View into the exhibition »East and West: Czech Design«, Neues Museum für Kunst und Design in Nuremberg Photo: Rainer Viertlböck

Franta Anýž, Tischleuchten, 1928, Franta Anýž & spol., Prag. Foto: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

Franta Anýž, Table Lamps, 1928, manufacturer: Franta Anýž & spol., Prag. Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

Three rooms complete with design presented at Neues Museum will shed light on the topic of “East and West”. In the wake of the presentation on “DDR/BRD”  attention moves Czech Republic.

On show are design objects covering some nine decades. Given the country’s checkered history as well as the collection of Die Neue Sammlung, the focus is on Czech avant-garde design of the 1920s and 1930s as well as on younger design from 1990 to the present. Major designs above all in the fields of furniture production and glass making have arisen in the Czech Republic. The furniture avant-garde there is associated with designers such as Jindřich Halabala or Karel Ort, who were inspired by Marcel Breuer and Mart Stam and from an early date dreamed up tubular steel furniture. Czech glass design can look back on a centuries-old tradition of Bohemian glass-making, which attained international attention through creative innovations. Alongside glass items from the first half of the 20th century, there are also specimen objects by key representatives of contemporary glass art, such as Pavel Hlava and René Roubicek, who with their specific sculptural vocabularies take explore the boundaries between art and design.

The display for the presentation Czech Design has been specially designed by Berlin artist Tilo Schulz (born 1972 in Leipzig). Since the early 1990s, Tilo Schulz has worked as an artist, curator, exhibition designers, and author.


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