“Things can only be diverse and should be diverse,” wrote Donald Judd in 1964 about the art scene in New York, and hence rejected a one-dimensional ordering of art history in favor of an open encounter with works of art.

Henry van de Velde

A Universal Museum for Erfurt
Henry van de Velde had great plans for Erfurt: his monumental new building was to have housed a “universal museum” as a “central museum for Thuringia.” In 1913/14, working closely with Edwin Redslob, the museum’s first director, he produced a thoroughly modern, groundbreaking plan, which owing to the outbreak of the First World War was never actually built.
This work to mark the 150th anniversary of Henry van de Velde’s birth sheds light on an exciting chapter in the history of Erfurt’s architecture and museums with the latest findings from original sources. It also brings to our attention another key protagonist of modernism: the art historian Edwin Redslob, who as Reichskunstwart would later be responsible for all legislative and administrative matters pertaining to art in the Weimar Republic.

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"Henry van de Velde"

ISBN 978-3-86678-829-9

22,00 x 27,50 cm

272 Pages

184 colored and 20 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German

Miriam Krautwurst, Kai Uwe Schierz

Ole W. Fischer, Günther Gercken, Tobias J. Knoblich, Norbert Korrek, Miriam Krautwurst, Ruth Menzel, Christian Welzbacher

graphic design
Susanne Bax, Berlin
Exhibition: Erfurt, „Henry van de Velde. Ein Universalmuseum für Erfurt“, Angermuseum Erfurt, 4. Mai bis 8. September 2013.