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4 Oct 2013 - 29 Nov 2013


The largest display of German design ever mapping its development from the late 19th century till the present will be presented in the gallery of Czech Centres in Prague. Foto: Rainer Viertlboeck

The exihibit „German Design. Past - Present“ is a joint project of Czech Centre Prague, Czech Centre Munich, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum in Munich and CZECHDESIGN. The exposition was prepared by Atelier Steffen Kehrle, Prokš Přikryl Architects and Mojmír Pukl. The project is supported by Government of the Free State of Bavaria, bayerndesign, MCBW Creative Business Week Munich, Designblok, Czech-German Fund for the Future and Goethe-Institut Prague.

The project, consisting of two parts, will present historical development of applied and industrial German design from the rich collections of Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum in Munich as well as young German design in the Rejected / Accepted section.

1)      For the historical part of the exhibit, a concentrated selection of classic as well as unexpected objects was chosen from the depository of Die Neue Sammlung (the oldest and the largest international design museum). The selection illustrates the development of German design from industrializaton and the beginnings of modernization through Bauhaus and the afterwar reconstruction of Western Germany and GDR all the way to the postmodern changes influenced by digitalization and globalization. This part of the exhibit will be installed by the civic association CZECHDESIGN that has a decade-long experience with exhibiting, mapping and support of Czech design scene. The historical overview of German design will thus be presented by Czech arcitects, from Czech point of view, merging two traditions.

Photo: Sima Dehgani

2)     The second part of the exhibit called Rejected / Accepted was prepared by the atelier of Steffen Kehrle (Munich) and it casts light – as an exhibit within an exhibit – on several aspects of young German design. It focuses on film, fashion and music design and design criticism by 11 German designers from different creative fields, oscilating between the antipoles of reject and realization. At one hand, there are rejected, never realized pieces that, nevertheless, are worth attention due to their qualities and the reasons (often economical) of their rejection. At the other hand, there are realized works by the same protagonists: Florian Böhm (photography), Mirko Borsche (graphic design), Ayzit Bostan (fashion), Nitzan Cohen (industrial design), Saskia Diez (jewelry), Stefan Diez (industrial design), Markus Frenzl (critique of design), Niklas Goslar (documentary movies), Jonas Imbery (music), Steffen Kehrle (industrial design) and Sabine Magnet (texts). Therefore, Rejected / Accepted is not a presentation of failure but an appraisal of creative work.

The exhibitioin in Czech Centre Prague is part of Designblok and its opening will be attended by dr. Corinna Rösner, Deputy Director of Die Neue Sammlung, dr. Petra Hölscher, curator of Die Neue Sammlung collections, designer Stefan Diez and Steffen Kehrle, designer and the author of the Rejected / Accepted exhibit concept.

The exhibit will be accompanied by press conference on October 3 and by discussion with important personalities of design scene on the topic Intersections of German and Czech design on October 8, 4:30 PM.

The exibit is part of the prestigious DESIGNBLOK festival (October 7 – 13, 2013).






With the support by:

Government of the Free State of Bavaria





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110 00 Prague 1


From: 4 Oct 2013
To: 29 Nov 2013


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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