Isles of the blessed?

How cute! The NRW-Forum Düsseldorf investigates the phenomenon of “cuteness” in everyday life, media, pop culture, design, and art. The show asks: “What is cute?” Is it a way to numb us, manipulatively hiding actual social realities? Is it simply kitsch, immature and childish? An expression of the yearning for emotional security in an impersonal digital world? Or perhaps even a cleverly ironic path to insight? Whether it’s stuffed animals, robotics, or Internet memes, the book presents “cute” in all of its multiple meanings.


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June 2020

ISBN 978-3-7356-0627-3

21,3 × 27,6 cm

152 Pages

zahlreiche colored illustrations


Languages: German

Birgit Richard, Niklas von Reischach, Hannah Zipfel  

Text by
Henning Arnecke, Moritz Basler, Marvin Baudisch, Heinz Drügh, Leonie Licht, Jana Müller, Niklas von Reischach, Birgit Richard, Hannah Zipfel

Design by
Polina Bazir, Kerber Verlag

Cute: Isles of the blessed?, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf: June 7 – August 16, 2020

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