Objects of everyday life and consumption were used for a long time and frequently repaired in the GDR. In contrast to today’s »throw-away society«, the GDR could be called a »society of keepers«.
These legacies are preserved in the DDR Museum’s collection. Together with our latest publication »GDR daily life in 200 objects«, the objects presented here present a cross-section from our museum storehouse. Behind each of these everyday objects lies a personal story in addition to the creative work of the designers.
The sometimes-inconspicuous objects – from the K 109 coffee machine to the refrigerator to the mantlepiece clock – provide an insight into the everyday life of the people of the vanished state. An everyday life that moved between the state party’s claim to omnipotence and a little bit of private happiness.
Eric Strohmeier-Wimmer, Head of Collection DDR Museum, Berlin
Günter Höhne, Publicist DDR Design, Berlin
Sören Marotz, Exhibition Manager DDR Museum, Berlin
Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 6 pm
Konferenzraum DDR Museum
Sankt Wolfgang-Str. 2
You can see the location here.