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“SPACE ART – MADE IN DARMSTADT 1904 TO 1914” – Museum Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt | 01.06.2021- Permanent exhibition

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The exhibition presents the innovative work of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony between 1904 and 1914. Following on from the first part of the collection presentation “RAUMKUNST – Made in Darmstadt 1901”, the second part also refers to the idea of the artists’ colony members to achieve an interpenetration of art and everyday life with each individual project design. Individual objects were not only to be aesthetically designed, but were also to merge together – as part of completely designed room arrangements – to form a total work of art.

Image Above: Edmund Körner / Hofmöbelfabrik Ludwig Alter, Darmstadt, Bahlsen company biscuit pavilion at the exhibition of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony, 1914, from: Art for All, 1914/15.

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Installation view “Spatial Art – Made in Darmstadt 1904-14”, Museum Künstlerkolonie, Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, 2021, Photo: Gregor

The new presentation focuses in different ways on the development of a new aesthetic model that combined functionality, simplicity and mass-produced goods with new distribution channels. Above all, Joseph Maria Olbrich and Peter Behrens set new standards not only with their future-oriented architecture but also with their modern interior design, which was further developed in the Werkbund they founded and later by the Bauhaus. On display are over 150 pieces of furniture, ceramics, books, textiles, sculptures, models, paintings, prints and drawings by Joseph Maria Olbrich, Peter Behrens, Albin Müller, Emanuel Josef Margold and others, which illustrate the importance of Mathildenhöhe, for example, for the development of design and architectural history.

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Johann Vincenz Cissarz / Friedrich Schoembs, Offenbach am Main, exhibition poster of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony, 1904, Mathildenhöhe Institute, Darmstadt Municipal Art Collection, Photo: Gregor Schuster

Exhibition curator: Stefanie Patruno, collection curator, curator and deputy director, Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt


Institute Mathildenhöhe
Olbrichweg 15
64287 Darmstadt


Since Tuesday, 1 June 2021 (permanent exhibition)

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