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Teeservice, Porzellanfabrik Kahla AG, 1931 – 1945
Teeservice, Porzellanfabrik Kahla AG, 1931 – 1945 © Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, 2018. Foto: Armin Herrmann

Dekor als Übergriff?

As part of the exhibition series: 111/99. Questions about the design language of modernity

Simple and monochrome should be objects and buildings of the Werkbund and the Bauhaus. The classical modernity stands for ornamentlessness and objectivity in the design.

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Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge

Oranienstraße 25 10999  Berlin


Another aspect of modernism is the abstract spray patterns on the everyday ceramics of the 1920s-30s: constructivist patterns, powerful colors, abstract line compositions on thousands of cake plates, cups and plates, applied with the help of streamlined spray and stencil technology, reflect the avant-garde painting of the early 20th century Century. More than 60 companies surpass themselves in the variety of shapes and decors, despite the global economic crisis, the cheap mass produced a boom phase.

On an economic, social, technical and artistic level, the Spritzdekor-Keramik represents the discourses of the time: the relationship between artistic-creative work, craft and industry, individually influenced individual pieces and anonymous mass-produced goods. Why is the popular spray decoration disappearing from everyday life in the mid-1930s? In which relationship does it stand as a fad to the canon of the classical modern? In what context are the decors of the pictorial motifs of the artistic avant-garde and their omission as "degenerate"?

These are the questions the exhibition »Decor als Übergriff?« With hundreds of examples from private collections.

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