Lucia Moholy, Portrait of Walter Gropius, 1927


The Photography played an important role at the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung today holds a unique collection of photographs. It includes firstly, artistic photographs: 6000 prints (4000 of which are vintage prints) by 117 photographic artists from the Bauhaus and its circle and successors – including works by László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Peterhans and the Feininger family. In addition, there are 1500 original negatives by Lucia Moholy, Herbert Schürmann and Eugen Batz.

Secondly, some 60,000 photos (half of them originals) on the history of the Bauhaus and its members, workshops and products form another focus of the collection. This part of the archive contains unique testimony to everyday life at the Bauhaus and on architecture and design, and has consequently become an indispensable partner for publishers all over the world.

Big changes are coming!

From 6 to 20 March 2018 the museum must unfortunately remain closed, because of construction work. The bauhaus-shop and cafe will remain open, except on Tuesdays, 10 am - 5 pm.

From 21 March to 29 April 2018, during our special programme »Open House«, you can explore the exhibition galleries freed from all architectural elements added at later times, take part in architectural tours or personally participate in a sound-art installation and performance.

In the summer of 2018 the Bauhaus-Archiv will open a new venue in the rooms formerly occupied by the Kiepert bookshop in the Hardenberg House located at the corner of Knesebeckstraße and Hardenbergstraße. There we will inform you about all of our institution’s projects and continue to maintain contact with our visitors while the construction work is carried out. The bauhaus-shop also looks forward to greeting you there in future.

You will find more information on this website.