Fund for Young Design
The Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen launched a "Fund for Young Design" in 2020. It finances a residency programme for young international designers at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. The residents are given the opportunity to engage intensively with the MK&G collection, benefitting from the expertise of the museum staff and from access to the objects as a source of inspiration for their own work. The residency culminates in a new artwork, which the foundation gives MK&G on permanent loan. The residents use the Dieter Rams room on the 2nd floor of the MK&G as their studio and are happy to discuss their work with you. If the door is open, you are welcome to enter.
Jan Hottmann, born in 1986, completed his studies in fine arts at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart in early 2022 and works as a freelance artist and photographer. In his works, Hottmann explores the technical aspects of photography and raises a distrust of standardized visual languages. During his residency at MK&G, he is particularly exploring the question of how the medium of photography is changing as a result of digital technical innovations.
Lea Sievertsen, born 1990, works as a graphic designer in Berlin. In 2020, she graduated from the HfbK Hamburg with a Master of Fine Arts. Previously, she studied at Burg Giebichenstein Designhochschule Halle and at HAW Hamburg. About the final project
Benjamin Unterluggauer, born in 1989, is a product and web designer and is about to complete his master’s degree at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. He previously studied at the MOFA furniture trade school in Cologne and the Macromedia Academy in Munich. Unterluggauer has been working as a freelance graphic and web designer since 2010 and joined the MOKIT design studio in 2020. His work has been shown in international exhibitions and he has won several young designer awards. About the final project
Anaïs Borie (b. 1991 in France) studied product design at the Saint- Etienne Higher School of Art and Design (France) and Contextual Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven (Netherlands). She currently lives in Eindhoven and has been working for the past two years as a freelance designer with various design collectives. Borie has already shown her designs in international exhibitions, for example in Guangzhou, in Milan and at Art Basel in Miami. About the final project
NEO Collections & NEO Lab
"NEO Collections" is a joint project of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Übersee-Museum Bremen and Nationalmuseum Sweden. It is funded by the Digital Culture Program of the German Federal Cultural Foundation until the end of 2023.
The collaboration is based on the principles of open access and participation. Together with visitors, users, experts and (critical) friends and all kinds of creatives and technologists we are co-creating prototypes for digital formats and products that will simplify and diversify access to our digital collections and enable their reuse in many ways.
As three different museums, varying in size, structure, focus and digital maturity the museums follow their individual approaches to the same goal: Finding new ways of working together — with communities, within our organizations, with interdisciplinary teams and across museums.
As part of the project at the MK&G the NEO Lab is evolving.
Dr. Antje Schmidt
Contact (project coordination)
The MK&G has collected about half a million objects to date. In order to make them accessible to the international research community and the public, they are being digitised: they are photographed, for example, and the results - known as digital copies - are stored. This helps with the preservation of objects and new questions can be answered by the digital copies. But how can the three-dimensionality of objects best be reproduced? And how can the resulting 3D digital copies be used? These are just some of the questions being explored by the scanning laboratory.
The scanning laboratory is part of our 3D digitisation project. Within this project, we are testing various 3D digitisation processes, particularly with regard to their usability for museums. We are also examining how they can be integrated into our everyday work at the museum and what new possibilities they present. The scanning scanning laboratory is located on the 2nd floor near the staircase in the corridor of the Graphics and Poster Collection.
Eleven to Zero – Hamburg museums take action
Global sustainability transformation is one of the key challenges of our time. Under the auspices of the MK&G, eleven Hamburg museums, exhibition spaces and memorial sites are now taking up this challenge. In the "Eleven to Zero" project, they are joining forces to tackle the issue of sustainability and operational ecology in a structured manner in a pilot project that is unique in all of Germany.
The joint initiative is being kicked off with two processes: First, representatives of the institutions are meeting with experts to evaluate the carbon footprints for the participating venues in order to create a data basis for sustainability transformation. The next step is to train 20 transformation managers who will integrate the issue of operational ecology into daily museum work. The aim of the collective project is to consistently drive sustainability transformation in the museums as a long-term mission.
How large are the carbon footprints of Hamburg’s museums? What are the biggest climate factors at the institutions? These questions are to be answered in the evaluation by measuring the guiding indicator CO2. The carbon footprint serving as basis is an as-is analysis for 2019 as reference year. This first step reveals sources of emissions and their effects so that levers for change can be identified as a way to initiate transformation.
Twenty people at the participating venues will take an advanced training course to obtain qualifications enabling them to work as experts at their cultural institutions. Equipped with a combination of scientifically based transformation competencies, input from specialists, and concrete climate protection practices, graduates of the programme will be able to apply their knowledge as transformation managers to initiate, support and implement processes and projects in the institutions. A central element here is networking and exchange between the participants at the various institutions.
The culture and media sector has a critical role to play in the urgent transformation to a climate-smart society. If the climate protection goals set forth by the German government, the Paris Climate Agreement and within the framework of the European Green Deal are to be achieved, the cultural sector must come to terms with its own carbon footprint. This means that, for around 20,000 institutionally funded cultural venues in Germany, ecological transformation processes are becoming both a necessity and an opportunity for future-oriented development.
In addition to the MK&G, the following institutions are involved: the Altonaer Museum, the Archäologische Museum Hamburg and Stadtmuseum Harburg, the Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, das Deutsche Hafenmuseum, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, die KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme, the Museum am Rothenbaum. Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK), the Museum der Arbeit and the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte.
Inclusion Network "Verbund Inklusion"
In the project "Verbund Inklusion" (2019-2022), the MK&G, together with six other institutions, is systematically testing how inclusion can be sustainably implemented and structurally anchored in cultural institutions. The synopsis of the individual measures at the various institutions enables a comprehensive evaluation of the necessary processes and parameters. Together, forward-looking and transferable approaches as well as the necessary resources for corresponding change processes are to be developed and transfer effects made possible. The Bundesverband Museumspädagogik e.V. and the network Culture and Inclusion accompany the project.
Project management: Bundeskunsthalle Bonn
Partner museums: Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Bonn, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf
"Verbund Inklusion" is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.
The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe was part of the "Pilot Project Inclusion" (2015–2017) working closely with three museums and exhibition venues to develop a modular presentation concept on inclusion and handicap accessibility at exhibitions and collections.
The Bundeskunsthalle Bonn was the project coordinator of "Pilot Inclusion". The partners include the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and the Städtische Museen Freiburg with additional support provided by the Bundesverband Museumspädagogik e.V. and the association Verein Blinde und Kunst. "Pilot Inclusion" was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Art and the Media in accordance with a resolution passed by the German Bundestag, the Aktion Mensch and the Kämpgen Stiftung.