MAKK – Museum of Applied Arts Cologne
– 1 July 2018
Peter Behrens would have turned 150 on 14 April 2018. On the occasion of this anniversary, the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne is dedicating the exhibition “#all-rounder. Marking the 150th anniversary of Peter Behrens’ birth” to his life’s work.
Behrens was a German architect, painter, designer, and typographer and is considered a pioneer of modern industrial design. He became well known primarily as a co-founder of the Deutscher Werkbund, the German Association of Craftsmen, and for the invention of corporate identity with his work for AEG before the First World War. He designed everything for AEG, from its letterhead to products and the factory building in a corporate style. His work includes a wide range of different buildings as well as a range of typefaces and print products and a number of different products he designed for AEG.
The current exhibition showcases around 220 objects by the artist and autodidact in eight themed rooms. The exhibits include objects such as the salon grand piano (1901) from Behrens’ music room in Darmstadt, as well as early furniture designs and a glass series with a unique specimen from 1898. Loans from institutes and private collections are also on display in the current exhibition, making them accessible to the public for the first time. The exhibition focus is primarily on Behrens’ early work and his work in the Rhineland.