Hohenhof in Hagen, © Simon Erath

Ha­gen im­pulse

Osthaus, Folk­wang and the Ho­hen­hof

Karl Ernst Osthaus, founder of the Folk­wang Mu­seum and an art pat­ron, used his home town as a place to ex­per­i­ment with the designs of the mod­ern age. He wanted to im­ple­ment his idea of ?art for all? here. In 1902, he opened the Folk­wang Mu­seum, the first mu­seum in the world for con­tem­por­ary art. Here, Osthaus not only fur­nished Wal­ter Gropi­us, the founder of the Bauhaus, with pro­jects, but also fa­cil­it­ated his jour­ney to Wei­mar. Around 400 let­ters and doc­u­ments in the Karl Ernst Osthaus-Archiv in Ha­gen are test­a­ment to their close friend­ship. On vari­ous guided tours, vis­it­ors can ex­plore the traces of the ?Ha­gen­er Im­puls?, which can still be seen today.

Osthaus Museum Hagen, © Werner Hannappel

Many ideas pur­sued by the Bauhaus were pi­on­eered by Osthaus with a large num­ber of ini­ti­at­ives in his home town of Ha­gen. He per­suaded Henry van de Velde to re­com­mend Gropi­us for the con­tinu­ation of the Wei­marer Kun­st­gew­erbeschule, the Wei­mar in­sti­tute of ap­plied arts, which ad­op­ted the name ?Bauhaus? in 1919. In turn, Henry van de Velde, the founder of the Wei­marer Kun­st­gew­erbeschule, had been an im­port­ant ad­visor to the young mu­seum founder, Osthaus, since the turn of the cen­tury. The Flem­ish ar­chi­tec­tur­al artist was able to real­ise his ideas sev­er­al times in Ha­gen, thanks to Osthaus. As well as sev­er­al vil­las, the in­teri­or design of the Folk­wang Mu­seum and the Ho­hen­hof are par­tic­u­larly good ex­amples of his work.

Villa Cuno in Hagen, © Simon Erath


Bauhaus in Ha­gen

Ho­hen­hof: meet­ing point of the mod­ern era

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Built by Henry van de Velde, in­hab­ited by Karl Ernst Osthaus, vis­ited by Wal­ter Gropi­us, the Ho­hen­hof is the high­light among the build­ings of the Vil­len­ko­lonie Ho­hen­ha­gen, the Ho­hen­ha­gen villa colony. In 1908, the build­ing, the ground plan of which is like a double hook, was com­pleted. Van de Velde seam­lessly cre­ated the in­teri­or ar­chi­tec­ture and de­signed fur­niture, wall dec­or­a­tions and floor cov­er­ings, lamps and ma­ter­i­als, crock­ery and cut­lery. Today, the house, which be­longs to the Osthaus Mu­seum in Ha­gen, con­tains works by Peter Behrens and J.L.M. Lauweriks, among oth­ers, along­side the rooms, which have been pre­served and re­con­struc­ted in their ori­gin­al form.

Houses on the ?Stirn­band?

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The Dutch ar­chi­tect Jan Ludo­vi­cus Math­ieu Lauweriks real­ised nine houses on ?Am Stirn­band? street, whose design he based on a sys­tem prin­ciple that he him­self had de­veloped. Each of the houses is in­di­vidu­ally de­signed, yet with their ma­ter­i­als, which are re­peatedly used, they form a single unit. In the sur­round­ing Vil­len­ko­lonie Ho­hen­ha­gen, there are oth­er build­ings to be found by Henry van de Velde, Peter Behrens and J.L.M. Lauweriks.

Osthaus Mu­seum Ha­gen

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The in­teri­or of today?s Osthaus Mu­seum Ha­gen, opened in 1902 as the Mu­seum Folk­wang, was de­signed by Henry van de Velde. For two dec­ades, Karl Ernst Osthaus brought cur­rent na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al artist­ic work in­to the in­dus­tri­al re­gion through his mu­seum work, and in turn had an im­pact on the re­gion­al bor­ders from there. The present­a­tion of the av­ant­garde made the Folk­wang Mu­seum in Ha­gen a strong mag­net for many art en­thu­si­asts.

The fo­cus of the col­lec­tion is on the early clas­sic­al mod­ern era, ex­pres­sion­ism and new ob­jectiv­ity. The Osthaus Mu­seum of­fers reg­u­lar pub­lic guided tours to the Ho­hen­hof, the former res­id­ence of the Osthaus fam­ily, and the houses built by Peter Behrens and J.L.M. Lauweriks in the ?Ho­hen­ha­gen artists? colony?.

Bauhaus in North Rhine-West­phalia

Unesco-Welterbe Zeche Zollverein, Essen, © Simon Erath

'Essen­er Auf­bruch'

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

Krefeld per­spect­ives

Peter-Behrens-Bau, Oberhausen, © LVR-Industriemuseum, Andreas Schiblon

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