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Bauhaus in NRW

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is Bauhaus land:
traces and influences of the Bauhaus movement can be found from the lower Rhine to Siegen-Wittgenstein and from Aachen to the Münsterland. The Bauhaus idea impacted not only industrial architecture and the art industry, but its influence also spanned into fashion and forms of social relations, democratic awakenings as well as escape and exile. 

The “Triad Hagen, Essen and Krefeld” unifies numerous attractions: they include the Hohenhof, which was built by Henry van de Velde, inhabited by Karl Ernst Osthaus and visited by Walter Gropius, the pit XII of the Zollverein mine (UNESCO World Heritage) designed according to objectivity style architecture or the Lange and Esters houses designed by Bauhaus director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. And there are numerous further  treasures in North Rhine-Westphalia.

For example, in Burbach you can visit the Ilse country house, which is identical in construction to the model house “Am Horn” built by Georg Muche and Walter Gropius and which is a UNESCO World Heritage site today. In Steinfurt-Borghorst the Heinrich Neuy Bauhaus Museum exhibits the works of Heinrich Neuy and other Bauhaus students and teachers.

The 100-year anniversary is being celebrated according to the motto “Bauhaus100 in the West” in all of North Rhine-Westphalia with numerous exhibits, events and guided tours at and to special places. Visitors can discover and experience places and exhibitions on guided tours or on their own initiative. In spring 2019 the “DENK MAL Bauhaus!” exhibition will begin travelling. It traces the path of development of Bauhaus in NRW, introduces buildings and their architects and outlines their impact on new architectural constructions in the West. Furthermore, buildings from all of NRW will be presented in an online database.


Learn more on the websites

Bauhaus 100 in west

NRW Tourismus

Flyers and brochures on the Bauhaus in west

Image brochure of North Rhine Westphalia on the bauhaus year

Flyer "We are Bauhausland" by NRW Tourismus

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