Berlin Kulturforum, part 2: A Design Museum

Also at the Berlin Kulturforum, we visited the Kunstgewerbemuseum, or Museum of Decorative Arts. This is the place to go to see fabulous examples of European furniture, clothing, jewelry, tableware, and  pretty much any other designed object of day-to-day utility from the Middle Ages to the present day.

On the negative side, this is a disorienting, Escheresque space with many levels in which it’s easy to get lost.

kunst-4 gallery view

On the positive side, you can pretty much alway catch a view of the interior courtyard around which the museum is wrapped.

kunst-2 outside view

There are doors to this space but they were all locked on the day we were there.

Among the many collections is a comprehensive exhibition of twentieth century chairs. Unlike the similar permanent exhibition of seating at MOMA in New York, the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s collection can be viewed sitting down.

kunst-3 chair xbit

Again, this museum features comfortable, resilient wood floors.

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