Exhibition archive

23 September 2023 — 3 March 2024

Mapping Modernity

Mapping Modernity is an exhibition that tells the story of our world in 250 maps. Every map offers a glimpse into the mindset of those who commissioned it and the ways in which they sought to mould the world to suit them.

19 September 2023 — 18 February 2024

Love, Designed

Love, Designed shows you how design guides the way we both seek and consume love. You’ll also meet the designers who speculate about alternatives to love’s many clichés. In short, the exhibition will open your eyes to how our image of love has been designed.

19 September 2023 — 21 January 2024

Sigrid Calon – Everyday Tools

In the ceramics closet on the second floor of the museum, we present the recent acquisition of ‘Everyday Tools’ by Sigrid Calon.

18 June 2023 — 3 September 2023

Design Prize 2023

Design Museum Den Bosch is proud to present the work of three talented Brabant designers short-listed for the Design Prize 2023: Manon van Hoeckel, Shahar Livne and Boey Wang.

Design, art, nature and technology blend into a single whirlwind experience in this grandly conceived family exhibition. Discover the fascination with speed, follow the hunt for the millisecond and experience the heyday of streamlined design.

1 April 2023 — 13 August 2023

Post-Tribal

The most popular tattoo in the nineties was the tribal tattoo. The solid shapes, placed in large sections and thick lines, decorated many upper arms, backs and lower legs. The unsubtle tattoos were inspired by the traditions of the Maori, Hawaiians and Aztecs, among others, but had little to do with them in practice. We…

26 January 2022 — 8 May 2023

Touching Worlds: discover our ceramics collection

At the top of the monumental, spiral staircase of the museum, you can see a new permanent ceramics collection exhibition with works by Pablo Picasso and Kenneth Price, among many others.

15 October 2022 — 12 March 2023

A Digital Nature

The Young Design Team is proud to present A Digital Nature – DEMO at the Design Museum Den Bosch. The presentation shows a selection of animations themed around digital nature: wondrous underwater worlds, alien plants and dream landscapes with digital flowers. They are enticing images that also force you to think: have we entered an…

15 October 2022 — 26 February 2023

Screenwear – Exploring Digital Fashion

Digital fashion has long since ceased to be science fiction. Fashion created from pixels instead of textiles is almost imperceptibly part of everyday life for many people. Slowly we are moving toward the metaverse: the future virtual world of the Internet in which our physical environment will merge with the digital one. Discover the newest generation of fashion designers and meet face to face with hyper-realistic digital models.

15 October 2022 — 26 February 2023

Artificial Awe

Frank Kolkman designs at the intersection of technology and the human body. The work Artificial Awe is an attempt to visualise sublime experiences and make them generally accessible using artificial intelligence.

5 November 2022 — 12 February 2023

Process – Design Drawings from the Rijksmuseum

This pioneering exhibition is an opportunity to discover a collection of extraordinary design drawings from the Rijksmuseum. The drawings, which date from the period 1500–1900, have been brought together for the first time and are arranged according to the successive stages of the design process.

5 May 2022 — 16 October 2022

Sneakers Unboxed

The exhibition Sneakers Unboxed offers you a behind-the-scenes look at the footwear that triggered technological breakthroughs, inspired new youth cultures and turned the fashion world on its head.

11 June 2022 — 2 October 2022

The King of Posters: Engel Verkerke

Every youth room used to be full of them: the posters produced by Verkerke Reprodukties, the company of Poster King Engel Verkerke. Whether you picked Che Guevara, The Beatles, a horse on the beach or a naked woman, you could show exactly who you wanted to be and which group you wanted to belong to….

18 October 2021 — 18 April 2022

GOTH – Designing Darkness

Goth is the world’s biggest subculture. A lifestyle steeped in an undefined yearning for the dark side of life. The exhibition GOTH – Designing Darkness looks for the wellspring of the Goth scene to present two centuries of a cultural history packed with dramatic imaginings, ominous design and melancholic art. In the heart of historic…

Children of the Night - Nona Limmen
3 October 2021 — 14 January 2022

Lucio Fontana – The Conquest of Space

Lucio Fontana (1899–1968) was one of the 20th century’s most important avant-garde artists and continues to inspire artists, designers and architects to this day. He is best known for his iconic slashed paintings, but Fontana’s work goes much further than that. He was a sculptor by training, created spatial installations, collaborated with architects and designed…

5 June 2021 — 3 October 2021

Radical Austria: Everything is Architecture

In ‘Radical Austria – Everything is Architecture’, you will discover the mind-expanding, boundary-shifting and socially critical work of the Austrian avant-garde in the 1960s and 70s.

19 June 2021 — 19 September 2021

Design Prize 2021

Design Museum Den Bosch is proud to mark the Design Prize 2021 by presenting the work of three up-and-coming Brabant design talents. They have been selected by the winner of this year’s prize, Bart Hess.

5 June 2021 — 5 September 2021

Meret Oppenheim: für dich – wider dich

Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) was a Surrealist who didn’t want to be called a Surrealist. A feminist who didn’t like ‘women’s art’. World-renowned but agonized by her fame. This exhibition introduces you to Oppenheim and her playful and ironic work.

5 June 2021 — 13 June 2021

Benno Premsela – Warrior and Seducer

Design Museum Den Bosch is presenting Benno Premsela’s jewellery collection this spring under the title Warrior and Seducer. Benno Premsela (1920–1997) was a designer, interior decorator and leading figure in the post-war Dutch art world. He was also a prominent champion of LGBT rights in the Netherlands.

17 October 2020 — 8 March 2021

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Design Museum Den Bosch presents the work of visionary designer, critic and activist Victor Papanek (1923-1998).

21 September 2020 — 7 February 2021

Stigmergy: Learning from Ants

Master students at the Design Academy Eindhoven present their research into the theme ‘stigmergy’. How can designers utilize this complex concept?

7 March 2020 — 7 February 2021

The Poster is Dead

The Poster is Dead presents the work of eight design agencies who are working at the forefront of digital motion design for the public space.

Merijn & Jurriaan Hos
1 June 2020 — 4 October 2020

Bodydrift – Anatomies of the Future

What does the future of the human body look like? In this exhibition, artists and designers explore the moral and technological boundaries of the body.

7 September 2019 — 1 March 2020

Design of the Third Reich

Design Museum Den Bosch’s exhibition of Third Reich design will be the first in the world. The Volkswagen Beetle, the 1936 Olympic Games, the swastika and Leni Riefenstahl’s films. The main loan items come from major German museums in Berlin and Munich.

1 June 2019 — 18 August 2019

Geert Lap – Specific Objects

Geert Lap – Specific Objects offers a visually captivating survey of the peerless work of one of the world’s most important post-war ceramic artists. The many works from the museum’s own collection have been supplemented by dozens of judiciously selected loans from leading museums and collections. The exhibition was designed by Aldo Bakker, who engages…

23 March 2019 — 18 August 2019

Modern Nederland 1963 – 1989

From the 1960s onwards, the Netherlands aspired to be modern. The distinctive design associated with Dutch modernism was abstract, geometric, white, grey and black. ‘The Modern Netherlands 1963–1989: The Design of a Model Nation’ presents a lively survey of design, architecture and art in the period in question.

2 March 2019 — 19 May 2019

The Ghosts of Sunday Morning

Design Museum Den Bosch is paying tribute to the expert advisers at the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC, now known as Sundaymorning@ekwc) with the exhibition The Ghosts of Sunday Morning. For fifty years now, the EKWC has brought together knowledge, design and imagination in the field of ceramics. Thirty key works from the EKWC’s history…

10 November 2018 — 10 March 2019

Jean Cocteau – Metamorphosis

Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963) had a remarkable public life that played out in close proximity to famous figures such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Coco Chanel, Sergei Diaghilev, Edith Piaf and his close friend Pablo Picasso. Design Museum Den Bosch will present the first Jean Cocteau retrospective in the Netherlands.

13 October 2018 — 17 February 2019

Human Interior – Thijs Wolzak

Thijs Wolzak made the photographic series Human Interior for the NRC Handelsblad newspaper. Two questions from the captions that many hundreds of thousands of readers must have pondered were: ‘How many Ikea products do you own?’ and ‘What would you save from a fire?’

30 June 2018 — 28 October 2018

Food is Fiction

A design exhibition about our food. Food seduces with beautiful images and stories. In the divide between production and consumption, the role of designers is becoming increasingly important. Their attractive designs and seductive stories atone the consumer with the origins of our food.

16 June 2018 — 30 September 2018

Show Yourself

Designer Benno Premsela (1920-1997) and Yvònne Joris, former director of the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch (1950 – 2013) both were leading collectors and public figures during their time. Find out about their unconventional view on design from their privat collections. 

17 March 2018 — 17 June 2018

California: Designing Freedom

Uber and iPhones, Facebook and Google Earth, all of these are conceived in California, and have a huge impact worldwide. The exhibition California: Designing Freedom shows for the first time how the dominant high-tech culture of Silicon Valley originated from the counterculture of the sixties.

3 March 2018 — 3 June 2018

American Beauty

Design Museum Den Bosch has one of the principal collections of American Ceramics in Europe. This exhibition is an extensive overview with more than 120 pieces.

14 October 2017 — 4 March 2018

StyleDrive

In contemporary society cars play a bigger role as cultural signifiers than jewellery. You are what you drive.

18 November 2017 — 25 February 2018

Marc Monzó

The Catalan jewellery designer and maker Marc Monzó, winner of the Françoise van den Bosch Award 2016, will be honoured this autumn with a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch.

14 September 2017 — 18 February 2018

Celebrating Ceramics: 100 years of Ettore Sottsass

On the 14th of September the famous Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass was born exactly one hundred years ago.

24 June 2017 — 1 October 2017

Future Bodies: Bart Hess 2007 – 2017

Bart Hess is the young Dutch designer who shot to international fame with his ‘Slime Dress’ for Lady Gaga in 2011, barely four years after graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven.