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The Design Museum of Barcelona invites us to understand the world from Papanek’s lens

Last Thursday, October 31, the Design Museum of Barcelona presented the temporary exhibition "Victor Papanek: The politics of design", the first major retrospective of a designer, who, already in the sixties, was claiming for a design that incorporated social inclusion, sustainability and criticism towards consumerism. In order to introduce us his figure in a playful way, the Museum has organized a program of activities connected to the exhibition.

Within the framework of the "Disseny per viure" program, which this year is closely linked to Papanek's thinking, a cineforum session will take place on November 15. The French documentary Demain (2015) will be screened Original version and with Spanish subtitles. The cycle of activities continues with the debate "Art revises Papanek", which will also take place at the Museum on December 3. A week later, on the 10th, the bioregional designer, writer, advisor and event producer John Thackara will give the lecture "The paths to sustainability. How to adapt to the economy of the future". The last debate of the program will be entitled "Collaboration and resistance", and will be held in Room C of the Disseny Hub on January 17.

Moving to the educational field, the Design Museum of Barcelona has promoted two collaborative projects with different design schools in the city with the participation of 300 students. In addition, the Museum promotes family activities to bring the world of Papanek closer to the kids through dynamic guided tours, workshops and collaborative activities, such as the workshops organized in the framework of the third "Disseny en família” day or the activity "The world of Victor Papanek", which you assist to from this weekend. In collaboration with the El Clot-Josep Benet Library, the Museum also organizes the Llegim el Museu. La política del disseny" reading club. The course, conducted by Clara Grífol, consists of eight sessions that will last until May 2020.

Finally, and as part of the "Dissenyar mons reals" program, local activities will be promoted in the Joan Oliver, Pere Quart and Vil·la Urania Civic Centers. The objective is to explore together how design can help us build a better world through free workshops.

All together, a set of proposals for all ages that aims to us discover the figure and the philosophy of Papanek departing from reflection and education. We recommend you not to miss them!

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