Manus x Machina
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
– 14 August 2016
The contrast between haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing seems to be made where the differences between complex handmade and mechanised modes of production meet. The exhibition “Manus x Machina. Fashion in the Age of Technology” at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is undertaking the task of addressing this dichotomy by examining the production processes of 170 exhibits ranging from the early 20th century to the present day, and looks at the links between manual and machine-based methods.
Domaine de Boisbuchet12.06.2016 – 03.09.2016
Pictoplasma Academy. Masterclass 2016
Eden Studios, Berlin
24 September – 2 October 2016
Since its founding in 1999, Pictoplasma has offered artists and designers who devote themselves to creating characters an international platform for exchanging and presenting ideas. In addition to exhibitions, installations, publications and an annual conference in spring, the offering has also included the Pictoplasma Academy for the past three years. Anyone wishing to participate in the Masterclass 2016 in Berlin can apply to do so by submitting their CV, portfolio and a project idea by 15 July 2016.
Schriftbilder – Bilderschrift. Chinese poster and book design today
Museum Folkwang, Essen
– 31 July 2016
Chinese poster and book art is the focus of an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen that runs until the end of July. On show are over 100 posters and 50 books by approximately 50 designers from throughout China, giving visitors an insight into the creative development of book and poster design in the Far East over recent years. The exhibits include traditional calligraphy, typography and printing technology and also current domestic and foreign trends.
form N° 266. Man/Machine
Life without machines is almost unimaginable. Although we curse them often enough because they go wrong, there are technical improvements that allow us to make great strides in a short amount of time, give us undreamt-of powers, allow us to be permanently connected and can restore or improve our health. Nonetheless, the relationship between man and machine is ambivalent, for every supposed advance can create new, unpredictable problems. In the focus section of form 266, we will be looking at how our relationship to machines is formed.
Design Center Baden-Württemberg, Haus der Wirtschaft, Steinbeis Saal
- 1 July 2016
The Federal Land of Baden-Württemberg is gathering a great deal of expertise in respect of materials – be it in manufacturing, research or processing. Against this background, the “Materialansichten” exhibition [material views] in the Design Center Baden-Württemberg in the “Haus der Wirtschaft” is showcasing a collection of various regional projects and work from 2 June to 1 July 2016.
33pt. I don’t care
Livinn Hotel, Dortmund
22 – 24 June 2016
The Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts is organising the seventh edition of 33pt, the “Festival of Typography, Graphics and Design”, and is not only inviting people to a two-day conference but is also offering a workshop free of charge at which posters on the festival’s theme of “I don’t care” can be produced.
Tours Summer 2016
During the next weeks many universities and colleges will be displaying the results of the past summer semester and finals projects produced within the various design disciplines. In order to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of the structure of the university in question and its approaches to teaching, the shows are often complemented by a supporting programme of tours, presentations and workshops.
14 – 19 June 2016
Collectors and fans of contemporary design will be arriving in mid-June 2016 for the Swiss edition of Design Miami. In parallel with Art Basel, exhibitions and events will be taking place, both at the fair grounds and in various locations throughout the city.
Thinking Outside the Box
DAM, Frankfurt am Main
26 June 2016
Increasing numbers of people, mainly in developing countries, prefer to live in towns. This phenomenon, linked with the challenges faced by towns in this context, is the theme of the current exhibition, “Thinking Outside the Box” currently showing at the DAM in Frankfurt am Main and it proposes innovative approaches to the situation.
27th Brno Biennial
16 June – 20 October 2016
The Moravian Gallery, the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic, has been organising the Biennial in Brno since 1964. Once again this year, international graphic design in all its forms can be experienced there for almost four months. Reference will be made to the 26th Biennial that focused on graphic design in conjunction with education and schools.
Big Plans! Applied Modernism in Saxony-Anhalt 1919–1933
- 6 January 2017
In staging the project “Big Plans! Applied Modernism in Saxony-Anhalt 1919-1933”, running until January 2017, the Bauhaus Dessau, in co-operation with other institutions, invites visitors on a journey of exploration to various locations throughout the region.
The MEP Show / Yellow Press / Portraits
Museum of Photography, Berlin
2 June – 20 November 2016
The work of Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Mart Engelen, three important personalities in photography, is being brought together in an exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.
International Digital Arts Biennial
Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal
3 June - 3 July 2016
The festival on digital art that runs from 3 June to 3 July 2016 offers local and international designers and artists a month-long platform for showcasing their exhibitions and events at Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal and other locations around the city.
Domaine de Boisbuchet. Design and Architecture Workshops
Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac
26 June – 3 September 2016
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Domain de Boisbuchet, workshops will be spread over a good two months for the 26th year. 47 highly skilled tutors will be present on this French estate to pass on their expertise. This year’s overarching slogan is “Origin and Translation”.
Areal Alter Güterbahnhof, Coburg
31 May – 5 June 2016
This year sees the 28th edition of the Coburger Designtage. The location of the Alter Güterbahnhof in Coburg once again offers space for new ideas and concepts, provides room for new approaches to thinking and offers a place for the creative economy of Upper Franconia to meet from 31 May to 5 June 2016.
Odyssey 2016. DMY International Design Festival
2 – 5 June 2016
As an internationally focused design festival, DMY presents projects from almost every design discipline under the slogan of “Odyssey”. Fashion and graphic design and work from the areas of communication and digital media will be displayed alongside those from product and industrial design. Performances, open talks and lectures round off the event and offer guidance concerning current developments in design. In addition, workshops will be taking place in the areas of graphic design, spatial communication and interaction design and will be supported by Moritz Rose (Viessmann Brand Design), Mike Richter (Iconmobile), Roland Lambrette and Christoph Alker (Atelier Markgraph), and Achim Heine (HLZ).
Designing Visions. A Conference Organised by Platform
Hall of Platform, Munich
15 June 2016
As a pilot project for the city of Munich, Platform is creating space for synergies between culture and business. Artists, designers, clients and the public meet in exhibitions, workshops and other events to discuss issues concerning cities worth living in, the value of art or the potential of creative work. The conference on 15 June 2016 looks at new practices, methods and ways of thinking in design.
Swiss Design Award 2016. Exhibition
Messe Basel, Hall 3
14.–19. Juni 2016
Annually since 2007, three particularly excellent Swiss designers have been honoured by the Federal Office of Culture with the Grand Award for Design and their work is presented in an exhibition. And this year, too, 56 Swiss or Swiss-based designers, photographers, fashion designers, graphic artists and scenographers will be presenting their work in Hall 3 of the Messe Basel from 14 to 19 June. Of these, fifteen will then be awarded prizes by the Swiss Design Commission.
Nachtschicht 2016. Berlin Design Night
3 June 2016
Now in its fifth year, Berlin Design Night will see 70 Berlin-based design companies stay open to the public for one evening in order to showcase the capital city’s creative potential. Visitors can expect a peek behind the scenes and a wide-ranging programme of events.
Biennale Architettura 2016. Reporting From the Front
28 May - 27 November 2016
This year the Biennale de Venezia takes place for the 15th time in its history. The title for this year’s event is “Reporting From the Front” and its aim is to uncover the differences and distinctions between trends and routes in architecture and society in general.
The Happy Show
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
– 25 September 2016
If you press the button at the end of the ramp up to the first floor of the Richard Meier building, a card comes out of the wall, prompting you, for example, to sing your current favourite song out loud. Whether this and other interactive elements of “The Happy Show”, the current exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, give you something to smile about is for you to decide. Whatever your verdict, it certainly makes for an entertaining museum experience.
Yesterday’s Future. Visionary Designs from Future Systems and Archigram
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
–18 September 2016
Utopian designs for a conjectured but supposedly better world and ideal solutions that draw upon the best that contemporary technology has to offer have been part of Western thought since the time of Plato. The more that the technological and the social realms overlap, the greater the appeal of visualising such ideas in images and models. Visitors can now view designs for architectural utopias produced by Archigram and Future Systems in a compact exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt.
How About Making? About 2016
4 – 5 June 2016
About, an independent book fair held at the Hochschule Mainz, is back for the third time, offering small publishers and self-publishers a platform to present their art and design publications.
Cooper Union, New York
13 – 23 June 2016
This eleven-day typography-focused design festival, which will feature a conference, a series of workshops and tours of places with interesting typography, will take place from 13 to 23 June 2016 at the Cooper Union in New York, providing designers with a platform for exchanging current and future perspectives on typography.
All of Everything. Todd Oldham Fashion
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence
– 11 September 2016
In the late 1980s Todd Oldham took international catwalks by storm. The fashion designs that he produced over subsequent years were unconventional, colourful and intricately detailed. Now, for the first time, the RISD Museum is presenting a wide selection of his work in an exhibition devised in collaboration with the designer.
No Pain No Game
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
– 26 June 2016
For 15 years the artist duo Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff, also known as //////////fur////, have been examining the relationship between man and machine and the growing isolation of those who use electronic devices. Up until 26 June 2016 the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin is playing host to their multi-sensory installations, which invite visitors to interact with them in unusual ways. Their work combines media criticism, game logic, teamwork, childhood memories and humour into a new gaming experience.
14 – 22 May 2016
The title of this exhibition, “Anschlag Berlin” [Uprising Berlin], says it all: the focus is on announcements posted in public places, with the poster being one of the most effective formats. This form of communication has a long history in Berlin, reflecting the zeitgeist like no other medium. Over a period of nine days, the Direktorenhaus is hosting over 100 contemporary posters by Berlin-based designers.
For Sale: Design. Wroclove Design Festival
Aleja Bielany, Bielany Wrocławskie
18 – 22 May 2016
What meaning does design have in a world where capitalism is the dominant force? This is the question asked by the third Wroclove Design Festival from 18 to 22 May 2016 in Bielany Wrocławskie (Poland). This year’s slogan “For Sale: Design” poses a provocative basis for discussion and response. Design has the task to sell. Why should we not offer the design itself for sale?
Daniel Palillo. Mainly Portraits
– 29 May 2016
Until 29 May 2016, the Design Museum in Helsinki is exhibiting work by the Finnish artist Daniel Palillo, who works at the boundary between visual art and fashion design. Using his sculptural pieces he communicates his view of the fashion world which is characterised by his own experience in the field. Instead of classic fashion design, Palillo has now made sculptural work and painting his medium.
National Art Center, Tokyo
– 13 June 2016
The Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake, is known for his futuristic collections combining Japanese tradition with modern technologies. All the works he has created since he founded his studio in 1970 are currently on show in an exhibition in the National Art Center in Tokyo.
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris
– 18 September 2016
A doll, which has been a staple of playrooms ever since and has left its mark on culture, art and fashion, first saw the light of day in 1959. The Museé des Arts décoratifs is currently dedicating an exhibition to the icon that is Barbie, as there is much to discover for both children and adults.
Globale: Reset Modernity!
ZKM, Lichthof 8, Karlsruhe
– 21 August 2016
We all know about the process of resetting, mainly from dealing with our electronic devices. It involves restoring the original condition or making a new start. But can this process also be transferred to people? This is exactly the question that the exhibition “Reset Modernity!” is asking. It runs until 21 August in the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe.
XXI Triennale International Exhibition Milan.Design After Design
Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan
2 April – 12 September 2016
The Triennale in Milan is an international cultural institution that has dedicated itself to organising exhibitions and conferences and has also initiated events on themes such as art, design, architecture, fashion, cinema and communication. In addition the Triennale is also a museum that tries to illuminate Italian design from the most different perspectives possible and to categorise them in a context of design history. Every three years, the museum organised an internationally focused exhibition, which is now taking place again after a longer break. This year its title is “21st Century. Design after Design”.
Photo London 2016
Somerset House, London
19 – 22 May 2016
London is internationally known for its photography scene and since last year’s four-day Festival, Photo London, now has a new forum for artists, curators and collectors in the area of photography. Therefore, for the second time, a series of talks, exhibitions and installations will be held at Somerset House in London from 19 to 22 May 2016.
The Next Big Thing
Bureau Europa, Maastricht
– 10 July 2016
In many circles, design is still seen as being an object-related discipline, primarily subject to and in the service of economic premises. The exhibition “The Next Big Thing Is Not a Thing. Surveying the Design Discipline” documents the various developments in design that diverge from this and plead for a broader conception of design.