The Design Museum Brussels planning is mainly focused on the history of design, analysing its cultural, social and political aspects, but it is also open to contemporary design, with an annual programme of temporary exhibitions of more experimental and collectors’ design. For example, there was the 2020 Standing Stones exhibition from the Objects of Common Interest studio – a series of ephemeral and monumental installations, primitive and contemporary transparent rocks inspired by the archaic culture of the Cyclades and the work of the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi.
Within the space of just a few years, Design Museum Brussels has become a fundamental hub of cultural debate in the city. “We are more conscious than ever of the role of design, which is central to many everyday issues. I really enjoy wandering through the galleries of the museum and listening to the people and different generations discuss the objects and their collective memories, their meaning for the community and society. We are talking about objects that may even be in everyday use, not luxury goods. These are functional and useful, not just good looking.”
Just the right mix of research and divulgation, as well as its links with a monument such as the Atomium, have drawn a broad and varied public into the museum.
Bozzini ends our conversation by talking about the next steps for the museum: “Our idea for the future is to work on solo shows devoted to specific themes, attempting to grow our public while forging connections with other arts environments, and narrating our collections from different points of view, looking at the many aspects of design.”