Change the world with design

Change the world with design

Tackle the world’s problems is what the 50 or so designers and artists exhibiting in Change the System are saying. Through their contemporary works, they demonstrate ways they think this can be done.

Many designers concern themselves with social issues. It might be the threat climate change poses to future generations, the violent conflicts that rage around the world, or the massive patches of plastic that float in the ocean.

These issues are the focus of Change the System, an exhibition currently running at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. About 50 designers passionate about making the world a better place have sunk their teeth into the project and have come up with some innovative ideas and solutions (glassware made from locally sourced sand, for example).

Famous Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are involved. They have designed a couple of catwalk-worthy dresses made with recycled materials. Elsewhere throughout the exhibition, designers are cutting and sewing together original creations. At this exhibition you can also do your washing. Visitors and locals are invited come in and wash their dirty laundry in huge washing machines set up in an exhibition space “to create a real meeting place,” says the designer.

Don’t forget to visit the museum’s restaurant while you are there. For a set period, the restaurant is serving vegetarian meals only, prepared using locally sourced produce.

Change the System. On until January 14th in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, Tuesday to Sunday 11am-5pm

Editor: Evelien Baks

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