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.

Special exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum, Schloss Pillnitz
01.05.—07.11.2021

Nouveautés – Art school and lace industry

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Ausstellungsansicht "Nouveautés"
© SKD, Foto: David Pinzer

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, Foto: Okolo - Adam Štech, Matěj Činčera, Jan Kloss
Ausstellungsansicht, Sammlung "Verpackungen"

Upcoming Events

  • Design Campus Digital Talk

    Whose lives, bodies and data are affected by new digital power structures that exacerbate older forms of exploitation, dispossession and appropriation? By centering on migrant workforces hidden behind processes of automation, Ariana Dongus will discuss how data colonialism, meaning data-driven and algorithmic forms of occupation, dispossession and exploitation affect populations that are usually neglected by Western discourses around tech companies and critiques of surveillance capitalism.

     

    In so doing, she aims to demystify AI by showing how technology is not neutral and objective: Historically grown social injustices, discriminations and inequalities are deeply woven into the fabric of contemporary high-tech and reproduce colonial power structures. The more AI emerges as a paradigm in digital capitalism, the higher the demand for cheap labor whose subjects are to be found behind screens and smartphones around the globe. By showing how much human labor is still needed to make AI applications appear 'autonomous' and 'smart', the lecture contributes to a materialist critique of digital economies today and argues against the myth of AI as an ’automation machine’: rather than replacing a workforce, it displaces it onto a new migrant one, shifting it to the minds and hands of a precarious low-cost workers.

     

    Ariana Dongus is a doctoral candidate and research associate at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Karlsruhe. In 2021, she was awarded as „AI Newcomer“ by the German Ministry of Education and the Society for Informatics. At HfG, she coordinates the research group KIM (Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy) founded by Prof. Pasquinelli, as well as a research project in the program "AI and the Society of the Future" funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. In exploring the intersection of biometrics, colonial pasts, new forms of work and machine 'intelligence', she contributes to a critique of today’s digital economies. She has held workshops and lectured nationally and internationally, for example at Ars Electronica, transmediale, PACT Zollverein, Bern University of the Arts, Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts or during the European Media Art Festival.

     

    The event will be livestreamed on our Youtube-Channel.

    • Treff: Digital; Link unter "Mehr erfahren"
    • Teilnahmegebühr: Free of charge
    • Kontakt: designcampus@skd.museum
  • Sächsischer Staatspreis für Design zu Gast im Kunstgewerbemuem

    Gespräch und Führung mit Thomas A. Geisler

    • Teilnahmegebühr: 3€/5€ Junge Freunde/Gäste
    • Kontakt: Teilnahme nach bestätigter Anmeldung unter freunde@skd.museum, aktuelle Infos unter www.freunde-skd.de
  • Design Campus Digital Talk

    THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKED LIKE: A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE PRINTED BALLOT

     

    The talk traces the visual story of the ballot, from early handwritten tickets to colorful and typographically outlandish examples from the 19th century. Responding to the explosive growth of an evolving electorate as well as a legacy of fraud, the struggle for suffrage, and concerns about voting security, the ballot reveals insights into electoral processes past and present.

     

    The event will be livestreamed on our Youtube-Channel.

     

    Alicia Cheng is a founding partner of MGMT and is currently the Head of Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has worked as a senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-design director at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She has taught and served as a visiting critic at Yale University, Princeton University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Cooper Union School of Art. She currently serves as an external critic for the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

    • Treff: Digital; Link unter "Mehr erfahren"
    • Teilnahmegebühr: Free of charge
    • Kontakt: designcampus@skd.museum

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

From our Online Collection

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