The Decorative Arts Museum shows a selection of works by the recently deceased ceramist Antje Brüggemann. The core of the exhibition consists of 14 ceramic objects that came into the museum's holdings as a donation from the artist. The exhibition is supplemented by other ceramics from private collections.
Antje Brüggemann's ceramics have the character of objects; they are not intended for everyday use. The artistic development of her work can be seen from the works shown. It ranges from the twisted vessels with loose, wrist-sprayed abstract decorations that were created in the 1960s, to the sculptural still lifes of the 1970s, to built vessels with geometric decorations from the more recent creative period.
The objects made of porcelain stoneware often have an illusionistic decor that simulates space. This creates a sophisticated dialogue between the real three-dimensional shape and the geometric decor.
From training to visionary
After an apprenticeship as a potter, Antje Brüggemann studied ceramics with Jan Bontjes van Beek in Hamburg and Walter Popp in Kassel. Since 1970 she lived and worked in Wippershain near Bad Hersfeld. In the 1990s she created porcelain for the Rosenthal company. She was a founding member of “Group 83”, whose goal of representing and promoting ceramics as an independent art form in Germany, which she pursued with consistency and enthusiasm for experimentation.
Guided tours by curators will accompany the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Claudia Kanowski.
A special exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum – Berlin State Museums