The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation invites you to familiarize yourself with the current activities and the history of our extensive collections, which are open to the public, and with the library. Apart from keeping testimonies to the Bauhaus past and present, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation carries out its own studies of these documents and presents them in publications and exhibits.
The historical archives were founded in 1976 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bauhaus Building. Its collection of written and visual material helps to protect and conserve the cultural heritage, while promoting research and reflection on the history of the Bauhaus and assisting exploration of potential historical precedents for town planning in the 21st century. The main focus of the collection is the Dessau phase from 1925 to 1932. The exhibits, which include graphics, sculptures, paintings, drawings, photos, pieces of furniture, architectural plans, teaching notes and exercises from classes held by Bauhaus Masters and works by the Masters themselves, all provide insights into the most creative period of the historical Bauhaus.
The collection relating to the current work of the Foundation includes systematic documentation of Kolleg design projects, studies and plans for urban research or the findings of building research work. Both the historical and the contemporary holdings are supplemented amongst other things by extensive photo and video documentation and a collection of designs and plans.
Library and archive are open to the public. The Image Service is in charge of administrate the numerous images.