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5 March until 26 September 2021
Tigers, Tampons and Tourism
Collective Curating at MK&G

More than 90 people work at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G), most of them “behind the scenes”. All staff members were asked to have a look around the Poster and Graphic Art Collection and – with the help of search strategies such as Living Room Consultations, Divining Rod Tours, Design on Demand and Poster Tinder – select their favourites. This resulted in the current exhibition of over 100 highlights and curiosities in various formats and from different periods, including comics; postcards; copperplate engravings; film, advertising and political posters; as well as designs for board games and furniture. The staff’s explanations for their choices provide a unique insight into the MK&G collection by demonstrating the variety of ways in which people relate to design. In her first exhibition, the new head of the Poster and Graphic Art Collection, Julia Meer, is opening up a new window onto collection, which comprises well over 300,000 works on paper. In the process, she calls into question the classic role of the curator, the curatorial process, and established modes of narration – a fresh approach that makes room for a hierarchy-free coexistence of diverse approaches and work.

Curate with us: You are also invited to vote on an additional exhibit for the exhibition. Use the voting tool to choose an exhibit that you would like to see in the exhibition. The exhibit with the most votes will be part of the exhibition at the MK&G! Click here to vote.

 







Image: Happy Days, Sophia van Heeswijk, Cologne, 1970ies–1980ies, Offset print (Detail)

For the exhibition "Tigers, Tampons and Tourism", the MK&G staff were each allowed to choose one work from the Graphics and Poster Department. Now you are also invited to vote on an additional exhibit for the exhibition. Use the voting tool to choose an exhibit that you would like to see in the exhibition. The exhibit with the most votes will be part of the exhibition at the MK&G!