9 July until 24 October 2021
Beauty of Form
The Designer Christa Petroff-Bohne

In the exhibition Beauty of Form, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) is dedicated to the work of Christa Petroff-Bohne, one of the most important German designers of the 1950s and 1960s. With her designs for industry, she brought contemporary design into every day culture of the newly founded German Democratic Republic (GDR). As a professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, she was a formative personality and influenced generations of students. Her work is an important testimony to modern design activities in the GDR and is also relevant in international comparison. The presentation introduces the designer both as an industrial designer and as a teacher, shows her professional network and illustrates the situation of designers in the GDR as a complex network of relationships.

The exhibition is a cooperation of the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) and the MK&G, curated by Klára Němečková (SKD), Silke Ihden-Rothkirch and Jörg Petruschat.

Image: Christa Petroff-Bohne (*1934), Suppentassen, Entwurf 1959-1961, Herstellung VEB Auer Besteck- und Silber- warenwerke, ab 1961, Chromnickelstahl, © Foto: Georg Eckelt (Detail)