The newly conceived permanent exhibition as well as a special exhibition featuring new acquisitions of the “Bauhaus Collection” provide fresh glimpses into the holdings of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung and of the Bauhaus as a visionary school of design.On 18 March 2015, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung presented the redesigned “Bauhaus Collection” as well as a special exhibition featuring 100 objects that have entered into the Berlin Bauhaus institution’s holdings over the last 10 years. The Bauhaus-Archiv possesses the world’s most extensive collection related to the Bauhaus (1919–1933), one of the 20th century’s most important schools of architecture, design and art. Along with well-known classics of Bauhaus design, such as Marcel Breuer’s cantilever chair or Marianne Brandt’s ceiling lamps, key works that have previously only rarely been exhibited can now also be seen. These include the complete 1924 birthday portfolio for Walter Gropius – which features extraordinary graphic works by László Moholy-Nagy and Paul Klee, among others – and the legendary guestbook of Alfred and Thekla Hess, which features works by famous artists, such as Vassily Kandinsky.
In the special exhibition “100 New Objects”, new acquisitions from every area of the collection will be presented until 25 May 2015; these include architectural sketches by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as well as drawings and woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. Here, emphasis has also been placed on photographs taken at or influenced by the Bauhaus.