Teapot with warmer by Christopher Dresser, c. 1878
© Bröhan-Museum Berlin, Foto Martin Adam

Bauhaus: Design as art

The Bauhaus Art and Design School founded in Weimar in 1919 left its stamp on the world. No other trend shaped the design vocabulary of the 20th century more strongly. Yet the radical no-nonsense style of Bauhaus did not come about all by itself. The ideas that the art school built itself upon can now be seen in the exhibition "From Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus" at the Vienna Furniture Museum. In the form of ten themed stations, the show recounts the most important influences that led to the radical break with the aesthetics of Historicism. And that's pretty exciting not only for fans of design.

The British Arts & Crafts movement, which engaged intensively with product design in the middle of the 19th century as a means to distinguish itself from low-cost, machine-produced goods, is present in abundance, as is the Glasgow School based around Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Sections are also dedicated to Art Nouveau in Belgium, the German Werkbund, and the Dutch group de Stijl. And when it comes to the development of Modernism, Vienna has to be represented. Accordingly, special reference is made to Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte.

Enough of the myths

Not only furniture is on display. "From Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus" also goes on a comprehensive search for good design with graphic design, metal art, ceramics, and paintings. At the same time, the show aims to clear up certain myths surrounding the influential art and design school. Because some see in Bauhaus the zenith of Modernism. While others view the design forge as marking the beginning of Modernism. The answer to this can be found in the Vienna Furniture Museum.

From Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus

October 21, 2020 - May 9, 2021

Note: Due to the current situation, the opening times of the individual institutions may have changed. Please make inquiries before you visit the museums.

Vienna Furniture Museum

Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • also open on: Easter Monday, Whit Monday, Mondays between December 24 and January 6.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   180  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 160 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Seeing-eye dogs permitted. Guided group tours for wheelchair users on request.

    • Comments

      All areas accessible via elevator. Elevator 3rd-5th floor.
      Lifting platform to the first floor: door width: 83 cm, cabin depth: 117 cm, cabin width: 75 cm. Access to the restaurant / café: no steps.

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