HfG Archiv Ulm
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HfG-Archiv Ulm

The permanent exhibition The Ulm School of Design – From the Zero Hour to 1968 and the special exhibition Plastic Material − Magic Material: Freedom and limits of design are open from Tuesday to Sunday and on public holidays from 11 am to 5 pm.

Opening and closing times during the Christmas break:

The exhibitions are open on Boxing Day (26.12.), New Year’s Day (1.1.2024) and Epiphany (6.1.2024), in each case from 11am to 5pm.
The exhibitions are closed on Christmas Eve (24.12.), Christmas Day (25.12.) and New Year’s Eve (31.12.).

The archive will also be closed from 22 December 2023 to 5 January 2024. Before and after this period, academic research in the HfG archive is possible on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Building of the HfG Ulm, 1955. Photo: Ernst Hahn. © HfG-Archiv / Museum Ulm, Sign. HfG-Ar Dp 090.18. All rights reserved

The Ulm School of Design (1953-1968) was an internationally recognized school for industrial design. Its founders – Inge Scholl, the sister of Hans and Sophie Scholl, the graphic designer Otl Aicher, and the architect Max Bill – wanted to rethink and reorganize life in Germany after the end of fascism. In doing so, they oriented themselves to the ideas of modernism. Well-designed industrial products were to help everyone achieve prosperity and a good life in a democratically organized, free society.

Max Bill talking with Walter Gropius, Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher, 1954. Photos: Sigrid von Schweinitz, © HfG-Archiv / Museum Ulm, Sign. HfG-Ar Schw 3.297 (Bill), HfG-Ar Schw 3.384 (Aicher-Scholl), HfG-Ar Schw 3.053 (Aicher). All rights reserved

The HfG-Archiv Ulm has the task of comprehensively documenting the history of the Ulm School of Design.

In its dual function as a museum and archive, it makes the contents and significance of the Hochschule accessible to a broad public.

This is done through exhibitions, publications, events as well as the opportunity for scientific research.

With great pleasure we welcome you to visit us:

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Discover the HfG-Archiv in advance in a 360 degree tour:

HfG Ulm - Von der Stunde Null bis 1968, HfG-Archiv/Museum Ulm, Foto Jens Kramer


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