In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school in 2019, Harvard Art Museums has released an online catalogue of their 32,000-piece Bauhaus Collection, containing rarely seen drawings and photographs from attendees and instructors of the revolutionary German design school.
The collection features work from the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Bertrand Goldberg, Marcel Breuer, and Bauhaus-founder Walter Gropius himself, and can be navigated through a search bar and an easy-to-use set of filters, allowing you to categorize work by topic, medium, date or artist.
Exploring the tabs at the top of the page will take you to the table of contents, a chronological history of the school and an essay covering the impact of the Bauhaus on the design world; or simply skip to the “Holdings” tab and select “Architecture” to begin explore the vast collection of works. Highlights include early sketches from Mies and drawings and photographs of Gropius and Adolf Meyer’s design for the Chicago Tribune Tower competition.
If the online catalogue is not enough (which seems unlikely), or you’d like explore examples of Bauhaus design in the real world, the site also contains a map of all the Bauhaus related sites found in the Boston area.