Throughout the whole world, the works of the Bauhaus member, designer and artist Marianne Brandt can be found in the leading museums and collections. But Marianne Brandt’s legacy is no longer simply a piece of design history – every three years in her home city of Chemnitz young, international designers and artists get together to show their current work in the dynamic field between the polarities of design and art. Here, the International Marianne Brandt Contest founded in 2001 and since then organised by Villa Arte e. V. Chemnitz selects not only product designs but also photography and other artistic formats.
With the motto “The Poetry of the Functional”, the prize pursues the question of where and how projects that are useful as well as inspiring thrive today in Marianne Brandt’s former fields of activity. Out of all submissions entered by the end of April 2019, an international jury nominates sixty contributions that will be on display as of autumn 2019 at the Industriemuseum Chemnitz. As part of the opening of the two-months-lasting exhibition – it always opens on or around Brandt’s birthday on 1 October – the Marianne Brandt Prize worth € 5,000 in each case will be awarded in the categories of design, photography and art. The event will also include the awarding of special prizes endowed by sponsors and supporters. A comprehensive public programme with lectures, talks and workshops runs parallel to the competition. A catalogue is being published and launched at the award ceremony.
The International Marianne Brandt Contest is supported by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the City of Chemnitz.