Photos: Linde Böhm ©HfG-Archiv Ulm


Photos: Linde Böhm ©HfG-Archiv Ulm


Photos: Linde Böhm ©HfG-Archiv Ulm

The HfG-Archiv offers researchers, students and the general public the opportunity to learn about and explore the history of the Ulm School of Design (1953-1968).

Available are original sources, including files, three dimensional models for product design and two dimensional graphic designs, the former library of the Ulm School of Design as well as current literature about design and design history.


Official Fee Scale HfG-Archive

Opening hours


Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm. Please register your visit in advance by telephone. or +49 (0) 731 161 4370


Permanent exhibition «The Ulm School of Design – From the Zero Hour to 1968»

Tuesday – Sunday, public holidays (with exceptions), 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 8 pm (inot on a public holiday)

Closed on Monday

Please note our opening times on public holidays in January - June 2018
13.02.2018 (Faschingsdienstag), 30.04.2018 (Karfreitag), 31.12.2017 (Silvester): geschlossen 

02.04.2018 (Ostermontag), 01.05. (Maifeiertag), 10.05.2018 (Christi Himmelfahrt):, 21.05.2018 (Pfingstmontag), 31.05.2018 (Fronleichnam) 11-17 Uhr

Important Notice

Between April and June some parts of the permament exhibition may be not accessible due to a short term building project. Should you plan a visit in that period please contact us beforehand. News, information and times for events and guided tours are here:

Tickets for the permanent exhibition «The Ulm School of Design – From the Zero Hour to 1968»
€ 4.50 / concessions € 3.50

Free admission every first Friday of the month!

Between Chairs

Studio HfG, 3 February – 18 March 2018

Exhibition project of Bauhaus Lab, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, in cooperation with HfG-Archiv Ulm

Summer 1965 in Ahmedabad, India. Hans Gugelot, a lecturer at the HfG Ulm (a successor institution of the Bauhaus) is a guest of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad (NID). Together with the Indian designer Gajanan Upadhyay and students he designs a seating suite: the Indian Lounge, also known as 24/42 Chairs. This exemplifies the combined effect of two design approaches – the system design of the HfG Ulm and the low-cost design from Ahmedabad. Made from teak and Indian fabric, the suite draws on local craftsmanship traditions in respect of materials and fabrication and merges these with contemporary design.

At the time, the collaboration in this summer workshop is already embedded in an international network. It also reflects the ambitions of a modern India, which formed the basis for the foundation of the National Institute of Design – an institute with a curriculum that knowingly drew also on its own cultures.

The 1960s were a time of change: In the geopolitical context of the Cold War and national independence, postwar mass consumerism and ‘development’, the two schools – the HfG Ulm and the NID in Ahmedabad – formed a particularly fertile ground for the redefinition of the relationship between design and society. The dialogue between Germany and India tells us about global modernism, and also about its rifts: The HfG Ulm, which promoted a radically scientific approach to design and closed in 1968 on the one hand and, on the other, the NID in Ahmedabad, a standard-bearer of modern India that remains active to this day.

The Ulm School of Design was founded in 1953 by Inge Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. With its experimental approach and distinct design vocabulary it was often regarded internationally as the successor to the Bauhaus. The foundation of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in 1961 was an expression of the particular importance of design for a modern India. The educational programme was internationally orientated and the collaboration with the Ulm School of Design came about as a result of this. While the Ulm School of Design closed in 1968, the National Institute of Design remains active to this day.

Beginning with the Indian Lounge or 24/42 Chairs, the Bauhaus Lab 2017 investigated the transcultural dialogues concerning the education of designers as mediators between universal design and a local culture of things. In the exhibition the seating suite is placed in the context of related things that shaped the then ongoing discourse about the recovery of a design praxis that occupied a critical role in daily life. The exhibition was first on view at the Bauhaus Stiftung Dessau in 2017.

Exhibition concept „Bauhaus LAB 2017. Between chairs. Dialogues on Craft and Design“, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau 2017
Booklet available, 9,90 €.

Between Chairs: Guided Tours

Thursday, 6.30 p.m.: 8 February, 1 March 2018

Sunday, 3.00 p.m.: 18 February, 18 March 2018

Permanent Exhibition on the HfG Ulm

Museum Ulm, Marktplatz 9, 89073 Ulm
Tuesday – Sunday, public holidays, 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday 11 am – 8 pm
Closed on Monday

For ticket prices please see

Guided tours

For information and booking please contact Vermittlung, + 49 731 1614307 or via mail:

Tour fees

Weekday € 65 plus admission
Weekend and Friday € 75 plus admission
Evening tours Price upon request

Please note: We do not accept payment by cheque, EC or credit card.