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‘Pure Gold – UPCYCLED! UPGRADED!’ at UP Vargas Museum

This initiative of IFA is an exhibition with the theme of upcycling – the re-use of raw materials that have already been processed to create new objects of greater value – aims to raise awareness of alternative production techniques, while simultaneously pointing up contemporary European and non-European design developments.

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The Goethe-Institut in partnership with IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, the German institute for international relations) and the Vargas Museum presents Pure Gold – UPCYCLED! UPGRADED! an exhibition that highlights re- and upcycling in design.

Composed of 76 pieces by 53 designers from seven regions in the world, ‘Pure Gold’ is currently touring the world and will count Manila as one of its stops this year. This initiative of IFA is an exhibition with the theme of upcycling – the re-use of raw materials that have already been processed to create new objects of greater value – aims to raise awareness of alternative production techniques, while simultaneously pointing up contemporary European and non-European design developments. The designs use what appear to be inferior starting materials, combine different kinds of objects in an unconventional way, or creatively process unwanted by-products.

The IFA has structured the exhibition as an innovative co-creative format which promotes artistic and cultural exchange, and as a competence center for international cultural relations, connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media, and learning.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, October 23, at 6pm, where Volker Albus, the curator of the exhibition, will be present. Admission is free for the opening. The following day, October 24, Albus will conduct a talk about upcycling in Europe and about Pure Gold followed by a curator walkthrough of the exhibit from 10:00am to 11:30am at the Vargas Museum. Interested participants can RSVP to James Tana at +639158175314.

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The exhibition runs until 23 November 2019.

Pure Gold – UPCYCLED! UPGRADED! is an exhibition by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Germany, www.ifa.de and is presented by the Goethe-Institut Philippinen in partnership with the Vargas Museum. For more information on the exhibition and its side events, visit goethe.de/manila.

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, promoting the study of the German language abroad, and encouraging international cultural exchange.

For more information, contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 8981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 8928-1925 (fax) or send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph. You may also check http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph, Facebook via https://fb.me/vargasmuseum.upd and Twitter via @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

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