East German Design in Frankfurt

Museum for Applied Arts - Frankfurt
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April 15 - June 27, 2004

The Museum for Applied Arts in Frankfurt shows East German products from everyday culture from the end of the 1940's to the present from April 15 to June 27, 2004. This special show titled "gebrauchs gut - Ostdeutsches Design mit Tradition" (consumer goods - East German design with a tradition), presents traditional brands as well as successful products from smaller companies.

The products that are especially interesting in form and function are at the center of attention. Among the famous brands are Jenaer Glas, Glashütte watches and the Deutsche Werkstätten in Hellerau.

The exhibition is structured in eight subject areas. Furniture is shown in the "wohn traum" (living dream), rational kitchen work is the focus of "tish glück" (table luck), furniture and accessories for offices can be found in "schreib lust" (writing lust), and "zeit blick" (time look) presents photo and film technology as well as clocks. Technological household appliances were compiled in "heim kehr" (home coming), radio sets are exhibited in "hör & sicht bar" (audible and visible), classic toys can be seen in "spiel spass" (play fun) and "leucht spur" (light trace) presents table and ceiling lamps.

The exhibition was conceived by Günther Höhne for the Grassi Museum für Kunsthandwerk Leipzig.

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