Viewing, discussing, and designing oneself: an inspiring tour of the exhibition is followed by a practical examination of the respective theme in the studio. Whether it is in the area of product design or digital communication, fashion or handcraft, architecture, photography or the Museum's own collections: the focus is always on the question: "What have these things got to do with me?"
For every exhibition morning appointments (9–11.30am) and afternoon appointments (1.30pm–4pm) on different weekdays can be booked online under "What's on". You can find further information on the workshops under "offers for the exhibitions".
Admission free for classes from Swiss state schools (up to completion of secondary level II, for others the charge is CHF 8 per person
Event and admission free for classes in the pilot project "Sek II – Willkommen im Museum"
Viewing, discussing and becoming creative: during the dialogue-based tour of the exhibition a small practical examination of the respective theme is made. Whether it is in the area of product design or visual communication, fashion or handcraft, architecture photography of the Museum's own collections: the focus is always on the question "what have these things got to do with me?"
You can find further information on the interactive tours under "offers related to the exhibitions".
Event CHF 150
Admission is free for classes from Swiss state schools (up to completion of secondary level II), for others CHF 8 per person
Event + admission free of charge for classes in the pilot project "Sek II – Willkommen im Museum"
What happens to us when we are surrounded by planned chaos or walls are just colored magical illusions? When dimensions shift and the whole world starts to teeter how does this alter our perspective change,? Employing all your senses you move through different total spaces and translate what you have experienced into signs and words.
For all school levels, middle and vocational schools
With Nicola von Albrecht, education program curator and Nic Tillein, scenographer and culture educator
In the framework of the pilot project "Sek II – Willkommen im Museum" in cooperation with the education department Canton Zurich the workshop and the interactive tour are free for vocational and middle schools from Canton Zurich.
The collection exhibitions Collection Highlights, Ideal Living, Switzerland in World Format and Swiss Design Lounge offer a wide variety of possible links to the students' everyday lives. A dialogue-based tour is followed by a practical part in the studio. From among four different workshop themes choose the one that best suits the interests of your class.
Morning appointments (9–11.30am) and afternoon appointments (1.30pm–4pm) on various weekdays can be booked online under "What's on".
For all school levels, vocational and middle schools
Workshop theme #1 Lamp, chair et cetera: living room ideals
Floorlamp or "cloud lamp", folding chair or seating ensembles: different kinds of seating and lighting tell us about the social dreams of the era in which they were made. And what way do you want to live? After taking a walk through the Swiss Design Lounge and the showroom in the exhibition Ideal Living small-scale versions of personal ideal pieces of furniture are built in the studio.
Workshop theme #2 Young Collection: On Collecting and Exhibiting
The new collection exhibitions present around 2000 treasures from the Museum archive. What do you collect? What kind of collector are you? And how do you display the things you collect? After a visit to the exhibitions, different forms of presentation are tried out using the studio's hands-on object collection as well as things that the participants bring with them.
Workshop theme #3 Hot Goods: Design on the Supermarket Shelf
More than almost anything else the packaging of goods reflects the history of our consumption culture: information or seduction? After a research visit to the goods packaging in the Collection Highlights and to the hands-on object collection in the studio, packaging is designed for one's own favorite product.
Workshop theme #4 Great Types: Lettering Experiments
Typography can be a process. It Is the design of image, line, surface and letters. Numerous typographical experiments can be discovered In the exhibitions: in old books or neon signs, of enormous size on posters or tiny, like on a Maggi cube. In the studio the pencil is used to examine what lettering can do apart from just "forming words." Using stop-motion technology the letters can even be made to move.
Sit, Pose and Compose, 2019, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Sit, Pose and Compose
Seating and chairs tell us about technical innovations, social developments and the design visions of the era when they were made. Seating expresses its owners' personal feeling about life and is often a means of self-presentation. Do you wish to throne, squat, lie, lounge or pose? What way of sitting does the furniture on display encourage? After a tour of the exhibition Ideal Living in the Swiss Design Lounge you follow in the footsteps of Mick Jagger, Kate Moss & Co.: Try out different ways of sitting and present yourself along with your ideal furniture!
For all school levels, vocational and middle schools
The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is a network partner in the program “Kultur macht Schule” (culture sets a precedent) of the culture education department of Canton Aargau. School classes Aargau that take part in our workshops, tours and interactive tours will be supported by Canton Aargau.