More than thirty years after the German reunion, the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden presents the cooperative exhibition »German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History«. together with the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. Giving insights into the different design philosophies in the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany, the exhibition reveals many parallels and interrelations linking design in East and West during the nation’s divide.
Protagonists like Dieter Rams in the West and Margarete Jahny in the East showed that design was not just a visual answer of two separate economic systems – it was a subversive mark of protest, and it also made a subtle contribution of its own to the process resulting in German unification in 1989. The exhibition not only reunifies the design evolution of a formerly divided country but also allows a unique comparison of design under the different circumstances of capitalist and socialist societies.
Our studio developed the exhibition graphics which are placed throughout both locations. The simple visual language of our drawings underlines the brilliance of the displayed Artifacts without stealing their show.
The cooperative exhibition takes place on the 20th of March 2021 in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and will be continued on the 15th of October at the Kunsthalle Lipsiusbau Dresden until the 20th February 2022.
© Vitra Design Museum, Photos: Ludger Paffrath