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25.9.2019 – 12.1.2020

Danish design from 1900

Epitomizing a timeless yet modern lifestyle, Danish design continues to be hugely influential worldwide. The exhibition is being shown in collaboration with the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig and is supplemented with furniture designs from other renowned museums such as the Vienna MAK and the Vitra Design Museum, together with loans from private collectors. Encompassing around 220 objects, the exhibition showcases 65 items of furniture and a representative selection of ceramics, silver and toys.

Danish design is inextricably linked with many well-known twentieth-century design icons, and Danish designers – above all in the second half of the twentieth century – have left their mark on the tastes and domestic interiors of whole generations. However, one seldom highlighted aspect of this era is that it was preceded by equally important designers and craftspeople, as well as tendencies that attracted international attention, in particular the Skønvirke (the Danish equivalent to art nouveau, Jugendstil and the Arts and Crafts movement), in which modern Danish design has its roots. The exhibition thus devotes a special section to Thorvald Blindesbøll and Johan Rohde, who were the leading representatives of this style. Another fascinating perspective is opened up by an examination of tendencies in art deco and functionalism. The breadth and variety of Danish design at that time is reflected in the famous silver work and in the powerfully expressive ceramics produced during the era. Also on display are designs by Kaare Klint, the father of modern Danish furniture design and teacher of important representatives of the post-war Danish design boom.

By 1945 MADE IN DENMARK had established itself as an international trademark. Designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Poul Henningsen, Poul Kjærholm and Verner Panton are major names whose designs are still revered today. Visionary producers such as Fritz Hansen in the field of furniture and Louis Poulsen in the field of lighting design made major contributions to the international reputation of Danish design, which since this time has been hugely influential, epitomizing a timeless, relaxed and yet modern lifestyle. A specific feature of Danish design is the way it combines quality of workmanship with the highest creative standards, thus ensuring its broad-based appeal.



The exhibition places the focus on furniture from 1900 onwards, featuring many well-known and less well-known designs. Accompanying this is a choice selection of porcelain, silver and jewellery, giving an insight into the variety and quality of Danish design as a whole.


The exhibition is divided into the following six sections:

  1. Skønvirke: Danish art nouveau and its pioneer Thorvald Bindesbøll

  2. Around 1900: forerunners of modernism

  3. Art déco und functionalism

  4. „Made in Denmark“ – an international trademark

  5. New materials

  6. From postmodernism to the present day


An exhibition in cooperation with the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig.

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