Dr Timo de Rijk and Tomas van den Heuvel: “The Design of the Third Reich”

Guest lecture:

The Design Museum in Den Bosch is showcasing an exhibition on the "Design of the Third Reich" until the 1st of March 2020. It aims to demonstrate how design can be used to promote an ideology and facilitate the development of a regime, as well as how the Nazis drew on classical design as a show of power and a symbol of a new German culture. By analysing the influencing processes during the Third Reich, the exhibition enables visitors to understand the role of design in society and how it can serve as a propaganda tool for regimes.

Before assuming his position as Director of the Design Museum in Den Bosch, Dr De Rijk taught as a professor for Design, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam, the Delft University of Technology and Leiden University. His research focus has been on the position of design in society and the need for historical knowledge and cultural analysis in the design world. Mr Van den Heuvel holds a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Exeter and a master's degree in Public History from the Royal Holloway University of London. He specialises in the cultural, social and ideological history of twentieth century Europe, with a strong focus on Germany between 1919 and 1989.