Hessen has a lot to offer when it comes to the Bauhaus and modernism. Amongst others, the testimonies of the reform programme “The New Frankfurt” can be visited.

Frankfurt Kitchen in Ernst-May-Haus, Frankfurt am Main / Photo: Reinhard Wegmann.
Frankfurt Kitchen in Ernst-May-Haus, Frankfurt am Main / Photo: Reinhard Wegmann.

With the reform programme and pioneering project New Frankfurt, in the 1920s Hessen was one of the main arenas of New Architecture in the 1920s. An example of this is the Frankfurt kitchen which can be seen, amongst others, at the Ernst-May-Haus. It set modern interior standards and is the prototype for today’s fitted kitchen. Less well known however is that the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main holds parts of the estates of Bauhauslers Hannes Meyer and Mart Stamm, or that Gertrud and Alfred Arndt spent most of their lives in Darmstadt, where their heirs still administer part of their archive.

The Bauhaus-Archiv was first located in the Mathildenhöhe area of Darmstadt, before it moved to Berlin. Mathildenhöhe was soon recognised as an artists’ colony, its members seeking a union of art and crafts – the very same aim that the Bauhaus set out to achieve on its founding in 1919. The Bauhaus-Archiv eventually relocated from Darmstadt to Berlin in 1979. A large exhibition for the centenary year is being planned as a joint initiative by the museums of Frankfurt am Main: the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, the Historisches Museum Frankfurt and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.

Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt / Photo: Michael Kauffmann, 2012. Licenced under CC BY 3.0 de at Wikimedia Commons.
Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt / Photo: Michael Kauffmann, 2012. Licenced under CC BY 3.0 de at Wikimedia Commons.

Visiting modernism

Siedlung Römerstadt / ernst-may-haus
Architect: Ernst May (1927/28)
With permanent exhibition on urban and housing estate planning of the New Frankfurt located in the May Housing Estate “Römerstadt”
Im Burgfeld 136, 60439 Frankfurt am Main

Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM
Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

Mathildenhöhe
Institut Mathildenhöhe

Olbrichweg 15, 64287 Darmstadt

Experiencing modernism

The Federal State of Lower Saxony is preparing a variety of contributions for the Bauhaus Centenary 2019. More on the activities and the Federal State’s connections to the Bauhaus can be found here.