A new Bauhaus Museum for Weimar – Opening 6 April 2019

In 2019 when the whole world is celebrating the founding of the Weimar State Bauhaus 100 years ago the most important date for Weimar and the city’s visitors will be 6 April. On this day the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will open after a three-year construction period. The Bauhaus Museum Weimar is creating a modern meeting-space in an open environment conducive to discussions. Located at the founding place of the Weimar State Bauhaus, it will evoke the early Weimar phase of the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. The exhibition is centered around the oldest collection of Bauhaus objects worldwide and combines the history of the Bauhaus with questions of current and future ways of living together.

„And anyway, the most burning question of the day: ... how will we live, how will we settle, what form of community do we want to aspire to?“

Walter Gropius, speech on the participation of the Bauhaus at the building exhibition in Stuttgart, 1924

The museum building designed by Prof. Heike Hanada is being built in direct vicinity to the so-called green, cultural and sports axis as a big “cultural project” of the Weimar Republic, the former “Gauforum”, from the Nazi era as well as the “Langer Jakob”, student dorms that were developed in the 1970s. The new museum brings these chronological layers of modernism together in a narrative and makes them conducive to current debates.

Bauhaus-Museum Weimar: Tomás Saraceno:
Tomás Saraceno: "Sundial for Spatial Echoes" © Visualization: Tomás Saraceno

With the webcam you can follow the progress of the construction.

You will find a Bauhaus Store at the Museum from April 2019. Visit our Online Shop!

The Exhibition

The collection is centred around the oldest museum collection worldwide of Bauhaus workshop oeuvres. The collection was started by Walter Gropius as early as the 1920s. Selected paths in the development of art, architecture and design will present the lasting impact this unique school of design has had around the world.

Guided by the question “How do we want to coexist?” the museum will consider many questions that are still as important to people today as they were to people during the Bauhaus period. Different key features of the history of the Bauhaus are just as important as current questions young designers, artists and architects have. The Bauhaus Museum Weimar undertakes a reinterpretation of the history of the Bauhaus: it will show that the Bauhaus is neither a style nor a method, but initiated processes for significant changes regarding a new society, new coexistence and related to this, also new technologies, analyses of materials and many more.

Peter Keler, cradle, 1922
Peter Keler, cradle, 1922 © Jan Keler
Marcel Breuer, club chair B3 „Wassily“, 1925, permanent loan from Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung
Marcel Breuer, club chair B3 „Wassily“, 1925, permanent loan from Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung © unknown


Bauhaus festival at Ilmschlösschen, Weimar, 29th November 1924, fotograf: Louis Held, Klassik Stiftung Weimar

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Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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