Pioneers of Design Education.
New Perspectives on German Schools of Decorative Arts before the Bauhaus

Persons at the Königlich-Sächsischen Kunstgewerbeschule Dresden – photo in the studio? Denotes „Stall“, 1903/1905, © Archiv der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Bildarchiv, Sign. 08.01/4, Nr. 1

Female students of Prof. Margarethe Jungse’s class at the Königlich-Sächsischen Kunstgewerbeschule Dresden, 1911, © Archiv der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Bildarchiv, Sign. 08.01/15

Rudolf Kroll: Dresden. Atelier party in the arts and crafts school, 1911/1915 (detail), © SLUB Dresden/Deutsche Fotothek/Rudolf Kroll

Detailed research on the history of German Schools of Decorative Arts in the long 19th century is long overdue. Therefore, the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Museum of Decorative Arts of the Dresden State Art Collection) is initiating a nationally and internationally oriented network.

The project aims to examine both individual institutions and overarching aspects such as periods of development, reform efforts, networks, teaching methods and collection concepts. In addition to a longlasting scientific exchange, the intention is to provide an overview publication on the German Schools of Decorative Arts up to 1920.

In this compendium, their importance for the vocational training in art and craft will be for the first time comprehensively presented in the interdisciplinary field between art, economy and politics.

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Digital Kick-Off event on Friday, May 21, 2021
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Registration. Zoom Conference (required) until Thursday, May 20, 2021