From 29 November to 3 December 2023, the MK&G messe will present the latest trends in contemporary craft, including both up-and-coming and well-known positions, international tendencies and fresh perspectives from many disciplines such as ceramics, glass art and jewellery design. As an international forum, the MK&G messe offers a broad audience arts and crafts of high design and craftsmanship quality as well as an up-to-date public programme, which highlights creative and authentic production processes. In terms of content, the design of the fair’s architecture, as well as a guest country, will also be special focuses. For the first time in its history, the MK&G messe will be accompanied by a large solo exhibition devoted to contemporary craft: for 2023, the renowned jewelry artist Margit Jäschke has been invited to present her work.
The opening of the fair and the presentation of the Justus Brinckmann Prize as well as the New Generation Award will take place on Tuesday, 28 November 2023 at 6 pm.
The invitation-only category called Young Talents is a small selection of emerging artisans that has been invited to Hamburg to participate in the fair without going through the application process. The goal of Young Talents is to promote young creatives and showcase the future of craft and its innovative possibilities. In short, through the curated selection and support of the Young Talents, the general aim is to advance and enhance contemporary crafts. Positions at the MK&G messe are presented without galleries and all participants are present throughout the fair’s duration. This tradition creates and supports lasting relationships between collectors and artists, which are crucial to contemporary craft practice today. With the Young Talents, MK&G aims to build a strong connection for future collaborations.
Young Talent participants are awarded a booth free of charge and receive a financial stipend to support in the production and transportation of their work. They are not eligible for either of the annual prizes awarded by the Justus Brinckmann Society at the fair.
Prof. Tulga Beyerle, Director, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G)
Thomas Geisler, Director, Kunstgewerbemuseum der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Prof. Axel Kufus, Product designer
Wolfgang Lösche, retired Head of the Exhibitions Department of the Chamber of Crafts Munich and Upper Bavaria
Aino Nebel, Winner of the Justus Brinckmann Prize at the MK&G messe 2022 and artist, Rheinsberg
Erika Pinner, Curator and Head of the Applied Arts & Design Collection, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G)
Prof. Angeli Sachs, Art historian, curator and museologist
Marlo Scheder-Bieschin, Vice Chair of the Justus Brinckmann Society, MK&G Circle of Friends, Hamburg
The MK&G messe is both a forum for arts and crafts of the highest creative and artisanal quality and an experimental space for up-and-coming artistic talents. At the same time, the current value debate about ecology and new luxury, one-offs and mass-market products, production and working conditions is bringing new topicality to arts and crafts fairs. Inhabiting the territory between tradition and innovation, they provide a key forum for connecting with the cultural knowledge surrounding craft techniques, the properties of materials and sustainable processing methods.
The Justus Brinckmann Prize
As one of the oldest events of its kind in Germany, the MK&G messe is no stranger to engaging with contemporary developments and presents the Justus Brinckmann Prize for outstanding merit every year, together with prize money of €7,500.
The MK&G Circle of Friends, the Justus Brinckmann Society, is a fan club, source of inspiration and ambassador of the MK&G. The promotion of contemporary arts and crafts is a special concern of the circle of friends. In close cooperation with the museum, the Justus Brinckmann Society is an active co-organizer of the MK&G fair. On the opening evening, the society will be awarding the "Justus Brinckmann Prize" and the "Justus Brinckmann Promotion Prize", two prestigious prizes to creative craftsmen and women. Join in and become part of the creative community at MK&G!
Isabelle von Schilcher, Executive Director, Justus Brinckmann Fördergesellschaft mbH
Erika Pinner, Curator and Head of the Applied Arts & Design Collection, MK&G, Hamburg
Project management / contact for fair enquiries:
Isabelle von Schilcher
+49(0)40 24 52 91
Justus Brinckmann Förder-GmbH
Tulga Beyerle, Direktorin MK&G
Marlo Scheder-Bieschin, 2. Vorsitzende Justus Brinckmann Gesellschaft e.V., MK&G Freundeskreis
General contact data:
Justus Brinckmann Förder-GmbH
The MK&G messe is organised by the Justus Brinckmann Förder-GmbH in collaboration with the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Venue: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Steintorplatz, 20099 Hamburg
Information: mkg-hamburg.de and mkgmesse.de