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