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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.

Eine Person sitzt an einem Schreibtisch und schneidet Glas.

Katharina Spitz (b. 1993) is the first resident in fashion. After an apprenticeship as a Custom Tailor at the Couture Salon Pio O'Kan Couture Düsseldorf, she studied Experimental Textile and Fashion Design at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at the Robert Koch Forum Berlin, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin and the Fashionclash Festival Maastricht, among others. Since 2021 she has been working as an independent fashion designer with her own studio in Amsterdam. With the design of haute couture, textiles and performances, Katharina Spitz explores the relationship we as humans have with each other and our surroundings. She prefers to work collaboratively.

Anna Resei (* 1989) studied textile, product and contextual design in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Eindhoven. She received several scholarships and design awards and exhibited her work at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Cologne and at the Milan Design Week, among  others. The conceptual designer creates objects with a special materiality that can be functional and abstract at the same time. She works primarily with textiles, which she uses as a source of ideas, metaphors and technology while defying genre boundaries in order to connect digital, physical and mental spaces with each other.

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Jan Hottmann (* 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.

Final project

Lea Sievertsen (* 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.

Final project

Benjamin Unterluggauer (* 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.

Final project

Anaïs Borie (* 1991) 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.

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.

Project LEAD

Dr. Antje Schmidt

Contact (project coordination)

Marleen Grasse

NEO LabProject-Blog


Zwei Logos mit Text darüber.
Collage von Fotos aus einer Workshop-Situation.


Nahaufnahme eines 3D-Objekts einer bunten Maskenfigur.

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.

Discover 3D objects online

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.

Together with experts, carbon footprints were compiled for the participating museums, thus creating a data basis for the sustainability transformation. In addition, 17 people were trained as transformation managers in order to integrate the topic of operational ecology into everyday museum life. The aim of the collective project is to advance the sustainability transformation in the museums consistently and in the long term.

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.

The carbon footprint of the eleven buildings has been calculated to be 8,422.66 tonnes per year (reference year 2019). The majority of the emissions (90.4 %) result from the electricity and heat consumption of the houses. This corresponds roughly to the climate impact of nine fully occupied wide-bodied aircraft flying from Hamburg to New York and back. In an extended balance, guest mobility was also taken into account, although this is partly based on estimated values. Including guest mobility, the carbon footprint of the eleven hotels rises to almost 40,000 tonnes, four and a half times as much. By including guest mobility in the balancing process, "Eleven to Zero" takes on a pioneering role in the cultural sector. The balances now form a reliable data basis for strategic environmental management. You can access the results of the carbon footprint here.

17 people from the participating houses were qualified as "transformation managers for sustainable culture" in a further training course and now support their institutions with specialist knowledge and methodological competence. They act as translators, advocates, idea generators and doers in order to anchor sustainability in all processes and to communicate the change process to the teams.

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.

"Eleven to Zero" cooperates with the nationwide Action Network Sustainability in Culture an Media and is supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media.

Eleven to Zero Website

Eine Grafik mit einer Vielzahl von Logos.
Ein schwarzes Logo: „Elf zu null – Hamburger Museen handeln“




Ein Gruppenfoto mit vielen Menschen auf einer sommerlichen Terasse.


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.