Designpanoptikum - Surreal Museum for Industrial Objects

Designpanoptikum - Surreal Museum for Industrial Objects

At first glance, the design panopticon looks like an odd cabinet of horrors. At second glance, however, it reveals a curious hodgepodge of fascinating objects.

  • Designpanoptikum (1)© dpa
    A visitor looks at a slide projector for the cinema screen from 1960 in the DesignPanoptikum on 07 March 2011.
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    A visitor looks at an exhibit in the DesignPanoptikum on 07 March 2011.
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    A visitor looks at an exhibit in the DesignPanoptikum on 07 March 2011.

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Without a doubt, the surreal Museum of Industrial Objects is a curiosity in Berlin's museum landscape. Most of the objects on display initially evoke fear or horror in visitors, or at least perplexity. Brachial-looking metal objects, coffin-like constructs and bizarre industrial knick-knacks turn out to be quite normal utilitarian objects from times gone by. Prostheses, an iron lung, a dissection table for small animals and an ejector seat are only a small selection of the exhibits.

Form follows function

Common to all the objects shown is that their design is strictly based on functionality and not on aesthetic sensibility. Supposed instruments of torture turn out on closer inspection to be medical devices or technical components, for example. The design of the exhibition differs from classical museum concepts: the objects are arranged in a peculiar, artistic way and sometimes seemingly without concept, so that visitors could imagine themselves on the set of Metropolis.
If you are lucky, you will find museum director and photographer Vlad Korneev in a chatty mood. He discovered and bought all the objects himself. Accordingly, he can tell exciting and entertaining anecdotes about the Designpanoptikum and the objects on display.

Karte

 Adresse
Poststraße 7
10178 Berlin
Phone
015774012991
Internet
www.designpanoptikum.com
Opening hours
Monday, Friday and Saturday 13h to 18h
Admission Fee
10 euros

Public transportation

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Bus
Tram
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Last edited: 22. April 2021