Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum of Design
The extensive collection held by the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung emerged from an initiative by the German art historian Hans Maria Wingler, who starting in 1960 began to gather together the material legacy of Bauhaus from all over the world. Today, the collection includes works from every sphere of the Bauhaus members’ creative work – including an architectural collection with 10,000 plans, a collection of graphic materials with 10,000 sheets, a photographic archive including 70,000 images, and objects and furniture items from every phase of the Bauhaus’s development. The holdings also include the private papers of Bauhaus Director Walter Gropius, who in addition designed the largest object exhibited at the Bauhaus-Archiv – the striking building itself, located on the Landwehrkanal.
From the very beginning, the Archive was intended to serve as a location in which knowledge was to be actively produced – both through research on the history and influence of the Bauhaus and by presenting and communicating the Archive’s holdings to the public in exhibitions, publications, and special events. Today, these activities are supplemented by a museum educational programme that caters for every age group. In addition to the ‘Bauhaus Collection’ permanent exhibition, which brings the history and visions of the avant-garde college vividly to life using original models, furniture items, photographs, and documents, the Archive’s exhibition and events programme also includes current topics and issues in contemporary design.
the temporary bauhaus-archiv / museum of design
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
Tel. +49 (0) 30-254002-0
Over 120,000 people from all over the world visit the museum every year. In order to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors and the constantly growing collection, a new museum building for the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is being built to coincide with the Bauhaus centenary. The existing building, designed by Walter Gropius, will be renovated in accordance with historic monument requirements and will in the future house the archive, the library and the depositories for the collection.
While construction work is in progress, the Bauhaus-Archiv welcomes visitors at the temporary bauhaus-archiv in Berlin's Charlottenburg district. Experimentation with presentation formats, cooperations, events and new content is the main focus of the temporary.
As one of the three institutions holding Bauhaus collections, and as a member of the Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung will also be organizing two large exhibitions for the centenary, and it shares responsibility for the central events in the centenary programme.