The Applied Arts collection in the Jewish Museum Berlin focuses on non-ritual objects made by German-Jewish makers and design objects which reflect intercultural exchange and migrant paths. Most objects date from the late 19th century onwards, ranging from unique handmade pieces to examples of mass production from German-Jewish manufacturing firms.
The collection has some areas of particular emphasis, including German-Jewish makers of fine quality applied arts, women as designers, Jewish involvement in design schools and in the industrial manufacture of household objects. If artists emigrated from Nazi Germany, we try to follow their migratory paths and the pursuit of their profession elsewhere. Recent additions to the collection include a large gift of ceramic ware items, made in Germany and England, by the innovative ceramicist Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein. Another major acquisition is a group of pieces by the Berlin silversmith Emmy Roth, one of the most important German, female, silversmiths. Her magnificent silver tea and coffee set was previously unknown and is now counted among her greatest works.
Michal S. Friedlander
Curator for Judaica and Applied Arts
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 511
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 409
We also investigate German-Jewish emigrants, with design expertise, who moved to pre-State Palestine and the State of Israel (e.g David Heinz Gumbel and Victor Ries) and are following the wave of creative Israelis who are immigrating in large numbers to Berlin today. We examine design developments, cultural exchange and how migration may affect the object types produced by an artist.