Subversives Design

Ausstellungsansicht Subversives Design c NRW Forum Foto Katja Illner 121818

February 11 – May 22 2022

Subversive design is critical design. It does not promise direct solutions, but questions the status quo of the classical system.

The exhibition rooms are a warehouse, the objects are placed in functional shelving systems and a robot drives through the aisles transporting products. Instead of unique artistic pieces, the group exhibition shows products by contemporary designers who deal with pressing issues of our time such as climate protection, digitalisation and discrimination.


Subversive design is critical design. It does not promise direct solutions, but questions the status quo of the classical system.

The exhibition rooms are a warehouse, the objects are placed in functional shelving systems and a robot drives through the aisles transporting products. Instead of unique artistic pieces, the group exhibition shows products by contemporary designers who deal with pressing issues of our time such as climate protection, digitalisation and discrimination.


Schraubenzieher c PUTPUT 2018
Schraubenzieher c PUTPUT 2018

Subversion means targeted infiltration and describes processes that question existing orders and systems, take up their modes of operation, make them visible and want to change them. Closely related to subversion is the concept of critical design, which is characterised by not wanting to serve a consumer-oriented market, but to question the classic design system, to offer counter-designs and new possibilities for action for the future.


Instead of the individual piece, the exhibition emphasises the serial, because subversive design does not stand out from the mainstream, but is in the middle of it and infiltrates messages. The designers remix, sample, intervene, hack, reverse functionalities and thus question consumer habits and views on topics such as food, fashion, sustainability and climate.

Subversion means targeted infiltration and describes processes that question existing orders and systems, take up their modes of operation, make them visible and want to change them. Closely related to subversion is the concept of critical design, which is characterised by not wanting to serve a consumer-oriented market, but to question the classic design system, to offer counter-designs and new possibilities for action for the future.


Instead of the individual piece, the exhibition emphasises the serial, because subversive design does not stand out from the mainstream, but is in the middle of it and infiltrates messages. The designers remix, sample, intervene, hack, reverse functionalities and thus question consumer habits and views on topics such as food, fashion, sustainability and climate.

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GUIDED TOURS THROUGH OUR WAREHOUSE

Sunday 2 p.m.

27.2., 27.3., 24.4., 22.5.2022

Price: 5 Euro

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The exhibition is curated by Alain Bieber, artistic director of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, and Judith Winterhager, curatorial assistant of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. Some of the works were found using nextmuseum.io, the platform for co-curation and co-creation. The exhibition design is by Please Don’t Touch.

The exhibition is curated by Alain Bieber, Artistic Director of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, and Judith Winterhager, Curatorial Assistant NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.

Some of the works were found via nextmuseum.io, the platform for co-curation and co-creation. The exhibition design is by Please Don't Touch.

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Zara Alexandrova & Zoran Georgiev
Ludwig Berger
BLESS
Liora Epstein
Jojo Gronostay (Dead White Men's Clothes)
Demna Gvasalia für Balenciaga
Pieterjan Ginckels
Vanessa Harden
Katerina Kamprani
Henri Alexander Levy (Enfants Riches Déprimés)
MSCHF
Next Nature Network
PUTPUT (Stephan & Ulrik Martin Larsen)
Max Siedentopf
Vaia Tatopoulou
The Internet Shop
Patricia Thoma
Anna van Eck
Sebastian Wanke

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The exhibition is curated by Alain Bieber, artistic director of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, and Judith Winterhager, curatorial assistant of the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf. Some of the works were found using nextmuseum.io, the platform for co-curation and co-creation. The exhibition design is by Please Don’t Touch.

Sponsors / Partners

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