The Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge is dedicated to the culture of property of the 20th and 21rst centuries which have been characterized by industrial mass and goods production. The core of the institution is the Archiv des Deutschen Werkbunds, an association of artists, industrials, and culture politicians, who favoured, as part of the utopian culture tendencies at the beginning of the 20th century, a life reform and modern-functional design of industrially produced products, architecture, and habitat Lebensraum. Quality, appropriate material, practicality, and sustainability were the main terms of the movement.
The Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge is purposely in this tradition and sees its aims both at the material conservation and academic documentation as well as in its contemporary interpretation and reflection.Since the 1970s, here, design historically important objects as well as archive documents and items are collected here to document the modern everyday characterized by the goods culture. At the museum´s collection, there are now about 25,000 objects.At a former workshop building, the museum is presented as an open depot on an area of about 500 square meters, where the visitors have the chance to follow the museal handling with collections directly.
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