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The Bauhaus Archive (German: Bauhaus-Archiv) Museum of Design, in Berlin, collects items, documents and literature which relate to the Bauhaus School (1919 - 1933; the most important school of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century) and puts them on public display. Image File history File links 250px-BauhausArch1a. ... Image File history File links 250px-BauhausArch1a. ... Location of Berlin within Germany / EU Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE3 City subdivisions 12 boroughs Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit (SPD) Governing parties SPD / Left. ... Typography by Herbert Bayer above the entrance to the workshop block of the Bauhaus, Dessau, 2005. ...



The Bauhaus Archive was founded in Darmstadt in 1960. Walter Gropius and other members of the Bauhaus movement gave their support. The collection grew so quickly that a dedicated museum seemed attractive and Gropius was asked to design it. He produced plans for a new museum in Darmstadt, on the Rosenhöhe, which was prevented by local politics. Darmstadt is a city in the Bundesland (federal state) of Hesse in Germany. ... Walter Adolph Georg Gropius (May 18, 1883 – July 5, 1969) was a German architect and founder of Bauhaus. ...

Berlin's Senate was however ready to supply both space and money for the project. In 1971 the Bauhaus Archive moved to temporary accommodation in Berlin. Modifying the plans for the location beside the Landwehrkanal, political decisions and financial restrictions delayed things. The foundation stone was finally laid in 1976 and the building was ready by 1979. There is not that much left of Gropius' original 1964 design apart from the characteristic silhouette of the shed roofs. In 1997 a conservation order was placed on the building.


The collection documents the history of Bauhaus in art, teaching, architecture and design. The collection includes teaching materials, workshop models, architectural plans and models, photographs, documents and a library.

The Bauhaus archive looks after works by Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Werner Drewes, and Oskar Schlemmer. The comprehensive graphic collection includes drawings, watercolours and prints. Lyonel Charles Feininger (July 17, 1871 - January 13, 1956); was a German-American painter and caricaturist. ... Johannes Itten (November 11, 1888 - May 27, 1967) was a Swiss painter, designer teacher, writer and theorist associated with the Bauhaus school. ... Paul Klee (IPA: kleː) (December 18, 1879 to June 29, 1940) was a Swiss painter of German nationality. ... Wassily Kandinsky (Russian: Василий Кандинский, first name pronounced as [vassi:li]) (December 16 [O.S. December 4] 1866 – December 13, 1944) was a Russian painter, printmaker and art theorist. ... László Moholy-Nagy (probably July 28, 1895 – November 24, 1946) was a Hungarian painter and photographer as well as professor in the Bauhaus school. ... Werner Drewes, 1940 Drewes, Pencil Sketch Werner Drewes (1899-1985) was a German-American painter and printmaker, born in 1899 in Canig, Germany. ... Oskar Schlemmer (September 4, 1888 – April 13, 1943) was a German painter, sculptor and designer associated with the Bauhaus school. ...


Apart from the permanent exhibition, each year there are about four special exhibitions. There are also lectures, workshops and discussions, exhibitions in the sculpture yard, readings and concerts.

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