Open project room & meeting place

On 4 September 2020, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) inaugurated an open space in the heart of the building known as the "Freiraum". The new meeting place, project space and lounge for visitors, neighbours, travellers and museum staff is accessible free of charge during MK&G opening hours, offers a place where people can linger, work or speak with others. MK&G is thus putting the social function of the museum – as a place for encounters, discourse or simply taking a break from the daily routine – front and centre in its work. The "Freiraum" will respond dynamically and flexibly to the needs of its users and to current issues in urban society. Its programme will also be planned in constant dialogue with the museum’s collection and exhibitions, which will be discussed in the forum provided by the project space and hence enriched by new perspectives. Hosts Nina Lucia Groß and Tilman Walther liaise with the city’s stakeholders and communities to develop temporary ways to activate and use the space through diverse offerings. The furnishings, devised by the design and architecture collective ConstructLab, will also change depending on their users.

Hybrid Bookfestival „BookyMcBookface“ 2021

The BookyMcBookface started back in December in cooperation with the Freiraum of the MK&G. The BookyMcBookface is an invention of the Hamburg-based publishing house Textem, a temporary bookstore that has been wandering since 2016, a festival all about reading, making, designing and talking about books. The first chapter of the festival took place online in December 2020 – an archive of the readings, talks, performances and workshops can be found at and the Instagram channel @bookymcbooky. But: The digital book festival looks even more beautiful in reality! Throughout February 2021, books from well-known publishers and the best books from the most unknown publishers will be presented in the Freiraum of the MK&G (to browse through, not swipe!) and also sold on the weekends. After all, the best way to create contexts, unless we have all grown accustomed to the deprivation of haptic impressions by now, is still via stacks of paper bound together!

All information about the events in the calendar or via the Textem website.

Photo: Room view