Haus Lange Haus Esters

The two urban villas Haus Esters and Haus Lange were erected in 1927–1928 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the leading representatives of New Architecture. Originally planned as private homes for the families of two friends active in Krefeld’s silk industry, Hermann Lange and Dr. Josef Esters, they are now venues for the temporary exhibitions of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld.

The two villas are largely preserved in their original states. They document Mies van der Rohe’s aspirations of uniting a new approach to space with the suitability for daily use inherent to residential structures: Clear rectangular forms encounter open sequences of spaces and large windows that connect the interior to the gardens.

Haus Lange Haus Esters are a member of the Iconic Houses Network.

Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Westansicht  
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Westansicht
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Gartenseite  
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
Gartenseite
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Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Dining room 
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Haus Lange, Krefeld
Dining room Photo: Volker Döhne
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Haus Esters, Krefeld  
East elevation
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Haus Esters, Krefeld
East elevation Photo: Volker Döhne
Haus Lange, Krefeld  
1st floor, master bedroom 
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Haus Lange, Krefeld
1st floor, master bedroom Photo: Volker Döhne
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Straßenfront, Norden  
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
Straßenfront, Norden
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Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Terrace, 
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Haus Esters, Krefeld
Terrace, Photo: Volker Döhne
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Eingang auf der Nordseite  
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Eingang auf der Nordseite
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Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Gartentür (von außen, Detail)  
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Haus Esters, Krefeld
Gartentür (von außen, Detail)
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Originaldeckenlampe, Mies van der Rohe  
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Originaldeckenlampe, Mies van der Rohe
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Esszimmer  
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
Esszimmer
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Halle  
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
Halle
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Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Treppe zum Garten  
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Haus Lange, Krefeld
Treppe zum Garten
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld  
Esszimmer in Richtung Halle und Kinderzimmer  
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Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
Esszimmer in Richtung Halle und Kinderzimmer
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Küche mit originaler Ausstattung  
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Küche mit originaler Ausstattung
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Straßenfront, Norden  
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Straßenfront, Norden
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld  
Halle und Eßbereich  
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Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Halle und Eßbereich
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the villas as venues for contemporary art

Haus Lange and Haus Esters have served the Kunstmuseen Krefeld as exhibition venues for contemporary art since 1955 and 1981, respectively.

Ulrich Lange, the son of the original owner, donated his house to the city of Krefeld in 1966, earmarking it as site for contemporary art production. Since then, young artists have had the chance to grapple with the architecture first hand and create their works for these buildings. Around 1960, Alexander Calder and Yves Klein were among the first to have conceived on-site exhibitions for the villas; they were followed by artists such as Jan Dibbets, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long and Fred Sandback. John Baldessari, Elmgreen & Dragset, Alicja Kwade and David Reed are some of the artists who have continued this tradition in recent years.

Jasmina Cibic, exhibition view, Jasmina Cibic: The Spirit of Our Needs, Haus Esters, 2017, Photo: Volker Döhne
Jasmina Cibic, exhibition view, Jasmina Cibic: The Spirit of Our Needs, Haus Esters, 2017, Photo: Volker Döhne
Haus-Rucker-Co, exhibition COVER - Überleben in verschmutzter Umwelt, Haus Lange, garden view with air-inflated structure, 1971, Photo: Hein Engelskirchen
Haus-Rucker-Co, exhibition COVER - Überleben in verschmutzter Umwelt, Haus Lange, garden view with air-inflated structure, 1971, Photo: Hein Engelskirchen
Elmgreen & Dragset, Darkroom, 2017, Photo: Johannes Post
Elmgreen & Dragset, Darkroom, 2017, Photo: Johannes Post