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Bauhaus Archive - Museum of Design
There are so many museums in Berlin, and they are all important and interesting, but the Bauhaus Archive is unique and therefore a must to every art lover.
The Bauhaus school existed in the years 1919-1933 and was the most important and influential school of design, architecture and art in Europe in the 20th century. Its philosophy and ideas were ingrained in the students from the preliminary course. The scope of its activity was immense, covering painting, architecture, and design in many different materials.
The Bauhaus Archive shows the development of the idea, the story of the school with the different personalities who played a key role in it, and is a showcase for all aspects of the Bauhaus work. The museum was first opened in Darmstadt, and moved to Berlin in 1971. The permanent building was planned by Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus) himself, and the building was completed in 1978.
I strongly recommend the Audiotour, which you can get in several languages; it is included in the museum entrance fee, and gives an excellent background and an extra dimension to the exhibition. The exhbits represent the whole spectrum of the Bauhaus activities: paintings (by Kandinsky, Klee, Muche and others), architectural works (by Gropius, Mies van der Rohe), pottery, metalwork, furniture, photography and even stagework. Of special interest to the understanding of the Bauhaus priciples are works of student done during the prelininary course.
The museum opening hours are Wednesday to Monday, 10:00 - 17:00.
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This museum will be an important visit for those with an interest in history, design and architecture. The Bauhaus Archiv has a very good display of furniture, artifacts, prints, ceramics, designs, etc. created by the Bauhaus workshop between 1919 and 1933, when the school was closed down by the Nazis. You may be surprised to see items that later became very popular in the mid 1900s, and which are still available in various forms today.
The gift shop has a good inventory of paper goods and reproductions.
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Architecture freaks will know the Bauhaus Group well, and others might as well learn about this revolutionary movement which combined art and technology. But I must warn you alright that it's not so popular-oriented and can get rather boring if you're not really into such things.
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