100 years of Wendt & Kühn

Detective work into the artistic history of our traditional workshops

Haven’t you always wanted to know what happens inside Wendt & Kühn? See for yourself the long and fascinating path that wood takes through our workshops? Witness how rough planks are transformed into delicate little figurines? Then please accept this warm invitation we extend to you, your family and friends to come visit us in Grünhainichen during our Open House Days.

You’ll also delight in our Photo Corner all decked out for spring, our special Wendt & Kühn post office and the fun of putting your nose, eyes and ears to the ultimate test in a wood-themed Sensory Challenge. And might we suggest capping a perfect day with one of the delicacies served at our relaxing outdoor café.

We’ll also be intensifying your eager anticipation over these four days: The second phase of the ground floor interior remodeling of our historical half-timbered house on Chemnitz Straße is meanwhile underway. Under the direction of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, a new 270 m2 “World of Wendt & Kühn” is taking form here, which will also be the new home for our legendary Grand Sample Cabinet. The new premises will be dedicated October 3rd through the 11th as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wendt & Kühn for an entire week – please consider yourself already invited to these week-long festivities as well!

We look forward to your visit. Admission is free.

Historic treasure from the time of the Dresden Reform Movement

In the early years, production focused on toys typical of the Reform Movement and various small items for the modern young woman, but little by little the world of figurines that Wendt & Kühn is famous for today was established. Thus in 1923 the first Grünhainichen Angel® was brought into being. With her designs for the Angel Musicians, Grete Wendt broke new creative ground. In contrast to the traditional figurines made in the Erzgebirge that were often rather rigid, she gave her creations movement and dynamism. “My great-aunt breathed life into her figurines and gave them a creative autonomy. It was a pioneering development that led to a quite distinctive language of form and to countless new and unique designs,” explains Claudia Baer, née Wendt, who is the third generation of the family to run the company.

Then as now, Grete Wendt’s heavenly creatures appeal to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. Famous collectors at the time included humanist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer, who had an Angel Mountain in his hospital in Lambaréné, Africa. Another was Helene Weigel, artistic director of the Berliner Ensemble and great Brecht actress who often visited Grünhainichen to purchase handcrafted items directly from the workshops.

You can find further information about the exhibition and about guided tours in the flyer for the exhibition and at www.skd.museum.