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Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibition: MATERIAL ARCHIV

In the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.

The Gewerbemuseum’s specimen materials collection, which was set up in 2009, is both a place of work and a research facility: a database, a comprehensive exhibition, numerous examples of how the materials can be used in applications, design and construction, work stations and hundreds of sample materials provide an insight into the unending versatility of materials. The collection is constantly being expanded – over 300 pigments were added recently – and offers a rich spectrum of detailed information for colleges and specialists in all fields of design. An RFIDscanner automatically links the specimen materials with the specialist information contained in the database, so that the materials on display can be thoroughly examined and compared. A specialist library and a selection of films provide inspiration and assistance for those wishing to undertake further research.

Material-Archiv is an independent interdisciplinary network set up in cooperation with Zurich University of the Arts, the School of Engineering and Architecture of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Sitterwerk Center for Art and Cultural Economy, St. Gallen, and now also with the Architecture and Construction Library and Architecture Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.