The Bauhaus at the Harvard Art Museums

Because the founder of the Weimar German Bauhaus School, Walter Gropius, served as Professor and Chair of Harvard’s Department of Art and Architecture between 1937 and 1952, Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum includes one of the world’s largest collections of original Bauhaus art and designed products (more than 30,000 items), largely donated by those associated with the movement and its pedagogy, as well as a significant body of Gropius’s papers and other archival material. The Harvard Art Museums have compiled a representative sample from their collections into an online exhibit called simply the Bauhaus, which includes digitized art and records organized around 12 themes, such as “Furniture,” “Weaving,” “Typography,” and “The Bauhaus in America,” each with short introductions and hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of examples. Users can also search the digitized collection by keyword or filter, or browse by artist, work type, etc. The site also includes a helpful chronology and a list of Bauhaus archival materials at Harvard. While the digital exhibit is only a sample of Harvard’s collection (and a visit to the site is still no substitute for a visit to the museum itself) it is an invaluable tool for teaching and research.


Hans George Knoblauch, “Form Analysis for Kandinsky’s Course,” 1932.
Walter Gropius, Total Theater for Erwin Pescator, Berlin, 1927.

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