In conjunction with Collection Satellite #3, the artist Ola Vasiljeva (b. 1981 in Latvia, now living in the Hague) addresses the inequity in treatment of women designers in the German Werkbund.
Their male peers regarded the work of these designers as minor and kitschy. In response to this a group of women designers realized the sober “House of Women” at the 1914 German Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne. Inspired by these events, Vasiljeva will realize an installation in which the boundaries between the male and the female are blurred. Visitors are confronted with a workshop situation containing the traces of an imaginative group of designers.
The holdings of the German Museum for Art in Commerce and Industry—an extraordinary sample collection assembled by the German Werkbund that has belonged to the Kunstmuseen Krefeld since 1923—served as Vasiljeva’s starting point. Karl Ernst Osthaus established this mobile nomad museum in 1909 with the goal of promoting the collaboration between art, industry and trade. As such, it is a precursor of the Bauhaus, which was founded ten years later in 1919. In parallel, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld will be showing highlights from the collection of contemporary art.
Opening: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Kaiser Wilhelm Museum)
Curator: Constanze Zawadzky
The Sparda-Bank West Foundation is a Partner of the Collection Satellites