The allround artist: Henry van de Velde

Weimar celebrates the 150th birthday of the Belgian designer

Henry van de Velde was a man of many talents. He believed in a symbiosis of art, whether it is the design of a building or room, the style of clothing or jewellery, or the form of an everyday object. The Belgian, who came to Thuringia in 1902, disregarded the conventional boundaries between arts and crafts and designed objects for almost every area of life. He left behind many legacies in Thuringia, which provide a special focus for the anniversary celebrations in 2013 marking 150 years since his birth. 


In 1902 Henry van de Velde came to Weimar to serve as the artistic consultant to the Grand Duke. The 15 years he spent in Weimar were perhaps the most intensive, the most productive of his artistic life. Famous Weimar buildings designed by him include the Art School and the School of Applied Arts. In 1919 they were used by the Bauhaus School; today they belong to the Bauhaus University and have been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1996.

van de Velde 2013

A choice of exhibitions 2013:

'Passion, function and beauty.
Henry van de Velde's contribution to European Modernism'
Neues Museum in Weimar.
24 March – 23 June 2013

'The architect Henry van de Velde'
exhibition Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
29 March to 12 May 2013

SASCHA SCHNEIDER - Ideenmaler & Körperbildner/Visualizing Ideas through the Human Body
exhibition Kunsthalle Harry Graf Keßler
28 March to 21 July 2013

Villa Henneberg


visitors can see the art school and the former School of Arts and Crafts, the Nietzsche Archive and 'Hohe Pappeln".



Students from the university will provide information on the buildings and point out features of special interest


Hohe Pappeln House

Hohe Pappeln House

His remarkable architectural legacy can still be seen today at Haus Hohe Pappeln which took only seven months to build and became home to Henry and the family.

© Van de Velde 2013 / Centauri Film


Sparkasse Mittelthüringen
Freistaat Thüringen
Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung
Impulsregion Erfurt - Weimar - Jena - Weimarer Land March 2017