Museum of Decorative Arts

The museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum)collects works of skilled craftsmanship ranging from post-antiquity to the present. It encompasses all the styles and periods in art history and includes silks and costumes, tapestries, decorative wainscots and furniture, vessels made of glass, enamel and porcelain, works in silver and gold as well as contemporary crafts and design objects. Treasures from medieval churches, including the famous Guelph Treasure (Welfenschatz) and the “Baptismal font of Emperor Barbarossa” illustrate the excellent skills of goldsmiths at that time. the highly sophisticated lifestyle at the courts of Italian nobles during the Renaissance is highlighted with examples of bronzes, tapestries, furniture, Venetian glass and decorated glazed earthenware (majolica). The treasures from cabinets of curiosities and baroque art collections include faience work and glass as well as the homes of patricians, Meissen and Berlin porcelain, sophisticated pieces of furniture, decorative tableware and accessories ranging from rococo and classicism to historicism and Art Nouveau. Arts and crafts of the twentieth century are complemented by examples of industrial products which are far more dominant in modern life than hand-made objects.

Museum: Museum of Decorative Arts
City: Berlin
Country: Germany
Address: Schloss Köpenick, Schloßinsel 1/ Kulturforum , Matthäikirchplatz
Website: http://www.smb.museum/home.html