle-European Time, involves elements of time. The spinning mechanical discs and cogs that appear to rotate in a never-ending motion suggest time's continual state of flux.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Woodcut

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