Aunt Erika...

...or the exemplary preservation will of former generations in dealing with objects of everyday use

In August 1999 the collection of repurposed and repaired utilitarian objects has been extended by a substantial department. The objects were left behind by Nana Petzet's great aunt Erika and great uncle Hermann who, at the age of 90 and 94, both died in 1998. The Duprés had lived in a remote house in the Austrian Alps since 1950. Nana Petzet's great aunt, who most likely had repaired the majority of the objects, belonged to the generation who had lived through the hardship of two world wars and, particularly in the aftermath of war, had to deal with serious shortages in certain areas of life. The objects resulting from this experience are testimony to a dying culture in western Europe of conserving reusable materials with respect to everyday consumer goods. They have since been exhibited in various international exhibitions on the subject, such as 2000 “Models of Resistance” in Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen and 2004 in the exhibition “Flickgut” at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.