Rare German Ceramics on Display at Illinois Tech

Illinois Tech’s Paul V. Galvin Library will provide a rare look at German Spritzdekor ceramics. Nearly 100 ceramic objects from the collections of Maral and Rolf Achilles will be displayed at the library through the summer.

An opening ceremony featuring Rolf Achilles, an independent art historian, will take place on April 11 from 58 p.m. in the Kemper Gallery at Galvin Library (35 West 33rd Street, Chicago). Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibition seeks to create an awareness of the innovative design technologies being developed and sold in late Weimar Germany, a time during which Ludwig Mies van der Rohe rose to international acclaim. 

“The proposed exhibition will be the second of its subject matter in the U.S. The first was in the late 1980s at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City with the display of a German collection that is now in a museum in Nuremberg,” said Achilles, independent art historian and curator of the exhibit. “In Germany this first exhibition sparked a fire of collecting that has resulted in much research, identification of artists and designers, and many exhibitions of these once common ceramics.”

The show runs from April 11 through the summer and is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please email: library@iit.edu.