To launch the 7th European Artistic Craft Days, the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) is hosting a special exhibition with award-winning and juried exhibits from the 2020 Landespreis Gestaltendes Handwerk – a state prize for applied crafts. Under the heading Four Elements, around 80 craftspeople and designers submitted some 260 works to the competition.
The show is enhanced with a selection of works by Parisan artisinal craftspeople and designers curated by the partner chamber of applied crafts in Paris. Creative minds from both metropolitan centres combine craftsmanship and inventiveness to create a multifaceted presentation: furniture in the form of a Platonic solid, a light sculpture combining the shape of a 19th-century weaving shuttle with the graphic look-and-feel of 20th-century electronic circuit boards, and ceramic objects playing on ancient symbols and consumer culture. The objects are just as unusual as the materials chosen by their creators while devising them, ranging from blackened pear wood, green marble and concrete to paper, gold and loofah fibres.
The four elements of fire, earth, water and air often play an important role in the formative process of handcrafted objects – as a production agent, component or original form of the material used. All exhibits were chosen by a jury of experts from the fields of skilled craft, the art and design scene and academia. The prize has been fostering exceptional achievements in craftsmanship and design for almost 60 years. The Handwerkskammer Berlin (Berlin Chamber of Crafts) and the Berliner Volksbank jointly award the 15,000 euro prize.
The exhibition is part of the European Artistic Craft Days, a long weekend involving open studios, museums and workshops that takes place from 3 to 5 April 2020 at more than 200 venues throughout Berlin, with 11 regions participating in Germany. Workshops and studios in 21 countries will open their doors across Europe. The patron of the European Artistic Craft Days is Elke Büdenbender, the wife of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
For more information: www.berlin.kunsthandwerkstage.de
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