Uncover the evolution of plastic, a revolutionary material, at a special travelling exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum, V&A Dundee, and maat, Lisbon premiering in Asia at the National Museum of Singapore.
Plastic: Remaking Our World charts the material’s meteoric rise in the 20th century, its environmental impact, and cutting-edge solutions for a more sustainable way of using plastics in our society.
Featuring over 300 objects, posters, films, and photographs, including rarities from the dawn of the plastic age, objects of the pop era and contemporary designs and projects, the exhibition also includes a local narrative of Singapore’s history with plastics, featuring a blend of physical and digital display of National Collection items as well as an interactive space.
The exhibition is divided into 3 sections that cover the theme of plastic and its prevalence in society over the years.
Kalpa: An immersive film installation created by Asif Khan contrasting the long-term
formation of oil with the rapid generation of plastic waste.
Synthetica, Petromodernity and Plasticene: Plastics from 1850 until today:
Featuring global design movements and the increasing pervasiveness of the
material, this section describes the development of early natural and synthetic
plastics, the evolution of the material and the shifting perceptions of plastics from
their beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century to their global omnipresence today.
Re-: The final section explores how we can achieve a circular plastic economy and
looks to spark conversations on using plastic in a more sustainable way. The
exhibition continues outside the gallery with a sorting zone where visitors can learn
about the different types of plastic, and an injection machine that repurposes waste
plastic into functional household items.
Visitors can also look out for Plastics in Singapore labels that offer insights on objects from our National Collection by scanning the QR code provided.