18 / 19 October 2018
The Creative Blur
Between Design Practice and Design in the Museum

on the occasion of the retirement of Sabine Schulze, curated by Tulga Beyerle

Since its opening in 1877, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has collected more than 500,000 objects. Originally founded as a collection of models for use by artists and artisans, the spectrum covered today ranges from antique bronzes to thermoplastic polyurethane jackets from Iris van Herpen’s “Phy-Tha-Go-Ras” collection.

Why do we collect and for whom? How can we have an impact on society with our work? In recent years we have systematically reactivated our historical holdings by juxtaposing selected items with contemporary positions, as well as responding to current social issues in special exhibitions that take a critical look at today’s consumer society. On the occasion of the pending change of directors, we want to discuss with experts from the field of design the issues they face in their daily practice. The goal is to determine what an institution like our museum can contribute to their work, both by going “back to the roots” and by asking questions about the future.

We are looking forward to inspirational discussions with, among others, Cecilia León de la Barra, Jan Boelen, Daniel Charny, Aric Chen, Konstantin Grcic, Mathias Hahn, Ineke Hans, Fons Hickmann, Axel Kufus, Julia Lohman, Angelika Nollert, Robert Stadler and Judith Seng.

The attendance is free of charge and the conference language is English.
Please register by 5 October 2018 by writing to: symposium(at)

The Symposium is sponsored by the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung.


Stuart Haygarth, TIDE (detail), 2018, flotsam from the British seaside, nylon threads, on permanent loan from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen, Photo: MKG