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19 Aug 2013

Moscow Design Museum

The Museum was founded in 2012 and is the first cultural institution in Russia specifically dedicated to design. The museum’s founders see their main objectives to be the popularization of national design at home and abroad, the collection and preservation of Russia’s design heritage and the introduction of Russian viewers to the best examples and main schools of international design.

So far, the museum has successfully organized exhibition projects in some of the most prominent spaces in Russia, including the Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The museum’s team has also organized international projects such as an exhibition during Design Week in Beijing and the exhibition “Soviet Design, 1950-1980’s” that will open in Kunsthal Rotterdam (the Netherlands) autumn 2015.

To further the goal of education and promotion of design the Museum is creating a series of documentary films for TV Channel “Culture”, including “Holland – territory of design”, “Design for everyone. Sweden”, “British Design. Traditions and innovations”, “Great Danish Designers”, “Russia’s national design, 1920-2020”.

The museum puts much effort into educational activities engaging leading European and Russian designers and design historians such as Cristopher Pearson (UK), Davide Quayola (UK), Daniel Widrig (UK), Cecilia Hertz (Sweden), Ewa Kumlin (Sweden), Richard Hutten (the Netherlands), Renny Remakers (the Netherlands), Igor Zaitsev (Russia), Alexander Lavrentiev (Russia), Dmitri Oktiabrski (Russia), Vladimir Runge (Russia).

The museum focuses on the use of the latest information technologies and non-typical museological exhibiting strategies such as, for example, a mobile exhibition hall situated in a multimedia equipped bus.

The Moscow Design Museum is a partner of Russia Expo 2015.

Museum’s main exhibition projects:

  • “Soviet Design, 1950-1980’s” (CEH “Manege”, 2012-2013).

  • “Packaging Design. Made in Russia” (CEH “Manege”, 2013).

  • “Common Objects: Soviet and Chinese Design 1950-80’s” (Design Week, Beijing, 2013).

  • “New Luxuries: Less+More in an Age of Austerity” (CEH “Manege”, 2013-2014).

  • “Sportcult” (“Proun” gallery, 2014).

  • “British Design: from William Morris to the Digital Revolution” (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, 2014).

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