Category Archives: art and design

“We are the Red Cavalry . . . Lead us, Budyonny!”

By Jun-Hee Lee Front and back covers of the photobiography of Semyon Budyonny (1883–1973), stored in the Wende Museum’s vault. As a history major (now with a Bachelor’s Degree) whose primary research interest lies in East Asia and yet loves … Continue reading

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The Garden Egg Chair

The Garden Egg Chair was designed in 1968 by Peter Ghyczy and made of polyurethane, a material whose use Ghyczy pioneered.  The chair was originally conceived as a suitcase in which one could sit, with cushions that could be folded … Continue reading

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Eastern European Textiles and Fashion in the 1950s

An Introduction to the Collection With over 2,000 textile samples from the 1950s, this collection provides a truly unique perspective into the East German textile industry, fashion and the development of consumerism within the GDR. The textile collection at the … Continue reading

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A Painter Remembered

In her memoir* of coming of age in East Germany just before the Wende, Jana Hensel observes, “There is hardly any of us who does not have a stack of certificates or a pile of medals lying around in a … Continue reading

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Another Type of Art

Though his connection to the GDR doesn’t go beyond an East Berlin building (Landhaus Lemke, for the curious) from 1933, German-born architect Mies van der Rohe’s aphorism, “God is in the details,” is well suited to a small cube of … Continue reading

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