Plastic bags are found everywhere in the world; their useful life is fleeting yet they are almost indestructible.
These feather-light, gently rustling objects have a versatile beauty.
In addition to their use for packaging and carrying things, they have been adapted for a wide variety of other purposes.
They reflect consumer behavior, advertise status, reinforce identity, damage the environment and narrate our cultural history. At the same time, they are a symbol of our global society.
The exhibition in the Forum is dedicated to the plastic bag as an everyday item and as a focus for art and design.
This much-discussed plastic product is explored in the context of society and the environment and as a theme of contemporary artistic work in the fields of painting, photography, installation, performance, urban art and design.
The Gewerbemuseum's in-house exhibition is curated by Susanna Kumschick and Ida-Marie Corell, author of "Alltagsobjekt Plastiktüte", which was published in 2011.