Peter-Behrens-Bau Oberhausen, © Simon Erath

Overview of exhibitions

Reformist ideas and the impact of Bauhaus

In the centenary year of the Bauhaus movement and beyond, numerous exhibitions will open in Your NRW. Take a look at our exhibition highlights on topics related to Bauhaus in the different regions:

Bergisches Land | Bonn | Düsseldorf | Eifel & Aachen | Cologne | Münsterland | Lower Rhine | Ruhr area | Sauerland | Teutoburger Wald forest | Travelling exhibitions

Werkfoto aus Die Dreigroschenoper Deutschland,USA 1931, Regie G. W. Pabst, Quelle Deutsche Kinematik, © Hans Casparius


Frauenpolitischer Aufbruch 
The theme of the exhibition is the fight for political participation, from women’s suffrage to the post of minister. In the first section, the focus is on the Weimar Republic, while in the second section, the main theme is the Bonn Republic.

First section: From women’s suffrage to the women’s mandate, until 1st May 2019, Frauenmuseum Bonn; the second section, from the fight for equal rights and the first female ministers to the new women's movement, is shown subsequently.

Fotografie in der Weimarer Republik 
This exhibition looks at all facets of the successful medium of photography in the Weimar Republic. As well as the artistic photography of “Neues Sehens” (“new seeing”) or “Neue Sachlichkeit” (“new objectivity”), the focus is on topics such as innovative photojournalism and documentary photography.

From June 2019, LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn

In the city of Aachen, © Bjorn Troch / The Social Traveler

Eifel & Aachen


The emergency church by Otto Bartning from Overath
In 1951, Overath opened a “diaspora chapel” designed by Bauhaus architect Otto Bartning, in which Evangelical refugees from Silesia could hold services. The church in Overath has been relocated in its entirety to the LVR open-air museum in Kommern, where it can largely be seen as it was built, but the later alterations are also shown in different time periods.

Opening: 22 July 2019, LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern

Euskirchen / Bocholt

Mythos Neue Frau. Mode zwischen Kaiserreich, Weltkrieg und Republik
The exhibition shows the modern woman with cropped hair, short dresses and an assertive appearance, while also questioning whether the “new woman” was an act of emancipation or whether she emerged as a result of practical necessity. With more than 130 original costumes.

17th February to 17th November 2019, LVR-Industriemuseum Tuchfabrik Müller (Euskirchen; LVR industrial museum, Müller textile factory)
29th March 2019 to 1st November 2020, LWL-Industriemuseum TextilWerk Bocholt

Stuhlskizze HeinrichNeuy, © HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum



Anbauen! Ein transdisziplinäres Labor zu Bauen und Ökologie auf einem Planeten, der kurz vorm Ende ist 
The exhibition refers to the ecological components of the Bauhaus and shows literature and other artistic disciplines together with science, the environment, building and digital work within the framework of a temporary laboratory that provoke reflection about “nature”.

From May 2019, Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature


Retrospektive: Heinrich Neuy 
From 1930 to 1932, Heinrich Neuy was a pupil at the Bauhaus in Dessau. The exhibition shows an overview of his life’s work, which took him from the school of applied arts in Krefeld to the Bauhaus in Dessau, to Stienfurt-Borghorst, where he lived from 1937 onwards.

29th September 2019 to 19th January 2020, HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum

HE-Gebäude der ehemaliden Verseidag im Mies van der Rohe Business Park in Krefeld, © Simon Erath



Anders wohnen. Entwürfe für Haus Lange und Haus Esters 
The exhibition invites around 20 artists, designers and architects to furnish rooms in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe houses. Presentations, workshops and an augmented reality project accompany the show. There are three focal topics: utopia, mobility and dystopia.

17th March 2019 to January 2020, Museum Haus Lande and Haus Esters

Folklore und Avantgarde 
The exhibition looks at the interest among Bauhaus artists and the international avantgarde in folkloric traditions and forms of expression. Folkloric works collected by artists enter into a dialogue with their own work.

11th October 2019 to February 2020, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum

The exhibition presents developments in the fashion from 1880 to the 1930s, from the perspective of the invention and use of synthetic dyes in textile production. The concepts regarding colour in textiles in the Bauhaus will be one focal theme.

29th September 2019 to 29th March 2020, Deutsches Textilmuseum


Sanaa-Gebäude auf Zeche Zollverein in Essen, © Simon Erath

Ruhr Area


Josef Albers – Aufbruch in die Moderne 
The exhibition shows the early work of Josef Albers (1888 – 1976). At that time, he was inspired by the works of masters who at that time were still almost entirely unknown, such as Cézanne, Gauguin or Matisse.

22.September 2019 to 12. January 2020, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop


Das beseelte Ding. Vom Geist der Gestaltung 
The exhibition looks at the question of whether and how the concepts of a “modern” artistic-aesthetic education after 1918 are still of relevance for teachers and students today. It collects objects, visualisations and conceptual works by teachers and students from the Folkwang University of the Arts.

13th November 2019 to 31st January 2020, Folkwang University of the Arts in cooperation with the Museum Folkwang


Die ökonomische Kraft der künstlerischen Idee. Walter Gropius‘ Wanderausstellung “vorbildliche Industriebauten” – eine Rekonstruktion 
Karl Ernst Osthaus realised a commission on behalf of Walter Gropius to compile an exhibition on “model industrial buildings”. From 1911, this travelling exhibition went on tour, starting in Hagen. In the Osthaus Museum Hagen, the project will be reconstructed in collaboration with the Kunstmuseen Krefeld (Krefeld art museums).

7th September 2019 to 12th January 2020, Osthaus Museum Hagen


Neue Stoffe, neue Formen 
The theme of the exhibition is the newly emerging industrial design. The exhibition shows how during the 1920s, products were increasingly changing, how elegance and simplicity of form became more important, and new, high-quality materials became ever more popular. The exhibition is being shown in cooperation with the Deutschen-Kunststoff-Museums-Verein e.V. Düsseldorf.

19th May 2019 to 23rd February 2020, LVR-Industriemuseum Peter-Behrens-Bau Oberhausen

HE-Gebäude der ehemaliden Verseidag im Mies van der Rohe Business Park in Krefeld, © Simon Erath

Travelling exhibitions

Weimar im Westen: Republik der Gegensätze 
The multimedia travelling exhibition provides new insights into the “Republic of contrasts” with unknown photos and films.

Opening: 23rd January 2019 in NRW-Landtag in Düsseldorf; other locations: LVR-Institut für Landeskunde und Regionalgeschichte (LVR institute for local knowledge and regional history), LWL-Institut für westfälische Regionalgeschichte (LWL institute for Westphalian regional history), LWL-Medienzentrum für Westfalen (LWL media centre for Westphalia)

North Rhine-Westphalia celebrates the Bauhaus centenary

Unesco-Welterbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen, © Simon Erath

'Essener Aufbruch'

Hohenhof in Hagen, © Simon Erath

Hagen impulse

Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Gartenseite, © Volker Döhne, Kunstmuseen Krefeld

Krefeld perspectives