The highly anticipated Design of the Third Reich opens on Sunday at the Design Museum in Den Bosch. Given the sensitivity of that subject, there is not one attendance per room, but three to four.

On display include posters, photos, uniforms, furniture, documents, a car, all from the Nazi era, and images of Hitler’s favorite sculptor Arno Breker.

Numerous films are also shown, including how the Nazis imagined Berlin and Munich in the future. The museum expects quite a bit of interest; for the first days, most time blocks are almost fully booked.

Some people wonder if you should organize such an exhibition. However, the museum is of the opinion that it must be shown how a specific way of designing can contribute to the successful promotion of a criminal ideology. Taking into account sensitivities and any visitors with, for example, a worrying interest in the subject, a higher number of attendants than normal was chosen.

According to director of the Design Museum, Timo de Rijk, 75 years after the war it is possible and also necessary to “not only take the suffering” of that time as a guide for historiography. “I think it is dangerous to take things away to stop, “he says. He warns that art and applied art can also be used for evil, precisely because we think” that art makes us better people “.

The museum emphasizes that it does not want to make any attempt to nuance evil. What the shrewd approach of the Nazi designers and their clients ultimately all led to, according to a spokesperson, it is especially clear from the audio guide that every visitor receives.

Director De Rijk does not want sensation. “Then I would have made a very different exhibition,” he says. That way he could borrow a guillotine from the war from Germany, but he didn’t want it.

The exhibition lasts until mid-January.

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