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#001 NIEUWE GERMAN GESTALTUNG | Nullpunkt

The Marta Herford museum invited the renowned Belgian art- and design critic Max Borka and his companion Anna Pannekoek on a discovery tour along the German design scene. The exhibition and book that resulted from this trip drew an image of German design that was totally different from the ruling ones: provocative and playful, passionate and explosive.

While pleading for a design that would rebooth itself from zero, taking the ‘Null als Norm’, „Nullpunkt. Nieuwe German Gestaltung“ denounced the strategies that were/and are still common good in German design -industrial and corporate, and taking the ‘Norm ald Null’- as obsolete. Instead, the exhibition highlighted designer who, in the past and present, had taken the risk of thinking differently, and –also because they were of foreign origin- were most often not considered to be German – despite of the fact that they lived and worked in Germany: outsiders like Jasper Morrison and Andrea Brandolini, or Marti Guixé, El Ultimo Grito and Jerszy Seymour.

Totally in line with the philosophy behind their work, Nullpunkt did not focus on industrial products but on installations, performances and processes, with a swimming pool by Jerszy Seymour as the main highlight, built on the spot with makeshift materials, as a place where visitors could sip vodka, and discuss Utopia. Festive and jumping borders, the exhibition thus revealed an unknown Germany, dynamic, extremely lively, international and open, and did not just give a kick off for a debate on the future of Germa design, but of design in general.

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