Volker Fischer (design critic)

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Volker Fischer (* 1951 ) is a German design and architecture critic . He teaches at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach am Main and was curator of the design department of the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main until 2012 .


Fischer studied art education, German, linguistics and art history at the University of Kassel and at the Philipps University of Marburg . In 1979 he received his doctorate on the subject of nostalgia . From 1980 to 1981 he was cultural advisor for the city of Marburg and from 1981 to 1994 deputy director of the German Architecture Museum . During this time he organized the highly regarded exhibition "Design Today". Since 1992 he has been an honorary professor at the Offenbach University of Design and from 1994 to 2012 he was curator of the design department of the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt. For the Birkhäuser Verlag (Form) he published the design classics series .

Exhibitions and publications (selection)

  • Nostalgia (dissertation)
  • Revision of modernity: postmodern architecture 1960-1980, 1984
  • Vision of modernity: the principle of construction, 1986
  • Design today: standards, design between industry and artistry, 1988
  • Land reform: carpeting by artists and architects, 1989
  • A postmodern modern: the new Deutsche Leasing house, 1990
  • 13 to Memphis. Design between asceticism and sensuality
  • Design from Portugal: an anthology, 1998
  • Stefan Wewerka: architect, designer, object artist, 1998
  • Theories of Design: Basic Texts on Design, Volume 1
  • Design Classics (editor of the series)
  • Richard Meier: the architect as designer and artist, 2003
  • Stefan Heiliger
  • The wings of the crane - 50 years of Lufthansa Design, 2006

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