15 September 2017 until 21 January 2018
Pure Gold
Upcycled! Upgraded!

As part of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 100th anniversary celebrations, the cocreative exhibition format Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded! has been opened at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. The exhibition in Hamburg is the start of a ten-year tour of 20 venues worldwide. The exhibition, devised by Volker Albus, designer and professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, ran from 15 September 2017 until 21 January 2018. Devoted to the subject of waste, Pure Gold presents approaches for processing material to create a product of greater value. The focus is on current international design trends that discuss the treatment of these waste and/or cheap materials. The ifa has structured the exhibition as an innovative co-creative format. Curators from a total of seven regions present 53 designers with 76 pieces relating to this theme: 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). After Hamburg the exhibition will move to Southeast Asia, making stops in Bangkok, Yangon, Hanoi and Manila.

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

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 - all about the project: