Collection of Crisis

Sammlungsobjekt Schweißmaske, helle Aluminium-Fläche mit runden dunkelgrünen Gläsern für die Sicht, DDR, 1950-64

Welding Mask, 1950s/1960s. Collection Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge. Photo: Armin Herrmann.

The coronavirus crisis represents an exceptional situation that is documented in many different ways - mostly in the form of photos and videos. At the same time, completely new images are created: For example, the invisible danger in the coronavirus crisis is portrayed by means of models, as the omnipresent image of a spiky sphere illustrates.

But what role do things in particular play in the context of memory culture? Which objects can illustrate a time of crisis like the present one? Are they self-sewn masks, photos of markings to obey the rules of distance, or corona notices on shops?

Many museums are thinking about how they can document this particular situation. The Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge also collects contemporary culture and is thinking about the things by which we will remember this situation in the future?

So we ask you: Which object would remind you of this time and which should be included in the museum collection?

Send us your ideas and suggestions to