Craft as Myth Between Ideal and Real Life

29 April – 11 September 2022

Visual: Great Design Studio

The Craft as Myth. Between Ideal and Real Life focuses on universal values and messages associated with craft in the past, present, and future.

The show exposes romanticized notions as well as ideologies and reveals the emotions and affects, ideas and wishes the sphere of handcrafted produce evokes in the individual and society. This approach brings clarity and new momentum to many contemporary debates but also to the social dimension of design. The presentation comprises an array of objects, films, pictures, photographs, and artworks. The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the vorarlberg museum, Bregenz.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog in German language published by Verlag für moderne Kunst. With the combined knowledge of three museums and nuanced contributions, authors from various professions examine the myth of craftsmanship in all its facets. They shed light on aspects of the craft in an informed and multi-faceted manner. The catalog is available at the museum shop at a price of 24 euros.

With objects from numerous collections and organizations such as: Berlinische Galerie, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Sammlung zeitgenössische Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland sowie Vincent Systems GmbH, BraunGmbH, Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Freitag lab. Ag und Mono GmbH

With works by: Blixa Bargeld, Olivier van Herpt, Olaf Holzapfel, Sofia Hultén, Hella Jongerius, Abir Kobeissi, Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard, Jens Risch, August Sander, TSATSAS, Heidi Vogel-Hennig, Donata Wenders und Babette Wiezorek

Curators: Grit Weber (Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main), Kerstin Stöver and Ute Thomas (Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), and Theresia Anwander (vorarlberg museum, Bregenz).

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