Design meets Baroque

in Schloss Pillnitz

Raum mit langem, zusammengesetztem Tisch und verschiedenen Sitzen
© SKD, Foto: Tomáš Souček

Intro

At home in the summer palace of Schloss Pillnitz since 1963/64 and open from May to October, it is the ambition of the Kunstgewerbemuseum to live up to its original aspirations in Dresden in equal measure for public, producers and designers. Organising and displaying the 60,000 objects provides the basis for a discourse on design and enables these issues to be brought closer to the target groups by way of diverse formats.

The Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden was founded in 1876. Inspired by the first Great Exhibition in London in 1851, museums of the arts & crafts / applied arts sprang up all over Europe with the purpose of providing models for handicraft and industry and fostering the export potential of local consumer goods. Frequently affiliated to schools of arts & crafts, an entirely new type of museum evolved: not a courtly and prestigious collection, but one compiled with the deliberate aim of educating taste and sensibility for quality.

Permanent exhibition

viele verschiedene Kartons
© SKD
Ausstellungsansicht "Werkstadt Vienna"

Object of the Season

Through the austere structure and theaccentuationof the mandrill's individual, almost geometrically stylised bodyparts, the Osnabrück artist Fritz Hein succeeds in an impressive rendering of the animal's natural physical presence. He adds certain details, like the mighty neck and the buttocks that swell - actually only in the female - during the mating season. The mandrill is one of a group of four sculptures by the artist, which was transferred in 1992 as a gift to the Dresden Museum of Decorative Arts from the Berlin Ceramics Museum.

 

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"König Drill", Fritz Hein, um 1970

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History

The Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden was founded in 1876. Inspired by the first Great Exhibition in London in 1851, museums of the arts & crafts / applied arts sprang up all over Europe with the purpose of providing models for handicraft and industry and fostering the export potential of local consumer goods. Frequently affiliated to schools of arts & crafts, an entirely new type of museum evolved: not a courtly and prestigious collection, but one compiled with the deliberate aim of educating taste and sensibility for quality.  

History of the collection

reich verzierter Schrank auf vier Beinen

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