Workshop visit at Nymphenburg Porzellan Manufaktur


During set up of our exhibition in the beautiful spaces of the Nymphenburg Porzellan Manufaktur, we were lucky to get a tour through the extensive workshops.

Nymphenburg is historically the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown. Since its founding in 1747 porcelain has been produced here in the same way. Even today all mechanical equipment is powered by the water which runs from the estate’s stream. All pieces are completely made by hand which is a fascinating process to watch. We very much enjoyed our visit!

An intimate exhibition at Nymphenburg Porzellan Manufaktur presenting ‘Die/Das Maß’

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Nymphenburg Porzellan Manufaktur are presenting ‘Die/das Maß’, which was specially designed by Rolf and hand-crafted by Nymphenburg for his ‘typisch deutsch?’ exhibition. The work celebrates the brewing traditions in Germany, while drawing attention to this unnoticed, yet familiar object. The use of white biscuit porcelain belies its traditional function and calls for the viewer to respond to its pure form, free of practical purpose.

The work forms part of Nymphenburg’s “Edition” collection and is available to purchase in the Nymphenburg shop in Munich or online.

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For the exhibition, Rolf also created a number of new, small-scale witty and surreal objects, that are intended to demonstrate his typical conceptual approach of finding beauty in the simplicity of everyday objects by adding elements of wit and humour to their purity and utilitarian form.

‘Bodenständig’ on show at the Guggenheim Museum during Architecture Biennale in Venice

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Pur work  ‘bodenständig’ is on show at the ‘For your Eyes Only – A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism’ where a selection of approximately 120 works from the private collection of Richard and Ulla Dreyfus are on show, presenting works that range from the Middle Ages to present day by artists such as Francesco Clemente, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray, Not Vital and Andy Warhol, among many others.

Rolf Sachs showing at Collective 2 Design Fair, New York with ammann//gallery

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Rolf will be exhibiting two of his classic ‘Koln’ chair designs with ammann//gallery in New York for the Design Collective 2 Design Fair in New York from the 8th-11th May 2014.

The ‘koln-doppelstuhl’ and the ‘koln-holzstuhl mit spion’ (chair with spyhole), form part of Sachs’ renowned ‘koln collection’ where he takes the classic ‘horgenglarus’ chair, a purely functional piece of furniture, and turns it in to a work with emotional resonance. Through constant reinterpretation, the chair has become a signature piece and an ideal blank canvas for Sachs’ ongoing experimentations with its form, using materials as diverse as silicone, slate, flexible rubber and resin. The chairs in the collection transcend their original purpose, each taking on a new personality that goes beyond pure functionality.

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8th-11th May 2014

Preview: 7th May 2014

Collective 2 Design Fair, Skylight at Moynihan Station, New York

Camera in MOTION Selected Works at Ammann Gallery April – June 2014

Internationally renowned ammann // gallery presents Camera in MOTION Selected Works

Photographed over the course of an entire year, to form an extensive and breathtaking collection of photographs that blur the boundaries between abstract art and landscape photography, ‘Camera in Motion – From Chur to Tirano’, supported by Leica Camera, explores the landscape along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina Railway line, taking photographs from a moving train.

The project charts this spectacular journey, using the Leica S camera to capture the transient impressions of the landscape; the motion of trees rushing past and passengers waiting at stations. It challenges the viewer to experience this journey in an unexpected way and documents the changing seasons and light in a unique combination of abstraction and photo-realism. Sachs said of the project: “Having grown up and gone to school in the Engadin valley, I regularly travelled on the Albula/Bernina Railway line and developed a great appreciation for the natural beauty and diversity of the surrounding Alpine landscape. The scenery continuously surprises me as I discover new details with every journey. I wanted to experiment with combining the motion of the train with these remarkable views. The photographic results are intriguing and have gone beyond our expectations, as the camera manages to capture images that the human eye could not begin to perceive”.

ammann // gallery, Teutoburger Str. 27, Cologne, d-50678, Germany

Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 9 April to Thursday 26 June 2014, 11am-6pm

Rolf Sachs ‘typisch deutsch?’ at the Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne, Germany

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Rolf Sachs unveils typisch deutsch?, a major solo exhibition at the MAKK Cologne

Exhibition dates: 14 January – 20 April 2014

With sensitivity, wit and emotion, Sachs interprets a selection of ‘typical German’ terms such as industriousness (Fleiß), cleanliness (Reinlichkeit), melancholy (Schwermut) and conviviality (Geselligkeit) and manifests these into a collection of intriguing sculptural and installation works that bridge the gap between art and design. For several years now, Sachs has been increasingly analysing his own cultural and linguistic origins and invites viewers to contemplate German cultural idiosyncrasies and stereotypes from a completely new perspective and determine what they consider to be typisch deutsch?.