It has only been a little over a decade since the beginning of the 21st century, but the 2000s already exist as solidified cultural epoch. An exhibition called "Paper Weight—Genre-Defining Magazines 2000 to Now" at Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany celebrates the independent magazines that have emerged in the past 13 years, dedicating a show to those publications that make bold cultural statements.

The exhibition focuses on 15 titles including "Sang Bleu," "032c," "Girls Like Us," "Candy," "Bidoun," "Apartamento," and "Encens," and displays the publications as larger-than-life visual treats. The large, walk-through spreads were designed by Athens-based artist and architect Andreas Angelidakis and allow for visitors to physically engage with the magazines. While the featured zines range from art and design to food and sex, the exhibition as a whole presents a larger message of daring and independent expression.

The curator of the show, editor and creative director of "PIN-UP" magazine, Felix Burrichter says, "Whoever establishes a magazine is automatically an optimist. The logistical challenges in producing a printed product are high, and, in the digital age, all signs point against such an undertaking. Idealism is a key concept, and the first issues of a magazine often constitute a kind of manifesto."

"Paper Weight" will be on display through October 27.

[via It's Nice That]