Event period : Permanent

Danner Rotunda

The Jewelry Space at Pinakothek der Moderne
Exhibition view, Danner Rotunda, 2004.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

About the Exhibition

After Karl Fritsch’s colorful concept for the Danner Rotunda and the one in subdued white by Otto Künzli – both globally active jewelry artists and professors of goldsmithing – it is time, as we fast approach the 2020s, once again to submit the Danner Rotunda to a creative and critical new curation. It is an occasion to review elective affinities, present newly acquired or gifted objects, and surprise and thrill viewers with undreamt-of, fascinating compositions for the third time after the first curation of the Danner Rotunda by Hermann Jünger back in 2004.

Mikiko Minewaki is a lecturer at Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo, who was invited by Die Neue Sammlung in 2015 to hold her exhibition “Harebutai” – which featured her students and was realized in collaboration with Professor Kimiaki Kageyama – at Pinakothek der Moderne, Professor Hans Stofer, who was head of the Jewelry class at the Royal College of Art and Design in London, was recently appointed professor at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, and Alexander Blank, a jewelry artist from Munich. The three jewelry artists of international renown are members of a younger generation and we are delighted that they will be taking up our invitation to re-interpret the Danner Rotunda.

This will be the first time that a curator team – spanning the worlds of Asia and Europe – will be selecting the objects. It will be exciting to see the images that arise from what is in itself always fascinating task and to which we invite guest curators roughly every five years.

At the same time we are happy to report that we have persuaded Munich-based Flavia Thumshirn, a lighting designer of world-wide repute, to develop a new lighting concept for the jewelry space at Pinakothek der Moderne. The changeover from halogen lamps to LED technology will take center stage in the planning.
Together with designer Yang Liu, who lives and works in Berlin and who was applauded for her light guidance system for Dresden’s Albertinum, an installation featuring neon writing will be created that will quite literally present the entrance area of the Danner Rotunda in a new light.

None of this would have been possible without the close collaboration with Benno und Therese Danner’sche Kunstgewerbestiftung, or Danner-Stiftung for short, founded in 1920 and at home in Munich. We are delighted that the re-opening of the Danner Rotunda, planned for March 13, 2020, will kick off the program of events celebrating the foundation’s 100th anniversary that will take place in the course of the year.

Plan a visit


Opening hours:

  • Daily 10:00 – 18:00

  • Monday closed

  • Thursday 10:00 – 20:00

360° Danner Rotunda

Since October 2020, some of our exhibitions have been documented in a 360° tour, so that you have the opportunity to visit Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum even after an exhibition has ended.

View of the virtual 360° Danner Rotunda. A selection menu on the left.
Virtual tour of the Danner Rotunda, 2020.
Virtual tour: bildwerk.art

Exhibition views

  • Exhibition view, Danner Rotunda, 2004.
    Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
  • Exhibition view, Danner Rotunda, 2004.
    Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
  • Exhibition view, Danner Rotunda, 2004.
    Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)


Danner Rotunde

Donations and acquisitions from the last ten years 2012 – 2022

Black inscription on purple-coloured linen cover: Schmuck. Die Neue Sammlung Danner-Stiftung. Horizontal lines across the entire page, thickened to form a dot from top to bottom. Before the first stroke an A after the last a Z.
Cover of the exhibition catalogue, Jewelry Die Neue Sammlung Danner-Stiftung, 2021.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)


View of the exhibition "Danner Prize 2020. 100 years of the Danner Foundation", red and purple columns in the room, the objects are displayed on pink pedestals/showcases.
Exhibition view, Danner Prize 2020. 100 years Danner Foundation, 2020.
Photo: Danner Foundation (Eva Jünger)

Danner Prize 2020. 100 years Danner Foundation

Contemporary craftsmanship from Bavaria in an institution for modern art, architecture, graphic art and design: As such, the exhibition for the Danner Prize 2020 constitutes an important element in the Pinakothek der Moderne program in that it highlights the interaction between the free and the applied arts.


  • Curated by:

    Mikiko Minewaki, Hiko Mizuno College, Tokio
    Hans Stofer, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle
    Alexander Blank, Munich

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