Villa Esche Chemnitz: Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

As the final part of their celebration of Henry van de Velde’s 150th birthday the Villa Esche in Chemnitz is currently presenting an exhibition devoted the Chemnitz designer and artist Marianne Brandt: a person whom the organisers, with more than a little justification, refer to as a “successor” of van de Velde.

Born in Chemnitz in 1893 Marianne Brandt entered Bauhaus Weimer in 1924. Following the institution’s forced moved to Dessau in 1925 Marianne Brandt took up a position in the metal workshops under László Moholy-Nagy, and where she worked alongside colleagues such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

Following her graduation in 1929 Marianne Brandt worked principally as an industrial designer, including a spell with the company Ruppelwerk in Gotha for whom she developed numerous household objects and fittings. Post World War II Marianne Brandt largely worked as a freelance designer and artist, also undertaking teaching contracts in Dresden and Berlin. Marianne Brandt died in Kirchberg, Sachsen on June 18th 1983

Presenting items from the Industriemuseum Chemnitz and the collection of Frankfurt am Main collector Bernd Freese, Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt at Villa Esche presents a look at Marianne Brandt the person and Marianne Brandt the creative.

Among the highpoints in a brief but highly entertaining exhibition are a metal ball Marianne Brandt used for experimental photography, a delightful coffee percolator Marianne Brandt designed for Ruppelwerk and a number of sketches which beautifully illustrate how Marianne Brandt developed he designs.

Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt at Villa Esche is not a huge exhibition, but is more than enough to provide a delightful overview of Marianne Brandt and her oeuvre. And through the juxtaposition with Henry van de Velde’s magnificent Villa Esche with Marianne Brandt’s time and her place in the history of European art and design.

Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt runs at Villa Esche, Parkstraße 58, 09120 Chemnitz until June 8th 2014.

Villa Esche Chemnitz Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

Villa Esche Chemnitz: Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

Villa Esche Chemnitz Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

Villa Esche Chemnitz: Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

Villa Esche Chemnitz Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

Villa Esche Chemnitz: Die Bauhauskünstlerin Marianne Brandt

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Truhe – Tipi – Tamburin. Family Sunday in the Three Grassi Leipzig Museums.

With winter finally showing itself the three Grassi Leipzig Museums will be presenting their annual Winter Family Sunday on February 9th.

Under the title “Truhe – Tipi – Tamburin” the Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts, Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum and Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments have organised a series of guided tours, story-telling sessions, participative activities. Etcetera.

Truhe – Tipi – Tamburin. Family Sunday in the Three Grassi Leipzig Museums takes place on Sunday February 9th 2014 from 2pm until 6pm. Tickets €4,50 Under 18s free.

Full details can be found at www.grassimuseum.de/

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Denkmal Interventionen – Was ist schön? at Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts

Must historic buildings be visually attractive? And if so, what do we mean by visually attractive? And who determines what we mean? Is there beauty in deterioration? Or is letting a building deteriorate an insult to those who created it?

These and similar questions will be discussed in the second of five discussion evenings organised by the Deutschen Nationalkomitees für Denkmalschutz in the Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts on February 5th.

Hosted by the culture journalist Volker Panzer and featuring contributions from author Uwe Tellkamp and artist Markus Lüpertz the evening promises to offer new perspectives and ideas on the nature, meaning and importance of historic buildings and so promote a more constructive debate over how communities deal with such.

Denkmal Interventionen – Was ist schön? takes place at the Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts on Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 7pm

Entrance is free.

Denkmal Interventionen Was ist schön at Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts

Denkmal Interventionen - Was ist schön? at Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts

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Leipziger Improvisationsfestival LivFe 2013.

From September 19th until September 22nd the Leipziger Improvisationsfestival LivFe will once again bring the world of improvised Early Music to the strictly composed order of contemporary Sachsen.

Thankfully.

The opening concert of the festival’s 3rd edition takes place on Thursday September 19th in the Leipzig Lutherkirche under the title “Dance Music from the Middle Ages” and featuring contributions by Poul Høxbro from Copenhagen and the Ensemble all’improvviso from Halle/Leipzig.

There then follows three days featuring concerts, workshops and jam sessions exploring, presenting – and explaining – Early Music and Dance, but for all the joy and inspiration that comes from improvisation.

On Saturday September 21st the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments hosts a “Zink Duel” between William Dongois and Doron Sherwin.

Full details on the Leipziger Improvisationsfestival 2013 can be found at http://www.improfestival-leipzig.de

Leipziger Improvisationsfestival 2013

Leipziger Improvisationsfestival 2013

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Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Kokdu – Companions of the Soul.

On Thursday September 26th the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum open their major autumn exhibition Kokdu – Companions of the Soul.

In Korean folklore Kokdu are other-wordly beings who assist the dead as they pass from the physical to the spiritual world.

Depicted as carved wooden figures Kokdu were traditionally placed on the funeral bier as a comfort and companion for the soul of the departed as they made their final journey.

The most surprising aspect perhaps about the Kokdu is their charm. Despite their difficult and responsible duty Kokdu are generally very playful, sprite-esque characters who are obviously ready to see their task through with humour and compassion.

The contrast to the recently displayed Minkisi couldn’t be greater. Honestly it couldn’t.

Traditionally the Korean bier, or Sangyeo, would have been “home” to several Kokdu, each of whom has a different function. The “Guide”, for example is there to, well guide the deceased while the “Entertainer” helps keep the soul distracted and amused on its sad odyssey. The human-like Kokdu are generally joined by Phoenix and Dragon Kokdu.

Organised in conjunction with the Cultural Section of the Korean Embassy in Berlin, Kokdu – Companions of the Soul presents some 120 examples of Kokdu  in an exhibition conceived and curated by the Kokdu Museum Seoul.

In addition to an introduction to the tradition of the Kokdu per se, the exhibition also opens a door on a rarely seen aspect of traditional Korean culture, and as such promises to help the visitor to understand and appreciate Korean culture. Ancient and modern.

Kokdu – Companions of the Soul opens at the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum on Thursday September 26th at 7pm. The exhibition subsequently runs until November 17th 2013.

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum Kokdu Companions of the Soul

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Kokdu - Companions of the Soul

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Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: Poesie & Industrie. Barbara Schmidt. Porzellandesign

Back in 2010 the Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts opened what we referred to as a “… a “triumvirate” exhibition exploring KAHLA porcelain.

The Bauhaus Archiv Berlin is currently presenting an exhibition focussing on just one aspect of that triumvirate: Kahla porcelain’s “chief” designer Barbara Schmidt.

Under the title Poesie & Industrie the Bauhaus Archiv exhibition takes the visitor on a chronological journey through Barbara Schmidt’s career – a career that is and has been very closely related to Kahla, a company she joined as a fresh-faced Burg Giebichenstein graduate in 1991 and whose post-unification fortunes she has largely guided with her sensitive yet innovative porcelain designs.

And from Aronda, Barbara Schmidt’s first collection for Kahla, over the 1998 Update series, a series which reflects Barabra Schmidt’s views on the evolving role – and function? – of domestic porcelain and onto the 2013 Dîner series, Poesie & Industrie wonderfully demonstrates not only what a graceful and observant porcelain designer Barbara Schmidt is, but also just what an important role she has played in defining the modern Kahla.

In addition to presenting Barbara Schmidt’s works for Kahla, Poesie & Industrie also highlights numerous, more artistic, projects including, Last Christmas, a project undertaken with the artist Inken Hilgenfeld; Cruciferae, a project which began during a year long sabbatical at the University of Art and Design Helsinki; and Skin a series of wall tiles with impressions of human body parts. In addition Poesie & Industrie also offers a chance to see, at least elements of, the Erbgut project run in the context of Barbara Schmidt’s teaching commitments at the UdK Berlin and which of course formed part of the 2010 Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts “triumvirate”

Barabara Schmidt’s porcelain is ably complimented by photographs commissioned from Nina Lüth, Thomas Hauser, Anette Rose, Marlen Mueller, Heike Steinweg and Benjamin Rinner: five photographers who were asked to capture the essence of Barbara Schmidt’s work.

Poesie & Industrie. Barbara Schmidt. Porzellandesign can be viewed at the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin until 04.11.2013

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Poesie und Industrie Barbara Schmidt Porzellandesign

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: Poesie und Industrie. Barbara Schmidt. Porzellandesign.

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Poesie und Industrie Barbara Schmidt Porzellandesign

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: Poesie und Industrie. Barbara Schmidt. Porzellandesign.

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Poesie und Industrie Barbara Schmidt Porzellandesign

Last Christmas by Barbara Schmidt and Inken Hilgenfeld.

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Poesie und Industrie Barbara Schmidt Porzellandesign

Erbgut and Look Closer @ Poesie und Industrie. Barbara Schmidt. Porzellandesign.

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: CD Presentation – Robert Schumann, Bunte Blätter op. 99

Back in September 2012 the pianist Tobias Koch recorded an album of romantic piano works by composers including Johannes Brahms, Woldemar Bargiel and Theodor Fürchtegott Kirchner. But principally Robert Schumann and his Bunte Blätter op. 99.

A work that will be released on the Leipzig based Genuin label on Monday September 2nd.

The album was recorded in the Leipzig Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments on a 1828 Fortepiano from the Leipzig music instrument maker Johann Nepomuk Tröndlin, and on Saturday September 7th Tobias Koch will present the album in the same location. And on the same Fortepiano.

A wonderful chance to not only experience 19th century music as it was intended to be played, but to, as it were, “hear before you buy”

The Robert Schumann, Bunte Blätter op. 99 CD presentation takes place in the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments on Saturday September 7th at 5pm.

And as stated the album itself, is available from Monday September 2nd!

Tobias Koch Robert Schumann, Bunte Blätter op. 99

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Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Von Leipzig in die Welt

Those of us who’ve been away this summer have no doubt brought one or the other reminder of our travels back with us.

Museum collections are largely built on a similar principle. If on a slightly different scale.
The Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum collection is no exception and can be thankful to numerous travellers, tradesmen, diplomats and scientists who over the centuries have made their collections available to the museum.

On Sunday September 15th Angelika Pönitz will lead a guided tour through the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum collection and highlight some of the collectors and travellers who have helped make the museum’s collection what it is.

A rare and wonderful chance to get a detailed insight into the story behind the museum.

Von Leipzig in die Welt: Mitgebrachte Schätze von Abenteuer-, Handels- und Forschungsreisenden takes place on Sunday September 15th 2013. Tickets cost Euro 6,00, Concessions 4,50.

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum Robert Visser Minkisi Collection

Robert Visser - one of the many collectors who helped establish the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum Collection - and former Leipzig Ethnography Museum Director in front of the "Visser Cabinet" (Photo: Archiv des Museums für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig)


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GRASSI-Fest 2013

Much like the famous spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down, so to does the annual Grassi Museums GRASSI-Fest help smooth the transition from summer to autumn.

The GRASSI-Fest 2013 will be staged on Sunday September 8th and as ever the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum, Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments and Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts have each prepared a programme of talks, tours and hands-on events to entertain and educate visitors of all ages.

The Grassi Museums GRASSI-Fest 2013 begins at 1000am on Sunday September 8th. Tickets cost 4.50 EUR for adults, under-18s are free.

Grassi Museum Leipzig Grassifest

Grassi Museum Leipzig GRASSI-Fest 2013. Mach mit!

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Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig: Matinée Garden Concert – Trio Saviano

On Sunday July 14th the Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig presents a special lunchtime matinée garden concert from the Leipzig based Trio Saviano.

Presenting a series of specially selected and seasonally appropriate works from the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Astor Piazzolla or Johannes Brahms the concert will be followed by a specially prepared and seasonally appropriate buffet.

The Matinée Garden Concert with Trio Saviano takes place in at the Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig on Sunday July 14th 2013. Tickets cost Euro 25,00 Concessions Euro 20,00.

Trio Saviano

Trio Saviano

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