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Best of Austrian Design. Staatspreis Design 2017

Weissraum Designforum Tirol, Innsbruck / AT
– 18.10.2018
weissraum.at 

The Austrian State Design Prize is awarded every two years for outstanding projects in the fields of product design and spatial design. The Weissraum Designforum Tirol is holding an exhibition of some of the nominated and prizewinning products and projects from the 2017 event. The prize recognises creative work that has an impact on social and economic processes and focuses on innovation, sustainability, and inclusiveness. Weissraum put together the exhibition in conjunction with the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, which is responsible for the historical part of the display, which looks at the origins of modern design products and reveals historical objects that are similar to today’s new innovations in terms of concept, production, and design.

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Ciao Amico Mio

Etage Projects, Copenhagen / DK
– 19.10.2018
etageprojects.com 

In their solo exhibition “Ciao Amico Mio” held in Copenhagen, the Swiss design duo Kueng Caputo present some of their latest series. Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo focus on combining everyday objects with art, on improvisation and experimentation with form and colour, and linking material adventures with complex craft techniques. The works “The Silo Furniture”, “The Homage Carpets” and “The Granulate Lamps” are on display at Etage Projects.

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Uncanny

Design Museum Holon / IL
– 20.10.2018
dmh.org.il 

Sigmund Freud recognised that mankind detects an eerie feeling as soon as he doubts that a living being is animate or an inanimate object is inanimate. In the 1970s, Masahiro Mori transferred this to the field of robotics using the expression “uncanny valley”. Modern technology blurs these boundaries, making classification increasingly difficult, because animation, virtual reality, and avatars move between reality and an artificial, digital space. Dead material can be made into seemingly living forms and highly developed mechanical devices evoke a feeling of emotional attachment in their users. This exhibition looks at this phenomenon in the areas of space, body, and material using works created by Israeli design students.

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Handmade Industry

Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo / BR
– 21.10.2018
handmade-industry.com 

“Handmade Industry” is an art and architecture exhibition staged by Atelier Oï of Switzerland, which wants to make the ideas behind its works visible and tangible for the visitor. Founded in 1991 in La Neuveville, Switzerland, by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond, the studio is a multidisciplinary place for creative working and thinking, where materials are experimented with and current ideas of design are replaced with new perspectives. Interdisciplinarity and plurality, two of the studio’s core values, are reflected in the selection and combination of materials, always focusing on conveying to the visitor how the material itself influences, communicates, and relates to the designer.

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Europe's Best Buildings

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 22.10.2018
azw.at 

Every two years, “Europe’s best Buildings” showcases extraordinary European architectural projects that are exemplary in the area of contemporary buildings and reflect visions of construction of the future. The Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture, is presented every two years. In 2017 it was awarded to two residential buildings for the first time: the first prize was awarded to the De Flat Kleiburg in Amsterdam designed by NL Architects in collaboration with XVW Architectuur, and the Emerging Architect Prize was presented to the architecture offices MSA und V+ for the project Navez in Brussels, which comprises five social housing units. The theme of social housing will also be reflected in the exhibition’s lectures and workshops.

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Gotha Vorbildlich! Modellsammlungen um 1800

Ducal Museum, Gotha / DE
– 27.10.2018
stiftungfriedenstein.de 

The exhibition “Gotha Vorbildlich! Modellsammlungen um 1800” [Model Gotha. Model Collections around 1800] looks at various models designed to impart knowledge about a range of subjects, including, art, literature, and science. Models from antiquity and the present day are on display, providing an insight into the aesthetic dimension to the dissemination of knowledge.

 

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The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York / US
– 28.10.2018
cooperhewitt.org 

The exhibition “The Senses” introduces products from the field of sensory design, with the aim of making design not only a visual but also a multisensory experience. The focus of the exhibition is the connection of body, perception, and design: a chair supports our posture, crockery and cutlery affect our food intake. Apart from its actual use, every product has its own smell, weight, a tactile surface, and an individual sound. Sensory design explores the different ways of making the world more tangible and accessible, expanding the focus of design on visual aesthetics and attractive forms by smells, touch, sound, and interaction. For example, tactile maps can help visually impaired people find their way around, audio devices can make sound perceptible via vibrations on the skin, and there are candles whose scent is reflected by their colour. The exhibition shows some extraordinary and innovative works and products available in this area.

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The Playground Project

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn / DE
– 28.10.2018
bundeskunsthalle.de 

Consisting of an exhibition and a walk-in playground, “The Playground Project” shows the history, the purpose, and the possibilities offered by playing. It is divided into an indoor and an outdoor area, where art and play meet in different ways. The roof and forecourt of the Bundeskunsthalle have been transformed into a creative playground for all ages by fourteen artists, while an exhibition on the history of playgrounds is on show in the Bundeskunsthalle, which also examines their aesthetics and their influence on the city and its inhabitants.

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Raw Design

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / DE
– 28.10.2018
sfmcd.org 

In addition to many positive developments, technology and digitisation have also led to objects and projects feeling increasingly alien, intangible, and anonymous. A whole series of designers confront this by examining materials characterised by experiment, impartiality, and intuition. As a result, they are different from traditional craftsmen, such as glass-blowers or carpenters, who support traditional and complex techniques. The works on show include algae structures by Julia Lohmann, textiles by Scott Bodenner, and Newspaperwood by Mieke Meijer, a wood substitute made from newsprint.

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Food Is Fiction

Design Museum Den Bosch, ’s-Hertogenbosch / NL
– 28.10.2018
designmuseum.nl 

We do not eat merely to satisfy our appetite, but also to meet a whole raft of social and psychological needs. “You are what you eat” can be understood in this context as a tool for creating a self-image that gives a position in society to consumers, from housewives to hunters and gatherers, at least in their own eyes. Accordingly, supermarkets sell us values such as craft, eroticism, nostalgia, honesty, and patriotism that are inextricably linked to the goods themselves – leading to the exhibition’s approach that “Food Is Fiction”. On display are commercials, packaging, and advertising campaigns which help to create and underpin these (subconscious) associations. Alongside the exhibition is a programme of workshops, lectures, and events.

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

The “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition deals less with Frida Kahlo’s art and more with what made her an icon. Visitors obtain an insight into her daily life, the challenges and the physical impairments she had to battle with. The exhibition does not only consider Kahlo’s physical and mental pain as such, but also explores how she transformed it into even more creativity and productivity. Her art is kept in the background of the exhibition, but her clothes, accessories, make-up, and excerpts from her journals are on display.

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The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

A self-driving car, a printer that also works in space, mind-expanding prostheses, and robots: The exhibition “The Future Starts Here” throws the spotlight on the influence design and technology have on the form and development of the future. It focuses on four core topics: the home, the public arena, the Earth and so-called life in the hereafter. The idea is to not only imagine the immediate future but to critically examine it on the basis of ethical and speculative questions that accompany the visitor through the exhibition.

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Design Generations

Art and Design Atomium Museum, Brussels / BE
– 04.11.2018
adamuseum.be 

With the “Design Generations” exhibition, the ADAM in Brussels wants to present the fundamental essence of design. For the exhibition, the exhibited designers were allowed to select an object from the museum’s permanent collection and then put it in context with their own projects. In addition to the past and present design, the future will also be included: the ten designers’ visions of what design could be in the future and where they place themselves and their work in the discourse of future design are projected onto screens in the form of sketches. For the organisers, it is important that design is seen as an important element of society, in which the past, present, and future are mutually dependent and permanently interact with each other.

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Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
– 04.11.2018
textielmuseum.nl 

Damask is a textile that allows the creation of figurative patterns using warp and weft yarn. In the past, particularly high quality and shiny materials were used due to the laborious manufacturing process; since the 20th century, cotton has been used primarily for making bed and table linens. Against this background, the exhibition, “Stories. Dutch Design Damask” running at the Textielmuseum from 11 November 2017 to 4 November 2018, displays different work in which telling stories is an important part of design – in terms of insects creeping across the table, clouds hovering threateningly over the plates or serviettes that count calories.

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Michael Riedel. Graphic Art as Event

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 04.11.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Michael Riedel produced over a thousand sheets in the year between 1994 and 1995 at the Städelschule. These can now be seen in full for the first time in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. The role of artists in an information society needs to be clarified. How does artificial intelligence change the way we produce art? In addition to Riedel’s early work, the exhibition includes current works that deal with similar questions. Again and again, he adopts very different text forms to create graphic motifs from them. In so doing, he processes HTML codes, reports from the internet about his work, and communication networks from his own daily life.

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Eco-Visionaries

Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel / CH
– 11.11.2018
hek.ch 

The “Eco-Visionaries” exhibition looks at the Anthropocene and the associated challenges from the perspectives of art, new media, and ecology. Art in particular is able to visualise more complex facts making them comprehensible and to evoke viewers’ emotions, prompting them to be proactive and make lasting changes in their own behaviour. The artists demonstrate the influence that humans have on the environment in the Anthropocene age in a creative and individual way, as well as design solutions to challenges such as climate change, resource and food scarcity.

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Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen / DE
– 11.11.2018
kunsthalle-bremen.de 

The exhibition “Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik” [Programmed Art. Early Computer Graphics] displays important works from the field of early computer graphics and sheds light on the connection between art and technology. This year, 2018, marks the fiftieth anniversary of two pivotal exhibitions contributing to computer art being internationally recognised. To mark this occasion and the 80th birthday of Frieder Nake, the pioneer of computer art, the Kunsthalle Bremen is showing numerous works from the Bremen collection dating from 1955 to 1979.

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Adjacencies

Yale School of Architecture, New Haven / US
– 15.11.2018
architecture.yale.edu 

In the collaborative exhibition entitled “Adjacencies”, 14 architecture practices are using innovative works to display components of the contemporary architectural zeitgeist. The exhibition will not only refer to current influences and trends in the field of architecture, but also to their past and their development over recent years. The exhibition tries to find answers to questions such as how shapes are used to communicate in architecture, how to generate and use innovative ways of composition, and how to acquire new audiences. Participating architectural firms, which also often take an interdisciplinary approach, include Medium Office, Bair Balliet, and Besler and Sons. “Adjacencies” is an exhibition staged by the Yale Architecture Gallery, which since 1979 has presented a regular programme of exhibitions now numbering four each year.

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Virtual Insanity

Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz / DE
– 18.11.2018
kunsthalle-mainz.de 

Modern technology has now progressed so far in its development that the line between digitality and the real world is blurring more and more. The title of this exhibition is based on the eponymous song by Jamiroquai, in which the band was concerned about people’s alienation from their “natural” life as far back as 1996. This theme is now taken up in the Kunsthalle Mainz based on work by six international artists, who deal with various aspects and send visitors on their way with a series of questions like: Can we live without real love and closeness? Are we in danger of not being able to emerge from virtual worlds? Have avatars, simulations, and digital spaces not long become part of our reality? And what issues are involved in privacy when we all surf the Internet as digital voyeurs?

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Machines à Penser

Fondazione Prada, Venedig / IT
– 25.11.2018
fondazioneprade.org 

The exhibition “Machines à Penser” takes as its theme the work of three philosophers, who produced their deepest thoughts whilst in exile or fleeing their homeland. It looks at the relationship between exile, flight, and sanctuary as well as physical and mental places for reflecting, thinking, and intellectual productions. The exhibition focuses on three philosophers Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969), Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) who were driven into exile or needed to flee on account of political circumstances. Their works are arranged on two storeys in the context of contemporary art and architecture, which also use inspiration from the situation of departure or represent spatial notions of it.

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Ryoji Ikeda

Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 02.12.2018
eyefilm.nl 

Ryoji Ikeda, the visual artist, is known for his audiovisual performances, especially in the field of electronic music. Some of his impressive and immersive image and sound projects are currently on show at the Eye Filmmuseum. He plays with the limits of audible and visual perception and focuses on the use of electronic data and information in music and art. Included in the exhibition are works such as “The Radar” and “Data Tron”, and the project developed especially for the Eye Filmmuseum “Point of no Return”.

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The Politics of Design: Act 1

Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt / BE
– 02.12.2018
z33.be 

Nowadays, designers are less and less isolated and on their own in their work. Collaborations are often the basis of projects with citizens, governments or companies as partners. The exhibition looks at this development using various examples to discover how such involvement can create sustainability, enhance our living space, involve as many people as possible, and drive democratic processes forward. The selection of projects presented by 20 international designers and artists includes research results, interventions, and debates as well as interactive works. The topics included range from working with or being replaced by robots to new forms of bureaucracy and alternatives in mobility.

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Common Good

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 02.12.2018
maas.museum/powerhouse-museum 

In the context of the Sydney Design Festival 2018, which is taking place this year under the motto of “Call to Action”, the Powerhouse Museum draws our attention to product design that does not intend to achieve high sales, but first and foremost aims to have a positive effect on people and the planet. Various designers and studios, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region, are offered a platform on which to present critical, innovative or thought-provoking works. The intention is to draw attention to the fact that design has the opportunity – and perhaps even the duty – to exert crucial influence on the development of our world (of commodities) and to visualise social, economic or ecological problems and combat them.

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Up Is Down

Block Museum of Art, Evanston / US
– 09.12.2018
blockmuseum.northwestern.edu 

In the middle of the 20th century, Chicago was considered to be the equivalent of Hollywood for films specialising in the fields of education, advertising, and employee training. One of its leading companies was the Goldsholl Studio, which today has fallen into oblivion. Its founders and namesakes, Morton and Millie Goldsholl, were graduates of the IIT Institute of Design (originally New Bauhaus) founded by László Moholy-Nagy. His design principles, the handling of light and materials could later be found in their work. The Goldsholl Studio became famous primarily for its experimental commercials, animations, and logo designs for large corporations and brands such as Motorola, Kimberly-Clark, and 7 Up. The aim of the exhibition “Up Is Down: Mid-century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio” is to raise awareness of the studio’s importance. Its title refers to the animated film “Up Is Down” (1969) by Millie Goldsholl, in which the young protagonist experiences the world in his own, positive way and subsequently has to struggle with a lack of understanding.

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Albert Kapr 100

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig / DE
– 30.12.2018
dnb.de 

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig presents objects from the estate of the influential typographer Albert Kapr, who died in 1995. Kapr is considered one of the most important typographers of the 20th century and was also a lecturer, rector, historian, and author. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) Kapr had a significant influence on the history of typography in Leipzig: he contributed to improving the script taught in schools, was involved in offering national and international book art competitions, and assisted in the preparation of new work on typescripts following the Second World War. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with students of the HGB, who studied Kapr’s text “The Art of Buying Books” and will present their personal selection of books.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.01.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum 

Pink is one of the most disputed colours ever, ranging in hues from magenta to pale pink. Depending on the era and cultural context, pink has connotations of being masculine, feminine or gender-neutral. It can evoke erotism or innocence, emancipation or clichés of traditional roles, and fulfil patriotic purposes in some countries as their national colour. Taking around 80 items, this exhibition provides a journey through the history of this multifaceted colour and intends to open up new perspectives and sweep away entrenched associations. Amongst the fashion creations are works by designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, or Rei Kawakubo. On 19 October 2018, an accompanying symposium will take place which will be live-streamed.

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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 06.01.2019
marta-herford.de 

Mankind’s existence was and continues to be closely linked with that of animals. They are an important part of our culture, whether as a source of raw materials, farm or working animals or as a fully integrated member of the family. The fact that our understanding could change towards a more respectful, non-violent interaction with them is demonstrated by trends such as the increasing spread of a vegan lifestyle or the search for alternatives to animal-based materials. Animals also play a part in design. There is a wide range of products for animals and attempts to replace them with artificial or robotic likenesses or to raise ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals through speculative and experimental design. The exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design” presents 40 instances of international designers and artists confronting this theme.

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Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona

Opelvillen Rüsselsheim / DE
– 06.01.2019
opelvillen.de 

[The Scent of Images. Works from the colección olorVISUAL] The art collection belonging to the Catalonian parfumier Ernesto Ventós Omedes focuses on the relationship between the senses of sight and smell. For the past 40 years, he has been collecting international paintings, photographs, objects, and video art with which he wants to trigger the sense of a scent – using only memories evoked through sight. At the same time, he creates scents as artworks that create an additional level of perception and are intended to open up a new way of communicating art. The Opelvillen present 55 works from Ventós Omedes’s collection, Olor Visual, in which one of the aims is “to entice some not-yet friends of art and inspire them to appreciate contemporary art”.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
– 06.01.2019
deyoung.famsf.org 

With the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibition, the De Young Museum in San Francisco is the first museum to deal with the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashion and its associated dress code. The exhibition presents locations, fabrics, and styles from around the world and displays various perspectives and religions with the intention of showing how Muslim women define themselves, but also how they can be influenced by fashion. In addition to clothing items from luxury, streetwear, and sport, extracts from social media, personal stories and visions, video and photographic material will be on show in the exhibition.

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Symbols As Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction’s Insignia

German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library, Leipzig / DE
– 06.01.2019
dnb.de 

The exhibition “Symbols As Weapons” uses the emblem of the Red Army Faction as an example to examine and illustrate the deliberate use of texts, images, symbols, and other media for political provocation and the exercise of power. The exhibition material consists of quotations, words, and images, such as recollections, police files or objects intended to illustrate how “graphic images can become acts of violence”.

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Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and Counterculture 1967–1970

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 06.01.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Off the beaten tracks the Stedelijk Museum takes a look at the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s using the Dutch capital as an example, as back then it was already a symbol of free thought and action. Using works from its own collection, the exhibition traces the artistic potential of this period, which gave expression to new beginnings, resistance, internationality, and provocation, using not only conventional media but also new platforms such as the street, television, and magazines. The presence of works by female artists testifies to how the role of women changed – in art, too – in a field that had up until then been dominated by men.

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Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

DE
– 13.01.2019
 

“Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color”, an exhibition currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, explores the phenomenon of colour and how it has influenced the work of artists, designers, and scientists since the beginning of time. The exhibits include over 190 objects (dating from Antiquity to the present day) drawn from the Cooper Hewitt collection and the Smithsonian Libraries. 

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 13.01.2019
ludwigforum.de 

The pattern and decoration movement developed in the USA in the 1970s as one of the last art movements of the 20th century. It combines patchwork and decorative patterns with a political-emancipatory approach. The exhibition uses the collection of the Ludwig Forum Aachen, which is unique in Europe, to present an alternative to existing, male-dominated understandings of art. Against this background, the exhibition showcases mosaics, textile collages, paintings and graphics as well as room installations and video performances.

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Bouncing in the Corner

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg / DE
– 13.01.2019
hamburger-kunsthalle.de 

The title of this latest exhibition “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” (originally the title of a group of works by Allen Ruppersberg, an artist from the US) is an invitation to rediscover the contemporary art collection held by the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The three-year presentation is dedicated to different areas of human experience and encounters. After examining the relationship between man and things, as well as between man and man, this year’s title of “Bouncing in the Corner. Die Vermessung des Raums” revolves around the relationship between man and the space surrounding him. As in a theatre play, some works of art appear only in certain scenes, other works stay on stage, but offer different interpretations through new presentation.

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Hybrid Tbilisi

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 13.01.2019
dam-online.de 

Tbilisi is not only the capital of Georgia, this year’s guest country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, but is also celebrated as a new hotspot for nightlife, culture, and tourism – the next Berlin, right in the heart of the Caucasus. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum is now dedicating an exhibition to the city which primarily focuses on the contrasts to be found there. These are expressed, amongst other things, in its architecture. In Tbilisi, the remains of Soviet brutalism, perhaps the best-known being the Ministry of Transportation, meet new, ambitious construction projects where East and West exert their influence. Running alongside the exhibition will be a Georgian film evening and an architectural evening in the museum, with participants from offices from both Tbilisi and Berlin.

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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 13.01.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) is famous primarily for his opulent castle buildings such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, for which he earned the nickname “the fairy tale king”. Beyond these tourist attractions, his reign also spawned a series of lesser known but none the less important buildings such as the Nuremberg synagogue, the factory buildings in Augsburg’s textile quarter, and the glass halls for furnishing the international electricity exhibition in 1882 in Munich, as well as buildings for education, health, culture, and administration. The occasion for staging the “Palaces and Factories – The Architecture Under King Ludwig II” exhibition is a long overdue extensive analysis of the architecture of Ludwig II, and his role as the founding father of the TU Munich under the name of the New Polytechnic School 150 years ago.

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Triennale Design Museum Stories. Italian Design

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 20.01.2019
triennale.org 

The Triennale Design Museum’s 2018 annual exhibition looks at the rich history of Italian design from a variety of perspectives: geography, politics, economics, technology, and communications. The exhibition covers topics such as the influence of politics and design on each other or the portrayal and dissemination of design by the media. The total of 180 exhibited works are arranged chronologically and divided into five sections, from 1902 to 1998.

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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 20.01.2019
mudac.ch 

The idea of plasticine evokes inescapable memories of childhood for most people. But apart from using it for play and modelling, this colourful material plays another important role: designers and artists continue to use it as a raw material for animation films, models, plastics, and illustrative representations in spite of having new digital alternatives. “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine from the 1950s to the present day. Amongst the exhibits are clips showing well-known representatives of this art form, including “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental filmic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from the context of product design. With this combination, there is something to intrigue everyone from professional designers to schoolchildren.

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Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.01.2019
design-museum.de 

“Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface” is the first international solo exhibition by the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She is particularly interested in industrial production and design work processes which is why not only finished products, but also prototypes, photographs, and material samples are on display. She herself describes her work as “Documentary Design” – a creative process in which every work step is documented, and in which not only the finished product but the whole production process plays a part. On display are projects such as “One Sheep Sweater” from 2010, in which she made a jumper from the wool of a single sheep, and “Flax Chair” from 2015, a piece of furniture made from the sustainable material of flax, for which she has already received two design awards.

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Fashioned from Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 27.01.2019
vam.ac.uk 

Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been the source of inspiration and production for clothing and fashion. Prints, cuts and materials are inspired by nature, which are particularly striking in an historical context. For example, the lavishly decorated, floral dresses of the 19th century are presented in the exhibition, shown as they develop through the ages. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to think about the fabrics of fashion and the origins of their clothing. Through industrialisation – mass production and increasing levels of consumerism – a new sustainable awareness developed amongst fashion designers and customers and forms the primary focus of “Fashioned from Nature”. Within the concept of sustainability, the exhibition looks at different types of ecologically aware usage of resources and manufacturing methods, consumption and inequalities in general. As a result, in the fashion industry, there is a lot of potential for innovation that is presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in an informative manner.

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A Modern Life. Tablewares 1930s–1980s

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 27.01.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “A Modern Life” focuses on ceramic tableware illustrative of 20th-century modern lifestyles in shape and colour as well as in terms of how they were marketed. Growing economic power and greater prosperity led to an increasing desire for aesthetic and affordable objects that were both visually appealing and practical. The role of designers also changed: they began to work closely with manufacturers, created diverse products of various material and gave the buyer a say in the working process.

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Human non Human

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 27.01.2019
maas.museum 

After two years of preparation, the question of what defines and constitutes humans has now resulted in an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Various disciplines are taken into account, including architecture, design, and film as well as biotechnology, robotics, and chemistry. Each of the four artists dedicate himself to an elementary part of human life – food, work, sex, and belief – and implements his perspective and vision for the future in the form of installations. For example, Lindsay Kelley looks at the relationship between food and technology and the fear of impending food shortages using cakes made of ballistic gel and perforated by gun shots – a material that mimics the nature of the human body during military exercises, while Maria Fernanda Cardoso considers the beauty, seduction, and manipulative power of plants.

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Ralf Ziervogel – As If

Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburg / DE
– 27.01.2019
deichtorhallen.de 

Born in 1975, the artist Ralf Ziervogel quickly acquired international fame after his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work mainly revolves around human bodies, which intertwine to produce monochrome, filigree, and dynamic drawings. The artist depicts the bodies in a drastic way, deformed, tortured or ecstatically distorted. In another series, which he began in 2014, he combines blurred body prints in black gouache with a layer of handwritten text. The exhibition in the Falckenberg Collection is the largest solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist to date and, in addition to his graphic works, presents installations, sculptures, and videos. Apart from the first Sunday of each month, visitors are required to register in advance.

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In Spotlight: Bags

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 03.02.2019
ledermuseum.de 

“Functional, decorative, fashionable” are the buzzwords for the bags selected to give insights into the historical archive as part of the studio format of the Deutsches Ledermuseum’s “Im Fokus” exhibition. The museum is proud of its extensive collection of over 30,000 artefacts drawn from many epochs and regions of leather culture on show in Offenbach/Main in a particularly international light. An historical summary of bag culture with exhibits from several eras is on offer in the “Im Fokus: Taschen. Funktional, schmückend, modisch” [In Spotlight: Bags. Functional, Decorative, Fashionable] exhibition. At the beginning of its existence, the bag was used in a purely functional way – as a container – to transport raw materials and foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, leather pouches and belt bags were developed which were worn mainly by men. Further developments and modifications of the functions and subcategories of bags were strongly marked by fashionable influences, from which today’s models such as briefcases, sports bags, shoulder bags and clutches evolved.

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Social Design

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 03.02.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The world is facing a multitude of challenges that affect us humans, the environment, and our interaction. Various selected projects by international designers and initiatives show the contribution that design can make, for example in the context of housing and urban development, in supporting business start-ups, integrating refugees, promoting culture and education, and maintaining biological diversity. The exhibition “Social Design” aims not only to give an overview of existing approaches, but also wishes to encourage a deeper examination of the topic with workshops, excursions, and talks and to act as an incentive for people to become involved themselves. The results of visitor interactions will be published on the museum’s website during the course of the show with the aim of constantly expanding the exhibition.

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Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 16.02.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design. The exhibition includes four collections from Broached Commission with an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences. The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design.

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Anthropocene

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa / CA
– 24.02.2019
gallery.ca 

The Gotthard Base Tunnel, the open-cast mine in North Rhine-Westphalia or the Dandora landfill in Nairobi are just a few visible examples of the pervasive impact of human activity on nature. As part of the large-scale undertaking The Anthropocene Project, this exhibition uses photography, murals and film installations to impressively demonstrate human impact on our planet.

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Kinderbiennale – Träume und Geschichten

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Japanisches Palais, Dresden / DE
– 24.02.2019
skd.museum 

[Children’s Biennale – Dreams and Stories] “Works of art have the inner power to give shape to dreams, to tell stories, and to reflect the world around us in all its facets.” Based on this premise, the Kinderbiennale abandons the usual forms of conveying and reception in a museum context and creates an environment that is intended to make art tangible instead. The Japanisches Palais in Dresden is thus transformed into a place that stimulates interaction, appeals to all senses, and invites visitors to explore both real and fictitious worlds through works of art. In addition, for this occasion, the so-called mobile museum will be presented to the public for the first time. It will travel through Saxony with the aim of bringing art and culture closer to children and families.

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 24.02.2019
vam.ac.uk 

With at least 2.2 billion active gamers around the world, it is hardly a surprise that the Victoria and Albert Museum is making an effort to devote more attention to the gaming culture. Another step in this direction is taken with the exhibition entitled “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” which is primarily concerned with the developments that have taken place over the past decade. The design and technical implementation of games, their role as mediators of socially relevant topics, the creative potential of the gaming community, and the importance of smaller, independent studios are examined in various sections. In addition, a residency programme attached to the exhibition will give a British artist, designer or maker in the area of video games the chance to collaborate with the curators.

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

The period from ‚œ1960ƒ to the present day covers a broad spectrum with regard to textiles. On the basis of their work, two generations of designers and artists spanning half a century encounter one another in the exhibition entitled “Colour and Abstraction. Generations in Dialogue” in the Textielmuseum. The older generation who researches aspects such as colour and abstraction using textiles meets a younger generation who approaches these themes from more of a thematic point of view. The creative process is illustrated using film material, drawings, and patterns. Exhibits include work by Peter Struycken, Lam de Wolf, Bertjan Pot, Formafantasma, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

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Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 10.03.2019
design-museum.de 

Designed simultaneously as “a retrospective and a themed exhibition”, the Vitra Design Museum sheds light on the life and work, influence and visions of the industrial designer and author Victor Papanek, as well as on the relationship between design and complex, global problems in general. Above all, Papanek laid a foundation for critical, social, and ecological thinking and action in the field of design, particularly through publications such as “Design for the Real World” (1971) and “Design for Human Scale” (1983). A media installation based on his theses immerses the visitor in his thought processes. Also on display are objects from his estate that have never been shown before, such as notebooks, letters, furniture, and slides. 20 projects by contemporary designers who reflect and develop Papanek’s approaches build a bridge to the present day.

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Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 17.03.2019
gewerbemuseum.ch 

“Waste may be a promising resource or an unavoidable residue. Waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves a footprint,” says the introduction to the “Times of Waste – The Residue” exhibition. In order to trace the path taken by waste, the exhibition follows a smartphone, tracking its route as it is transported and recycled. This everyday object takes the visitor to very different places, including landfill sites, research laboratories, and repair workshops, and meets the people there. The questions and problems that are brought up in this way demand new solutions and a deeper engagement with the topic. The exhibition has been devised in conjunction with a research project carried out at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basle.

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Josef Frank

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 17.03.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In a retrospective, the Designmuseo in Helsinki looks at the work of designer and architect Josef Frank (1885–1967). After studying and obtaining his doctorate in Vienna, teaching at the city’s School of Arts and Crafts and co-founding the Vienna Werkbund, he fled to Sweden to escape the Nazis. There, he became famous for his furniture and textile designs, amongst others for Svenskt Tenn. In addition, his aim was to have a positive influence on people’s lives through design, architecture, and urban planning. The show examines his principles and visions using numerous exhibits, which come from collections in Sweden and Austria.

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Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
– 24.03.2019
museenkoeln.de 

For the first time, the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art” is showing almost all of the album covers designed by Andy Warhol, together with the myriad sketches and designs that he did for them. The exhibits also include a range of films and audio clips that contribute to a comprehensive showcasing of the interplay between art and music. Warhol (1928–1987) worked with the medium of records from 1949 onwards, first as a commercial artist mainly designing the covers of jazz LPs, before moving on to design overall concepts for album covers in a range of genres in the 1960s, including “Sticky Fingers” (1971) by The Rolling Stones and the eponymous debut album by The Velvet Underground (1967).

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West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995

LACMA, Los Angeles / US
– 21.04.2019
lacma.org 

For many generations, California has been a place of aspiration and a symbol of freedom, liberality, and individual development. This was also true of graphic design in the second half of the 20th century. During this period, many designers increasingly emancipated themselves from the generally valid and rigid rules of modernism, which were upheld primarily by the established scene in New York. Spurred on further by the new opportunities offered by rapidly advancing technological progress, the West Coast forged its own path, both in practice and theory. As part of its Graphic Design Initiative, which aims to gradually build up a comprehensive graphic design collection, the LACMA sheds light on the period between 1975 and 1995 by means of posters and publications.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden / DE
– 18.09.2019
dhmd.de 

The sun enables and influences life on earth like nothing else. It is the energy source, rhythm generator, and centre of our planetary system – and has not yet been completely researched, not by far. No wonder, therefore, that mankind has always had a special relationship with this star. The “Shine on Me. The Sun and Us” exhibition is dedicated to the sun and the many facets of its scientific and cultural significance. Divided into seven areas, its role is examined as a deity, timer, symbol, emitter of light, health factor, energy source, and star. From ancient rituals to modern technology, this covers a broad spectrum of human history. The topic is made more accessible to both children and adults with an accompanying programme of lectures, discussions, readings, and guided tours.

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68. Pop und Protest

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
18.10.2018 – 17.03.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The 1968 movement was a time in which people all around the world rebelled and began to fight back vociferously against existing structures using various cultural means, from music to fashion to cinema critical of society and a new interest in (public) discussions. They fought for freedom, peace, equal rights, and acceptance – values that are being discussed again today. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has brought together 200 objects from its own collection and loans, including artworks, photographs, fashion, posters, and products to illustrate the mood of this period. The Spiegel canteen, finalised by Verner Panton for Spiegel publishing house in 1969 and transferred to the MKG in 2012, forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

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Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
19.10.2018 – 10.02.2019
madparis.fr 

Primarily, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) left his mark on modern architecture in Italy, but he was also involved in international projects. His work with colours, surfaces, and fine structures ranged from the design of buildings to interior design and product and furniture design, earning him the moniker of “archi-designer” in the exhibition’s title. By co-founding the magazine Domus and teaching at the Politecnico di Milano, he ensured that his ideas reached a wide audience. This exhibition chronologically follows the six decades of his work, and is also organised according to discipline. Amongst the exhibits on show are drawings, models, photographs, and films. “Tutto Ponti” is also intended to raise awareness in France for the importance of Gio Ponti’s standing in architectural and design history.

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Hautnah. Die Filmkostüme von Barbara Baum

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
23.10.2018 – 10.03.2019
deutsches-filminstitut.de 

[Up Close. Film Costumes by Barbara Baum] Barbara Baum is one of Germany’s most renowned costume designers and can look back on almost 50 years of collaboration with international directors and producers. Baum’s repertoire includes particularly elaborate, historical costumes for films such as “Catherine the Great” (1995) and “Buddenbrooks” (2008). Among other things, the exhibition documents the process of creation “from the first reading of the script to historical research and on to the initial sketches and the exciting moment of the first fitting with the actors”. In her work, the designer is guided above all by the choice of cloth. The exhibition uses the tactile qualities of this material, supplemented by audio material, and information in Braille, to offer also an experience to blind and visually impaired people.

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Sagmeister and Walsh. Beauty

MAK, Vienna / AT
24.10.2018 – 31.03.2019
mak.at 

With a large-scale, interactive exhibition, Stefan Sagmeister – this time together with Jessica Walsh – is now dedicating himself after happiness to another grand theme of human culture: beauty. To prove that beauty is more than pure superficiality, various installations and objects invite visitors to examine the different facets of this concept: from digital experiments on symmetry to experiencing sound, colour, and scent through the senses to the question of what makes one person attractive to another. The topic areas, “What Is Beauty?”, “The History of Beauty”, “In the Eye of the Beholder”, “Experience Beauty”, and “Transforming Beauty” will be rounded off by “The Beauty Archive” curated by Sagmeister and Walsh, presenting a selection of “particularly beautiful” exhibits from the museum’s collection.

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All I Know Is What’s on the Internet

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
26.10.2018 – 24.02.2019
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

The medium of photography and the photographer’s profession have experienced radical changes as a result of technological progress, global networks, and social platforms. Where previously a manageable number of images was produced, users are now confronted with a visual flood. Bots, algorithms, intelligent machines, and above all a huge number of employees in large companies are involved in producing and distributing these images. This exhibition takes a look behind the shiny surface of our screens and explores the work of these very actors. Using artistic confrontations with the subject matter, the exhibition provokes, questions, and explores how image culture works today and examines where the borderline runs between input by humans and machines.

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November

Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
– 04.11.2018
textielmuseum.nl 

Damask is a textile that allows the creation of figurative patterns using warp and weft yarn. In the past, particularly high quality and shiny materials were used due to the laborious manufacturing process; since the 20th century, cotton has been used primarily for making bed and table linens. Against this background, the exhibition, “Stories. Dutch Design Damask” running at the Textielmuseum from 11 November 2017 to 4 November 2018, displays different work in which telling stories is an important part of design – in terms of insects creeping across the table, clouds hovering threateningly over the plates or serviettes that count calories.

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Design Generations

Art and Design Atomium Museum, Brussels / BE
– 04.11.2018
adamuseum.be 

With the “Design Generations” exhibition, the ADAM in Brussels wants to present the fundamental essence of design. For the exhibition, the exhibited designers were allowed to select an object from the museum’s permanent collection and then put it in context with their own projects. In addition to the past and present design, the future will also be included: the ten designers’ visions of what design could be in the future and where they place themselves and their work in the discourse of future design are projected onto screens in the form of sketches. For the organisers, it is important that design is seen as an important element of society, in which the past, present, and future are mutually dependent and permanently interact with each other.

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Michael Riedel. Graphic Art as Event

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 04.11.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Michael Riedel produced over a thousand sheets in the year between 1994 and 1995 at the Städelschule. These can now be seen in full for the first time in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. The role of artists in an information society needs to be clarified. How does artificial intelligence change the way we produce art? In addition to Riedel’s early work, the exhibition includes current works that deal with similar questions. Again and again, he adopts very different text forms to create graphic motifs from them. In so doing, he processes HTML codes, reports from the internet about his work, and communication networks from his own daily life.

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

The “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition deals less with Frida Kahlo’s art and more with what made her an icon. Visitors obtain an insight into her daily life, the challenges and the physical impairments she had to battle with. The exhibition does not only consider Kahlo’s physical and mental pain as such, but also explores how she transformed it into even more creativity and productivity. Her art is kept in the background of the exhibition, but her clothes, accessories, make-up, and excerpts from her journals are on display.

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The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

A self-driving car, a printer that also works in space, mind-expanding prostheses, and robots: The exhibition “The Future Starts Here” throws the spotlight on the influence design and technology have on the form and development of the future. It focuses on four core topics: the home, the public arena, the Earth and so-called life in the hereafter. The idea is to not only imagine the immediate future but to critically examine it on the basis of ethical and speculative questions that accompany the visitor through the exhibition.

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Eco-Visionaries

Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel / CH
– 11.11.2018
hek.ch 

The “Eco-Visionaries” exhibition looks at the Anthropocene and the associated challenges from the perspectives of art, new media, and ecology. Art in particular is able to visualise more complex facts making them comprehensible and to evoke viewers’ emotions, prompting them to be proactive and make lasting changes in their own behaviour. The artists demonstrate the influence that humans have on the environment in the Anthropocene age in a creative and individual way, as well as design solutions to challenges such as climate change, resource and food scarcity.

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Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen / DE
– 11.11.2018
kunsthalle-bremen.de 

The exhibition “Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik” [Programmed Art. Early Computer Graphics] displays important works from the field of early computer graphics and sheds light on the connection between art and technology. This year, 2018, marks the fiftieth anniversary of two pivotal exhibitions contributing to computer art being internationally recognised. To mark this occasion and the 80th birthday of Frieder Nake, the pioneer of computer art, the Kunsthalle Bremen is showing numerous works from the Bremen collection dating from 1955 to 1979.

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Adjacencies

Yale School of Architecture, New Haven / US
– 15.11.2018
architecture.yale.edu 

In the collaborative exhibition entitled “Adjacencies”, 14 architecture practices are using innovative works to display components of the contemporary architectural zeitgeist. The exhibition will not only refer to current influences and trends in the field of architecture, but also to their past and their development over recent years. The exhibition tries to find answers to questions such as how shapes are used to communicate in architecture, how to generate and use innovative ways of composition, and how to acquire new audiences. Participating architectural firms, which also often take an interdisciplinary approach, include Medium Office, Bair Balliet, and Besler and Sons. “Adjacencies” is an exhibition staged by the Yale Architecture Gallery, which since 1979 has presented a regular programme of exhibitions now numbering four each year.

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Virtual Insanity

Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz / DE
– 18.11.2018
kunsthalle-mainz.de 

Modern technology has now progressed so far in its development that the line between digitality and the real world is blurring more and more. The title of this exhibition is based on the eponymous song by Jamiroquai, in which the band was concerned about people’s alienation from their “natural” life as far back as 1996. This theme is now taken up in the Kunsthalle Mainz based on work by six international artists, who deal with various aspects and send visitors on their way with a series of questions like: Can we live without real love and closeness? Are we in danger of not being able to emerge from virtual worlds? Have avatars, simulations, and digital spaces not long become part of our reality? And what issues are involved in privacy when we all surf the Internet as digital voyeurs?

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Machines à Penser

Fondazione Prada, Venedig / IT
– 25.11.2018
fondazioneprade.org 

The exhibition “Machines à Penser” takes as its theme the work of three philosophers, who produced their deepest thoughts whilst in exile or fleeing their homeland. It looks at the relationship between exile, flight, and sanctuary as well as physical and mental places for reflecting, thinking, and intellectual productions. The exhibition focuses on three philosophers Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969), Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) who were driven into exile or needed to flee on account of political circumstances. Their works are arranged on two storeys in the context of contemporary art and architecture, which also use inspiration from the situation of departure or represent spatial notions of it.

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Common Good

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 02.12.2018
maas.museum/powerhouse-museum 

In the context of the Sydney Design Festival 2018, which is taking place this year under the motto of “Call to Action”, the Powerhouse Museum draws our attention to product design that does not intend to achieve high sales, but first and foremost aims to have a positive effect on people and the planet. Various designers and studios, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region, are offered a platform on which to present critical, innovative or thought-provoking works. The intention is to draw attention to the fact that design has the opportunity – and perhaps even the duty – to exert crucial influence on the development of our world (of commodities) and to visualise social, economic or ecological problems and combat them.

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Ryoji Ikeda

Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 02.12.2018
eyefilm.nl 

Ryoji Ikeda, the visual artist, is known for his audiovisual performances, especially in the field of electronic music. Some of his impressive and immersive image and sound projects are currently on show at the Eye Filmmuseum. He plays with the limits of audible and visual perception and focuses on the use of electronic data and information in music and art. Included in the exhibition are works such as “The Radar” and “Data Tron”, and the project developed especially for the Eye Filmmuseum “Point of no Return”.

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The Politics of Design: Act 1

Z33 – House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt / BE
– 02.12.2018
z33.be 

Nowadays, designers are less and less isolated and on their own in their work. Collaborations are often the basis of projects with citizens, governments or companies as partners. The exhibition looks at this development using various examples to discover how such involvement can create sustainability, enhance our living space, involve as many people as possible, and drive democratic processes forward. The selection of projects presented by 20 international designers and artists includes research results, interventions, and debates as well as interactive works. The topics included range from working with or being replaced by robots to new forms of bureaucracy and alternatives in mobility.

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Up Is Down

Block Museum of Art, Evanston / US
– 09.12.2018
blockmuseum.northwestern.edu 

In the middle of the 20th century, Chicago was considered to be the equivalent of Hollywood for films specialising in the fields of education, advertising, and employee training. One of its leading companies was the Goldsholl Studio, which today has fallen into oblivion. Its founders and namesakes, Morton and Millie Goldsholl, were graduates of the IIT Institute of Design (originally New Bauhaus) founded by László Moholy-Nagy. His design principles, the handling of light and materials could later be found in their work. The Goldsholl Studio became famous primarily for its experimental commercials, animations, and logo designs for large corporations and brands such as Motorola, Kimberly-Clark, and 7 Up. The aim of the exhibition “Up Is Down: Mid-century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio” is to raise awareness of the studio’s importance. Its title refers to the animated film “Up Is Down” (1969) by Millie Goldsholl, in which the young protagonist experiences the world in his own, positive way and subsequently has to struggle with a lack of understanding.

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Albert Kapr 100

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig / DE
– 30.12.2018
dnb.de 

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig presents objects from the estate of the influential typographer Albert Kapr, who died in 1995. Kapr is considered one of the most important typographers of the 20th century and was also a lecturer, rector, historian, and author. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) Kapr had a significant influence on the history of typography in Leipzig: he contributed to improving the script taught in schools, was involved in offering national and international book art competitions, and assisted in the preparation of new work on typescripts following the Second World War. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with students of the HGB, who studied Kapr’s text “The Art of Buying Books” and will present their personal selection of books.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.01.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum 

Pink is one of the most disputed colours ever, ranging in hues from magenta to pale pink. Depending on the era and cultural context, pink has connotations of being masculine, feminine or gender-neutral. It can evoke erotism or innocence, emancipation or clichés of traditional roles, and fulfil patriotic purposes in some countries as their national colour. Taking around 80 items, this exhibition provides a journey through the history of this multifaceted colour and intends to open up new perspectives and sweep away entrenched associations. Amongst the fashion creations are works by designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, or Rei Kawakubo. On 19 October 2018, an accompanying symposium will take place which will be live-streamed.

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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 06.01.2019
marta-herford.de 

Mankind’s existence was and continues to be closely linked with that of animals. They are an important part of our culture, whether as a source of raw materials, farm or working animals or as a fully integrated member of the family. The fact that our understanding could change towards a more respectful, non-violent interaction with them is demonstrated by trends such as the increasing spread of a vegan lifestyle or the search for alternatives to animal-based materials. Animals also play a part in design. There is a wide range of products for animals and attempts to replace them with artificial or robotic likenesses or to raise ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals through speculative and experimental design. The exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design” presents 40 instances of international designers and artists confronting this theme.

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Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona

Opelvillen Rüsselsheim / DE
– 06.01.2019
opelvillen.de 

[The Scent of Images. Works from the colección olorVISUAL] The art collection belonging to the Catalonian parfumier Ernesto Ventós Omedes focuses on the relationship between the senses of sight and smell. For the past 40 years, he has been collecting international paintings, photographs, objects, and video art with which he wants to trigger the sense of a scent – using only memories evoked through sight. At the same time, he creates scents as artworks that create an additional level of perception and are intended to open up a new way of communicating art. The Opelvillen present 55 works from Ventós Omedes’s collection, Olor Visual, in which one of the aims is “to entice some not-yet friends of art and inspire them to appreciate contemporary art”.

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Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and Counterculture 1967–1970

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 06.01.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Off the beaten tracks the Stedelijk Museum takes a look at the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s using the Dutch capital as an example, as back then it was already a symbol of free thought and action. Using works from its own collection, the exhibition traces the artistic potential of this period, which gave expression to new beginnings, resistance, internationality, and provocation, using not only conventional media but also new platforms such as the street, television, and magazines. The presence of works by female artists testifies to how the role of women changed – in art, too – in a field that had up until then been dominated by men.

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Symbols As Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction’s Insignia

German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library, Leipzig / DE
– 06.01.2019
dnb.de 

The exhibition “Symbols As Weapons” uses the emblem of the Red Army Faction as an example to examine and illustrate the deliberate use of texts, images, symbols, and other media for political provocation and the exercise of power. The exhibition material consists of quotations, words, and images, such as recollections, police files or objects intended to illustrate how “graphic images can become acts of violence”.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
– 06.01.2019
deyoung.famsf.org 

With the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibition, the De Young Museum in San Francisco is the first museum to deal with the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashion and its associated dress code. The exhibition presents locations, fabrics, and styles from around the world and displays various perspectives and religions with the intention of showing how Muslim women define themselves, but also how they can be influenced by fashion. In addition to clothing items from luxury, streetwear, and sport, extracts from social media, personal stories and visions, video and photographic material will be on show in the exhibition.

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Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

DE
– 13.01.2019
 

“Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color”, an exhibition currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, explores the phenomenon of colour and how it has influenced the work of artists, designers, and scientists since the beginning of time. The exhibits include over 190 objects (dating from Antiquity to the present day) drawn from the Cooper Hewitt collection and the Smithsonian Libraries. 

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Hybrid Tbilisi

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 13.01.2019
dam-online.de 

Tbilisi is not only the capital of Georgia, this year’s guest country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, but is also celebrated as a new hotspot for nightlife, culture, and tourism – the next Berlin, right in the heart of the Caucasus. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum is now dedicating an exhibition to the city which primarily focuses on the contrasts to be found there. These are expressed, amongst other things, in its architecture. In Tbilisi, the remains of Soviet brutalism, perhaps the best-known being the Ministry of Transportation, meet new, ambitious construction projects where East and West exert their influence. Running alongside the exhibition will be a Georgian film evening and an architectural evening in the museum, with participants from offices from both Tbilisi and Berlin.

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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 13.01.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) is famous primarily for his opulent castle buildings such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, for which he earned the nickname “the fairy tale king”. Beyond these tourist attractions, his reign also spawned a series of lesser known but none the less important buildings such as the Nuremberg synagogue, the factory buildings in Augsburg’s textile quarter, and the glass halls for furnishing the international electricity exhibition in 1882 in Munich, as well as buildings for education, health, culture, and administration. The occasion for staging the “Palaces and Factories – The Architecture Under King Ludwig II” exhibition is a long overdue extensive analysis of the architecture of Ludwig II, and his role as the founding father of the TU Munich under the name of the New Polytechnic School 150 years ago.

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Bouncing in the Corner

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg / DE
– 13.01.2019
hamburger-kunsthalle.de 

The title of this latest exhibition “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” (originally the title of a group of works by Allen Ruppersberg, an artist from the US) is an invitation to rediscover the contemporary art collection held by the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The three-year presentation is dedicated to different areas of human experience and encounters. After examining the relationship between man and things, as well as between man and man, this year’s title of “Bouncing in the Corner. Die Vermessung des Raums” revolves around the relationship between man and the space surrounding him. As in a theatre play, some works of art appear only in certain scenes, other works stay on stage, but offer different interpretations through new presentation.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 13.01.2019
ludwigforum.de 

The pattern and decoration movement developed in the USA in the 1970s as one of the last art movements of the 20th century. It combines patchwork and decorative patterns with a political-emancipatory approach. The exhibition uses the collection of the Ludwig Forum Aachen, which is unique in Europe, to present an alternative to existing, male-dominated understandings of art. Against this background, the exhibition showcases mosaics, textile collages, paintings and graphics as well as room installations and video performances.

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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 20.01.2019
mudac.ch 

The idea of plasticine evokes inescapable memories of childhood for most people. But apart from using it for play and modelling, this colourful material plays another important role: designers and artists continue to use it as a raw material for animation films, models, plastics, and illustrative representations in spite of having new digital alternatives. “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine from the 1950s to the present day. Amongst the exhibits are clips showing well-known representatives of this art form, including “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental filmic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from the context of product design. With this combination, there is something to intrigue everyone from professional designers to schoolchildren.

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Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.01.2019
design-museum.de 

“Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface” is the first international solo exhibition by the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She is particularly interested in industrial production and design work processes which is why not only finished products, but also prototypes, photographs, and material samples are on display. She herself describes her work as “Documentary Design” – a creative process in which every work step is documented, and in which not only the finished product but the whole production process plays a part. On display are projects such as “One Sheep Sweater” from 2010, in which she made a jumper from the wool of a single sheep, and “Flax Chair” from 2015, a piece of furniture made from the sustainable material of flax, for which she has already received two design awards.

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Triennale Design Museum Stories. Italian Design

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 20.01.2019
triennale.org 

The Triennale Design Museum’s 2018 annual exhibition looks at the rich history of Italian design from a variety of perspectives: geography, politics, economics, technology, and communications. The exhibition covers topics such as the influence of politics and design on each other or the portrayal and dissemination of design by the media. The total of 180 exhibited works are arranged chronologically and divided into five sections, from 1902 to 1998.

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Human non Human

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 27.01.2019
maas.museum 

After two years of preparation, the question of what defines and constitutes humans has now resulted in an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Various disciplines are taken into account, including architecture, design, and film as well as biotechnology, robotics, and chemistry. Each of the four artists dedicate himself to an elementary part of human life – food, work, sex, and belief – and implements his perspective and vision for the future in the form of installations. For example, Lindsay Kelley looks at the relationship between food and technology and the fear of impending food shortages using cakes made of ballistic gel and perforated by gun shots – a material that mimics the nature of the human body during military exercises, while Maria Fernanda Cardoso considers the beauty, seduction, and manipulative power of plants.

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Fashioned from Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 27.01.2019
vam.ac.uk 

Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been the source of inspiration and production for clothing and fashion. Prints, cuts and materials are inspired by nature, which are particularly striking in an historical context. For example, the lavishly decorated, floral dresses of the 19th century are presented in the exhibition, shown as they develop through the ages. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to think about the fabrics of fashion and the origins of their clothing. Through industrialisation – mass production and increasing levels of consumerism – a new sustainable awareness developed amongst fashion designers and customers and forms the primary focus of “Fashioned from Nature”. Within the concept of sustainability, the exhibition looks at different types of ecologically aware usage of resources and manufacturing methods, consumption and inequalities in general. As a result, in the fashion industry, there is a lot of potential for innovation that is presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in an informative manner.

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Ralf Ziervogel – As If

Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburg / DE
– 27.01.2019
deichtorhallen.de 

Born in 1975, the artist Ralf Ziervogel quickly acquired international fame after his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work mainly revolves around human bodies, which intertwine to produce monochrome, filigree, and dynamic drawings. The artist depicts the bodies in a drastic way, deformed, tortured or ecstatically distorted. In another series, which he began in 2014, he combines blurred body prints in black gouache with a layer of handwritten text. The exhibition in the Falckenberg Collection is the largest solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist to date and, in addition to his graphic works, presents installations, sculptures, and videos. Apart from the first Sunday of each month, visitors are required to register in advance.

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A Modern Life. Tablewares 1930s–1980s

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 27.01.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “A Modern Life” focuses on ceramic tableware illustrative of 20th-century modern lifestyles in shape and colour as well as in terms of how they were marketed. Growing economic power and greater prosperity led to an increasing desire for aesthetic and affordable objects that were both visually appealing and practical. The role of designers also changed: they began to work closely with manufacturers, created diverse products of various material and gave the buyer a say in the working process.

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Social Design

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 03.02.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The world is facing a multitude of challenges that affect us humans, the environment, and our interaction. Various selected projects by international designers and initiatives show the contribution that design can make, for example in the context of housing and urban development, in supporting business start-ups, integrating refugees, promoting culture and education, and maintaining biological diversity. The exhibition “Social Design” aims not only to give an overview of existing approaches, but also wishes to encourage a deeper examination of the topic with workshops, excursions, and talks and to act as an incentive for people to become involved themselves. The results of visitor interactions will be published on the museum’s website during the course of the show with the aim of constantly expanding the exhibition.

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In Spotlight: Bags

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 03.02.2019
ledermuseum.de 

“Functional, decorative, fashionable” are the buzzwords for the bags selected to give insights into the historical archive as part of the studio format of the Deutsches Ledermuseum’s “Im Fokus” exhibition. The museum is proud of its extensive collection of over 30,000 artefacts drawn from many epochs and regions of leather culture on show in Offenbach/Main in a particularly international light. An historical summary of bag culture with exhibits from several eras is on offer in the “Im Fokus: Taschen. Funktional, schmückend, modisch” [In Spotlight: Bags. Functional, Decorative, Fashionable] exhibition. At the beginning of its existence, the bag was used in a purely functional way – as a container – to transport raw materials and foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, leather pouches and belt bags were developed which were worn mainly by men. Further developments and modifications of the functions and subcategories of bags were strongly marked by fashionable influences, from which today’s models such as briefcases, sports bags, shoulder bags and clutches evolved.

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Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 16.02.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design. The exhibition includes four collections from Broached Commission with an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences. The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design.

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Anthropocene

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa / CA
– 24.02.2019
gallery.ca 

The Gotthard Base Tunnel, the open-cast mine in North Rhine-Westphalia or the Dandora landfill in Nairobi are just a few visible examples of the pervasive impact of human activity on nature. As part of the large-scale undertaking The Anthropocene Project, this exhibition uses photography, murals and film installations to impressively demonstrate human impact on our planet.

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 24.02.2019
vam.ac.uk 

With at least 2.2 billion active gamers around the world, it is hardly a surprise that the Victoria and Albert Museum is making an effort to devote more attention to the gaming culture. Another step in this direction is taken with the exhibition entitled “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” which is primarily concerned with the developments that have taken place over the past decade. The design and technical implementation of games, their role as mediators of socially relevant topics, the creative potential of the gaming community, and the importance of smaller, independent studios are examined in various sections. In addition, a residency programme attached to the exhibition will give a British artist, designer or maker in the area of video games the chance to collaborate with the curators.

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Kinderbiennale – Träume und Geschichten

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Japanisches Palais, Dresden / DE
– 24.02.2019
skd.museum 

[Children’s Biennale – Dreams and Stories] “Works of art have the inner power to give shape to dreams, to tell stories, and to reflect the world around us in all its facets.” Based on this premise, the Kinderbiennale abandons the usual forms of conveying and reception in a museum context and creates an environment that is intended to make art tangible instead. The Japanisches Palais in Dresden is thus transformed into a place that stimulates interaction, appeals to all senses, and invites visitors to explore both real and fictitious worlds through works of art. In addition, for this occasion, the so-called mobile museum will be presented to the public for the first time. It will travel through Saxony with the aim of bringing art and culture closer to children and families.

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

The period from ‚œ1960ƒ to the present day covers a broad spectrum with regard to textiles. On the basis of their work, two generations of designers and artists spanning half a century encounter one another in the exhibition entitled “Colour and Abstraction. Generations in Dialogue” in the Textielmuseum. The older generation who researches aspects such as colour and abstraction using textiles meets a younger generation who approaches these themes from more of a thematic point of view. The creative process is illustrated using film material, drawings, and patterns. Exhibits include work by Peter Struycken, Lam de Wolf, Bertjan Pot, Formafantasma, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

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Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 10.03.2019
design-museum.de 

Designed simultaneously as “a retrospective and a themed exhibition”, the Vitra Design Museum sheds light on the life and work, influence and visions of the industrial designer and author Victor Papanek, as well as on the relationship between design and complex, global problems in general. Above all, Papanek laid a foundation for critical, social, and ecological thinking and action in the field of design, particularly through publications such as “Design for the Real World” (1971) and “Design for Human Scale” (1983). A media installation based on his theses immerses the visitor in his thought processes. Also on display are objects from his estate that have never been shown before, such as notebooks, letters, furniture, and slides. 20 projects by contemporary designers who reflect and develop Papanek’s approaches build a bridge to the present day.

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Josef Frank

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 17.03.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In a retrospective, the Designmuseo in Helsinki looks at the work of designer and architect Josef Frank (1885–1967). After studying and obtaining his doctorate in Vienna, teaching at the city’s School of Arts and Crafts and co-founding the Vienna Werkbund, he fled to Sweden to escape the Nazis. There, he became famous for his furniture and textile designs, amongst others for Svenskt Tenn. In addition, his aim was to have a positive influence on people’s lives through design, architecture, and urban planning. The show examines his principles and visions using numerous exhibits, which come from collections in Sweden and Austria.

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Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 17.03.2019
gewerbemuseum.ch 

“Waste may be a promising resource or an unavoidable residue. Waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves a footprint,” says the introduction to the “Times of Waste – The Residue” exhibition. In order to trace the path taken by waste, the exhibition follows a smartphone, tracking its route as it is transported and recycled. This everyday object takes the visitor to very different places, including landfill sites, research laboratories, and repair workshops, and meets the people there. The questions and problems that are brought up in this way demand new solutions and a deeper engagement with the topic. The exhibition has been devised in conjunction with a research project carried out at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basle.

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Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
– 24.03.2019
museenkoeln.de 

For the first time, the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art” is showing almost all of the album covers designed by Andy Warhol, together with the myriad sketches and designs that he did for them. The exhibits also include a range of films and audio clips that contribute to a comprehensive showcasing of the interplay between art and music. Warhol (1928–1987) worked with the medium of records from 1949 onwards, first as a commercial artist mainly designing the covers of jazz LPs, before moving on to design overall concepts for album covers in a range of genres in the 1960s, including “Sticky Fingers” (1971) by The Rolling Stones and the eponymous debut album by The Velvet Underground (1967).

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West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995

LACMA, Los Angeles / US
– 21.04.2019
lacma.org 

For many generations, California has been a place of aspiration and a symbol of freedom, liberality, and individual development. This was also true of graphic design in the second half of the 20th century. During this period, many designers increasingly emancipated themselves from the generally valid and rigid rules of modernism, which were upheld primarily by the established scene in New York. Spurred on further by the new opportunities offered by rapidly advancing technological progress, the West Coast forged its own path, both in practice and theory. As part of its Graphic Design Initiative, which aims to gradually build up a comprehensive graphic design collection, the LACMA sheds light on the period between 1975 and 1995 by means of posters and publications.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden / DE
– 18.09.2019
dhmd.de 

The sun enables and influences life on earth like nothing else. It is the energy source, rhythm generator, and centre of our planetary system – and has not yet been completely researched, not by far. No wonder, therefore, that mankind has always had a special relationship with this star. The “Shine on Me. The Sun and Us” exhibition is dedicated to the sun and the many facets of its scientific and cultural significance. Divided into seven areas, its role is examined as a deity, timer, symbol, emitter of light, health factor, energy source, and star. From ancient rituals to modern technology, this covers a broad spectrum of human history. The topic is made more accessible to both children and adults with an accompanying programme of lectures, discussions, readings, and guided tours.

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68. Pop und Protest

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
18.10.2018 – 17.03.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The 1968 movement was a time in which people all around the world rebelled and began to fight back vociferously against existing structures using various cultural means, from music to fashion to cinema critical of society and a new interest in (public) discussions. They fought for freedom, peace, equal rights, and acceptance – values that are being discussed again today. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has brought together 200 objects from its own collection and loans, including artworks, photographs, fashion, posters, and products to illustrate the mood of this period. The Spiegel canteen, finalised by Verner Panton for Spiegel publishing house in 1969 and transferred to the MKG in 2012, forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

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Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
19.10.2018 – 10.02.2019
madparis.fr 

Primarily, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) left his mark on modern architecture in Italy, but he was also involved in international projects. His work with colours, surfaces, and fine structures ranged from the design of buildings to interior design and product and furniture design, earning him the moniker of “archi-designer” in the exhibition’s title. By co-founding the magazine Domus and teaching at the Politecnico di Milano, he ensured that his ideas reached a wide audience. This exhibition chronologically follows the six decades of his work, and is also organised according to discipline. Amongst the exhibits on show are drawings, models, photographs, and films. “Tutto Ponti” is also intended to raise awareness in France for the importance of Gio Ponti’s standing in architectural and design history.

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Hautnah. Die Filmkostüme von Barbara Baum

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
23.10.2018 – 10.03.2019
deutsches-filminstitut.de 

[Up Close. Film Costumes by Barbara Baum] Barbara Baum is one of Germany’s most renowned costume designers and can look back on almost 50 years of collaboration with international directors and producers. Baum’s repertoire includes particularly elaborate, historical costumes for films such as “Catherine the Great” (1995) and “Buddenbrooks” (2008). Among other things, the exhibition documents the process of creation “from the first reading of the script to historical research and on to the initial sketches and the exciting moment of the first fitting with the actors”. In her work, the designer is guided above all by the choice of cloth. The exhibition uses the tactile qualities of this material, supplemented by audio material, and information in Braille, to offer also an experience to blind and visually impaired people.

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Sagmeister and Walsh. Beauty

MAK, Vienna / AT
24.10.2018 – 31.03.2019
mak.at 

With a large-scale, interactive exhibition, Stefan Sagmeister – this time together with Jessica Walsh – is now dedicating himself after happiness to another grand theme of human culture: beauty. To prove that beauty is more than pure superficiality, various installations and objects invite visitors to examine the different facets of this concept: from digital experiments on symmetry to experiencing sound, colour, and scent through the senses to the question of what makes one person attractive to another. The topic areas, “What Is Beauty?”, “The History of Beauty”, “In the Eye of the Beholder”, “Experience Beauty”, and “Transforming Beauty” will be rounded off by “The Beauty Archive” curated by Sagmeister and Walsh, presenting a selection of “particularly beautiful” exhibits from the museum’s collection.

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All I Know Is What’s on the Internet

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
26.10.2018 – 24.02.2019
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

The medium of photography and the photographer’s profession have experienced radical changes as a result of technological progress, global networks, and social platforms. Where previously a manageable number of images was produced, users are now confronted with a visual flood. Bots, algorithms, intelligent machines, and above all a huge number of employees in large companies are involved in producing and distributing these images. This exhibition takes a look behind the shiny surface of our screens and explores the work of these very actors. Using artistic confrontations with the subject matter, the exhibition provokes, questions, and explores how image culture works today and examines where the borderline runs between input by humans and machines.

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Home Futures

The Design Museum, London / GB
07.11.2018 – 24.03.2019
designmuseum.org 

The question of how we will live in the future has occupied designers down the ages. But what happens to these visions when the future has been reached from that earlier point of view? The “Home Futures” exhibition displays futuristic designs from the 20th century created by designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Superstudio, and Enzo Mari and juxtaposes them with current developments. Scenarios and questions – relevant back then and now – are divided into subject areas and approaches to solutions are presented, such as living in limited space, modern nomadism, minimalism, and smart homes. The exhibition was created in co-operation with the IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden and will also be on show there after it closes in London.

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Downtown Denise Scott Brown

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
22.11.2018 – 18.03.2019
azw.at 

The Architekturzentrum Wien is dedicating the first comprehensive retrospective to Denise Scott Brown, an urban planner, architect, teacher, and author born in 1931 whose work has only just been rediscovered. Scott Brown has had a great influence on architecture from the 1960s, both practically and theoretically, but great appreciation for their joint work was attributed mainly to her partner and husband, Robert Venturi. With photographic documentation as well as architectural and urban planning projects on all five continents, the designer advocated an undogmatic formal language and targeted interventions in existing structures. The exhibition includes objects, photographs, plans, collages, quotations, and videos and is itself designed as a kind of urban setting.

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Cultural Threads

Textiel Museum, Tilburg / NL
24.11.2018 – 12.05.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

In the exhibition “Cultural Threads”, textiles serve as mediators and witnesses of sociopolitical connections in a world whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. Stories are discovered and told, relationships are revealed, identities are shaped, and perspectives for the future are opened up. In addition to works by international textile artists such as Hana Miletić, Otobong Nkanga, Aiko Tezuka, and Mary Sibande, new works have been created especially for the exhibition in the Textiel Lab. Eylem Aladogan, for example, uses textiles from the Ottoman Empire to examine her Turkish origins and the political situation there under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while Vincent Vulsma, using sculptures, tackles the historical role of fabrics and indigo in the slave trade.

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