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Product | Design | History

Art. Nr.: 1067

Product | Design | History

German Design from 1820 down to the Present Era
Herausgeber:
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
Autoren:
François Burkhardt, Heinz Fuchs, Angela...
Kuratoren:
François Burkhardt, Heinz Fuchs
1. Aufl. – Stuttgart , 1985. – 339 S.
– 15,0 x 20,5 cm. – 725 gr.
lieferbar. Gewicht: 725 gr.

The 'Product | Design | History' exhibition was conceived to highlight certain aspects of German culture in their respective frames of historical reference. Interrelated political, economic and social developments are shown spread out over seven historical eras.
Cultural evolution is no longer perceived in terms of a mere sequence of topologically significant individual works of high art, but rather as an extremely complex process encompassing the whole of society and our natural environment. Some of the analyses of cultural developments are therefore focused mainly on everyday manifestations of culture that tend to reveal the prevailing ideology of a given era.

Products are not simply objects that can be fabricated in progressively larger quantities at steadily diminishing cost; they are at the same time articles of everyday life that reflect the prevailing style which, in turn manifests the ideology of the existing era. Their design is influenced by the tensions caused by the end less conflict between rationalism and irrationalism as well as the rival demands of positivism and psychology.

The shape of human artefacts is for this reason only fully comprehensible within the context of their specific era with its specific problems and naturally also its social structure. Utensils allow reliable inferences to be drawn concerning the level of social consciousness as well as the philosophical and ideological background. Just as the objects excavated by archaeologists permit the theoretical reconstruction of ancient societies, so do industrially produced objects of the past and present reveal through their changes in design the occurrence of significant advances in technology and form, and may be evaluated as symptoms of an extremely complex and often inconsistent cultural process.

François Burkhardt, Heinz Fuchs, Angela Schönberger

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