Ausstellungsansicht „Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Ding" mit aufgereihten Tongefäßen
© SKD, Foto: Adrian Sauer

The Things of Life / The Life of Things. Proposition I.

Nothing but riddles: in the north wing of the Residenzschloss Dresden, the exhibition The Things of Life / The Life of Things by the philosopher Wolfgang Scheppe is now being presented. It is guided by the legendary, but often enigmatic-seeming concept of the American art historian George Kubler (1912–1996) and looks at a single type of object – the bowl, as archaic as it is contemporary – and traces how it passes through epochs and territories as the changing solution of a practical problem and – in the words of Kubler – represents the shape of time. 

  • DATES 26/04/2014—24/08/2014

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Now a largely forgotten figure in his field though highly present in the discourse of contemporary art, Kubler developed a revolutionary new theory of art history in his 1962 treatise The Shape of Time. It transcends the Eurocentric perspective, introduces the concept of a networked model in the humanities and rejects the idea of linear progress in time as well as the distinction between art, craft and industrial products.

Ausstellungsansicht „Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Ding"
© SKD, Foto: Adrian Sauer
Ausstellungsansicht „Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Ding"

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Ninety-nine bowls were selected from the depots of all the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, including the Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlungen Sachsen (Saxonian State Ethnographical Collections), and placed in a formal developmental sequence. They are confronted with a series of conceptual photographs by the Italian artist Franco Vimercati (1940–2001) that are likewise dedicated to a bowl. The riddles are solved: ordering in space yields conceptual relationships by way of the intuition. This is the very reason why the museum puts things on display.

Ausstellungsansicht „Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Ding" mit aufgereihten Tongefäßen
© SKD, Foto: Adrian Sauer
Ausstellungsansicht „Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Ding"

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Die Publikation zur Sonderausstellung

Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Dinge

Eine Ausstellung von Wolfgang Scheppe in der Festetage des Residenzschlosses (48,00 €, ISBN 978-3-86335-550-0)

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Further Exhibitions
26.04.2014 —24.08.2014
Ausstellungsansicht „Die Dinge des Lebens / Das Leben der Ding" mit aufgereihten Tongefäßen
30.11.2014 —22.03.2015

Logical Rain. Proposition II

im Japanisches Palais

eine Färbeschablone für Kimonos
14.03.2015 —14.06.2015
13.05.2016 —07.08.2016

Surveying the Non-human. Proposition IV

im Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau

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