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The world’s first example of Bauhaus architecture reopens

On 18 May 2019 the Klassik Stiftung Weimar will present the restored Haus Am Horn with a new permanent exhibition

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In honour of Walter Gropius’s 136th anniversary on Saturday, 18 May 2019, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar will reopen the Haus Am Horn, the world’s first example of Bauhaus architecture, after careful restoration. The new permanent exhibition highlights the history of the building itself and contains numerous references to themes and items presented at the Bauhaus Museum and Neues Museum Weimar. With the presentation of these three new exhibitions commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar has made the eventful history of the Bauhaus in Weimar visible and tangible to the public for the first time.

On 18 May, the Haus Am Horn will be open free of charge from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Curators will offer tours of the building once every hour. Guests and residents of Weimar will be able to visit the Haus Am Horn later in the evening as part of Weimar’s “Long Museum Night” from 6 pm to midnight.

The Haus Am Horn was the first and only building designed and constructed by the State Bauhaus in Weimar. The model house was presented at the Bauhaus Exhibition of 1923. It exemplified the idea of creating a work of art collaboratively through the interplay of architecture and furniture design. The plans were drawn up by the Bauhaus master Georg Muche, and construction was supervised by Adolf Meyer and Walter March from Walter Gropius’s architectural office. The interior furnishings were all designed by the Bauhaus workshops which presented their vision of contemporary living for the first time. In 1996 UNESCO designated the Haus Am Horn as a World Heritage Site belonging to the “Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau”.

The new permanent exhibition presents the house as it was originally conceived for the 1923 Bauhaus Exhibition without glossing over the subsequent alterations made by its former residents. For example, immediately following the exhibition in 1923, all the moveable furnishings were shipped off to Berlin to their new owner, the financier Adolf Sommerfeld. Only a few fitted installations remained in the house.

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar was able to acquire a duplicate piece of Alma Siedhoff-Buschers toy cabinet produced around the same time. For conservatorial reasons, it is now on display in the Bauhaus Museum Weimar. The dressing table and chair as well as the living room cabinet have been preserved in the collection of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. For the new presentation of the Haus Am Horn, architect Gerhard Oschmann and restaurateur Ole Teubner created exact replicas of these originals; two other preserved replicas of the living room table and chair date from the 1970ies. Some pieces of furniture no longer exist; in these cases, the outlines of the items are marked in the house by so called "Umrissmöbel" ("Outline Furniture") where the pieces originally stood, accompanied by information and multimedia stations.

A central element of the planned presentation of the Haus Am Horn involved extensive restoration and renovation measures which began in 2015 and were carried out with great attention to detail. The conservators returned the building and property as close to its original condition of 1923 as possible. Landscapers recreated the kitchen garden – an essential component of the Bauhaus concept for the self-production of nutritious food – and planted a sample patch of vegetables. The renovation measures received a total of 838,156 euros in federal and Thuringian state funding, allocated though the federal programme “Investments for National Cultural Institutions in East Germany (InvestOst)” and the Directive on Financing Culture and Art.

The Bauhaus+ app is an ideal guide for a visit to the Haus Am Horn. In addition to exhibition tours of the Bauhaus Museum and Neues Museum Weimar, the app (starting 18 May) will offer an audio-visual tour of the model house with detailed information. The app is free of charge and can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play stores. For more information, visit

Children and families can discover the Haus Am Horn by taking a rucksack tour with the “bauhaus bag”. The “bauhaus bag” can be borrowed from the lending desk at the Bauhaus Museum starting on 18 May. Following the instructions inside, rucksack explorers are guided to the most important Bauhaus sites in Weimar. Together with the Bauhaus kids Felix Klee and Brigitte Marcks, children not only learn what made the Bauhaus such an extraordinary school but also get the chance to become designers themselves thanks to the fascinating experiments inside the rucksack.

Exhibition info
The Haus Am Horn
Starting on Sat, 18 May 2019 | Wed–Mon 10 am – 6 pm (summer) | Wed–Mon 10 am –4 pm (winter)
Am Horn 61 | 99425 Weimar
Admission: adults € 4.50 | red. € 3.50 | pupils (16 yrs. and older) € 1.50

Please note: On the opening day, 18 May 2019, admission to the Haus Am Horn is free from 10 am to 5:30 pm. From 6 pm to midnight, the house will be open to all visitors as part of the Weimar “Long Museum Night”.

Anke Blümm und Martina Ullrich

Exhibition design
Kalhöfer & Hoffmann, Köln

Bauhaus Card
In 2019 all visitors to the Bauhaus Museum Weimar receive the Bauhaus Card with the price of regular admission (11 euros). The card opens the doors to many museums in Weimar (including the Neues Museum and the Haus Am Horn) as well as numerous Thuringian tourist attractions. The card is valid on the day of admission and the following day.

Bibliographical info
“Haus Am Horn: Bauhaus Architecture in Weimar”
An Exhibition by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Museum guide
Edited by Anke Blümm and Martina Ullrich | With essays by Ute Ackermann, Anke Blümm and Martina Ullrich
Hirmer Verlag 2019
112 pages | 85 illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7774-3274-8

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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