Benita Koch-Otte, Carpet design for Walter Gropius’s office as director in Weimar, 1923 / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin/photo: Felix Jork/ / on loan from the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung / © Stiftung Bethel, Bielefeld

Benita Koch-Otte, Carpet design for Walter Gropius’s office as director in Weimar, 1923 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin/photo: Felix Jork/ on loan from the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung © Stiftung Bethel, Bielefeld

New purchases

The purchase of four important groups of material from artists’ estates means that hundreds of pieces from classes at the Bauhaus and central key works by the renowned Bauhaus figures Benita Koch-Otte, Gertrud Arndt and Alfred Arndt as well as important historical documents and photographs formerly owned by the Bauhaus teacher Gunta Stölzl have become a permanent part of the Bauhaus-Archiv collection. Among other things, these new purchases include Gertrud Arndt’s 32 famous mask photos, Benita Koch-Otte’s design for the carpet in Walter Gropius’s office as director and Alfred Arndt’s pioneering advertising designs and architectural plans.

The Bauhaus-Archiv was able to purchase a large part of these works through the financial support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Wüstenrot Stiftung. In addition, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung has purchased valuable parts of these collections as permanent loans for the Bauhaus-Archiv. These groups of material possess a unique art historical significance on account of their extensiveness and cohesiveness. They came directly from the property of the artists’ heirs and their provenance is impeccable.

The Bauhaus-Archiv was also able to purchase the estates of bauhaus artists hinnerk und lou scheper due to help from the Lotto-Stiftung.

the estates of bauhaus artists hinnerk und lou scheper

The artists Hinnerk and Lou Scheper had a decisive impact on the Bauhaus. They additionally played a key part in the development of heritage conservation and art in post-war Berlin ...