The Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design is the world’s most important repository of the art, designs, documentation and models of the Bauhaus artistic movement, which was led by Walter Gropius and took Germany by storm between 1919–33. Located in Berlin’s Tiergarten, the archive is housed in a distinctive gallery partly designed by Gropius and opened in 1979, although it was much extended in the early 21st century. With a grey steel exterior resembling a stack of speakers grafted on to a utilitarian box, it has a plain interior flooded with natural light.
Several temporary exhibitions each year represent the best of German modernist art and seminal pieces that are exhibited permanently include iconic steel chairs by Marcel Breuer, architectural designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and paintings by Paul Klee. Displays also include examples of commercial graphics; big, bold posters; chunky ceramics; colorful textiles; and metalwork.
Currently the building is not big enough to showcase the entire Bauhaus oeuvre, so to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the movement in 2019, it is currently being extended with a new museum space being added. Berlin architect Volker Staab won a competition to design the new wing, which will be completed in 2021.