/ Museum für Gestaltung
The extensive collection of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung can be traced back to the initiative of German art historian Hans Maria Wingler, who began to gather together the Bauhaus' material heritage from all over the world in 1960. Today, the collection comprises works from all aspects of the Bauhaus members' work – including a collection of 10,000 architectural plans, a graphic collection of 10,000 items, a photo archive with 70,000 photographs, as well as objects and furniture from all phases of the Bauhaus' development. The holdings also include the private estate of Bauhaus director Walter Gropius, who also designed the largest exhibition object belonging to the Bauhaus-Archiv with his striking building beside the Landwehrkanal.
From the very beginning, the archive has been a place of active knowledge production – whether in researching the history and impact of the Bauhaus or presenting and communicating it through exhibitions, publications and events. Today, a museum educational programme for all age groups complements these activities. In addition to the permanent exhibition "Bauhaus Collection", which eloquently conveys the history and visions of the avant-garde school on the basis of original models, furniture, photographs and documents, the museum's exhibition and event programme also includes currently relevant themes and questions of contemporary design.
the temporary bauhaus-archiv
/ museum für gestaltung
Around 120,000 people from all over the world visit the building every year. In order to do justice to the increasing number of visitors and the steadily growing collection, a new museum building for the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is being built on the occasion of the Bauhaus anniversary. Walter Gropius' existing building will be renovated in line with conservation practice and will house the archive, library, and collection depots in future.
During the construction period, the temporary bauhaus archive in Berlin-Charlottenburg will be open to visitors. Over the next few years, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung will be experimenting with forms of presentation, cooperation, events, and new content.
As one of the three main collecting institutions and a member of the Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung will organise the anniversary exhibition "original bauhaus" in the Berlinische Galerie and will be jointly responsible for key aspects of the anniversary programme in 2019.