"Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen" Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen" Exhibition

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"Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen," is an exhibition that examines the kitchen and its continual redesign as a barometer of changing ideologies and technologies, and explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as a space of huge symbolic and practical significance. On view from September 15, 2010, through March 14, 2011, its centerpiece is MoMA's recent acquisition of an unusually complete example of the iconic "Frankfurt Kitchen." Designed in 1926-27 by Grete Schütte-Lihotzky, it is the earliest work by a female architect in the collection. In the aftermath of World War I, thousands of these kitchens were manufactured for public-housing estates being built around Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, as part of a comprehensive program to modernize the city and society. Schütte-Lihotzky's compact and ergonomic design, with its integrated approach to storage, appliances, and work surfaces, reflected a commitment to transforming the lives of ordinary working people on an ambitious scale. "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen" comprises works drawn from the Museum's collection, including design objects, photography, film, prints, drawings, and paintings. The exhibition is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator, and Aidan O'Connor, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

[Image: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky "Frankfurter Küche (Frankfurt Kitchen) as illustrated in "Das Neue Frankfurt 5" (1927)" (1926-7) ]



from September 15, 2010 to May 02, 2011

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