From 14 April 2023, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (MBVB) presents Looking Ahead: Objects of Change at Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. How future-proof is the museum's design collection? Does it include objects that will still be relevant 85 years from now? MBVB examines its design collection in collaboration with Museum of 21st Century Design, alongside works that already visualise the future by Christien Meindertsma, Melle Smets and Melanie Smith.
The world is constantly changing. A museum normally looks at the past, asking when an object comes from and what developments it represents. Now, there are pressing concerns that turn this process on its head. Will the climate crisis change the future function of utilitarian objects? What role does social inequality play within the museum's design collection?
The MBVB design collection is explored in collaboration with Museum of 21st Century Design, the first museum to consciously contribute to a better future by promoting design that serves tomorrow. They do not have a permanent building, but instead create communities around online and physical exhibitions that take place at surprising locations – in this case Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen.