11 June 2021 until 9 January 2022
Questions on Home and Belonging

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) is devoting an exhibition to one of today’s most controversial topics: Heimaten. Few terms are as emotionally charged, as susceptible to political and commercial exploitation, as sentimentally loaded and subjective. There is no one definition of “Heimat” that everyone can agree on, and the use of the term in the exhibition is therefore intended to be open to interpretation, participatory and multifaceted. A specially developed questionnaire will invite visitors to contribute their own definition and attitudes to the show. Around 80 exhibits – ranging from antique ceramics to graphic art, from typography, film, photography and fashion to a browser app – provide food for thought while at the same time being repeatedly unmasked as deliberately designed “homeland objects”. The curatorial team does not aim to provide any conclusive answers as to what home is or can be. Instead, the public and selected groups from the city will be encouraged to actively participate during the course of the exhibition as a way of expanding the discourse on homeland to include diverse voices, approaches and objects.

The exhibition has been made possible by funds from the Exhibition Fund of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Körber Foundation and the Hubertus Wald Foundation.

Image: mischer'traxler studio, Nocturnal Cloud, 2020, Foto: Leonard Hilzensauer (Detail)