The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in Dessau by Walter Gropius as a school for avant-garde design, architecture and art. Artists & designers such as Kandinsky, Breuer and Klee have taught and studied here. The school in Dessau had to be abandoned due to political unrest during the 1970s then relocated to its current modernist building designed by Gropius in 1979.
In 2018 the building is undergoing reconstruction and extension. Until then, three exhibitions will be on display: Jasper Morrison: Thingness, until 23.10.17, Bauhaus in Motion, until 8.1.18. On 15th November 2017 a photography exhibition, New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography, will open as preparations for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019.
Bauhaus in Motion displays some of the Bauhaus’ original collections. There is an accompanying audio guide which is included in the ticket price, helping you understand exactly which Bauhaus originals you are looking at, such as Breuer’s Wassily Chair and Marianne Brandt’s tea set. Each piece is meticulously displayed on a plinth or hung on the walls with various photographs, artefacts and paintings from the school’s archives.
The gift shop has a variety of ultra-modern homely items for sale before leading to the café. Sit outside on the terrace on Bauhaus-style garden furniture and take in quirky architecture whilst eating your artfully arranged lunch.
Address: Klingelhöferstaße 14, 10785 Berlin
Transport: Bus: Lützowplatz, 100, 106, 187, M29, N26
Opening hours: Wednesday – Monday: 10 – 5pm, closed Tuesdays
Cost: €8, €5 concessions