The exhibition also explores flora and fauna as a key theme. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Munich’s jewelry artists made extensive use of motifs inspired by nature. The creative Arts and Crafts representation of the invisible but tangible forces of nature, as practiced at the “Debschitz School”, founded in Munich in 1902, even gave rise to decidedly abstract works. This can clearly be seen in the collection’s belt buckle by Marie von Ortloff (b. 1871, Themar – d. 1947, Munich). The contemporary works produced by the students imaginatively reflect an even wider understanding of nature. They employ natural materials to illustrate their value in different cultures, use imitations of these same materials to address social questions and probe our modern relationship with nature via manmade materials such as ocean plastics.
The exhibition also explores contemporary trends, non-European influences, special occasions and events, Munich as a city and the theme of faces/portraits. It opens with a display of pieces by Karl Rothmüller (b.1860, Teisbach – d. 1930, Munich) whose works are central to the historical collection. In 1920, Rothmüller, who was often referred to as the “Lalique of Munich”, encouraged Therese Danner to establish the Benno and Therese Danner Applied Arts Foundation (Danner Foundation). This institution, unique within Germany celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. In the occasion of this anniversary, the Neue Sammlung is also showing works by Karl Rothmüller in the Exhibition “Danner Prize 2020. 100 years Danner Foundation“. The objects are on display alongside the works of this year's winners of the Danner Prize and further contestants.
The exhibition offers visitors a back-and-forth dialogue between around 100 historical items of jewelry and some 30 contemporary works created by Prof. Karen Pontoppidan’s students.
Dry-von Zezschwitz collection (selected artists)
Karl Johann Bauer (b. 1877, Munich – d. 1914 Wytschaete/Flanders)
Ludwig Bub (b.1896, Nuremberg – d. 1954, Idar-Oberstein)
Sofie Burger-Hartmann (b. 1868, Munich – d. 1940, Munich)
Theodor Heiden (b. 1853, Munich – d. 1928, Munich)
Charlotte Krause (b. 1879, Pirna – d. 1968, Dresden)
Adolf von Mayrhofer (b. 1864, Miesbach – d. 1929, Munich)
Max Olofs (b. 1889, Munich – d. 1969, Munich)
Marie von Ortloff (b. 1871, Themar – d. 1947, Munich)
Hans Ottmann (b. 1890, Augsburg – d. 1968, Munich)
Karl Rothmüller (b. 1860, Teisbach – d. 1930, Munich)
Friedrich Schmid(-Geiler) (b. 1889, Munich)
Gertraud von Schnellenbühel (b. 1878, Jena – d. 1959, Jena)
Alwin Schreiber (b. 1876, Bautzen – d. 1959, Unterhaching)
Martin Seitz (b. 1895, Passau – d. 1988, Passau)
Max Strobl (b.1861, Munich – d. 1946, Munich)
Nikolaus Thallmayr (b. 1875, Vilsbiburg – d. 1925, Munich)
Franz (b. 1897, Dorfen – d. 1961, Dorfen) and Hermann Wandinger (b. 1897, Dorfen – d. 1976, Dorfen)
Carl Weishaupt Goldsmith and Silverware Manufacturer (founded 1692)
Johann Michael Wilm (b. 1885, Dorfen – d. 1963, Munich)
Students of Prof. Pontoppidan