Sonia de Puinef
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Sonia de Puineuf was born in 1976 in Bratislava, Slovakia and received her PhD from the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. She is an art historian who lives and works in Brest, France, where she teaches at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale. She also works for the Higher Schools of Art and Design in Lyon and Strasbourg, and supervises Master’s theses in Communication & Space Design at HEAD, Geneva. Additionally, Dr. de Puineuf collaborates with the Slovak Museum of Design in Bratislava, and has co-curated the exhibition Have No Fear of Modernism! on the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, as well as edited its catalogue. Dr. de Puineuf conducts research in the field of avant-garde art and visual culture in Central Europe, especially graphic design in relationship with architecture and urbanism. In support of her research she has received numerous international grants from the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art (Paris), INHA – Fondation de France (Paris), Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London), and the Getty Foundation (Los Angeles). She has translated into French important texts written by Karel Teige on Poetism and Constructivism (Karel Teige, Liquidation de l’art, Paris: Allia, 2009).
Bauhaus’ active members constituted an international network that included architects and artists from several countries in Central Europe, among them the former Czechoslovakia. The Czech and Slovak connections to the Bauhaus can be studied from various perspectives, and this essay focuses on the role of print periodicals in this history.