Press : Freibad

Grafik Design: Marian Fitz © NRW-Forum Teaser Bild

An Exhibition of Düsseldorf Designers

8.5. – 30.5.2021

Summer, vacation, lightness and togetherness: we are really missing life by the pool right now. With thirty-two works by young Düsseldorf designers, the exhibition FREIBAD (OUTDOOR POOL) brings this atmosphere to the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf.

The outdoor swimming pool is a place of recreation, a place of longing; for many people it is associated with cherished childhood memories. The outdoor pool is also particularly interesting from an aesthetic and architectural perspective, as demonstrated by the new design exhibition at the NRW-Forum. Under the title FREIBAD. Ausstellung Düsseldorfer Designer*innen (FREIBAD. An Exhibition of Düsseldorf Designers), it brings together thirty-two young designers from the fields of illustration, photography, painting, ceramics, object art, fashion, product, jewelry, and furniture design, as well as video art, augmented reality, and digital animation. The typical aesthetics of this environment are explored through these mediums, from swimwear to blue-tiled swimming pools and sun loungers.

The exhibition is a creative homage to the outdoor swimming pool by young Düsseldorf designers. Designer Lukas Philipp Schulz is not only the curator of the exhibition, he also developed the exhibition design to match the outdoor pool aesthetic. The exhibition is realized as part of his final thesis project at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. FREIBAD is an opportunity for new and emerging artists and designers to gather together and present Düsseldorf’s vibrant creative scene.

With works by

Abracradama, Ruben Ahlers, Anja Bachmann, Jan Buschmann, Michele Caspers, Marian Fitz, Pauline Gebauer, Hap Ceramics, Martin Heck, Anna & Rakhim Helm, Annette Jacobs, KJ263, Alessa Joosten, Alischa Kilburg, Nora Kraska, Jim Kobayashi, Studio Konture, Mats Kubiak, Jacob Lambert, Malte van der Meyden, Anna Mrzyglod, Onomoto Studio, related by objects, Sinaida Ropte, Felix Sandvoss, Harald Schaack, Teilmöbliert, Vincent Tups, Kilian van de Water, Thorben Winkler/Max Dickhaus & Sven Stenmans, and Zacamo.


The image material listed may be used freely for thematic reporting (in print and online media as well as on social media channels) and provided that the photo credits given are cited. Six weeks after the end of the exhibition, the free right of use expires.

Project partners

Partners Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Otto Beisheim Stiftung Hoffmann Liebs Max Brown Midtown CCS