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Photo Gallery Evil Things – An encyclopaedia of bad taste

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Temporary exhibition

Perlachplatz © private collection, Augsburg
Annaplatz © private collection, Augsburg
Kitchen © private collection, Augsburg
tack room and pantry © private collection, Augsburg
Annaplatz © private collection, Augsburg

The Perfect Paper Household. Upper middle-class life at the time of Mozart. 

24 September 2014 - 11 January 2015

The Augsburger Klebealbum – a cultural history rarity 

The exhibition “The Perfect Paper Household. Upper middle-class life at the time of Mozart” from 24 September 2014 at the Imperial Furniture Collection • Furniture Museum Vienna presents a real treasure of cultural history: the Augsburger Klebealbum, a minutely detailed “dolls house” in book form.

The album displays the rooms within an upper middle-class household in Augsburg around 1780, arranged into 19 tableaus, populated by the house's residents, servants and guests. 

People, furniture and household items were cut out from printed illustrations and affixed in the scrapbook album, revealing to attentive observers an upper middle-class household of the time in minute and affectionately crafted detail. 

More than 160 exhibition items (from small pieces of furniture, tableware and paintings to everyday objects) bring elements depicted in miniature in the tableaus to life in their true dimensions, and thus provide a lively and illustrative encounter with a “perfect household” from the late 18th century.

What was a "Klebealbum”?

A “Klebealbum” (scrapbook) was an illustrated book, in which blank sheets were decorated by hand, using pen and ink, watercolour and gouache, to depict the architecture of interior spaces, gardens and street scenes. The scenes were brought to life with miniature versions of figures and objects, cut out from printed sheets, coloured and pasted into the album.

A scrapbook was thus a two-dimensional alternative to a toy house and served not only a playful but also an educational purpose, as an example of dexterity and an opportunity to learn in great detail about running a household and bringing up children. 

For today's observers, an album such as this offers a wealth of new discoveries: fashion, the culture of living and cuisine of the day, kitchen design and family life are all depicted here in highly detailed form. Since scrapbook albums were seen as everyday objects at the time of their creation, very few of them have survived intact.

The Augsburg Klebealbum

The Augsburg Klebealbum displayed at the Imperial Furniture Collection is seen as one of the finest examples of its kind, and was produced between 1780 and 1786 for Regina Barbara Walther 
(1754–1834). The house represented in the album, no. D 285 on Annaplatz in Augsburg, 
is the home of her father, the jeweller Johann Georg Walther (d. 1787).

Information summary “The Perfect Paper Household” 

Title:The Perfect Paper Household. Upper middle-class life at the time of Mozart 
Duration:24 September 2014 bis 11 Jänner 2015
Opening times:Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location:Imperial Furniture Collection • Furniture Museum Vienna, Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Vienna
Ticket prices:€ 8,50 / € 7,50 / € 6,00
Curator:Regina Kaltenbrunner
Research coordinator:Ilsebill Barta
Organisation:Markus Laumann
Exhibition design: Julia Landsiedl +
Graphic design: Cora Akdogan
Marketing:Josefa Haselböck
Organiser:

Schloß Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H.

Bundesmobilienverwaltung

Catalogue:Die Kunst zu wohnen. Ein Augsburger Klebealbum des 18. Jahrhunderts. Hg. Georg Haindl. Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich, 2010, € 39,90
Events programme:An events programme accompanying the exhibition for adults and children is in development
Media photos:http://www.content-event.at/hofmobiliendepot/pressefotos 
Presse enquires:Beate Scholz, content&event, scholz@content-event.at / Tel: 01 -310 60 42, mobil 0699 - 190 383 92

19 February – 6 July 2014

 

‘It is only by eliminating bad taste that we can recognize what good taste is’. With this statement of intent Gustav E. Pazaurek, director of the Stuttgart Museum of Arts and Crafts, opened a ‘Department of Lapses in Taste’ in 1909. 

To this end he developed a complex system for categorizing all kinds of lapses in taste. Pazaurek was a member of the Deutscher Werkbund, an institution that believed objects had a strong influence on people, both in aesthetic as well as ethical and moral terms. 

The Hofmobiliendepot • Möbel Museum/Imperial Furniture Collection in Vienna is exploring the question of good and bad taste in an exhibition developed by the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge Berlin from 19 February to 6 July 2014. Some 50 objects from Pazaurek’s ‘Cabinet of Horrors’ together with about 100 objects of the Imperial Furniture Collection and other Viennese Museums will be juxtaposed with approximately 260 contemporary design objects, taking Pazaurek’s catalogue of mistakes as its point of departure in order to examine current design trends. Products of today, from mass-produced trash to designer artefact, will be subjected to this system of classification and exhibited alongside objects from the original displays. 

These days it seems to be much harder to establish clear categories or boundaries between ‘good’ or ‘bad’ taste. It is not always immediately obvious when an object is in bad taste – this is more often to be located in the context of social or ecological factors. Pazaurek’s catalogue of lapses has thus been extended to express contemporary values. 

An exhibition of Werkbund Archive – Museum of Things

Curators: Imke Volkers, Renate Flagmeier, Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin; 

Ilsebill Barta, Markus Laumann, Hofmobiliendepot • Möbel Museum Wien

Table clock, 2nd half of 19th C. Category: Hunting kitsch Copyright: Mobile phone case, Agora Gifthouse AB, Sweden, 2009.
Table clock, 2nd half of 19th C. Category: Hunting kitsch Copyright: Mobile phone case, Agora Gifthouse AB, Sweden, 2009.
Category: Inappropriate decorative motifs Copyright: Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Fotos: Armin Herrmann
Category: Inappropriate decorative motifs Copyright: Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Fotos: Armin Herrmann
Salt and pepper pot in the shape of a naked female figure, 2009. Category: Incongruity of form and purpose or far-fetched fantasy design Copyright: Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Fotos: Armin Herrmann Juicy
Salt and pepper pot in the shape of a naked female figure, 2009. Category: Incongruity of form and purpose or far-fetched fantasy design Copyright: Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Fotos: Armin Herrmann Juicy
Salif citrus reamer signed by Philippe Starck, 1990 Copyright: Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Fotos: Armin Herrmann
Salif citrus reamer signed by Philippe Starck, 1990 Copyright: Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Fotos: Armin Herrmann
Logo Museum der Dinge, Berlin
Logo Museum der Dinge, Berlin

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