In July 2017, HRH Franz, Duke of Bavaria permanently donated his extraordinarily exquisite and diverse collection of ceramic objects dating from the 19th to the 21st century to Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich.
Starting in September 2019, Die Neue Sammlung is honouring this generous gift with a major exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne. This beautiful, extensive catalogue, in which international experts provide insight on individual aspects and areas of the collection, completes the presentation.
This large-format publication provides information on 250 objects from across the wealth of forms and functions of African ceramics, as well as the different contexts of their creation.
Instead of a presentation organised by region, as is customary in ethnographic museums, this book offers a design-historical examination of the vessels and figures, starting from the objects themselves. This approach enables a new, fresh look at ceramic production in Africa, examining form, function, decor, and materiality.
Published on occasion of the exhibition, Anders Gesehen: Afrikanische Keramik aus der Sammlung des Herzog Franz von Bayern / African Ceramics. A Different Perspective at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (27 September 2019 – 29 March 2020).
English and German text.