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Museum of Design Zurich

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The Institution

Amongst design and architecture museums, both in Switzerland and abroad, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich has charted its own course. The museum, part of the Zurich University of the Arts (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK), is a marketplace of ideas related to all design expressions, offering a program focused on the comtemporary and the modern within design, visual communication, and architecture. With its exhibitions, collections, and publications, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is at once forum, archive, and laboratory; it engages in research, it presents, and it mediates. The museum perceives design as an expression of culture, one that represents a particular set of values. By investigating past and present, theory and practice, the aim is to show, discuss, and strenghten the position and impact of design among a broader public.

The Exhibition

Currently, the Museum is planning the exhibition The Plastic Garbage Project, which will be shown from July 4th to September 2nd 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland, and may travel to additional venues subsequently. The exhibition endeavors to present facts about plastic pollution in an illustrative way and in this context examines various questions about the advantages and disadvantages of using synthetic products, the considerations of product design, the recycling potential and the influence on health. The possible solutions are grouped around a series of “Rs”: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, rethink, redesign…and aim at getting plastic consumers to take action.


Divers, Ocean Warriors and engaged human beings caring about the environment: We are thrilled about project AWARE's Dive Against Debris program! Your underwater perspective onto the issue of marine debris gives a tangible face to the issue of the plastic pollution resulting mainly from careless consumer behaviour. Making your efforts visible to a broad public in the exhibition will hopefully help raising awareness about plastic debris in the aquatic environment and inspire also non-divers to act.

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