• Zeughausmesse, Foto: Wendelin Kammermeier
    Zeughausmesse, Foto: Wendelin Kammermeier

Press Information Zeughausmesse 2017


7 to 10 December 2017


Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin | Schlüterhof im Zeughaus
Unter den Linden 2 | 10117 Berlin-Mitte | Germany

Opening times

07 December 2017 | 3pm to 6pm
08 December 2017 | 10am to 6pm
09 December 2017 | 10am to 9pm
10 December 2017 | 10am to 6pm

Entry fee for the museum

8 Euros | concessions 4 Euros | under-18s free
Includes all Exhibitions at the German Historical Museum
On Saturday, 10 December the Zeughausmesse will open until 9 pm and the entry is free from 6 pm to 9 pm. The exhibitions close at 6pm.

Sublime functional art at the 21st Zeughausmesse 7 - 10 December 2017 in
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin

From 7 - 10 December 2017 another special opportunity to meet some 90 artists in Berlin presenting and selling their unique art for daily use. The fair, held on the 1.600 square metres of the ornate Schlüterhof in the Zeughaus offers an unparalleled experience. This year’s patron of the fair is the Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer.

All artists and designers have undergone thorough training in their field of expertise and are extremely familiar with the materials they are working with. Many have earned professional distinctions for the high quality of their creative work and had their objects entered in public collections.
It is a real privilege that this art is offered to the visitors of Zeughausmesse for daily use. Zeughausmesse is the shop window for Modern Craft in Berlin and Brandenburg and is one of the leading fairs for functional art in Germany.

A complete skill set regarding the use of material and form

Grappling with the materials and the masterful workmanship that leads to the creation of these very special objects is a process spanning many years. The four artists described here are representative of the exhibitors. The jewellery artist Violetta Elisa Seliger deals intensively with the subjects of space, body and volume. Geometrical surfaces are sawed and bent apart, warped and twisted. She joins the thus created elements back together in various ways so that their original shapes are largely dissolved and are then found again in a new form in her spatial pieces of jewellery.

Raku is a specialised kilning technique for ceramic bulk. Jorge Mendez Canalias uses the opportunity offered by this technique to interrupt the smooth kiln process. This way he smokes it completely or partially. Various tone qualities, different hardening stages of the glazes, the way the glazing is carried out while being coquettish with accident expands the pallet of variables he is playing with during his creative process. Out of the stock of handed down artisanal techniques Katja Stelz develops textile design ranging from modern aesthetics to sensual elegance. The intense interaction between line and surface, subtle hues and complex patterns characterise her woollen blankets and rugs. Her work imbues the textiles made from pure wool, fine linen and robust goat hair with expressive structure and sensual haptic. The silversmith Antje Dienstbir forges spoons with passion and beats dark stone ware vessels out of cut blocks of clay. She is conscious of the different characteristics of the material and adapts her habitual forging techniques to the soft clay and explores its expansion. The interplay between ceramics and spoons influences the shaping of each piece respectively. The rawness of the bowls is formally reflected in the spoons and is in turn a logical consequence of forging the spoons out of an iron rod Modern craft in the Schlüterhof

Modern Craft in the Schlüterhof

The venue for Zeughausmesse is the Schlüterhof which can be reached via the entrance halls of Deutsches Historisches Museum. Upon traversing the foyer, the visitor reaches the calm expansiveness of the inner courtyard under a glass roof. The porticos with reliefs which are framing the courtyard depicting dying giants were added in 1701 by the eponymous creator of the Schlüterhof. However, there is another reason why the Zeughaus provides such a fitting venue for this Modern Craft fair; holding it in the Schlüterhof also carries on a tradition. The first Allgemeine Deutsche Gewerbe-Ausstellung (general German trade exhibition) was held in the Zeughaus in 1844.

The patron, the sponsors and the Modern Craft Award

Dr. Klaus Lederer, Berliner Senator for Culture and Europe is the patron of Zeughausmesse. The sales exhibition is organised by the Berufsverband Angewandte Kunst Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. in collaboration with Deutsches Historisches Museum. The prizes for Modern Craft will be awarded on the first day of the fair. The winners are chosen from among the exhibitors for their outstanding achievements. Thanks to the kind support from Berliner Volksbank the prizes are  endowed with financial rewards ranging from 1300 Euros to 500 Euros. Further sponsors of the fair are: Art Aurea, Delinat, Eunique, Götze and Inform

Further Information on www.zeughausmesse.de

Organiser contact

Berufsverband Angewandte Kunst Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
c/o Rainer Wiencke
Am Friedrichshain 10
10407 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 - 30 - 42 80 42 35
E-Mail: r-wienckeatzeughausmesse [dot] de


Sigrid Kohn
Frank-L.-Howley-Weg 20
14167 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 - 30 - 84 72 49 17
Mobile: +49 - 172 - 375 62 27
E-Mail: s-kohnatzeughausmesse [dot] de