Japanisches Palais, Dresden
– 3 March 2019
For the first time, the exhibition entitled “Against Invisibility – Women Designers at the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau 1898 to 1938” focuses exclusively on the women who worked at the Deutsche Werkstätten in the early 20th century.
It is thanks to Karl Schmidt, the founder of the Deutsche Werkstätten [German Workshops], within the context of the international arts and crafts and reform movement that women were commissioned as designers and their products marketed under their own names. They worked in 27 areas of the design profession, including graphics, furniture, textile, and interiors. Despite their work in design and teaching as well as taking part in competitions and exhibitions successfully, they have been forgotten. “Against Invisibility” wants to counteract this by not only displaying over 270 works – some of which are on show to the public for the first time – but also by looking at the trajectory of these women’s lives through letters, photographs, and testimonies. This is how women of the time broke the cycle of traditional social patterns and were able to determine their own path by working in a male-dominated field of activity.
The supporting programme includes exhibition tours, presentations, workshops, and a symposium entitled “A Woman’s Work” on 18 January 2019.