Jour fixe
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Monday, March 6, 2017, 7pm
Architektur - Werner Gräff. Jetzt wird Ihre Wohnung eingerichtet. Das Warenbuch für den neuen Wohnbedarf.
Architecture - Werner Gräff. Jetzt wird Ihre Wohnung eingerichtet. Das Warenbuch für den neuen Wohnbedarf. Potsdam, Müller & I. Kiepenheuer 1933. 

(Event in German, free admission)

Our guest will be Dr. Rudolf Fischer (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich) and he will talk about the topic "Cosy or modern? Continuities in design between 1930 and 1960". 

When architect Rudolf Schwarz favoured the "tried-and-tested" over the "fashionable" for future living design for the Federal Republic in his introductory text for the Werkbund exhibition "Neues Wohnen" in Cologne 1949, he was obviously referring to the Werkbund values just before the Second World War and not the progressive avantgarde modernism of the late Weimar Republic, represented by artists and architects related to the Bauhaus. This was one first spark that lead to serious discussions, partially reviving the objectives of the Weimar Republic. "One single, well-shaped steel tube chair can make a room cosy" Juliane Roh wrote in 1954, for example, taking a more avantgarde view. High-circulation books about how to live but also the continuous work of Bauhaus students like, for example, Eduard Ludwig illustrated and transported these vivid discourses about Neues Wohnen (New Living).

The jour fixe is a regular day for informal talks between the Museum staff, the public, and special guests about the Museum's current exhibitions, fields of study and collection themes, and other issues in regard to the Museum’s work. The jour fixe is generally held on the first Monday of the month.