Rudolf Smend

Rudolf Smend


Rudolf Smend is a passionate textile collector and the owner of Galerie Smend in Cologne, Germany. He was first introduced to Indonesian batik in Yogyakarta, Central Java in 1973.

His gallery, which also exhibits the works of international textile artists, recently celebrated its 48th anniversary.

Smend has edited and published numerous books on silk painting and batik, among them ’Batik: Javanese and Sumatran Batiks from the Courts and Palaces. Rudolf Smend Collection’ (2000). And ‘Batik: 75 Selected Masterpieces. The Rudolf Smend Collection’ (2006). And finally ‘BATIK Traditional Textiles of Indonesia. From the Rudolf Smend & Donald Harper Collections’ (2015).

Since 2008 Rudolf had a booth at the ‘San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show’ als well as at the ‘Tribal & Textile Arts Show’ in San Francisco and also in New York.

Rudolf is presenting here some of his Tribal Textiles which he collected during the recent 40 years.


Mainzer Strasse 31. 50678 Cologne


+ 49/173 984 0274



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