Graphic Art

The graphic art collection contains some 12,000 works – an extensive range of drawings, aquarelles, diverse artworks on paper, and printed graphic works by the Bauhaus masters and students. The holdings include the world’s only complete series of graphic art cycles and portfolios produced during the Weimar years by Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Gerhard Marcks, László Moholy-Nagy, Georg Muche and Oskar Schlemmer, including every issue of “Neue Europäische Graphik” (New European Graphics) published between 1921 and 1924. Many artists are represented with examples of their work prior to and/or after the Bauhaus era, e.g. Kandinsky with his early coloured woodcuts and Josef Albers and Georg Muche with individual sheets and series produced between the 1930s and 1960s.

The graphic art collection features numerous consumer artworks as well – poster and postcard advertisements, advertisement designs, typeface designs etc. The holdings include a wealth of materials from the various teaching areas at the Bauhaus, e.g. the preliminary course by Johannes Itten, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, and courses by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Joost Schmidt, Oskar Schlemmer and Lothar Schreyer. The precursors to the Bauhaus are documented with drawings by Adolf Hölzel and studies by his pupil Lily Hildebrandt produced at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts, and works by the Munich-based Kandinsky student Maria Strakosch-Giesler, along with works by the successors of the Bauhaus, e.g. the New Bauhaus and the Ulm School of Design.