Zeughaus Trade Fair cancelled

Due to the Corona pandemic, the public exhibition could not take place in November as planned and was finally cancelled.

As an option, the organiser of the fair for applied arts kept 17, 18 and 19 December 2020 open. Due to the decision of the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states on 28 October 2020, the fair must be cancelled in 2020. The organisers are confident that they will be able to hold the Zeughausmesse 2021 again.

Following the original announcement: The Zeughausmesse opens its doors in Berlin for the 24th time. Due to renovation of the Zeughaushof, it will not take place as usual in the German Historical Museum, but in KühlhausBerlin. The industrial architecture of the building at Luckenwalder Strasse 3 offers space for over 100 participants on four floors, as well as two special exhibitions: one by Haus Brandenburg, the other by the HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim. The Haus Brandenburg initiative originated from a project of the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and combines crafts with design to create regional, sustainable products. Prototypes of furniture and home furnishings are on display. Students of the Faculty of Design at the HAWK in Hildesheim present works from various disciplines including graphic design, interior design, metal design and product design.

Kühlhaus Berlin, Zeughausmesse

Kühlhaus Berlin, historical industrial ambience for the Zeughausmesse 2020. Photo Anita Gerenzer. www.zeughausmesse.de

The poster of the 24th Zeughausmesse – Arts & Crafts Days depicts “Maulheld,” an object by Birgit Borstelmann. The goldsmith from Hamburg transforms old utilitarian items into humorous objects. About 60 exhibitors have their workshops in Berlin or Brandenburg. With designers from Denmark, France, Italy, Lithuania and the Netherlands, the fair’s international character is also growing. A total of 27 exhibitors are showing their work here for the first time.

Ulla und Martin Kaufmann, Zeughausmesse 2020

Ulla + Martin Kaufmann. Cubes of Gold. Also at the Grassifair (23.– 25.10. 2020) and in the foyer of the GRASSI Museum Leipzig until March 21, 2021. Photo M. Hoffmann. www.ulla-martin-kaufmann.de

Lena Grewenig, Zeughausmesse

Lena Grewenig, earrings, 925 silver, blackened, tulips epoxy resin. www.lena-grewenig.de

Ute Kathrin Beck, Zeughausmesse

Ute Kathrin Beck, lidded vessels King and Queen from the series Glanz & Glimmer. Grog clay stoneware, platinum, 14 x 16 x 68 cm, 22 x 24 x 58 cm. www.utebeck.eu

Susan Sting, Zeughausmesse

Susan Sting, Frischlinge. White clay, brushstroke for brushstroke glazed, H 8–11 cm, D 9,5–15 cm. Photo Jan Obornik. www.susansting.de

The Zeughausmesse is one of Germany’s most important events for the applied arts. The prizes donated by the Berliner Volksbank underscore this. Since 2004, a jury of experts has awarded the prizes to four artists chosen from among all exhibitors. The organizer is the Berufsverband Angewandte Kunst Berlin/Brandenburg e.V., which criticizes the fact that the Zeughausmesse has had to make do without any state funding for many years. The question is: “Must art be devoid of craft?” Because according to current practice, craftspeople are either too commercial or too artistic.


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