Legacies

Hannes Meyer, partial legacy

Hannes Meyer (1889–1954) was an architect and the second Bauhaus director (1928–1930). From 1927 he was head of the first formal architecture course at the Bauhaus. The partial legacy comprises ca. 1,200 architectural drawings, photographs and correspondence. In terms of architectural history he is of particular interest in relation to the work of Bauhauslers in the Soviet Union and Mexico.

Marianne Brandt, legacy collection

Marianne Brandt (1893–1983) was a Bauhaus student and employee and one of the major designers of 1920s modernism. Her estate comprises ca. 800 graphics, paintings, drawings, objects, photographs, collages and correspondence.

Umbo, partial legacy

Umbo (1902–1980, born Otto Maximilian Umbehr) was a Bauhaus student who first turned to photography after studying in Weimar. He is regarded as one of the most eminent photographic artists of the modern era. 39 of his works which have a direct connection with photography at the Bauhaus have been included in the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation since 2016. They are part of a joint acquisition of the complete estate of Umbo by three institutions – the Berlinische Galerie, the Sprengel Museum Hannover and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation – with the support of a total of fourteen patrons and sponsors.

Franz Ehrlich, legacy

Franz Ehrlich (1907–1984) was Bauhaus student and employee. He subsequently became one of the principal architects of the GDR. His legacy comprises ca. 7000 objects, including life drawings, art works, furniture, plans, studies, photographs and publications, and is of great significance with respect to the work of Bauhauslers in Germany from 1933 to 1945 and in the GDR.

Alma Else and Friedrich Engemann, legacy collection

Friedrich Engemann (1898-1970) was a Bauhaus teacher, acting Bauhaus director and architect. At the Hochschule für Kunst und Formgestaltung Burg Giebichenstein in Halle an der Saale he had a lasting effect on the development of design in the GDR. His legacy, which is also informative in terms of regional history, comprises ca. 1,350 architectural drawings, documents and photographs. He is especially significant in relation to the history of the Bauhaus and the reception of the Bauhaus in the GDR. Alma Else Engemann was a Bauhaus student. Her legacy includes among other things works from classes with Wassily Kandinsky and from the weaving workshop.

Elsa Thiemann, legacy

Elsa Thiemann was a Bauhaus students and studied, e.g. in the photography workshop set up in 1929 by Walter Peterhans. The legacy of Thiemann, who subsequently became a press photographer and the wife of painter and Bauhaus student Hans Thiemann, comprises ca. 4,000 photographs and negatives dating from 1930 to ca. 1970.

Konrad Püschel, legacy collection

Konrad Püschel (1907–1997) was a Bauhaus student. In the GDR era he became a professor at the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen in Weimar. His legacy collection comprises 1,700 architectural drawings, studies, photographs and correspondence. These are significant exponents of the training given at the Bauhaus and shed light especially on the specific classes and workshops that he attended. They are also representative of the activities of Bauhauslers in the Soviet Union (where Püschel worked as an architect until 1937), in the GDR and in North Korea.

Reinhold Rossig, legacy

The Bauhaus student Reinhold Rossig (1903–1979) worked in the GDR as an architect, painter and graphic designer. The ca. 1,600 graphics, paintings, architectural drawings and documents are important testimonies to the free painting classes of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky and to the diversity of art at the Bauhaus.

Carl Fieger, legacy

Carl Fieger (1893–1960) was an architect and Bauhaus teacher. His legacy comprises ca. 700 items, including architectural drawings, photographs, furniture, publications and documents. The long-standing and close associate of Walter Gropius became especially well known as his draughtsman of architectural plans such as those for the Bauhaus building. His legacy also includes examples of his later oeuvre.

Lena Meyer-Bergner, partial legacy

The Bauhaus student Lena Meyer-Bergner (1906–1981) worked as a weaver and architect. This partial legacy includes sketches, studies, photographs and correspondence. The ca. 400 objects are very informative as regards the classes at the Bauhaus and the work in the weaving workshop.

Carl Marx, legacy collection

The painter and graphic artist Carl Marx (1911–1991) was a Bauhaus student during the later Bauhaus era in Dessau and Berlin. His partial legacy at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation comprises ca. 145 art works, including paintings significant to the history of art in the GDR such as Katzentheater (1957) and Backfisch-Aquarium (1964). In addition to these, the collection includes several hundred letters and documents. More than 30 works and documents date from the artist’s time at the Bauhaus, including his preliminary course studies, his Bauhaus identity card and letters from the director’s office signed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Söre Popitz, collection

Söre Popitz (1896–1993, born Irmgard Sörensen-Popitz) was a student at the Bauhaus Weimar. The collection of Popitz, who went on to become an advertising graphics designer and painter, comprises ca. 450 original works, chiefly from her late oeuvre.

Corona Krause and Hermann Gautel, collection

Corona Krause (1906–1948) was a student at the Bauhaus Weimar. Eventually becoming a textile and fashion designer, after the Bauhaus moved to Dessau she continued her studies at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. Hermann Gautel (1905–1945) was likewise a Bauhaus student and went on to work as a designer of modern furniture. The collection of both Bauhaus students comprises lesson notes, textiles and documents from the Bauhaus weaving workshop and the weaving workshop at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle.

Bröhan Collection

The group of works that make up the Bröhan Collection was acquired by the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt at an auction in London in October 1991. The Düsseldorf-based art dealer Torsten Bröhan had put up for auction 29 pieces or groups of furniture, 157 design objects, 54 works of visual art and three textiles. With the founding of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the acquired works were added to the Foundation’s assets. The collection encompasses a broad range of art and design objects dating from the first half of the twentieth century. In the field of design the ca. 250 items, some of them exclusive works by renowned designers, are representative of European design history since 1900 and include items by Henry van de Velde, Josef Maria Olbrich, Adolf Loos, Otto Wagner, Peter Behrens, Bruno Paul and Gerrit Th. Rietveld. In addition to tubular steel furniture by Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the collection includes paintings, watercolours and graphic prints by Oskar Schlemmer, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Karl Peter Röhl, László Moholy-Nagy, Max Burchartz, Karl Hermann Haupt, Georg Muche, Lothar Schreyer, Gerhard Marcks, Werner Graeff and others.