Exhibitions NATURE

The exhibition "Nature" will be on view simultaneously in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, and New York May 10th 2019 through Jan. 20th 2020. The exhibition seeks to inspire ideas, collaboration and dialogue to address the most significant and consequential environmental and humanitarian issues.

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Cube design museum presents in collaboration with Cooper Hewitt the exhibition "NATURE--Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial". The world's most innovative projects, from 2016 and later, are on display and highlight the ways which designers are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future. The exhibition will open simultaneously at both museums on May 10th 2019.   

About the designers 

International in scope, "Nature" will include more than 60 groundbreaking works across various design disciplines, including architecture, urbanism, product design, landscape design, fashion and communication design that enhance and reimagine humans' relationship to the naturial world. "Nature" will address the ways designers are exploring sustainable production methods, identifying new ways for protecting future generations and deepening the understanding of, and relationship with, nature. Areas of innovation include synthetic biology, data visualization, urban agriculture and alternative materials research. Read more about these areas here

The participating designers originate from all continents worldwide. Dutch design is well represented: projects of 7 Dutch designers are on display under which Eric Klarenbeek and Teresa van Dongen. The complete lists of participating designers can be found here


Conceived at the start of a new millennium, Cooper Hewitt’s Triennial series brings a global view of design to the United States to inform conversations on a broad range of issues,” said Caroline Baumann, director of Cooper Hewitt. “The 2019 Triennial will confront humanity’s biggest challenge yet—climate change—and asks all of us to reevaluate our relationship with nature. Opening the Triennial simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic will amplify that message and paves the way for leaders and communities from all sectors to engage with design in this important dialogue.” For their 6th edition of their Design Triennial Cooper Hewitt is collaborating for the first time with another museum, Cube design museum. This with the aim of spreading the message of "Nature" and pave the way for more cultural institutions to engage in this all important dialogue. 

"Human activities cause damage to the environment. This is a urgent and crucial matter. The exhibition "Nature" demonstrates the fact that humans are also able to restore the balance between the natural world and the world created by humans. Therefore the theme of Cooper Hewitt’s Design Triennial aligns very well with Cube’s mandate: to show design that impacts our world, as well as design for human needs and ambition,” said Hans Gubbels, director of Cube. 



About the exhibition "NATURE"

Curatorial teams from both museums are developing the exhibition content. In organizing “Nature" the curators’ engaged a panel of international advisors: Aric Chen, curator at large, M+ Museum (Hong Kong); Michael John Gorman, founder, BIOTOPIA Museum (Munich); Suzanne Lee, chief creative officer, Modern Meadow (New York); Ravi Naidoo, founder, Interactive Africa (Cape Town); Simone Rothman, founder and CEO, FutureAir (New York); and Barbara Stauffer, chief of community programs, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington, D.C.). The exhibition design of Cube design museum is made possible by Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe. 


In the run-up to the exhibition Cube will organize a variety of events with the aim of further exploring the different topics of the exhibition. Participating Dutch designers will give lectures and workshops focusing on the combination of nature, technology and design. For more information about these activities follow the Cube website and social media channels.   

Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt is America’s design museum. Inclusive, innovative and experimental, the museum’s dynamic exhibitions, education programs, master’s program, publications and online resources inspire, educate and empower people through design. An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum, education and research complex—Cooper Hewitt is located on New York City’s Museum Mile in the historic, landmark Carnegie Mansion. Steward of one of the world’s most diverse and comprehensive design collections—over 210,000 objects that range from an ancient Egyptian faience cup dating to about 1100 BCE to contemporary 3D-printed objects and digital code—Cooper Hewitt welcomes everyone to discover the importance of design and its power to change the world. Cooper Hewitt knits digital into experiences to enhance ideas, extend reach beyond museum walls, and enable greater access, personalization, experimentation and connection. In 2018, the London Design Biennale awarded a medal to Cooper Hewitt for its presentation “Face Values,” an immersive installation that explores the pervasive but often hidden role of facial-detection technology in contemporary society. www.cooperhewitt.org 




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