g.a.d.o. (Lena Skrabs & Paloma Sanchez-Palencia)

prints on alu-dibond, 42 x 59,2 cm, 2019

In a year of Bauhaus-themed celebrations worldwide that focus on avant-garde thinking, functional design, the male genius and marginalized women, the artists propose a closer look at amateur inventors, essential but small improvements or failed and unnecessary designs. 

The three prints have been chosen from the archive of the German Patent and Trademark Office - DPMA in order to pay tribute to unnoticed designers. The DPMA is the center of expertise in the field of industrial property protection in Germany. Founded in Berlin in 1877 as the Imperial Patent Office, the DPMA looks back on 140 years of history. Today the office provides protection of technical inventions, trademarks and product designs against intellectual property theft. 

Rather than focusing on the idealized narratives of grand modernist inventions associated with the Bauhaus centenary, the artists want to celebrate the motivation to make the world a better place, regardless of whether these efforts have been recognized or not.