Cube design museum

Cube design museum is the first museum in the Netherlands that is entirely dedicated to the design process. Cube exhibits design with content; design that has an impact on the world.

A visit to Cube provides insight into the process of design and inspires and stimulates active thinking about how the world around us is designed. Cube not only presents exhibitions of leading international and Euregional design, but also functions as a multidisciplinary laboratory, where visitors work on innovative product design together with students and designers.

Design according to Cube

For centuries, humanity has been shaping the world, developing objects, applications, and services that keep us dry, nourished, healthy, safe, and satisfied. Innovation - driven by large and small needs and the desire to control life as much as possible - is constantly producing new products, services, and applications. According to Cube, it is precisely these products, which have been developed on the basis of a human need, a desire, and an urge, that make the difference in the world.

 

Museumplein Limburg: three institutions, one single story for a large public

There is just one earth. That earth is populated by people who shape it to make it liveable. The liveable earth is furnished with buildings and objects. One of the institutions of Museumplein Limburg is about the earth, one is about the process that enables us to make the earth liveable, and one is about the objects that we use in this liveable world. 

The theatre of Columbus earth center, the Cube design museum, and the Continium discovery center, located on Museumplein Limburg, each tell a part of the oldest story: the relationship of humanity with the world in which we live. The three institutions focus on different target groups, with the public part of the square serving all target groups with services and entertainment.

 

 

Cube has a keen eye for the dominant trend in design in which ethics and a better world prevail over aesthetics and the individual satisfaction of needs. Both the adept design lover and a wider public are served. And that is no mean feat.

In the design of our world we use all kinds of objects, services, and applications. Cube demonstrates the needs or emotions that sparked their development and provides insight into the design process.

Cube is a museum about design and development. Cube is aimed at an international public that is interested in the process of design and design for human ambitions, large and small needs, and new insights. At the same time, Cube serves as a permanent laboratory where students and designers co-create with the public. In this position it focuses on education, business, and the world of designers.

Mission

As part of Museumplein Limburg, Cube contributes to the social self-confidence, economic self-reliance, and cultural awareness of its public and their environment through its focus on Design for Human Needs.

Vision

No matter how complex the world around us may be, there is always a relationship between ourselves, the nature in which we exist, and the society we build together. This relationship is reflected in the way we live and work, in our education, and in our culture. Cube offers insight, knowledge, and enthusiasm in this relationship by presenting heritage, history, science, and industry in cohesion to a broad public. It asks the public to consider questions such as: what have I taken from the past? What do I do with it in the present? And what possible worlds could I build in the future?

Strategy

Cube design museum has an excellent potential to become an international player. There is a great need, both nationally and internationally, for a dedicated museum about design, but not for a new design collection. This is because the traditional and established institutions already have plenty of collections.

As a partner exhibition institution with an international programme, Cube can develop a strong basis that should lead to an internationally renowned image. The objectives for the next three years are to make the museum's name and theme known, to promote the definition of design as it forms the basis of the museum, to develop an internationally renowned programme, and to claim a position as co-creation lab.

PBO information

Continium discovery center, Cube design museum, and Columbus earth center fall under the Stichting Museum voor Industrie en Samenleving foundation. Three institutions. One single museum square. One single story for a large public. The theatre, museum, and discovery centre located on Museumplein Limburg each tell a part of the oldest story: the relationship of humanity with the world in which we live.

The Stichting Museum voor Industrie en Samenleving foundation has been registered with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration as a public benefit organization (algemeen nut beogende instelling, anbi in Dutch, PBO in English) since 1 January 2008. An institution can only be a PBO if it is at least 90% committed to providing a public service. The Stichting Museum voor Industrie en Samenleving foundation has been appointed as a cultural PBO as of 2012. To be eligible to become a cultural PBO, at least 90% of an institution's activities must be in the cultural field. Donors to cultural PBOs will have an extra tax benefit from 2012, as they are eligible for an extra deduction for gifts.

In accordance with the new conditions for a public benefit organization applicable as of 1 January 2014, we publish the necessary information below:

 

Name

Stichting Museum voor Industrie en Samenleving

 

Legal Entities and Partnerships Identification Number (RSIN)/tax reference number

8015.72.083

 

Contact details

Stichting Museum voor Industrie en Samenleving 
Museumplein 2
6461 MA Kerkrade  
Postbus 164
6460 AD Kerkrade

Telephone: +31 (0)45 567 08 09 
Fax: +31 (0)45 546 38 48 
E-mail: info@continium.nl

 

Purpose and policy

Museumplein Limburg contributes to the social self-confidence, economic self-reliance, and cultural awareness of its public and their living environment. The purpose can be read under mission and vision and the policy has been described under strategic objectives. These can also be read with additional explanation in the Strategic document (In Dutch, PDF, 3,8 Mb). 

Board of Directors

The Director of the Stichting Museum voor Industrie en Samenleving foundation is J.H.M. Gubbels.

The Supervisory Council consists of the following members:  

  1. H.C.W. Verhoeven-van Lierop (voorzitter)
  2. Mr. G.J.H.M. Wagemans
  3. A.G.L. Paulissen-Palmen
  4. Drs. L.R.M. Radix
  5. Dr. N.J.P.M. Bos

Remuneration policy

The salary and other terms of employment of the members of the Board of Directors are determined by the Supervisory Council with due observance of the applicable laws and regulations. The staff remuneration is in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement for welfare and social services (CAO Welzijn & Maatschappelijke Dienstverlening). The most recent version of this can be found on FNV.nl.

 

Report of activities

After a long year of construction activities, Columbus, Cube, and Continium were opened and re-opened amidst great celebration on 23 October. The 2015 annual report contains an overview of all the activities (PDF).

 

Balance sheet and information 2015

An overview of the income and expenditure can be found in the summarized balance sheet (PDF)

Balance sheet and information 2016

An overview of the income and expenditure can be found in the summarized balance sheet (PDF)