An innovative network of curators and institutions has come together to open up new and surprising insights into the complex facets of the design landscape of a region that remains unknown to the broader (and in particular Western) public. With their extensive research work, the forces behind Retrotopia are making a decisive contribution to a long-overdue re-evaluation of the global and decolonial history of design.

Retrotopia. Design for Socialist Spaces was initiated by the Kunstgewerbemuseum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with: the Museum of Utopia and Daily Life (Beeskow/Eisenhüttenstadt), the Slovakian Design Center (Bratislava), the Slovak National Gallery Bratislava, the Moravian Gallery (Brno), the Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest), the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art (Kaunas), Museum of Contemporary Art NGO (Kyiv), Stedley Art Foundation (Kyiv), the Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana), the National Gallery Prague, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (Tallinn), NGO Imago of Culture (Uzhorod), the Lithuanian National Museum of Art (Vilnius), the National Museum in Warsaw, and the Museum of Arts and Crafts (Zagreb), Chernihiv Monumentalism Community, ARWM Cultural Heritage Conservation Fund.