Exhibition tour

Venue #2


Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland

03.12.2021 – 03.04.2022

The Swiss institution presented Plant Fever. Design aus der Pflanzenperspektive in its renovated exhibition space at the Toni-Areal site. 

With its low ceilings, warm parquet and white walls, the space constituted a neutral backdrop for the wooden structures and the semitransparent panels of the scenography.

* The Toni-Areal building was once Europe’s largest yoghurt factory and now hosts the Zurich University of the Arts campus. Learn more about the Toni-Areal site ︎︎︎ https://museum-gestaltung.ch/en/standort/toni-areal/

The home-like feeling that pervaded the room favoured a relaxed and attentive appreciation of the featured projects.

The area hosting the second chapter of the show (2. Plants as Pets) included also a Makerspace where the audience was invited to actively engage through monthly prompts and DIY activities. The public’s answers and productions were presented on a dedicated wall and positively enriched the show. 

As in Belgium*, the exhibition consisted of three consecutive chapters (1. Plants as Resources, 2. Plants as Pets, 3. Plants as Allies) and proposed to the audience to discover the plant world moving from current material experimentations to increasingly speculative design scenarios.

* Take a photo tour of the exhibition at CID Grand-Hornu ︎︎︎ https://plantfever.com/Photo-tour-CID-Grand-Hornu

To go further

Here’s a selection of short videos that Museum für Gestaltung Zürich produced to present some of the contents the show dealt with.

Video-trailer of the exhibition
a tour with Karin Gimmi

In this trailer, Karin Gimmi (curator at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and project manager of Plant Fever for the Swiss institution) presents the exhibition and the macro subjects it deals with. 

Exhibition colophon

Curation: d-o-t-s (Laura Drouet, Olivier Lacrouts)

Visual identity: Matthieu Visentin

Scenography: Benoît Deneufbourg

Direction: Christian Brändle (MfGZ)

Project management:
Karin Gimmi (MfGZ)

Project coordination:
Marilena Cipriano (MfGZ)

Melisa Sari Arslan (MfGZ)

Nicola von Albrecht (MfGZ)

Translations (DE):
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

Construction: Jürg Abegg (MfGZ)

Photography: Pierre Kellenberg (MfGZ)

Designers, artists, artisans & engineers showcased at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich:
Steven Banken / Merle Bergers / Sjoerd ter Borg - Aesthetics of Exclusion, Clara Langlois, Vera van de Seyp & Jorrit Schaap / Achille Castiglioni / Liz Ciokajlo / Carole Collet / Armando De Cosmos / dach&zephir & Gérard Ako / Nanna Debois Buhl / Marie Declerfayt / Stefan Diez & Hadrien Fouin / Dossofiorito / d-o-t-s / Full Grown / Liselore Frowijn / Alexandra Fruhstorfer / Maïlys Gangloff & OpenStructures / Mort Garson / Gionata Gatto & Giovanni Innella / Goula/Figuera Studio / Highsociety Studio / Nicole Hone / Nienke Hoogvliet / Martina Huynh / Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Università degli Studi di Firenze & Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / Markus Jeschaunig / Fernando Laposse / Patrick Nadeau & Mathieu Jacobs / Native Shoes / Tamara Orjola / Špela Petrič / Sarmīte Poļakova / Dan Porat / Camille Reidt / Marcin Rusak / Harpreet Sareen / Antonio Scarponi / Diana Scherer / Helene Steiner / The Plant Sex Consultancy (Pei-Ying Lin, Špela Petrič, Dimitris Stamatis & Jasmina Weiss) / Trajna collective (Gaja Mežnarić Osole, Andrej Koruza) / Matthieu Visentin / Henriëtte Waal, Mevce Çiraci & Anna Rita Spagnu / Tim van de Weerd / Stevie Wonder

Plant Fever is a project curated by d-o-t-s and produced by the Belgian museum CID Grand-Hornu. Visual identity by Matthieu Visentin. Exhibition scenography by Benoît Deneufbourg