Bauhaus Museum Berlin Celebrates Rare Items in Final Show Before Closure


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Oskar Schlemmer Freiplastik G (1963)
Photo: Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Marcel Breuer Kinderstuhl (1924)
Photo: Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Lyonel Feininger, Kathedrale (1919)
Photo: Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Marianne BrandtTeapot (MT 49) (1924)
Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Otto Werner Neues im Oktober (1930)
Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Otto Werner Bauplastik (1929)
Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
Marcel Breuer Kücheneinrichtung aus der Praxis Vogler (1929)
Photo: Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
László Moholy-Nagy Lichtrequisit einer elektrischen Bühne (1930)
Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin

Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung opened it’s final exhibition yesterday before closing for construction until 2019. The redesigned presentation “Bauhaus Collection” features some 100 objects that have been added to the institution’s holdings over the last 10 years.

The Bauhaus archive possesses the most extensive collection of items relating to the legendary school of architecture, design, and art. In addition to well-known Bauhaus classics such as Marcel Breuer’s cantilever chair or Marianne Brandt’s ceiling lamps, the exhibition also features some lesser-known though equally impressive landmark pieces.

The complete portfolio made for Walter Gropius’s birthday in 1924 is now on view, for example, featuring graphics by the likes of László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and others.

The current presentation is the last exhibition held in the listed historic building designed by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius (1883–1969) before construction on the new wing begins.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus, the Bauhaus Museum Berlin will re-open with a new design in 2019.

The Director of the Bauhaus Archive/Museum für Gestaltung said in a statement “We enable visitors to gain new insights into our extensive collection, aiming to rouse their anticipation of the exhibition in the new museum building that is coming soon.”

The special exhibition “100 New Objects” spans all areas of the collection including architectural sketches by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger, and photography inspired by the Bauhaus movement.

A design competition for the new structure is expected to be announced next year (see Design Competition for Dessau Bauhaus Museum Kicks Off in Germany and Uphill Battle for New Bauhaus Museum Director).

“New Presentation: the bauhaus collection” runs through May 25, 2015.

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