July 07, 2020

bavarikon. Highlights


Die Neue Sammlung



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Objects in the online collection at bavarikon, 2020.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Discover parts of our collection online!

With a selection out of more than 100,000 objects from the collection, a central part of the Neue Sammlung is now digitally available to a wide range of users in the form of high-quality digital images. 91 objects are now online, with further 3D models to follow.

100 highlights from the Neue Sammlung

A selection of design objects

Die Neue Sammlung houses 23 collection areas today. A selection of 100 “highlights” from the museum’s holdings was made for bavarikon, which show the diversity of the collection as well as the crucial stages in the development of modern design. Serially manufactured industrial products are presented but also unique handicrafts. This taps into the complexity of good design and the associated questions of what constitutes it and which areas the term is valid for.

Circular, blue radio on which the controls are organised by a strictly geometric net.
Walter Dorwin Teague, Radio “Nocturne”, Modell 1186, 1936.
Photo: Archive Die Neue Sammlung

Bavaria’s digital treasury

Would you like to learn more about the diverse content offered by bavarikon?
Our collections provide information on a wide range of topics and simplify the discovery of digitised material. They recount the cultural heritage of Bavaria, literature, art and technology, but also important people and events.
Start a journey through time and space and immerse yourself in bygone worlds, such as those of the Celts or the Romans. Some of the collections even open doors that are otherwise tightly sealed: they present cultural treasures that almost never leave their vaults due to their high value or fragility. New collections go online on a regular basis.

3D Models in the bavarikon:

Discover 3D Models from the Neue Sammlung:
Eight objects can be zoomed in on in high-resolution quality and viewed from all sides as well as in different lighting conditions using the mouse!

Werner Aisslinger, “Hemp Chair”, Prototype, 2011, Die Neue Sammlung, bavarikon 3D Model.
Video: bavarikon

History of the Collection

In keeping with its name, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum focuses on objects that exemplify a constantly renewing concept of modern design.

The first pieces in the collection can be dated back to a time even before the museum was officially founded in 1925. Members of the Deutscher Werkbund already had the initial idea in 1907 to lay the foundation for a collection of contemporary objects that met modern technical production possibilities and social requirements. In the course of this, objects were purchased by the Munich association as early as 1911, which are still in the museum’s possession today: objects by artists from the Darmstadt’s Mathildenhöhe, the Vereinigte Werkstätten für Kunst im Handwerk in Munich or the Wiener Werkstätte.
It is also thanks to the focus on the new that other important examples in the history of design were included in the collection shortly after their market launch, including products from the Bauhaus and Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. But it is also the comprehensive collection from the field of industrial design, ranging from the prototype to the finished serial product, that distinguishes the Munich museum as one of the most important museums for design. Exemplary designs have been continuously collected since its foundation, thus documenting the latest developments in the field of production, technology and design. Die Neue Sammlung therefore houses objects from Art Nouveau and Art Déco, functionalism and postmodernism to contemporary designs. It combines the opportunity for historical reappraisal and discussion on pioneering innovations.

The Münchner Bund Collection of the Neue Sammlung

From Department of Commercial Art to the “Neue Sammlung”

The “Münchner Sammlung für angewandte Kunst” (Munich Collection of Applied Art) today comprises around 500 individual objects from the various fields of applied art and design – glass, ceramic and metal objects, textiles, toys, among others. The collection of the “Münchner Bund” (Munich Association) in the “Neue Sammlung” (New Collection) is one of the most important early testimonies to what was considered modern exemplary design at the beginning of the 20th century. It is from these roots that one of the world’s most important design museums has developed.

Liqueur glass with stem. Tulip-shaped goblet.
Cristalleries de Baccarat, Liqueur glass K 13685, ca. 1913.
Photo: Archive Die Neue Sammlung

The Bauhaus Collection of the Neue Sammlung

The base and stem are made of glass, with a frosted glass dome framed by a metal band serving as a reflector. The cable is concealed in a metal tube enclosed by the glass cylinder.
Wilhelm Wagenfeld, table lamp MT 9, 1924.
Photo: Archive Die Neue Sammlung

50 objects of the Bauhaus

With its early acquisitions of Bauhaus objects, “Die Neue Sammlung” (New Collection) can look back on a special collection history.
Up to the present day, the historical holdings have been supplemented by further acquisitions, some of outstanding provenance.
Unique pieces as well as objects produced in small series in the fields of metal, ceramics, toys, furniture, lighting and graphics can be explored online:

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