Design in the Two Germanies

Mauerfall in Berlin, 12. November 1989 © Tim Wegner / laif

After the division of Germany in 1949, design and everyday culture went their separate ways on both sides of the border. In the West, design became a driving force in the »Wirtschaftswunder«, while in the East it was absorbed into the socialist planned economy.

More than thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), the exhibition (German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History) presents the first overview of post-war design in the two Germanies.

The show will offer a comparative selection of design from East and West Germany and explore ideological and aesthetic differences as well as parallels and interrelations between East and West.

Exhibits range from iconic pieces of furniture and lamps to graphic, industrial, and interior design to fashions, textiles, and personal ornaments.