Upcycle My Museum!

Sustainability is one of the big buzzwords of the 21st century and the most important behavioural guideline for all necessary measures to secure a future worth living. In order to look at the possibilities of positioning the museum on this large and important topic, the RJM set up a working group in January 2020. In the meantime, there is a concept on how sustainability can increasingly become part of our own everyday work. In the area of outreach, the idea of thematic series with events and small interventions in our permanent exhibition was developed. Thematic Series “Rethink Fashion!” From summer 2021 to spring 2022, the RJM will tie in with the exhibition "Fast Fashion. The Dark Side of Fashion", which was designed by the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and shown in Cologne in winter 2018/2019. The events in our first thematic series “Rethink Fashion!” provide the opportunity for information and discussion about the clothing industry and alternatives to it, including traditional textile production, which can be illustrated by means of the RJM's collections. They are aimed at different target groups from upcycling workshops for children to a panel discussion on legal regulation of supply chains. Some events will take place in cooperation with the women’s rights organisation FEMNET. “Rethink Fashion!” includes an event in English: Info zur Lecture In order to make the topic visible in the permanent exhibition, a project is being planned with students from ecosign/Akademie für Gestaltung who focus on sustainable design. The aim is to redesign a section of our permanent exhibition. If there are any questions, please contact Sonja Mohr, host of the working group on sustainability.

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