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PURE GOLD Upcycled! Upgraded! Exhibition Opening

Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded! a co-creative exhibition format,
on 14 September 2017 at 7.00 p.m. at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg.


The co-creative exhibition has been conceived and brought together by Volker Albus, designer and professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in conjunction with six other international curators. It gathers multiperspectival approaches from 53 designers for the re-use of raw materials that have already been processed to create new objects of greater value. The exhibition theme of upcycling aims to raise awareness of alternative production techniques while pointing up contemporary European and non-European design developments.

In addition, Axel Kufus, designer and professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, will be launching a digital platform which, extending beyond the exhibition itself, will serve as a repository of knowledge and a network for the international maker scene.

Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded! is an ifa exhibition project to mark the institute’s 100th anniversary. The exhibition in Hamburg will be its only showing in Germany and the first stop on a ten-year tour of 20 venues around the world.

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. Germany’s oldest organisation for the cultivation of foreign cultural relations was founded in 1917 as a “work of peace in the midst of war”. ifa is now considered a competence centre for international cultural relations and artistic discourse. It offers comprehensive activities around cultural exchange and civic conflict resolution. The basis of its international orientation is a far-reaching network of partners both in Germany and abroad. Its theme for the 2017 anniversary year is “Cultures of We”.

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has engaged for many years with sociocritical issues and, apart from the crafting of objects, also considers industrial production processes from raw material to end product. After an exhibition about the reasons and consequences of plastic garbage the show Fast Fashion. The Dark Side of Fashion is touring internationally since 2015. Currently the exhibition Food Revolution 5.0 focuses on the global nutrition industry and the consumer’s attitude.

Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!
15 Sep. 2017 – 21 Jan. 2018
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Steintorplatz, 20099 Hamburg

Exhibition concept: Volker Albus

Curators: Volker Albus, Frankfurt (for Europe), Adélia Borges, São Paulo (for Latin America), Tapiwa Matsinde, London (for sub-Saharan Africa), Divia Patel, London (for South Asia), Bahia Shehab, Cairo (for North Africa/Middle East), Eggarat Wongcharit, Bangkok (for Southeast Asia) and Zhang Jie, Beijing (for East Asia).

Designers and design firms: 56thStudio/Saran Yen Panya, Massimiliano Adami, Volker Albus, David Amar, Yuttana Anothaisintawee, Association for the Protection of the Environment (A.P.E.), Jean-Marc Attia, Marjan van Aubel & James Michael Shaw, Bär + Knell, Roswitha Berger-Gentsch, Sandra Böhm, breadedEscalope, Fernando Brízio, Luján Cambariere/Colectivo Ático de Diseño, Cheng Biliang, Paul Cocksedge, Matali Crasset, Laetitia de Allegri & Matteo Fogale, Piet Hein Eek, El Ultimo Grito, Juli Foos, Gompf + Kehrer, Breg Hanssen, Brunno Jahara, Laura Jungmann & Cornelius Réer, Junk Munkez, Tobias Juretzek, Dhara Kabaria/studio Alternatives, Khmissa, Saruta Kiatparkpoom, Silvia Knüppel, Suwan Kongkhunthian, Dirk Vander Kooij, Jakob Landes, Ramón Llonch/Artlantique, Mieke Meijer, Waltraud Münzhuber, Hamed Ouattara, Micaella Pedros, Piratas do Pau/Nelsa Guambe, Sahil & Sarthak, ML. Pawinee Santisiri, Peter Schäfer, Diederik Schneemann, Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman, Avni Sejpal/Studio Avni, Janina Stübler, Domingos Tótora, Up-fuse, Wang Shumao, Wei Minghui, Eggarat Wongcharit and Zhang Han & Sui Hao & Li Hua.

Digital platform and workshops concept: Axel Kufus

An exhibition project by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

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