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Exhibition Keramik als Kunst. by Antje Brüggemann and Gruppe 83 – Kunstgewerbemuseum | 16.6.–3.11.2024

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From June 2024, the Berlin Museum of Decorative Arts will show a focused selection of works by the recently deceased ceramist Antje Brüggemann (1941-2023). The core of the special presentation consists of 14 ceramic objects that came into the museum’s inventory as a donation from the artist. The exhibition is supplemented by selected ceramics from Gruppe 83.

Image above: Antje Brüggemann, Vase in quadratischer Form mit optischem Dekor, 2011, porcelain stoneware, © Kunstgewerbemuseum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Aquired with funds from Julius Lessing Gesellschaft, Foto: Saturia Linke

Antje Brüggemann, born in Bützow in 1941, studied ceramics with Jan Bontjes van Beek in Hamburg and Walter Popp in Kassel after an apprenticeship as a potter. Since 1970 she lived and worked in Wippershain near Bad Hersfeld. She was a founding member of Gruppe 83, whose goal of representing and promoting ceramics as an independent art form in Germany, which she pursued with consistency and enthusiasm for experimentation. In addition to her freelance work, she has also created several designs for the Rosenthal company.

Brüggemann’s ceramics have the character of objects; they are not intended for everyday use. The artistic development of her work can be seen from the works shown. It ranges from the twisted vessels with loose, wrist-sprayed abstract decorations that were created in the 1960s, to the sculptural still lifes of the 1970s, to built vessels with geometric decorations from the more recent creative period. The objects made of porcelain stoneware often have an illusionistic decor that simulates space. This creates a sophisticated dialogue between the real three-dimensional shape and the geometric decor.

Antje Brüggemann, Zweiteiliges Gefäß in Rot, 1982, porcelain stoneware, © Kunstgewerbemuseum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Schenkung der Künstlerin, 2023), Foto: Ben Brüggemann, Berlin

The ceramics by Antje Brüggemann and other members of Gruppe 83 are unique pieces from the collections of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Many of them have not been exhibited for a long time. The special presentation will take place in the lower foyer on the ground floor of the Kunstgewerbemuseum.

“Keramik als Kunst. Antje Brüggemann and Gruppe 83” is curated by Claudia Kanowski, curator at the Kunstgewerbemuseum.

Curated tours will accompany the exhibition.


Opening: Sunday, 16. June 2024, at noon

Exhibition period: Sunday, 16 June until Sunday, 3 November 2024
Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 11 am – 6 pm


Kulturforum, Kunstgewerbemuseum
10785 Berlin


Ticket 10,00 EUR
Reduced 5,00 EUR

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