The Brussels Design Museum stands within sight of the Atomium, a 165 billion-times-magnified model of the iron crystal lattice around which the 1958 World Expo took place.
At that time, Czechoslovakia also gained fame from it, its pavilion received a gold star, the highest award at the exhibition, and the term Brussels furniture or Brussels porcelain entered the Czech dictionary, based on the products of utilitarian design that shined here. Now the Czechs want to repeat the success.
They brought dozens of objects to the Design Museum, which are supposed to represent the best and most interesting things that Czech design has brought since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. This is one of the biggest cultural events during the current Czech Presidency of the EU.
The exhibition entitled “Design and transformation” was prepared by the University of Applied Arts in Prague (UMPRUM), a key institution in the field, together with the Moravian Gallery in Brno and other partners.
Visitors should not expect only the “usual suspects”, such as modernized onion porcelain or a modified model of the famous Škoda sports car. In Brussels, the Czechia exhibits, for example, hospital beds by Linet, a hegemon in its sector, the world-famous computer game Samorost by artist and UMPRUM graduate Jakub Dvorský, or the endless XIO kit by designer Tomáš Hovorka.
Three-dimensional printing machines from the Prusa Design company are printing right here in the museum. Visitors can build something from it, as well as play a fantasy Samorost on tablets. In addition to the established objects, several original pieces were created just for the purpose of the exhibition. The Czech glass brand Bomma, for example, had a single person blow a giant thirty-kilogram chandelier in the shape of a drop mirroring its surroundings in Brussels.
The exhibited objects will be on display from September 7 until the beginning of January 2023. In addition to the museum, part of the exhibition will take place in the premises of the Prague House in Brussels. The exhibition will move home from Belgium next year and should continue on Czech soil.