In October, our big day will be upon us again. At a matriculation ceremony in the campus garden on 18 October 2021, the president of the weissensee school of art and design berlin Angelika Richter will formally open the academic year. We are looking forward to welcoming 165 new students from Europe, the USA and Asia. With their ideas and personalities, they will have an important impact in future on the life of the academy. We will also be extending a warm welcome to two new professors. The art historian and publisher Joseph Imorde has been newly appointed in the subject area Theory and History, whilst the endowed professorship for Graphic Reproduction will be held by the artist and author Marina Naprushkina, who was born in Minsk and lives in Berlin. Andrea Vilter, Professor for Dramaturgy and Stage Direction in the subject area Stage and Costume Design, and Thomas Ness, Professor for Embodied Interaction, will both become vice-presidents of the school of art and design berlin on 1 October.
The winter semester not only promises more face-to-face teaching with many new and exciting encounters. Projects that have been long in planning and exhibitions that have been postponed can finally be executed – following several attempts. You can find further details in our newsletter below and can look forward to inspirational exhibitions in the Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin (Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin), the landscape garden of the Brücke-Museum and the Parterre Gallery Berlin. Most important of all, we wish you good health in what we hope will be a golden October.
Your weissensee school of art and design berlin
9 to 31 October 2021, Museum of Decorative Arts Berlin
German Design Graduates 2021
From 9 to 31 October 2021, the Museum of Decorative Arts will be presenting “German Design Graduates”. This year, because of the pandemic, it will be a double exhibition covering 2020 and 2021. On display will be 80 creations from the best German design universities, including ten creations from the weissensee school of art and design berlin. All the exhibits were selected by a renowned, independent jury. The final-year assignments by bachelor and master’s students from the subject areas Design and Mobility, Design and Interaction and Design and Experiment focus on current social and technical challenges and, in so doing, include ecological, cultural or economic conditions and consequences.
11 to 16 October 2021, Brücke-Museum Berlin
In all eras, nature has been a place of longing, a projection surface, a motif and a place of reflection in painting. A society is reflected in its dealings with nature, and art has recorded and commented on this relationship since time immemorial. In engaging with this topic, students of the weissensee school of art and design berlin and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille have developed interventions for the landscape garden of the Brücke-Museum Berlin. Visitors are invited to follow the students’ perspective on a changed environment and to watch them as they work “en plein air”.
Mart Stam Prize 2020
13 to 31 October 2021, Parterre Gallery Berlin
As part of the closing events for the Mart Stam Prize 2019, the Parterre Gallery Berlin is inviting visitors to a discussion with the prizewinners at 7 pm on 8 October. It will then continue its run of Mart Stam exhibitions on 13 October with the Mart Stam Prize 2020. Both exhibitions can then be seen at the Marburg Arts Council (Marburger Kunstverein). The Mart Stam Society has awarded the renowned Mart Stam Prize since 1997. An independent jury selects the best final-year assignments from the weissensee school of art and design berlin. The prizewinners are presented with a bilingual catalogue and a joint exhibition. The prize is intended to appeal to applicants from all disciplines and, in so doing, is consciously seeking to bridge the customary divide between art and design.
Beauty of Form! The designer Christa Petroff-Bohne
Running till 24 October 2021, Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg)
Christa Petroff-Bohne taught for 36 years at the weissensee school of art and design berlin and was one of the most important German designers of the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition “Beauty of Form” in the Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg can be seen until 24 October 2021 and provides insights into her work. Jörg Petruschat, professor at the weissensee school of art and design berlin, collaborated with Klara Nemeckova and Silke Ihden-Rothkirch to curate this exhibition. Silke Ihden-Rothkirch and Jörg Petruschat have also published a book about Christa Petroff-Bohne. It forms the basis of the exhibition, and its title is likewise “Beauty of Form”. The exhibition is a cooperation between the Museum of Decorative, the State Art Collections Dresden (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden) and the Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg.