QUICK GUIDE: Museum der Dinge & "Evil Things"
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- 1. Vom Sofakissen zum Stdtebau (from sofa cushions to city-building)
2. Permanent Collection / Open Depot The museum displays an extensive collection of design and everyday objects of the 20th Century in a permanent collection. The objects are compiled in collections and convey the foundations of the polarizing Werkbund program and other general aspects of the material, form, function and usage history of things in the 20th Century. The collection is placed in various categories: objects by famous designers and anonymous design, functional and purist objects, so-called "lapses of taste" or "kitsch," substantial "honest" things and material surrogates, brandname merchandise and no-name products. 3. EVIL THINGSAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF BAD TASTE If we want to discern what good taste is, we must first eliminate bad taste. With this purpose in mind, the art historian and museum director Gustav E. Pazaurek opened his "Cabinet of Bad Taste" in the Stuttgart state crafts museum in 1909. Pazaurek developed a complex system to categorize all kinds of design mistakes, demonstrating them with actual examples. 4. I. Material Mistakes Bad and Spoiled Materials Bizarre Materials Material Obsessions Violations of Materials Ostentatious Materials Material Infringement Material Decoys Material Surrogates Reverse Surrogates 5. II. Design Mistakes Relief Transpositions Unbalanced Weight Unsuitable or Tricky Objects Cross-Purposes Functional Lies Design Decoys and Artistic Pranks Technical Surrogates Patent Humour Cheap Originality 6. III. Decorative Mistakes Odd Proportions Manic Ornamentation, Wasteful Decoration Art as Atonement Misplaced or Misoriented Ornamentation Decorative Brutality Decorative Invasions Recipe and Chance Original Decorative Ideas Unfitting Decorative Motifs Anachronistic or Exotic Decoration Primitive Decoration Naive Decoration and Familiarity 7. IV. Kitsch Cheap mass rubbish with no attention given to the choice of materials, forms and decoration. The most common sub-categories are: Jingoistic Kitsch (especially World War horrors) Topical Kitsch Travel Souvenir Kitsch Folklore and Sportsmens Kitsch Devotional Kitsch Commercial Kitsch 8. V. Contemporary Mistakes Glorification of Violence Harmful Toys Child Labour Waste of Resources Pollution Cadaver Chic Crimes against Endangered Species Sexist Design Racist Design Exaggerated Claims of Exclusiveness 9. danke