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

Dreischeibenhaus Schauspielhaus, Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Tourismus GmbH



Ratingen-West und das Neue Bauen 
The exhibition examines urban space as an urbanistic thought and presentation space on the basis of the “Ratingen-West” building project.

12th April to 6th October 2019, Museum Ratingen

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

Eifel & Aachen


Bauhaus in the west? The Rudolf Schwarz era at the Aachener Kunstgewerbeschule (Aachen applied arts school) 1927-1934
The exhibition documents the history of the Aachener Kunstgewerbeschule. Under the directorship of Rudolf Schwarz (1928-1934) it produced outstanding works, particularly in the area of sacred art and architecture.

9 September to 6 October 2019, St. Fronleichnam, 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


Builders hut 2019 – Europe. Utopisch. Denken. 
In 1919, in the small Eifel village of Simonskall, the “Kalltalgemeinschaft” (“Kall valley community”) was founded; an artists’ colony that lived and worked in the village from 1919 to 1921. The artists mainly belonged to the Cologne Progressives group, which was dominated by the avantgarde style of the 1920s. To mark the Bauhaus centenary, there will be a creative workshop for art, literature, theatre, architecture and music, as well as a virtual exhibition and an interdisciplinary teaching-learning project.

4th to 11th September 2019, “Moderne im Rheinland” institute at the Heinrich-Heine-University/Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren/Junkerhaus Simonskall

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


Bauhaus und Amerika. Experimente in Licht und Bewegung 
The exhibition examines the mutual influences of the Bauhaus on America and their impact on art until the present day. Light and kinetic art, experimental film and dance and performance art will be shown.

Until 10th March 2019, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, (LWL musuem for art and culture) Münster


Bauhaus-Dialoge: Stühle der Löffler-Collection 
In the HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum, authentic chairs are shown, including objects by Marcel Breuer, Erich, Dieckmann and Mies van der Rohe. A child’s chair made of tubular steel and wood, sketched by Heinrich Neuy in 1930 for his application to join the Bauhaus, has also been realised especially for this exhibition.

23rd September 2018 to 20th January 2019, HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum

Bauhaus-Dialoge: De Stijl in den Niederlanden 
Clear lines and works of art and crafted products from the 1920s with their colour ranges reduced to red, yellow and blue are frequently associated with the Bauhaus. These can be assigned to the De Stijl group from the Netherlands. The exhibition shows the protagonists and the ideas generated by this group of artists.

3rd February to 19th May 2019, HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum

Bauhaus-Dialoge: Die Avantgarde in Osteuropa 
Avantgarde art movements and art colleges also sprang up in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. The Russian movement has similar basic features as those of the Bauhaus.

2nd June to 15th September 2019, HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum

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

Bauhaus und Industrie in Krefeld 
Private individuals, companies and training facilities from the industry also employed Bauhaus artists after 1933, who were officially denounced by the Nazi regime as “degenerate”. The exhibition honours this hitherto unknown chapter of art and industrial history with documentary films based on new research findings. The show can be seen in the walk-in sculpture “Pavillon” by the artist Thomas Schütte.

7th April to 30th October 2019, Pavillon by Thomas Schütte, Kaiserpark

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


Baukunstarchiv NRW: Vor dem Bauhaus: Osthaus 
Westphalia, particularly the “Hagener Impuls” (“Hagen impulse”) and its initiator Karl Ernst Osthaus, made an early and independent contribution to the architecture and cultural reforms of the modern era. The exhibition presents the collaboration with Foto Marburg Fotografien, with which Osthaus made his new ideas known to the world.

6 September to 20 October 2019, Baukunstarchiv NRW/TU Dortmund


A fresh start in the West. The Margarethenhöhe artists’ colony
Featuring more than 600 exhibits, the exhibition illustrates the artists’ involvement in the cultural revolution that took place in the industrial quarter during the 1920s and describes the construction of the colony, the communal life of the artists and the impact of the colony on the west of Germany.

15th April to 3rd November 2019, Ruhr Museum Essen

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

Soester Altstadt, Sauerland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.



Bruno Paul – Wegbereiter des Bauhaus 
The exhibition shows Bruno Paul at the start of his career. As a caricaturist critical of society in the “Jugend” and “Simplicissimus” journals, he helped create the breakthrough for a modern, two-dimensional poster-like style.

30th June to 22nd September 2019, Museum Wilhelm Morgner

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)

Denk mal Bauhaus! Neues Bauen in NRW 
With this multimedia travelling exhibition, the Architektenkammer NRW, the architects’ association, looks at the origins and influences of the Bauhaus in NRW and shows where it is still present today.

6th February to 4th April 2019, Architektenkammer NRW, Haus des Architekten; then as a travelling exhibition through NRW

Neues Sehen – Neue Sachlichkeit. Fotografische Positionen in Westfalen vom Bauhaus bis heute 
The travelling exhibition by the LWL museum office in cooperation with Dieter Blase shows photography as a part of modern art and its impulses, and the multi-faceted artistic reception from Westphalia-Lippe.

21st June to 18th August 2019, Osthaus Museum Hagen

North Rhine-Westphalia celebrates the Bauhaus centenary

Unesco-Welterbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen, © Simon Erath

'Essener Aufbruch'

Hohenhof in Hagen, © Simon Erath

Hagen impulse

Mies van der Rohe, Verseidag, Krefeld, © Mies van der Rohe Business Park 2018

Guided tours and routes

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

Krefeld perspectives