On display until — 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… View Article

Children of the Night - Nona Limmen
On display until — 23 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… View Article

In what is also known as ‘the Inflatable Era’, inflatable architecture was manufactured as a prerequisite for a new, nomadic way of life. Space travel served as the inspiration for these capsules. However, are these high-tech hide-outs post-human or not?

“A little world in which the big one holds its tryouts”, is how guest curator and professor Bart Lootsma describes the development of Austrian avant-garde movements in the 20th century. In this lecture series, Lootsma places the so-called ‘Radical Austria’ of the 1960s in the context of the long Austrian tradition of art and design.

The need for radical change manifested itself in post-war Austria in a series of mega­lo­manic urban designs. These projects share an ob­ses­sion with technology and infrastructure and a drive to create completely new ways of living together.

Visiting the exhibition, you will receive the accom­pan­ying ca­ta­log. It documents both the technical information of all ex­hi­bi­ted works, as well as substantive texts to con­tex­tu­a­lize im­por­tant makers and themes. You can find the digital version here.

Curator and architectural historian Bart Lootsma shows you around the ex­hi­bition. He reflects on several key works by important Austrian designers active in the 60s and 70s.

Parallel to the exhibition, architectural­theory.eu presents a selection of films on and by the protagonists of the exhibition, made for and broadcasted by the ORF. The films are as radical as the people, ideas and work in the ex­hi­bi­tion. They provide a unique snapshot of Austrian culture in the 60s and 70s.

Can’t get enough of the wild 60s in Austria? Then listen to the podcast tips that we have put together for you here. From the actions of feminist icon Valie Export to Gernreich’s moni­kini, and from Wolf D. Prix’s revolutionary ideals to Wilhelm Reich’s unusual ideas about sexual liberation.

The oil crisis and environmental issues have led to an international reconsideration of the technological fascinations of the avant-gardes of the 1960s. Haus-Rucker-Co, in particular, reflects in very large installations on the con­se­quences of environmental pollution.

A series of experiments by Coop Himmelb(l)au investigates how human test sub­jects respond to intensive media experiences and how these reactions can be fed back to those media.

Haus-Rucker-Co works on the Mind Expanding Program from 1967 to 1971. The program aims to expand human consciousness and man-made environments on different levels.

Walter Pichler’s prototypes of furniture and appliances are perfectly executed and func­tio­nal. By emphasizing certain effects of the use of everyday objects, these prototypes show their cold and disorientating impact.

In the 1960s and 1970s, new media such as radio, telephone and TV changed the relationship between people and the environment. The impact on the human experience of the environment makes perception an important theme for many artists and designers during this period.

That cybernetics would radically influence the functioning of design, architecture and urban planning was understood in Austria at an early stage. Its consequences are speculated on in numerous projects.

In the 1960s, the body became the starting point for a radical rethinking of architecture, design, fashion and art. The boundaries between those disciplines increasingly disappeared.

Schöner Wohnen, or ‘the destruction of the habitable coffin’ is a film made by the architecture collective Salz der Erde in 1971, in which the ideal of the tasteful-bourgeois housing magazine of the same name is mercilessly undermined.

With his manifesto Alles ist Architektur Hans Hollein does away with the traditional de­fi­ni­tion of architecture: “Our efforts are focused on the environment as a whole and on all media that determine it. Both television, the artificial climate, transport, clothing, the telephone and the home.”

The performances of the Actionists in­crea­singly sparked scandals attracting at­ten­tion of both police and media. This culminated in 1968 in the happening Kunst und Revolution, ar­rang­ed by the artist Peter Weibel as part of student protests and taking place in a prominent lecture hall of Vienna University.

The designers and artists in the Austrian avant-garde were obsessed with theories of social change. Despite their manifestos often being very radical, they realised an impressive number of their projects.

Actionism is the unique Austrian brand of performance art. By means of choreographies with naked bodies, paint and blood, combined with loud music, they intoxicate the participants and the audience.

Posthuman; once your eyes are opened to it you see it everywhere. But what is it? In this recurring series, curator Fredric Baas explains. In the first column, Baas focuses on the chang­ing human body, something Austrian designers were already investigating in the 1960s.

From psychedelic inflatable buildings to shock­ing per­for­man­ces, from cultic cities to cy­ber­ne­tic fashion. Bart Lootsma and Jeroen Jun­te will guide you through the exhibition and talk to experts from this period in de­sign his­tory.

In this series of videos, contemporary designers respond to quotes from Victor Papanek to find out if his ideas are still relevant. Klaas and Maybe of the Academie voor Beeldvorming use art to tackle social issues and to change the image around them.

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.

In this series of videos, contemporary designers respond to quotes from Victor Papanek to find out if his ideas are still relevant. Petra and Simone from Social Label develop design together with top designers and people with a distance to the labor market.

Here you will find more in-depth information on the themes of our exhibitions

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.

In this series of videos, contemporary designers respond to quotes from Victor Papanek to find out whether his ideas are still relevant. Tessa and Rolf from Minitopia create innovative, sustainable residential locations, in which there is plenty of room for solidarity and togetherness.

The last part of the exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” shows how contemporary designers relate to the themes of Papanek. Here you will find the exhibition text.

In the second part of the exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” you get to know Papanek better. Here you will find the exhibition text.

Papanek inspired many generations of designers. The third part of the exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” shows their work on the theme of ‘minorities’. Here you will find the exhibition text.

The first part of the exhibition ‘Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design’ shows the influences and creative interactions in the life and work of Papanek. Here you will find the exhibition text.

The exhibition ‘Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design’ starts with a short introduction about Victor Papanek and his ideas. Here you will find the exhibition text.

Alison J. Clark, the exhibition’s co-curator, shows a beautiful silk scarf printed with a motif intended to confuse facial recognition software. It’s the designer’s way of criticizing how governments and corporations are using this technology.

Papanek called on designers to design for disabled people and to involve them in the design process. He also argued that designers need to be aware of the cultural context of their work. Annemiek van Boeijen designed a sports wheelchair and works in the field of ‘Culture Sensitive Design’ .

Most people don’t have to think twice about using a public toilet. But for transgender people it’s a different story. Discover the history behind the design of public restrooms and find out how the future of the inclusive toilet might look.

Alison J. Clark, the exhibition’s co-curator, reflects on a seemingly unassuming toy, the ‘Fingermajig’. She shows how inclusive design can lead the way to a more democratic and equal society.

Alison J. Clark, the exhibition’s co-curator, presents the ‘Big Character’ poster, which shows at a glance what Papanek’s social and design criticism was all about.

Design for the Real World states that few professions are more harmful than that of industrial designer. This podcast makes the point painfully clear. Virtually everything around us has been designed with a man in mind. With fatal consequences for women.

This five-minute podcast offers a neat survey of Victor Papanek’s work. Alison J. Clarke, the exhibition’s co-curator, discusses Papanek’s life, his critique of American consumer culture and his social influence.

3 October 2021 — 1 October 2021

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.

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).

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.

The ‘Facial Weaponization Suite’ by the Ame­ri­can activist and artist Zach Blas is a protest against biometric facial recognition in security cameras. He circumvents this tech­no­logy, while at the same time exposing the in­equa­li­ties perpetuated by surveillance of this kind.

Could a machine ever satisfy our need for a hug? The designer Bart Hess talks in this video about Lucy McRae’s work Future Day Spa.

Research assistant Moyra Besjes talks here about The Fabricant – a digital couturier whose collections have never seen a needle, thread or fabric. The materials used to make these designs are algorithms.

Sales of sex toys rose 94% during the Covid crisis and the development of Virtual Reality porn has also shifted up a gear. What role might virtual and digital sex play in a physical world?

Podcast on the steadily shrinking divide between human and machine. What is the potential for a deep, intense relationship with artificial lovers?

Interviews with cyborgs, cyberbullies, neuroscientists and a police chief, who reflect on whether computers are changing us as human beings.

Why are people so obsessed with the idea of immortality? Meet the transhumanists who are convinced that a cure for ageing is within reach and that within a few decades, we’ll no longer face death

Paul suffers from anxiety attacks. But rather than going to a psychologist, he decided to write a computer program to solve his problem.

How a simple chat robot from the 1960s turned out to meet a deep-seated human need.

From Invisibilia – our favourite podcast. What happens when you give artificial intelligence your unconditional love?

The works in the part ‘Beyond The Body’ of the exhibition BodyDrift have left the human body behind. They show how manipulable we have become both physically and mentally, and ask us to consider how much ‘self’ we still retain.

The body is becoming increasingly analysed and digitized, with and without our knowledge, steadily blurring the boundary between the private and public sphere. Explore ‘The Biometric Body’ in the exhibition BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future.

The exhibition BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future includes two death masks by Neri Oxman. Part of her Vespers series, they refer to a centuries-old tradition of death masks, but are 3D-printed and based on specially developed algorithms inspired by structures from nature.

These seven novels, which touch on the themes raised by the exhibition BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future, were chosen as favourites by our museum staff.

Fredric Baas, curator of BodyDrift – Anatomies of the Future, spent two years researching the ‘posthuman’ theme. He shares the fruits of that research in this series of articles.

Biometric Mirror van Lucy McRae in Design Museum Den Bosch
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?

The works shown in the part ‘Better Bodies’ of the exhibition share a fundamental belief in the human body. The body is extended, embellished, defended or armed, ready to face the future.

Design Museum Den Bosch has a spacious building in which it is possible to keep a safe distance. When it comes to the national corona measures, the museum falls under the ‘doorstroomlocaties’, flow locations. This means that you need a corona proof of entry (QR code) to enter the building. It is mandatory to wear… View Article

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

What can a small error in a computer program from 1843 tell us about the contemporary prejudices that can creep into software algorithms? With a starring role for Ada Lovelace, the woman who designed the first computer program.

Design Museum Den Bosch underlines the cultural meaning and role of design in history, present day and in the future. Over the coming years, the museum aims to further reinforce its position in the regional, national and international cultural landscape. We schedule themed design exhibitions with a strong level of research. There are currently two… View Article

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.

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… View Article

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… View Article

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?’

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Stedelijk Museum’s-Hertogenbosch changed its name to Design Museum Den Bosch. We look beyond design. We show the influence of design on our daily lives, tell the stories behind it. We highlight the cultural meaning of design in the past, today and the future. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

14 October 2017 — 4 March 2018


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

You need a coronavirus entry pass (QR-code) in order to enter the museum. This is your official proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. It is mandatory to wear a face mask while in the building. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we only admit a limited number of visitors at any one… View Article

Do you like visiting the Design Museum Den Bosch? Or do you like going out with friends to visit new exhibitions, museums and galleries? The Friends of the Museum enjoy excursions to a museum, special exhibition or an exclusive peek behind the scenes as well as free admission and a discount in the museum shop.

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You need a coronavirus entry pass (QR-code) in order to enter the museum. This is your official proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. It is mandatory to wear a face mask while in the building. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we only admit a limited number of visitors at any one… View Article

You need a coronavirus entry pass (QR-code) in order to enter the museum. This is your official proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. It is mandatory to wear a face mask while in the building. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we only admit a limited number of visitors at any one… View Article

You need a coronavirus entry pass (QR-code) in order to enter the museum. This is your official proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result. It is mandatory to wear a face mask while in the building. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, we only admit a limited number of visitors at any one… View Article

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.