Czech Centre, Berlin
29 November 2018 – 21 February 2019
To mark 100 years since the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic, the exhibition in Berlin, “Schön schräg. Cubism – A Czech Design Principle”, showcases modern product design from the Czech Republic and Slovakia and its genesis from Cubism to the present day.
The two curators Wolfgang Binder and Bettina Güldner from Berlin were commissioned to research the distinguishing characteristics of design in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in comparison to other European countries. The design objects they collected on their research trips led them to conclude that their formal design stands out for its “polygons, angular nature, folds, and acute angles of distinct sculptural quality”. They contend that the foundations for this geometric design method were already laid in Prague’s scientific-philosophical teachings as far back as the 16th century, and that they continue to permeate today’s general art lessons, in such a way that contemporary design continues to stand out in its own right.
In addition to the exhibition, in January and February 2019 there will be a discussion round and a workshop in Prague where design students will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas on the subject.