Extensive Purchases for the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin
July 2016, Berlin, Germany
"Important parts of the estates of the Bauhaus artists Benita Koch-Otte, Gertrud Arndt, Alfred Arndt and Gunta Stölzl have expanded the world´s largest Bauhaus collection.
The purchase of four important groups of material from artists´ estates means that hundreds of pieces from classes at the Bauhaus and central key works by the renowned Bauhaus figures Benita Koch-Otte, Gertrud Arndt and Alfred Arndt as well as important historical documents and photographs formerly owned by the Bauhaus teacher Gunta Stölzl have become a permanent part of the Bauhaus-Archiv collection. Among other things, these new purchases include Gertrud Arndt´s 32 famous mask photos, Benita Koch-Otte´s design for the carpet in Walter Gropius´s office as director and Alfred Arndt´s pioneering advertising designs and architectural plans.
The Bauhaus-Archiv was able to purchase a large part of these works through the financial support of the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States (Kulturstiftung der Länder) and the Wüstenrot Foundation (Wüstenrot Stiftung). [...] "We are unbelievably happy that these parts of the estates of the Bauhaus artists Gunta Stölzl, Benita Koch-Otte and Alfred and Gertrud Arndt have been successfully purchased for our collection. These groups of material possess a unique art historical significance on account of their extensiveness and cohesiveness. They came directly from the property of the artists´ heirs and their provenance is impeccable", explained Annemarie Jaeggi, Director of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin."
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