5 March until 4 July 2021
Tigers, Tampons and Tourism
Collective Curating at MK&G

Approximately 90 people work at MK&G. They have all viewed the Graphics and Posters Collection and – assisted by search methods such as "Living Room Consultations", "Divining Rod Tours", "Design on Demand" or "Poster Tinder" – each chosen a piece for the exhibition. The result is an assortment of highlights and curiosities in various formats and from different time periods: game board designs, film and political posters, advertising placards, furniture designs, postcards, comics, copper engravings. The explanatory texts by the staff members offer personal insights into our work at MK&G and show the diversity of approaches to design. The arrangement of the exhibited works is a playful reaction to ­established criteria: they are not organised by designer, style or chronology, but according to motifs, colours, graphic principles – or with the aim of intentionally provoking dissonances.  With such groupings, the exhibition also aims to raise questions: Where and how do we experience graphic design? In what ways can this be expressed with language? What new perspectives on the collection emerge from "participatory curating"? How can we make collections more widely accessible?

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