18 December 2012 to 1 April 2013
Out to Sea?
The Plastic Garbage Project

From 18 December 2012 onward, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg will present the exhibition “Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project” created by the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. Hamburg will be the first venue in the show’s international tour; it will then continue on to Finland and Denmark. The project and the tour are being financed by the Drosos Foundation. The presentation in Hamburg is generously supported by the project partner Michael Otto Stiftung für Umweltschutz. The show takes a critical look at the consumer and throw-away society. The chief emphases are the tremendous amounts of plastic waste which make their way into the world oceans every day, the consequences of the pollution for nature and mankind, and various approaches to solving this global problem. A huge heap of plastic waste found in three oceans forms the show’s centrepiece. Following the new installation of the permanent design exhibition, the MKG will thus turn its focus to the background and consequences of the design and production society and the negative
aspects of mass consumption and the supposedly infinite availability of things. The port metropolis Hamburg, whose economic mainstay is maritime trade, is virtually predestined to serve as a venue for this exhibition. What is more, a large proportion of the waste heap on display in the show comes from the popular holiday island of Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea. Encompassing films, photos, drawings, objects, installations, cartoons and consumer products, the exhibition provides insight into the plastic problem and informs visitors about numerous facts, circumstances and interrelationships. The show will be accompanied by an extensive mediation programme for children, teenagers and adults. Workshops and discussion forums with scientists, designers, producers and environmentalists will provide impulses for more enlightened action and sensitize visitors to the topic of plastic. Further information is available on the website On, visitors and other interested persons can join in discussion. The Hamburg venue is being sponsored by the Lighthouse Foundation, Hamburg Wasser, the Stadtreinigung Hamburg and the IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.

Abb.: Plastikmüll am Strand, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, 2006, © Paulo Maurin/NOAA