Bauhaus World Tour: Where to See the Movement’s Best Art, Design, and Architecture
The German school's impact has spread across the globe.
It’s hard to believe that a school only in operation for 14 short years has gone on to become the world’s most iconic art and design institution. Today, fans of the illustrious Bauhaus era can see 100 years of tangible influence all across the globe. Below, a few museums and exhibitions to add to your must-visit list.
Often called the “father of modern art,” abstract painter slash Bauhaus professor Paul Klee is directly responsible for influencing multiple generations of studio artists over the last century. It’s only fitting that Klee was honored with a namesake museum where patrons can view an extensive selection of his vast body of work.
Monument im Fruchtland 3, 3000 Bern, Switzerland
Bauhaus has taken over the Special Exhibitions Gallery at the Ivy League university, where visitors can peruse a rarely shown archival selection of Bauhaus-related paintings, textiles, photographs, periodicals, typography, student exercises, and class notes.
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States
In collaboration with Vitra Design Museum and the Bundeskunsthalle, the Danish Museum of Art & Design is hosting a comprehensive exhibition that showcases rare design works by Bauhaus all-stars like Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger and many more.
Bredgade 68, 1260 Copenhagen, Denmark
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
In celebration of the movement’s iconic centenary, the museum is hosting a retrospective entitled “Netherlands ⇄ Bauhaus: Pioneers of a New World,” which features over 800 design works created by 60 prominent Dutch attendees of the Bauhaus school.
Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam, Netherlands
Designed by architect/Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, here you will find the world’s largest collection of school’s artifacts, comprised of works by students and professors alike. Unfortunately the museum is currently closed for renovations, but visitors can take a stroll around the grounds to marvel at the structure’s compelling aesthetics. (Or they can visit the temporary space less than three kilometers away!)
Klingelhöferstraße 14, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Founded in 2000 in an effort to increase awareness about Bauhaus in the Middle Eastern region, the organization offers daily two-hour walking tours of “White City” — a collection of over 4,000 buildings built in the signature Bauhaus architectural style by German-Jewish architects between 1933 and 1948.
Dizengoff St 77, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6433249, Israel