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The Erich Dieckmann Estate

With financial support from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), it was possible to digitise and make publically accessible extensive collection holdings on one of the most important Bauhaus designers.

In 1970 the Kunstbibliothek (Art Library) acquired substantial portions of the estate of Erich Dieckmann (1895–1944), an internationally acclaimed furniture designer from the Bauhaus. Dieckmann became famous for his Typenmöbel, a line of standardised furniture, especially his designs for strictly geometric wooden and curved wicker furniture. Those who built in the Neues Bauen (New Building) style in the 1920s, and could afford it, chose to live with Erich Dieckmann’s furniture.

The Kunstbibliothek’s unique holdings reveal Erich Dieckmann’s full creative range and energy. They include his designs for furniture, carpets, stained glass windows and coloured paper, designs from his collaborators, and teaching materials for courses he taught at the Bauhaus and at the predecessor to Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, where he worked from 1931 to 1933. The project funded by the BKM included cataloguing, indexing and digitising the holdings of 1600 individual paper documents within the museum documentation system and making them publically accessible on Collections Online. A digital publication is planned in 2022.

Research team: Elke Blauert, Joachim Brand, Laura Gieser
Cataloguing: Jana Hettmann
Funded by: Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM)
Duration: 2017 to 2019