Upcycle My Museum!

Sustainability is one of the big buzzwords of the 21st century and the most important guideline for a future worth living. In order to look at the possibilities of positioning the museum on this important topic, the RJM set up a working group in 2020. The group developed a concept on how sustainability can increasingly become part of our everyday work.


Thematic Series: “Rethink Fashion!”

In June 2021, we launched our first thematic series in cooperation with the women's rights organisation FEMNET: Rethink Fashion! With actors from politics and business, with activists and artists, we talk about economic and social aspects of a globalised textile economy, point out problems, but also alternatives.

At the beginning, voices from civil society, politics and business as well as activists from Myanmar had their say in an exciting discussion on the newly passed supply chain law. A recording of the debate is available on our YouTube channel: The Road to Sustainability: Legislation for Fair Supply Chains. Tansy Hoskins gave us an insight into the serious consequences of shoe production. With our colleagues Petra Czerwinkse and Walter Bruno Brix, visitors could learn about the Japanese principle Mottainai - waste not! An open exchange with Thekla Wilkening dealt with the important question of how fashion can become more sustainable. Together with the museum service, we offered upcycling workshops in which children and young people could creatively process T-shirts. And at the "Rhyme Journey" poets shared their views on consumption and sustainability with the visitors.

At the end of April, FEMNET invited us to a day campaign at the RJM, which concluded the participatory campaign #eintshirtzumleben and at the same time the thematic series Rethink Fashion!


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Illustration: Studio Quack


Critical aspects of clothing production and approaches to solutions are also to become visible in our permanent exhibition. Together with students from the ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung, we are revising a section of the "The Body as Stage" section that opened in 2010. Here it is shown that people all over the world use clothing, accessories and body adornments to provide information about the position they have or would like to have within their community. The students expand this presentation with an interactive part on the self-dramatisation of young people. In doing so, they also explore the question of what role sustainable fashion plays for the interviewees. 

The STAGEAWEAR project can be visited in the permanent exhibition.

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