The institution has been organising the internationally renowned competition for product design, now the Red Dot Design Award, since 1955. The exhibition will show current and historical exhibits, reconstruct highlights from past presentations, and document the eyewitness accounts alongside posters and photographs from 60 years of design history.
It is the first cooperation of the Red Dot Design Museum and the Ruhr Museum, the two large museums at the Zollverein World Heritage Site. Professor Dr Peter Zec, President Design Zentrum NRW and founder of the Red Dot, is looking forward to the first joint project: "In the same way that design has constantly changed and developed over the years, so too has our institution always kept abreast of change. This is why this journey into the past, back to the roots of the Red Dot, is something very special and extremely exciting."
The President of the German Bundestag, Prof Dr Norbert Lammert, will assume the patronage of the exhibition. The top-ranking politician is aware of the increasing importance of good design and of the Red Dot Award: "Design in its language of form is an important part of our culture - it is formative and at the same time a reflection of the Zeitgeist. We now live in a highly stylised society in which recognition has enormous, not least economic importance. This is because clever design ensures attention on a global market of exchangeability. But attention itself is not always a seal of quality. Just how important good design is (or has become) is demonstrated by the success story of the Red Dot Design Award as the world's biggest competition for product design - 'made in the Ruhr region'."
"Enduring, not ultimate form": 60 years of design history in Essen – from "Industrieform" to Red Dot
A joint exhibition by Ruhr Museum and Red Dot Design Museum Essen.
29 June – 23 August 2015
Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site
Areal A [Schacht/Shaft XII], Hall 5 [A5]
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
www.red-dot-design-museum.org and www.ruhrmuseum.de