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17.03.2019 – 26.01.2020

Prologue/Dialogue 17.03.—04.05.2019

Opening Sun 17.03., 11:30 am, HL HE

Lectures Sun 24.03., 11:30 am, HE Skin Layers. Renovation and Modernisation of Haus Lange and Haus Esters Eva-Maria Eifert (architect, Regional Monuments Office, Krefeld), Marcus Wrede (architect, Wrede Architekten, Düsseldorf)

After extensive renovation work, Krefeld’s iconic architectural structures Haus Lange and Haus Esters are opening their doors to the public again in March 2019. Eva-Maria Eifert speaks about the endeavour from the viewpoint of the monuments authority and Marcus Wrede, the responsible architect, addresses the special demands and the undertaken construction measures.

Sun 07.04., 11:30 am, HE Bauhaus Buildings Dessau – Originals Retold Dr Florian Strob (scientific associate at the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau)

Florian Strob’s lecture informs about the planning and realisation of the curatorial restructuring of the Dessau Masters’ Houses shortly before their reopening.


in conjunction with the “Frauenklasse – KlasseFrauen” series

Sun 31.03., 11:30 am, HE Living, loving, dwelling – The Correspondence of the Bauhaus Teacher Karla Grosch with Felix Klee Seraina Graf (stud. phil. University Zurich)

In conjunction with her thesis, Seraina Graf is carrying out research on the Bauhaus gymnastics teacher Karla Grosch, who embodied the notion of the new Bauhaus woman. Seraina Graf reads from the previously unpublished correspondence between Grosch and her long-time friend and lover Felix Klee, the son of the painter Paul Klee.


Thematic Film Programme

Documentaries, shorts, art films and movies dealing with dwelling questions from the 1920s to the present will be shown on selected Wednesday evenings.

Wed 20.03., 7:15 pm, HE Housing Reform during the Bauhaus Years —Die Frankfurter Küche, Paul Wolff, 1928 —Wie wohnen wir gesund und wirtschaftlich, Ernst Jahn, 1926 (film series)

Wed 24.04., 7 pm, HE Global Dwelling A Programme of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen —City of Tomorrow – Revisited, Michaela Schweiger, 2005 —Rong Xiang – Easy Thought, Caspar Stracke, 2008 —Microbrigades, Florian Zeyfang, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Alexander Schmoegen, 2013

Open Classroom

Design Faculty of the Hochschule Niederrhein

Wed 03.04., 10.04., 17.04., 24.04., 01.05., 4–5:30 pm, HE

Selected classes of the design faculty will take place in Haus Esters during the summer semester 2019 in order to facilitate a dialogue between teachers, students and interested visitors. The thematic focuses are Design – Utopia – Dwelling.


Wed 27.03., 7–8 pm, HL AUF/ZU Test Assemblies Body/Space/Interior Linda Nadji

The architecture of Mies van der Rohe and the reinstalled original interiors are the starting point and material of the performance by the artist Linda Nadji. The performance positions itself at the site’s tension-filled points of contrast that links the public and the private as well as the open and the closed.

Performers: Malin Gebken, Yana Nonotorova, Xenia Toews, Hannah Krebs


Wed 10.04., 7 pm, HE When Utopia was Modern. Modern Tendencies of the 1920s in the Rhineland

Panellists: Dr Jasmin Grande (deputy head of the ‘Moderne im Rheinland’ institute at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf) Christiane Lange (first chairperson of Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld e.V., Krefeld) Dr Wolfgang Schepers (former director of the Museum August Kestner, Hannover) Moderated by Dr Ina Ewers-Schultz (freelance curator, Cologne)

The origins of many of the ideas and impulses that lead to an understanding of modernism and the genesis of the Bauhaus can be found in the Rhineland. Cities like Krefeld, Düsseldorf, Essen and Münster were vibrant places where utopian ideas were conceived in different ways.


Take your future living in your hands. From 3D-Printing and Smart Textiles to Programming.

Digitalisation, technology and dwelling? How do they go together? For a whole weekend, experiments with the most recent digital technologies will be carried out in the fabrication laboratory. Lectures help to access the technologies of today and tomorrow and simultaneously offer outlooks at their effects on society. Haus Esters will be transformed into a workshop that facilitates active participation.

Registration for the workshops is required.

Cooperation partners: 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Niederrhein, FabLab Hochschule Ruhrwest and FabLab Hochschule Rhein-Waal as guests in Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld

Sat 13.04., 11:30 am, HE Lecture: Industry 4.0 Up Close in the Bauhaus Year Prof. Dr Michael Schäfer

Sun 14.04., 11:30 am, HE Lecture: Societal Effects of the Maker Movement, or the Entropy of Form Dipl.-Des. Aleksandra Konopek (Industrial design)


Sat 13.04.2019, from 1 pm, HE Sun 14.04.2019, from 1 pm, HE

3D-Printing, Lena Hagenauer (applied informatics)

Smart Textiles, Dipl.-Des. Adriana Cabrera (industrial and textile design)

DIY Home Automation, B.Sc. Informatik Florian Paproth (applied informatics)

3D-Food Printing, B.Eng. Gaia di Martino (chemical engineering) (in English)

Limited to 6 participants each To register please call: T +49 (0)2151 975 581 37
or write to: servicekunstmuseen@krefeld.de

Guided Tours

Public Guided Tours on the Architecture Sun 17.03., 2:30 pm, HL HE Two guided tours will be offered in parallel on the day of the opening.

Wed 20.03., 6 pm, HL HE Wed 03.04., 7 pm, HL HE Sun 14.04., 3 pm, HL HE 14.04. with demonstration of the lifting windows.

Double Guided Tour on Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld Sun 28.04., 2–5 pm, HE meeting point

Haus Esters & VerSeidAG To register for the double guided tour, please call or write:
T +49 (0)2151 975 581 37

Artist Talk

Wed 01.05., 7 pm, HE



Opening Act 1: Utopia Sun 05.05., 11:30 am


Wed 26.06., 7 pm, HE Utopia and Design Prof. Dr Kerstin Plüm (Kunst- und Designwissenschaft, Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld)

Utopias do not exist – that is their reason for being. Design includes the future-oriented processes of drafting and shaping as well as the process of realisation. Is it therefore possible for design – as opposed to philosophy and art – to develop utopias in keeping with its own self-conception?


Thematic film programme

Documentaries, shorts, art and feature films from the 1920s to the present dealing with dwelling questions will be shown on selected Wednesday evenings. Dwelling also means living and it is presented in multifaceted dimensions here: living in blocks of flats, in a tent, with nature, among many, in war. In Perspectives of Mobility, we are screening two legendary experimental films dedicated to themes involving our ever faster-paced civilisation. Wed 19.06., 6:30 pm, HE — Perspectives of Mobility Berlin – Symphonie einer Großstadt, Walter Ruttmann, 1927 — Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, 1982

Open Classroom

organised by the design faculty of the Hochschule Niederrhein

Selected courses of the design faculty will take place in summer term 2019 in Haus Esters with the objective of enabling a dialogue between teachers, students and interested visitors. The thematic emphases are Design – Utopia – Dwelling.

Wed 15.05., 4–5:30 pm, HE Wed 29.05., 4–5:30 pm, HE Wed 05.06., 4–5:30 pm, HE Wed 12.06., 4–5:30 pm, HE Wed 19.06., 4–5:30 pm, HE Wed 26.06., 4–5:30 pm, HE Wed 03.07., 4–5:30 pm, HE


Discussion in conjunction with ‘What will our tomorrows be made of’. A transdisciplinary educational in the Bauhaus centennial year 2019 organised by the philosophy department in the Germanistisches Seminar of the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Wed 08.05., 3–8 pm, HE

Passages from Bauhaus journals on the subjects of dwelling, living and media as well as manifestos and statements by students each provide a different impulse for a 45-minute controversy testing the intellectual transfer between the past and the present. Very much in the sense of the French philosopher Jacques Rancière, who comprehends democracy as a dispute, the objective is to critically explore and discuses differing positions and approaches. The discussion, which is open to everyone, is intended to culminate in the question ‘What will our tomorrow be made of?’ in addition to sparking collective thoughts and debates on possible concrete actions regarding our future.

Artist Talk

Wed, 03.07., 7–9 pm, HE

Guided Tours

Public guided tours to Alternatives for Living Su 05.05., 2:00-3:30 pm, HL HE

2 parallel tours

Wed 22.05., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Wed 29.05., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Wed 05.06., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Wed 12.06., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE

Public guided tours to the architecture

Wed 15.05., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE wood restoration with the conservator Christoph Tölke

Sun 26.05., 2:00-5 pm, HL HE + VerSeidAg Meeting place for VerSeidAg guided tour: Haus Lange Price: 16 Euro including admission

Sun 02.06., 3–5 pm, HL HE + gardens

Wed 19.06., 6 pm, HL HE Wed 26.06., 6 pm, HL HE Wed 03.07., 6 pm, HL HE

Unless otherwise indicated, the price for the public tours is 2 Euro in addition to the usual entrance fee. The architecture will be addressed in all guided tours.


07.07. – 26.01.2020

Opening Act 2: Mobility Sun 07.07., 11:30 am


Sun 14.07., 11:30 am, HE Dwelling Transforms Mobility? Dr. Jutta Deffner (Head of research unit Mobility and Urban Spaces, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Frankfurt a. M.)

Dwelling and mobility are closely linked in everyday life—new concepts of living enable visionary ideas on cohabitation to become reality. Through neighborly car sharing or for carrier bicycles and for numerous useful communal or open spaces, cooperatives and building societies show how a widely understood sustainability van look like in the field of living and mobility. Participation-based events have a positive ecological impact and promote social cooperation and housing satisfaction.


Thematic film program

How digital is our present day living environment and how will digital technologies alter it in the future? Will future search for a partner be exclusively organized and controlled by a digital matching system? Will we have to buy our freedom from a never-ending flow of advertisements in a dystopian perspective of the future? In this edition of Homevision, two episodes of the British Black Mirror will be shown, which offer a fictitious look at the future.

Wed 24.07., 7 pm, HE Digital I – Black Mirror: Das Leben als Spiel, Euros Lyn, 2011 – Black Mirror: Hang the DJ, Tim Van Patten, 2017


Sun 25.08., 11 am–12:30 pm, HE Genius Media. Guidance For A New World Order Ralf Berger

In his performance developed for Haus Esters, the artist Ralf Berger contrasts the visionary character of the icon of modern architecture with a dystopian draft. In a mixture of preprogrammed material and live elements, he evokes the “spirit of media” as the stimulus of a possible mega machine of the future and transforms the house into a different, disturbing site.

Guided tours

Public guided tours to Alternatives for Living

Sun 07.07., 2–3:30 pm, HL HE (2 parallel tours)

Sun 14.07., 3–4:30 pm, HL HE Wed 17.07., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Wed 31.07., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Sun 11.08., 11:30 am–1 pm, HL HE Wed 14.08., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Wed 21.08., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Wed 28.08., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE Sun 01.09., 11:30 am–1 pm, HL HE Wed 04.09., 7–8:30 pm, HL HE

Guided tour to Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld

Sun 04.08., 2–5 pm, HL HE + VerSeidAg Meeting point: HE Price: 16 Euro incl. admission

Unless otherwise indicated, a 2 Euro fee will be added to the price of admission for the public guided tours. The architecture will be addressed in all guided tours.


Experience the museum live with SWK and Sparkasse Krefeld

Moving Mood Art in the Garden Thu 01.08., 7–9 pm, HL HE Admission free

Mobility, the theme of the second part of the Alternatives for Living exhibition project, is in great demand this evening. Mobile life plans will become legible in contemporary artworks and installations in the gardens of Haus Lange and Haus Esters. And the museum visitors will be set in motion themselves with a lot of music and party atmosphere.


“Living 4.0” Wed 10.07., 3–9 pm, HE

Where do we want to live? How do we want to live? Associations range from homeland to mobile homes. Dwelling is homeland and mobile at the same time. It unites nostalgia, desire, home and digitality. Digitality promotes our mobility—and our positioning.

Barcamp “Living 4.0” focuses on the question about what living in the twenty first century means, how we practice it now and how we want to live in the future. Ecologically? Urban? Rural? With a view? With family? In a row house? In a pre-WWII building? In a communal apartment?


Cooperation partner: Institut “Moderne im Rheinland,” Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Admission free, registration:
For further information:


Holiday workshop “Wohnautomaten” collective “Wilde Kulturtechniken”

Workshop I, HL HE Tue–Sat 16–20.07., 11 am–5 pm Workshop II, HL HE Tue–Wed 23–24.07., 11 am–5 pm, Thu 25.07., 11 am–2 pm Workshop III, HL HE Thu 25.07., 2–5 pm Fri–Sat 26.–27.07., 11 am–5 pm

Free of charge, max. 15 participants, registration is required

Only for children between the ages of 10 and 14. Sponsored by Kulturrucksack NRW


15.09. – 26.01.2020

Opening Act 3: Dystopia Sun 15.09., 11:30 am, HE


In Laura Lima’s performance a cook prepares in the kitchen of Haus Lange a meal to be eaten in 2039 Sun 15.09., 1—2 pm, HL each Wed 6—7 pm, HL each Thr 12 am–1pm, HL Sun 17.11., 1—2 pm, HL Sun 08.12., 12 am–1pm, HL Sun 26.01., 1—2 pm, HL


This is not an exercise. Dystopia in Haus Esters Thr 03.10., 5–9 pm, HL HE Experience museum live with SWK and Sparkasse Krefeld Admission free

At KunstImPuls in October we will be sounding gloomy tones. Our guided tours deal with an uncertain future and possible disasters, with an avatar that lives on a carpet and of more than 30 years of non-perishable food. The event is rounded up by melancholy music and drastic workshops. One thing is certain: This is not an exercise!


Wie das “Bauhaus” wirklich war: Weimar/Dessau/Berlin, drei Stationen neuer Gestaltung Sun 13.10., 11 am, HE Thomas Brandt (author and art educator) organized by the Ortskuratorium Düsseldorf of Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz

The Bauhaus existed only for 14 years. It was a unique gathering of the most progressive artists of the time, from Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and Oskar Schlemmer to Wassily Kandinsky, and it was criticized as strongly as it was praised. The broad spectrum of what happened in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin has given way today to a largely one-side view of this special institution. The lecture on ‘what the Bauhaus was really like’ describes the diverse paths taken by this legendary school model and discover the connections between Mies van der Rohe’s Haus Lange and Haus Esters in Krefeld and the basic principles of the Bauhaus.

Dystopien der Kunst Sun 17.11., 11 am, HE Sandra Groll (lecturer for design theory and history at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen and the Design Factory International Hamburg)

While design drafts do not conceal their optimism in the future and hence cannot negotiate future dystopic horizons, artistic dealings with dystopic themes often plays a central role. With the help of gloomy scenarios, the fact will be handled that while the unknown future of modern society can seemingly be shaped for the better from present-day conditions but are fragile and endangered precisely for this reason


Museum fun Living in the future like in the past Sat 05.10., 11 am–2 pm, HL HE Building huts and spaces out of natural materials Ages 5–12, 10 euro including admission and material. Registration is required.

Vacation workshop Metropolis – Monster-City Tue–Thr 15.–18.10., daily from 11 am–3 pm, HL HE The Science Fiction world as a model. We imagine a monstrous urban world that we will build as models, illustrate and fill with stories. Ages 6–10, 40 euro including admission and material. Registration is required. Unless specifically indicated, all events are in German.

Theme Day

Architecture as Living Body Sun 08.12., HL

Students from the Technische Hochschule Cologne and the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen have been studying Haus Lange and Haus Esters down to the tiniest detail since March 2019. The results are documented in models and plans. On this Theme Day we are concerning ourselves with architecture as a living body in a lecture as well as in guided tours. Program from late October available at:

Guided tours

Public guided tours to Alternatives for Living

Sun 15.09., 2–3 pm, HL HE Sun 15.09., 3–4 pm, HL HE Wed 09.10., 7–8 pm., HL HE Sun 27.10., 11:30 am–12:30 pm, HL HE Sun 24.11., 11:30 am–12:30 pm, HL HE Sun 15.12., 11:30 am–12:30 pm., HL HE Wed 15.01., 7–8 pm, HL HE

Curatorial guided tours to Alternatives for Living Katia Baudin: Wed 18.09., 7–8 pm, HL HE Dr. Sylvia Martin: Wed 30.10., 7–8 pm, HL HE Dr. Magdalena Holzhey: Wed 13.11., 7–8 pm, HL HE

Public guided tours on the architecture Wed 25.09., 7–8 pm, HL HE Wed 16.10., 7–8 pm, HL HE Wed 06.11., 5–6 pm, HL HE Wed 04.12., 7–8 pm, HL HE

The architecture of Haus Lange and Haus Esters and the wood restoration Conversational tour with conservator Christoph Tölke Wed 23.10., 7–8 pm, HL HE Wed 20.11., 5–6 pm, HL HE

Special guided tours Tour for teachers Wed 25.09., 5–6:30 pm, HL HE

VHS-Museumstreff “Wohnen morgen: Visionen und Ängste” Fri 27.09., 3–5 pm, HE

Architecture and garden guided tour Sun 29.09., 3–4:30 pm, garden

Sculptures in the park Sun 06.10., 11:30 am–1 pm, gardens

Double guided tour to Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld Sun 06.10., 2–5 pm, HL HE & VERSEIDAG

in cooperation with the Mies van der Rohe Businesspark Costs: 16 euro including admission, with registration Meeting place: HL

Art for young and old—guided tour Future World Sun 13.10., 3–4:30 pm, HL HE

Playful guided tour for the whole family: Will we only have astronaut food to eat in the future? Will artificial people live with us then? Will we even have a home or will we live everywhere across the world? Admission free with Krefeld Family Card.


Fr 15.11., 2:30–4:30 pm, HE Is the world a bad place? Or: How critical must art be? Conversational tour to Alternatives for Living Act 3: Dystopia. Opening with coffee and cake. Price: 4,80 euro plus admission and tour fees. Registration required.

Holiday guided tours Alternatives for Living and architecture Thr 26.12., 3–4:30 pm, HL HE Wed 01.01., 3–4:30 pm, HL HE Unless otherwise indicated, public guided tours cost 2 euro plus admission fee. The architecture is discussed in all guided tours.


Sun 26.01.2020, HL HE

We say farewell to the Alternatives for Living project and the Bauhaus year 2019. We take a look back at the past year with brief guided tours to the three acts: Utopia – Mobility – Dystopia and a children’s program.