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Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers to lead the re-opening of the Design Museum

FAD MAGAZINE The Chemical Brothers by Luke Dyson
The Chemical Brothers by Luke Dyson

The Design Museum will reopen its doors to the public from Friday 31 July 2020. The museum will open with the temporary exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, which was originally due to open on 1st April 2020. Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers is an exhibition by the Philharmonie de Paris – Musée de la Musique, exploring the hypnotic world of electronic music, from its origins to its futuristic dreams. The London edition will feature the museum premiere of electronic pioneers The Chemical Brothers’ sensory spectacle by creative studio Smith & Lyall, featuring mesmerising visuals for the Grammy Award-winning track ‘Got to Keep On’.

Tim Marlow, Chief Executive and Director of the Design Museum said:

“This has been a positive week for many of the UK’s cultural assets, including the Design Museum. We are hugely grateful to have been awarded funding from the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund. This investment is a lifeline that enables us to do the vital work of championing the design industry and showing the critical impact that design makes to our lives. There couldn’t be a better exhibition to reopen with than Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers. A powerful statement about creative freedom across music, art, technology and design, which will be celebrating what many of us have missed the most during the lockdown; and a reminder that a lot of work is still needed to get vast areas of the cultural sector to open again.”

Entry to the museum will be by advance ticket only and the museum has temporarily significantly extended its opening hours until 9pm to accommodate visitor needs. New designmuseum.org/safe-and-sound” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>‘Safe and Sound Guidelines’ have been introduced to safeguard staff and visitors. Please find the detail of what visitors will be asked to do here.

To coincide with the reopening, the museum has initiated partnerships with the ClementJames Centre and IntoUniversity in North Kensington, the national charity for homeless people, Crisis, as well as the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to launch its new Ticket Mate Fund. The pay it forward scheme is aimed at supporting the immediate future of the museum while offering free access to its temporary exhibitions to young people and adults in the local community for whom price might be a barrier to participation, including those most affected by the Coronavirus crisis. All ticket buyers and the general public will have the opportunity to contribute to the fund by adding an additional voluntary donation to their purchases.

Lord Mandelson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said:

“This week’s DCMS announcement of a £1.57 billion rescue package for Britain’s world-leading cultural sector is welcome news. As the national champion of designers for over 30 years, the promise of this investment, plus the award from the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund allows the Design Museum to continue its vital support for the design industry and its role in rebuilding Britain. Design is Britain’s great competitive advantage, the museum’s exhibitions, learning and entrepreneurial programmes are inspiring a whole new generation to forge their professional careers in arts and science in order to design a better world.”

The disruption caused by the pandemic has had a significant impact on the museum’s forward programme. The exhibition Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street has been postponed until 2021 and the Design Museum and Prada regret to announce that the exhibition ‘Prada. Front and Back’, which was programmed to open in September 2020, has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Details of a new collaboration between the Design Museum and Prada will be revealed in 2021. Beazley Designs of the Year will open as planned in October 2020.


FAD MAGAZINE Kraftwork Photo credit - Peter Boettcher
Kraftwerk Photo credit – Peter Boettcher



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