Frankfurter Mélange Chairs at Vargas Museum Quezon City, Philippines

Exhibition > Pure Gold – UPCYCLED! UPGRADED < at Jorge B. Vargas Musem, Quezon City, Philippines

23 October to 23 November 2019
Opening Reception: 23 October 2019, Wednesday at 6 pm
1F Galleries
UP Vargas Museum

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 7 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.
Curated by Volker Albus

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.

Pure Gold – UPCYCLED! UPGRADED! is an exhibition by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Germany, 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

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.