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Retrotopia. Design for Socialist Spaces

  • Highlights
Alongside urban planning and architecture, design played a central role in shaping the socialist future. On both sides of the Iron Curtain, the housing issue in particular became the yardstick for the successful implementation of visions of a better world. 

Starting from Berlin and its early housing exhibitions in the field of tension between system competition and the pathos of progress, the exhibition focuses on the (post)socialist countries.

It questions the socio-political dimension of housing and the role of design between discourses of utopia, power and gender.

The exhibition is created in cooperation with international curators* who present different design positions and interiors from the kitchen to outer space and back.

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin