• Andreas Brandolini
    DEUTSCHES WOHNZIMMER (GERMAN LIVING ROOM) – ENSEMBLE FOR THE DOCUMENTA 8
    1987
    Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, and Andreas Brandolini
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Möbel perdu (Michel Feith)
    LAMP „TYRANNO“
    1984
    Synthetic material, filament lamp
    Private property
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Stiletto Studio,s
    SHORT REST/CONSUMER’S REST
    1988/1983
    Lacquered steel, synthetic material
    Stiletto Studio,s/Merve publishing house
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

  • Axel Kufus/Ulrike Holthöfer
    BATH-SHELF
    1985 Synthetic material
    Axel Kufus
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 for the work of Ulrike Holthöfer

  • Axel Kufus/Ulrike Holthöfer
    TABLE LAMPE „LICHTERSTRAUSS“ (LIGHT’S BOUQUET)
    1985
    Telephone cable, cable strap, illuminant
    Axel Kufus
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 for the work of Ulrike Holthöfer

  • Volker Albus
    FLOOR LAMP „A 59“
    1983
    Plexiglass Private property
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Heinz H. Landes
    CANTILEVER CHAIR „SOLID“
    1986
    Cement, armoring
    Private property Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

  • Axel Stumpf
    TABLE KUMPEL II (BUDDY II)
    1986
    Pickaxes, glass plate
    Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Bellefast
    „MEDIA ROBOT (TOTEM)“
    1982
    Plywood, laminated
    Max Moormann
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Herbert Jakob Weinand
    CARPET BERLIN
    1985
    Wool
    Private property
    Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Idris Kolodziej/Herbert Jakob Weinand
    PHOTO FOR THE EXHIBITION „DESIGN IM FOTO“ (WEINAND GALLERY)
    1989
    Photo
    Repro: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Idris Kolodziej/Herbert Jakob Weinand
    PHOTO FOR THE EXHIBITION „DESIGN IM FOTO“ (WEINAND GALLERY)
    1989
    Photo
    Repro: Martin Adam, Berlin

  • Eva Maria Ocherbauer
    DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS, KÜNSTLERHAUS BETHANIEN
    C. 1986/87
    Photo

  • Eva Maria Ocherbauer
    ANDREAS BRANDOLINI
    Photo

Exhibition from 17 October 2014 to
1 February 2015 at the Bröhan-Museum, Berlin

In the eighties, artists and designers in Westgerman cities caused a sensation with fancy, bizarre, brute and ironic furniture and objects. The movement was called Neues Deutsches Design (New German Design), stood for a radical new approach, alike the Neue Deutsche Welle (“New German Wave”) or the Neue Deutsche Film (New German Cinema ): design was made outside the framework of industrial production and influenced by all kinds of cultural and subcultural sources. For the first time, the Bröhan-Museum launches a major exhibition about this phenomenon, which had just a short peak: from 1982, when the first exhibition titled “Möbel perdu – Schöneres wohnen” (“Furniture perdu – Living more beautiful”) took place in Hamburg, until the German reunification. Therefore, the New German Design is a contemporary document for a perception of Germany, that does not exist anymore, and one of the last important cultural achievements of West Germany.

At the beginning of the eighties a young generation of designers in West Germany and West-Berlin started break the tradition of functionalism. Established by the Deutscher Werkbund (German Association of Craftsmen) before World War I, shaped by the Bauhaus and brought to perfection after World War II by the Ulm School of Design, German design was all about ideas like “the good form” or “the simple line”: an own approach to design, that was based on rationality and searched for a factual, unemotional and preferably efficient design. Due to the protests of 1968, social changes, and the political circumstances in the seventies, rational and industrial fabricated design got into a crisis. Now, furniture and objects had to tell stories, to reflect the social situation or to encourage thinking about the German self-image. They may, as Christian Borngräber expressed, “harm the optic nerve but not the backside”. There is for example a table called Tarantula by Schulz-Pilath which looks like a spider crawling through the living room, there is Stiletto’s Consumer’s Rest Lounge Chair, a transformed shopping cart, there is Volker Albus’ floor lamp A 59, that brings the German Autobahn into the living room. The group Kunstflug combines nature and artificiality in floor lamps that look like trees, Herbert Jakob Weinand hints at the Cold War with his table Pershing.

“Fancy Bizarre Brute. New German Design of the 1980s” shows about 80 objects of the New German Design, among them furniture and works by Stiletto, Volker Albus, Heinz Landes, Andreas Brandolini, Wolfgang Flatz, Axel Kufus, Jasper Morrison, the groups Möbel perdu from Hamburg, Kunstflug from Düsseldorf, Pentagon from Cologne, Ginbande from Frankfurt as well as Bellefast and Cocktail from Berlin. Some historical exhibition arrangements are reconstructed, like the Deutsches Wohnzimmer (German living room) by Brandolini, first exhibited at the Documenta 8, and also pieces of the exhibition Kaufhaus des Ostens (Department store of the East), which was presented in 1985 in the same rooms, then the Werkbundarchiv, today the Bröhan-Museum. The exhibition takes a new look at designs and projects of various artists, designers and designer groups and makes this movement of the eighties visible again.

The exhibition shows the works of the following artists/designer/photographer:

AD US (Manuel Pfahl, Bettina Wiegandt )
Florian Aicher
Volker Albus
Bellefast (Andreas Brandolini, Max Moormann, Joachim B. Stanitzek)
Stefan Bumm
Cocktail (Heike Mühlhaus, Renate von Brevern)
Die Tödliche Doris (Nikolaus Utermöhlen, Chris Dreier, Wolfgang Müller)
Anno Dittmer
Wolfgang Flatz
Ginbande (Uwe Fischer, Achim Heine)
John Hirschberg
Idris Kolodziej
Axel Kufus
Kunstflug (Heiko Bartels, Harald Hullmann, Hardy Fischer, Charly Hüskes)
Heinz Landes
Anna Maske
Möbel perdu (Michel Feith, Rouli Lecatsa, Claudia Schneider-Esleben)
Jasper Morrison
Eva Maria Ocherbauer
Susanne Neubohn
Pentagon (Gerd Arens, Wolfgang Laubersheimer, Detlef M-V, Reinhard Müllerm Ralph Sommer)
Claudia Rahayel
Moritz Reichelt
Stefan Maria Rother
Gerd Schulz-Pilath
Inge Sommer
Hans-Peter Stange
Stiletto Studio,s
Axel Stumpf
Siegfried Michail Syniuga
N.U. Unruh
Hermann Waldenburg
Herbert Jakob Weinand