Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 14 October 2018
The exhibition “Mobile Worlds. Or the Museum of our Transcultural Present” aims to challenge existing patterns of thinking and museum structures and to reveal the origin of things and their significance in societies.
To be effective in the present, a museum must “constantly seek dialogue and reflect on its role as a cultural and educational institution”. With this in mind, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has invited the exhibition organiser and critic Roger M. Buergel to work with the institution’s diversity and history. The focus of his work is, because of the general globalisation of objects, people and ideas, on social, cultural and political forms that are staged in a way that questions the “Eurocentric order of Western museums”. The exhibition serves as a medium for illustrating the complexity of global interdependencies and creating a three-dimensional collage with the help of things, texts, and images, allowing visitors to actively and individually interpret and, in turn, transform “mobile worlds” through their personal perspectives. On display are around 200 exhibits, such as paintings, furniture, fashion, photography, graphics, videos and installations from different epochs and cultures.
The exhibition concludes the collaborative project “On the Migration of Things in Transcultural Societies” together with other universities, institutes and museums, which began in October 2015.