The exhibition focuses on one of humankind’s fundamental longings – the desire to go outside. Our need to spend some of our free time outside is greater than ever.
In design, this centuries-old yearning is reflected in all manner of ways, be it in designs for the outdoors, in sports equipment or in foldable, hinged and portable objects. Even nature itself serves as a source of inspiration for design objects. The exhibits range from camping equipment from the former GDR to 3D-printed garden chairs made of recycled plastic to park benches that support social distancing.
The exhibition is structured into a total of seven themed complexes that also point to different sections of the museum’s collection: “Outdoors = Indoors”, “Sitting Outdoors”, “Camping in East Germany”, “Urban Mobility”, “Parks and Pandemic”, “Sports Outdoors” and “Foehn Skies”.
A footbridge made of recycled and reusable materials, guides viewers across the room, allowing for perspectives on the different subjects and eras.
As the exhibits make it clear, design is always specific to particular societies and eras, as is the case with plastic as a material. What was deemed futuristic in the 1960s has grown into an ecohazard that it is almost impossible to solve. Today, issues of sustainability present designers with major challenges.
The exhibition invites viewers to reflect upon the ever-changing interrelations between humans and nature, public and private space, inside and outside as well as our responsibility towards “Heading Outdoors”
Manufacture & Crafts
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