Archaeology, Global Art

Applied Arts

From the beginning, Karl Ernst Osthaus also focused his museum’s collection activities on crafts and the minor arts. His earliest purchases probably date from his first voyage to Tunisia in 1897, where he acquired an enthusiasm for Middle Eastern crafts and minor arts. In the period that followed, Osthaus bought above all craft objects from Germany, Europe and non-European countries. 

The range of objects in the museum’s individual departments formed more a collection of didactic models rather than being oriented on an ethnological or art historical classification system. In 1909, Osthaus’s collecting activities and the presentation in the Museum Folkwang led to an epoch-making idea of a German Museum for Art in Trade and Industry, an institution affiliated with the German Work Federation. Today, the Museum Folkwang’s ethnological and craft collection contains objects from Europe, Africa, Central America, Asia and the South Pacific, including antiquities from Greece and Egypt, Iran and Iraq, a tile collection, a textiles collection and a selection of glass objects from antiquity to modern times. Acquisitions continued to be made for the department up into the 1980’s. 

On Display: Los Carpinteros – Helm/Helmet/Yelmo
On the invitation of Museum Folkwang, the Cuban Artist duo Los Carpinteros have created a spectacular work – at once sculpture and a piece of exhibition architecture. The extensive installation Helm/Helmet/Yelmo both relates to and accomodates the Archaeology, World Art and Applied Arts Collection of the Museum Folkwang. Further information here...

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Prabu Salya, undated
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Nalagareng, undated
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Jûroku oder Waka-otoko
face mask of the Nô-Theater, 16th/17th century

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Kimono (Nô-shô-soku), 18th or early 19th century
Museum Folkwang

Malagan-figure, ca. 1912
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Uli-figure, type lembankákat ëgilámpe, end of 19th or beginning of 20th century
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