This summer, the exhibitions at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), run by Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, is all about confrontation with tradition. The Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden was founded in 1876 to promote collaboration between artistic design and commercial production. The museum picks up on this idea in two exhibitions and bring it into the present day. For “The False Flower. A Design Fairy Tale by Hermann August Weizenegger”, director Tulga Beyerle brought the Berlin product designer Hermann August Weizenegger to Dresden, where he engaged with Saxony’s old tradition of making artificial flowers, developing a homage to the handicraft of a whole region. From the 19th century, Sebnitz, a town on the Bohemian border, was a particularly notable European centre of silk flower production. Together with the German

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