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Ed Ruscha – Very

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 19.08.2018
louisiana.dk 

Over the last 50 years, the artist Ed Ruscha (born 1937) has become one of the foremost figures in contemporary US art for his examinations of American society. Ruscha became known for his cool and elegant depictions of stylised gas stations, Hollywood logos, and archetypal landscapes. His work translates the imagery of pop culture into what the exhibition’s creators describe as “a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound”. The exhibition is based on works from the UBS Art Collection, featuring the pieces themselves together with studies for his most iconic paintings and artist books dating from the 1960s onwards, revealing the artist’s technically and graphically innovative approach.

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Valdis Āboliņš. And how Fluxus came to Aachen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 19.08.2018
ludwigforum.de 

In the 1960s, Valdis Āboliņš, a Latvian, was the driving force behind the Fluxus movement in Aachen, and the namesake of the exhibition “Valdis Āboliņš. And how Fluxus came to Aachen” staged in cooperation with the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga, held in the Ludwig Forum Aachen. His influence on the town and his connection to this art movement are shown using photographs, films, and original documents about his life and works. In addition, correspondence between him and well-known Fluxus artists is presented to the public for the first time.

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Pendoran Vinci

NRW-Forum , Düsseldorf / DE
– 19.08.2018
nrw-forum.de 

The “Pendoran Vinci” exhibition offers a multi-media insight into the latest development in the relationship between art and artificial intelligence, and presents international artists using traditional and digital media with the question: To what extent does artificial intelligence influence our daily lives? The exhibited artists illuminate human responses to AI, the interaction between man and machine and the social structures, whether and how AI is integrated into daily life. The exhibition focuses on the current status of technology and its future. To date, applications have been developed in the area of AI to facilitate life. It assists and supports everyday processes, generates and structures data and is (not yet) to be understood as an autonomous individual working in parallel with humankind. But will artificial intelligence also be able to fulfil creative tasks in the future? A specially programmed application endeavours to answer this question during the exhibition.

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Pa-dong! The furniture of Susi and Ueli Berger

Museum für Gestaltung, Toni-Areal, Zurich / CH
– 19.08.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In 1962, as inspiration for their furniture designs, the designers Susi and Ueli Berger asked the question “How do young people in blue jeans who aren’t interested in saving for marriage live?” Susi and Ueli Berger, a Swiss duo active between 1962 and 2006, created striking designs categorised as pop or radical design. Their work created a counterpoint to the Swiss “Gute Form” as well as a new vivid yet playful language between object art and everyday culture. The Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich presents the exhibition on the occasion of the publication of a comprehensive catalogue of work by the graphic designer and the artist. The exhibition showcases the iconic Soft Chair (1967), the Wolkenlampe (1970) and Fächermann (1977), as well as original drawings, prototypes, and photos from the museum’s archive. Their furniture designs acquired varying degrees of resonance.

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African Mobilities: This Is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition

Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 19.08.2018
pinakothek.de 

For quite some time now, on account of political conflicts as well as economic and social changes, the African continent has been in a state of turmoil which leads to redrawing national boundaries (by force) and managing them differently. “African Mobilities” looks at migration as a consequence of this development, apart from the international debate on the refugee crisis. The cities’ main objective is to find architectural solutions that are adapted to demographic changes, new infrastructures, and the dissemination of modern technology. Architects, urban planners, film-makers, artists, social scientists, and authors have researched the topic together in advance of the exhibition, developed scenarios, and visualised these in different ways. After its run in Munich, the exhibition will be on display in various locations in Africa.

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Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow

Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 19.08.2018
voelkerkundemuseum.com 

The exhibition “Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow”, which is currently on at the Museum für Völkerkunde in Hamburg, showcases a plethora of design stories from Africa and Europe, thus granting insights into the African creative scene. Both the processes and the end results are on view, which often constitute creative solutions drawn from difficult circumstances. The various projects also benefit from cultural exchange and make use of everyday and traditional design practices alike. Today, globality enables designers to integrate knowledge from all over the world seamlessly into their own work. The exhibition also seeks to provide a critical reflection on the prevalent Eurocentric view of African design, and to put paid to current clichés. A catalogue of the same name has been published by Transcript to coincide with the exhibition.

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Print! Tearing It Up

Somerset House, London / GB
– 22.08.2018
somersethouse.org.uk 

The exhibition “Print! Tearing It Up”, which is taking place at Somerset House in London, is devoted to innovative independent British magazines that have aspired to make a difference in the world. The publications on display include the Vorticist journal Blast from 1914, the pacifist Peace News from the 1930s, the feminist magazine Spare Rib, which was founded in the 1970s, and the pop-cult phenomenon The Face from the 1980s and 90s. Strikingly, many of the themes that they cover, such as diversity, gender roles, sexuality, and media manipulation, are abidingly important today, while print products have defied all expectations with their continued widespread popularity.

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Mixed Realities. Virtuelle und reale Welten in der Kunst

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart / DE
– 26.08.2018
kunstmuseum-stuttgart.de 

Virtual and augmented reality have long been standard fare in industry, research, and teaching. The possibilities that such technologies and the extension of physical space afford in art are now being explored by the exhibition “Mixed Realities. Virtual and Real Worlds in Art”. Against this backdrop, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is presenting a range of artistic perspectives that draw upon both analogue and digital methods. The six artists featured in the exhibition are Tim Berresheim, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Mélodie Mousset, Regina Silveira, and The Swan Collective, all of whom endeavour to demonstrate how their different forms of expression are related to or can be extended into one another – digital and analogue, virtual and real.

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Mixed Realities

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart / DE
– 26.08.2018
kunstmuseum-stuttgart.de 

The special exhibition “Mixed Realities. Virtual and Real Worlds in Art” explores the extent to which the technical possibilities of “virtual” and “augmented” reality influence the formal and content presentation of art and its reception: “What does the digital expansion of space […] mean for art?” Art attempts to shift the boundaries of physical perception from true-to-life representations to those that stretch the notion of reality, similarly, so does “virtual reality”. From very early epochs, artists have found and used ways of creating illusions of space and experiences of virtuality. This exhibition presents six artistic answers to how elements of the physically real and the virtual world can be used and connected in a single composition, “to influence, to correspond or to extend one another”.

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Schusslinie

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 26.08.2018
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People often forget or do not like to admit that design also plays a part in the development of ethically controversial products, such as is the case with firearms. And for the very reason that the manufacturers and designers involved hide behind a wall of silence regarding this subject, the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) is dedicating an entire exhibition called “Line of Sight” to the topic. Divided into ten areas, different aspects of the deadly device of the gun will be explored including ballistics, the relationship between women and guns, the manufacturing process, and the moment of pulling the trigger. The final room serves as an information centre, which was designed in conjunction with the NGO Small Arms Survey that monitors the international circulation of arms and armed violence.

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Die Nacht. Alles außer Schlaf

Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 26.08.2018
mfk-frankfurt.de 

The hours between dusk and dawn hold an ongoing fascination for us. Darkness is instinctively anchored as being threatening in our subconscious, and yet fantasies, romanticism, culture, and excess flourish in its shadows. The exhibition “The Night – Everything but Sleep” looks back over the centuries and the changing perception of the night and everything that people did and do when they are not asleep: from early superstition to scientific discoveries, night owls and the goth and club culture to the modern performance-oriented society’s attitude to working through the night. This broad spectrum of themes is illustrated by 350 objects and an interactive children’s section with nine stations to be explored with torches.

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Stefan Marx. Memory Palace

Städtische Galerie, Delmenhorst / DE
– 26.08.2018
staedtische-galerie-delmenhorst.de 

Illustrator Stefan Marx has created his own “Memory Palace” at the Städtische Galerie in Haus Coburg where visitors can encounter Marx’s individual word compositions, lyrics or the commentaries he has illustrated. His “visual diaries” are mainly based on impressions collected while travelling and their diversity has transformed the museum space of Haus Coburg into a kind of pop-up store. A wide-ranging supplementary programme for visitors of all ages accompanies the exhibition.

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Lore Kramer

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 26.08.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The exhibition “Lore Kramer. I Couldn’t Live without Ceramics”, currently on at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main, is devoted to the designer’s ceramics, explored through a wealth of bowls, vases, plates, containers, and cups. In her work, Kramer (born 1926) placed a great deal of emphasis on appropriateness in design – an approach that is also reflected in the guiding principles behind the Bauhaus, while also echoing her husband, the architect Ferdinand Kramer. In addition to presenting various ceramic works, the exhibition highlights Kramer’s skill at drawing and her earlier work as a lecturer and professor at the HfG Offenbach.

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Studio Drift. Coded Nature

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 26.08.2018
stedelijk.nl 

“Studio Drift. Coded Nature” at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is the first solo exhibition of the Dutch Studio Drift. Alongside current projects and past successes, visitors will be able to discover new and previously unseen works by the studio’s two founders, Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta. The exhibits include a total of eight room-sized installations and a selection of different films. The work of the studio ranges from tech art to performances and bio design, with the two designers engaging with themes that are hugely relevant to our ever-changing society: sustainability, the meaning of natural processes for today’s environment, and how we deal with augmented reality.

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The Eroticism of Things. Collections on the History of Sexuality

Werkbund Archive – Museum of Things, Berlin / DE
– 27.08.2018
museumderdinge.de 

What makes things erotic? Is it their function, shape, colour or materiality? The exhibition “The Eroticism of Things” presents the very different erotic relationships that people can have with things. Certain objects can arouse desire or lust, provoke erotic fantasies or become tools of pleasure. “The Eroticism of Things” displays a range of everyday objects, newly categorised according to formal and content-related aspects such as, agents of love, tools of pleasure, bodies to use and erotica. Additionally, the interactive “sensing materials lab” will continue to collect materials during the exhibition and showcase their erotic properties and qualities. The laboratory is a joint project of the department Experimental Material Research at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin, and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

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UAM. Une aventure moderne

Centre Pompidou, Paris / FR
– 27.08.2018
centrepompidou.fr 

The Union des Artistes Modernes or UAM, was created in 1929 and represents a union of artists from the various disciplines of French modernism. Architects, designers, painters, bookbinders, photographers, and sculptors joined forces to make a range of works accessible to the widest possible audience. The Centre Pompidou gives an overview of the most famous works from the beginning of the 20th century to the end of the 1950s with a special focus on the similarities and connections of the different art forms and their representatives.

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Coder le Monde

Centre Pompidou, Paris / FR
– 27.08.2018
centrepompidou.fr 

The exhibition entitled “Coder le Monde” presents the history of digital machines and their reciprocal influence on people and art. It highlights our increasingly digitally dependent world in an aesthetic and critical light, always striving to interpret digital culture in many ways. Selected, groundbreaking inventions are on display, which have a considerable influence on life and various other disciplines. The similarities of creative and digital logic in the different areas are also examined to allow the visitor to visualise the most comprehensive picture possible of contemporary digital culture.

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Erotik der Dinge

Museum der Dinge, Werkbundarchiv, Berlin / DE
– 27.08.2018
museumderdinge.de 

The exhibition “The Eroticism of Things. Collections on the History of Sexuality”, which is currently on at the Museum der Dinge, takes the collections of sexologists Magnus Hirschfeld (1868–1935) and Alfred C. Kinsey (1894–1956) and of art collector Naomi Wilzig (1934–2015) as its starting point. All three considered erotic things to be indicative of a universal human sexual history and explored the question of what actually makes these things erotic. The distinction between eroticism, art, and pornography has always been in constant flux and continues to sway people’s perception and categorisation of erotically charged things. The eroticism of materials is also explored in the interactive Sensing Materials Lab, which will be added to during the exhibition.

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The Long Now

Me Collectors Room, Berlin / DE
– 27.08.2018
me-berlin.com 

“The Long Now. Reflexions on time and transcience” exhibition takes time as a concept, a dimension of perception and way of representation. Time has various motifs that emerge in many different ways in art, philosophy, and science as phenomena and as measurable units. The size of time can be understood in two ways. On the one hand, there is the experienceable, sensual period, and on the other, there is the actual progress visualised by the clock’s hands. As a result, an important role is played by basic concepts such as calm and restlessness, acceleration and deceleration, instantaneousness, permanence, and transience. “The Long Now” exhibition asks what time means in an “accelerated modernity” and a “global simultaneity conveyed by media”, what the present means, and how long it will last.

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Architecture Protoypes and Experiments

The Aram Gallery, London / GB
– 01.09.2018
thearamgallery.org 

“Architecture Prototypes and Experiments” shows a variety of physical and spatial models that architects and designers use in their creative work processes. The models on display serve not only to present ideas, but also to explore them, to evoke the feeling of a space, or arrive at a point of decision-making. The aim of the exhibition is to give visitors an understanding of how architects think, plan, and communicate through their working models.

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Designing Waste. Strategies for a Zero Waste City

Center for Architecture, New York / US
– 01.09.2018
centerforarchitecture.org 

The exhibition is based on New York City’s “Zero Waste Design Guidelines” , which present a strategy for designers to reduce and avoid waste. The key questions of the zero waste design guidelines ask “how we manage waste in our buildings and neighborhoods, and how design can help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill?” In doing so, it deals with components of waste management like waste separation, from which raw materials or reusable resources are obtained – things like compost or sources of energy. “Designing Waste” focuses on various areas of the lifecycle of waste, or more precisely, the window from disposal to transporting it on trucks, which offers designers the opportunity to develop products and concepts and to implement these in large numbers by 2030. The exhibition takes a look at the city’s landfill sites and the different disposal systems in various buildings using facts and solutions for private and professional situations, as well as with regards to food delivery services. Visitors can obtain a practical look at waste management and, using a waste calculator, they can assess how much space and what type of storage is necessary in specific types and sizes of buildings.

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Fahr Rad! – Ride a Bike! Reclaim the City

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
– 02.09.2018
dam-online.de 

Urban planning, landscape architecture, and traffic planning are the three main areas behind urban development. Their common goal is to develop a sustainable and social city and to improve the quality of life. One way to do this could be to create more space on streets and squares, as well as more green and open spaces for people to use. The approach of the exhibition in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum is to visualise this goal with ideas for well-functioning and new cycle paths. The museum brings together applied examples from Copenhagen, New York, Karlsruhe, and Oslo and is complemented with a local perspective by presenting practical solutions for the Schweizer Strasse in Frankfurt am Main.

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Protest! Resistance Posters

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal / CH
– 02.09.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The focus of the exhibition in Zurich is on one of the strongest culturally and visually creative means of expression that exists: the poster. “Globalization, women’s rights, Trump – the poster has established itself as an effective medium of political struggle.” The Toni-Areal location of the Zurich museum of design is exhibiting some 300 international posters illustrating different strategies of worldwide rebellion that have been employed since 1968. These graphics from the exhibition are also available to view in the eMuseum, the online archive of the museum’s collections; they are also included in a publication available in the eShop.

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Josef Albers in Mexico

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice / IT
– 03.09.2018
guggenheim-venice.it 

After he emigrated to the US, Josef Albers, co-founder of the op art movement with his experiments with shape and colour, embarked on a total of 13 trips to Mexico well into the late 1960s. The reason for his frequent return was to investigate the archaeological remains of the pre-Columbian cultures, their buildings, sculptures, and ceramics. He and his wife, Anni Albers, found these to be a rich source of inspiration because early Mexican art and architecture with its geometry, ornamentation, and colour schemes showed many principles that also lay at the foundation of Josef Albers’s abstract work. The exhibition, which was previously on show in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, looks at six archaeological sites visited several times by Josef and Anni Albers, and displays photographs and paintings named after these places.

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Carsten Nicolai. Tele

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 03.09.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

The “Tele” installation visualises a physical phenomenon, which Albert Einstein already grappled with: the quantum entanglement, where two particles from different systems form a link and thereby interact. The media artist, Carsten Nicolai, created a self-reproducing system from two mirror sculptures in which laser beams are projected back and forth and trigger a new impulse whenever a photoelectric cell is struck. In spite of its immateriality, the light gains a solidity and becomes part of the sculpture. As is typical for Nicolai’s work, in this way, “Tele” does not only tackle the issue of alternative, autonomous systems, but also human perception, the materiality of impressions on the senses, and the interplay of sender and receiver.

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Fix & Foxi. Rolf Kauka, der deutsche Walt Disney, und seine Kultfüchse

Ludwigsgalerie, Oberhausen / DE
– 09.09.2018
www.ludwiggalerie.de 

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which opened in 2016, invited over thirty-five artists and architects to offer critical and creative visions and views on the theme of climate change, provide food for thought, and suggest solutions to current and future environmental problems. The subject of the artistic works is the place of mankind in the Anthropocene age. Parts of the exhibition are made up of both video and sound productions in addition to paintings and installations.

 

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Inaugural Display

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Paris / FR
– 09.09.2018
museeyslparis.com 

The exhibition entitled “Inaugural Display” is showing a unique retrospective of works by Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008) at the museum named after the designer in Paris. Using 50 selected haute couture designs and coordinating accessories as well as drawings, photographs, and film clips, the exhibition aims to illuminate the fashion designer’s creative genius. It includes all the important garments that reflect the couturier’s style ranging from the tuxedo to the safari jacket, from the jumpsuit to the trench coat. In addition, Saint Laurent’s numerous contributions to art play a part, as do his collections, which were inspired by his imaginary travels around the world.

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Jojakim Cortis und Adrian Sonderegger. Double Take

Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur / CH
– 09.09.2018
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The “Double Take” exhibition staged by the Fotostiftung Schweiz displays models by the Swiss artist duo Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger based on iconic photographs. They have not only reproduced the photographs, but also focused on the space and the construction of the image and brought it out of the past into the present of their studio. The models are bricolages made of cardboard, wood, cotton wool, sand, adhesives, and plaster, which are very close to the original image. The project invites the visitor to examine the truth of the medium of photography and to consciously reconsider the differently illuminated images and their stories. On show are models of “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” by Joe Rosenthal and “The Hindenburg Disaster” by Sam Shere.

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Anni Albers

K20 Grabbeplatz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf / DE
– 09.09.2018
kunstsammlung.de 

Anni Albers was a German-American artist and designer. She developed textile structures, colourations, and an abstract formal language as well as innovative textiles for carpets and curtains. Born in 1899 as Annelise Elsa Frieda Fleischmann, Anni Albers was one of the most influential women in the development of modernity. She studied textile design at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, where she experimented with materials, techniques, and structures and revolutionised textiles and their production. The retrospective begins in Germany in 1922 with her time at the Bauhaus and extends to her work in the United States until the 1980s. The exhibition has been organised by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf with the Tate Gallery of Modern Art London.

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The Land In-between Fotografien von 1980 bis 2012

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
– 09.09.2018
staedelmuseum.de 

Presenting over 200 examples of her work from 1980 to 2012, the exhibition “The Land In-between” is the first museum retrospective of the photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Her analogue black and white photographs show “places of transit, border landscapes, and cult sites of bygone cultures”. Invisible, forgotten, and disappearing cultures and processes are made visible in Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s series of images while they also visualise boundaries and draw attention to historical, cultural, and political contexts.

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Ray Fotografieprojekte 2018

Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 09.09.2018
ray2018.de 

Taking place every three years at more than ten venues in Frankfurt/Main and the Rhine-Main region, Ray launches a multifaceted engagement with the medium of photography. In 2018, the topic “Extreme” guides through a diverse programme and collaborative projects. According to a festival press release “The extreme is booming. Especially in this age of digitally circulating information and images that demand an economy of attention, the extreme triggers the desire to be captured in an image.” In five exhibitions, photographs are assigned the finer subtopics of “Extreme Nomads”, “Extreme Transformation”, “Extreme Self”, “Extreme Body”, “Extreme Territories” and “Extreme Environment”. Local institutions, collections, colleges, and organisations have collaborated in the organisation of the events. In total, 15 partners from six cities join forces to highlight the social significance of photography.

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Märklin Moderne – vom Bau zum Bausatz und zurück

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 09.09.2018
dam-online.de 

The Märklin model railway is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when picturing a typical German hobby cellar. A touring exhibition, calling first at Frankfurt/Main, emphasises the architecture in this miniature world, which is more than simply a backdrop for the train’s route, where models and reality often mutually influence one another. Kits such as “Villa im Tessin” [Villa in the Ticino] are based on real buildings, bringing modern architecture into people’s everyday lives, while models serve as a basis for actual building projects. The – sometimes curious – background stories to the miniature constructions, their mediating role, and their models provide an insight into post-war architecture and the world of Märklin. Both a catalogue and a documentary film will be released to accompany the exhibition.

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Back to the Present

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 16.09.2018
designmuseum.fi 

The “Back to the Present” exhibition by the Swedish curators Daniel Golling and Gustaf Kjellin focuses on the history of Finnish product design, which they claim was once a forerunner in its field, but now appears to be suffering from stagnation. As they see it, contemporary Finnish design has lost its specific language of form, and has long been relying on its past glories. The exhibition showcases products that could serve as examples for today’s generation of designers, and which they believe help to answer the question of what traits are needed to shift the focus of Finnish design back to the present and the future.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez. Color in Motion

Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt / DE
– 16.09.2018
mkk-ingolstadt.de 

For the first time in Germany since the 1990s, there is a retrospective on show featuring the work of the Venezuelan op art artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez. In addition to well-known works hailing from five decades of activity, the Museum für Konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt is also showing works that have been created specially for this exhibition. A light installation has been developed in conjunction with Audi Art Experience, which involves the visitor in a play of light, shadow, and overlapping, a temporary wall work, and a walk-through colour labyrinth. Works by artists that have inspired and informed Cruz-Diez’s work are also presented here. The exhibition catalogue is published by Verlag form.

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Dieter Hacker. All Power to the Amateurs (1971–1984)

Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 16.09.2018
zkm.de 

The artist Dieter Hacker, who is now a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, founded the 7. Produzentengalerie [seventh producer gallery] in Berlin in the 1970s, with which he wanted to create an antithesis to the established art market. The folk art he propagated was seen as the voice of the general public, whose ideas, in his eyes, deserve an equal position to those of trained artists and can also produce innovative concepts. In the current age of the Internet, smartphones, and social media, the creative potential of the masses is reaching a completely new dimension, and makes Hacker’s approaches more current than ever. The exhibition “Dieter Hacker – All Power to the Amateurs. 1971–1984” bridges a time period of almost five decades allowing new perspectives to open up.

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Chemin Papier, l’illustration et ses marges

Le Signe, Centre national du graphisme, Chaumont / FR
– 16.09.2018
centrenationaldugraphisme.fr 

The exhibition entitled “Chemin Papier, l’illustration et ses marges” looks at the approaches taken by 15 artists and illustrators to answer the question of what illustration is today. On display are drawings, books, posters, and prints by illustrators taking an increasingly interdisciplinary attitude to their work. Opened in 2016, the museum Le Signe aims to give both artists and the general public an image of inclusion, a place open to many areas of graphic design, such as typography, visual identities, illustration, and much more.

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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

For their exhibition “Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg. Beyond the New”, the eponymous subjects of the show have developed a site-specific installation for the Paternoster hall in the Pinakothek der Moderne. In so doing, they are continuing the format introduced two years ago. The product designer and the design theorist collaborated on the manifesto “Beyond the New. A Search for Ideals in Design” already in 2015, which is directed against an industry that promotes the new solely for reasons of commercial success. In this current installation, too, they propound their belief that the potential of new production capabilities are often only developed when industry sets free and opens up to experimental challenges.

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[laut] Die Welt hören

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Humboldt-Box, Berlin / DE
– 16.09.2018
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“Sound reaches us directly, and yet it is fleeting. As a vibrant process of exchange it triggers deep emotions. Sound challenges and moves us – in every culture, and in every era.” is is how the organisers of “[sound] Listening to the World” introduce their description of the exhibition and endeavour to make our encounter with sound audible and tangible using materials from the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv at the Ethnologische Museum and the archive at the AMAR Foundation in Beirut. It has only been possible to “capture” and reproduce sounds technically for about ‚140 years. Against this background, questions as to how sounds and musical styles spread, how we should deal with sound as a cultural asset, and who the sound in a recording belongs to will be examined.

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Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation

Museum August Kestner, Hannover / DE
– 19.09.2018
hannover.de 

[Relationship. On Communication] The current exhibition “Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation” on show in the Museum August Kestner examines the phenomenon of communication, a basic component of human interaction. In this light, the exhibition considers various examples of communication media, which have been used for thousands of years by various different civilisations. The exhibits include objects from the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as from the European Middle Ages, the baroque period, and the 19‚œth century up to the present day. The various topic areas in the exhibition cover for example language, writing, and images as means of communication. In addition, “understanding” receives particular attention with varied possibilities such as communicating with experts but also with areas for interacting with exhibits and installations.

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Kubricks 2001. 50 Jahre A Space Odyssey

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 23.09.2018
2001.deutsches-filmmuseum.de 

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” has long been a classic in film history. It has influenced the style of countless productions and has lost nothing of its relevance even 50 years after its premiere. Indeed, from today’s perspective, the artificial intelligence HAL appears to be a foretaste of Alexa, Siri, and the likes. To mark this anniversary, the Deutsches Filmmuseum is now making the entire filmic work into a special show with a focus on the props, models, costumes, photographs, and shooting schedules. In addition, the background story to the film and its role as a source of artistic inspiration will be highlighted as well as the utopian visions of the time within the context of modern technology.

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Ruhrtriennale

Ruhr region / DE
– 23.09.2018
ruhrtriennale.de 

The Ruhrtriennale is a festival of the arts in the Ruhr metropolitan area. It showcases artistic performances from different areas, such as music, acting, dance, and installation. For six weeks at various venues, culture and art are linked with the Ruhr’s industrial architecture. The various events dissolve the boundaries between art forms and are all intended to creatively shape the “in-between time” – a period of social and cultural upheaval.

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Enid Marx. Print, Pattern and Popular Art

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 23.09.2018
houseofillustration.org.uk 

The exhibition entitled “Enid Marx. Print, Pattern and Popular Art” is a major retrospective of the output and lifework of Enid Marx who lived from 1902 to 1998. Alongside great names such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, Enid Marx was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Her designs are abstract and geometric and were in their time much in demand for various products and by different types of customer – ranging from the British armed services to the actress Gertrude Lawrence. On the twentieth anniversary of her death, over 150 works are being exhibited, drawn from public and private collections. Over a period of seventy years, Marx created various patterns for textiles, stationery, and other printed media including logos, packaging, and posters. She was one of the first women to be named “Royal Designer for Industry”, in recognition of her designs, and particularly the coverings on London Tube seats, which are still used today.

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Dissident Gardens

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 23.09.2018
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

The garden is a concept where nature and culture clash. As part of the longterm research project entitled “Landscape and Interior” at Het Nieuwe Instituut, the “Dissident Gardens” exhibition looks at the power struggle between the forces of nature and human striving to make the world usable. Included in the themed areas are smart agriculture as a highly technological mechanism to control the countryside, the utopia of colonising Mars, and also the return of nature to public spaces as can be seen in the grounds of Het Nieuwe Instituut in its New Garden, which was laid out in 2015 and deliberately left to itself.

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Weaving New Worlds

William Morris Gallery, London / GB
– 23.09.2018
wmgallery.org.uk 

The exhibition “Weaving New Worlds” showcases work by 16 international textile artists weaving contemporary stories in tapestry. Tapestries inevitably tell stories through their motifs. In the displayed works, topics of the current zeitgeist are represented in visual form with content ranging from political statements to the beauty of nature. At the same time, the artists use techniques of traditional weaving, such as the traditional method of hand-knotting tapestry, whereby they sometimes push the limits of technical possibilities.

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Nordic Urban Spaces Inspirationen für Stadt und Raum

Nordic Embassies, Berlin / DE
– 28.09.2018
nordischebotschaften.org 

The sustainably designed exhibition “Nordic Urban Spaces” showcases examples of aesthetic urban design and architecture from the Nordic countries. The focus is on the unique combination of “functionality and sustainability, of care and elegance”, while also emphasising a connection to nature. Realised projects will be showcased alongside future ones, as well as a programme of workshops, specialist seminars, and talks on architeture.

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Uncovered

MAD Brussels Fashion and Design Platform, Brussels / BE
– 30.09.2018
mad.brussels 

Brussels-based MAD will be showcasing photographer Pierre Debusschere and some of his most personal projects so far as part of the Summer of Photography biennial. In his works, the Belgian fashion photographer and director generally focuses on topics such as beauty and fashion, largely as portraits, positioning his models in an unusual and often bizarre manner. The essence of his photography is making emotions tangible, by using (digital) techniques, and skilfully making use of colour and light in collages or close-ups.

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Lithuania. London. 1968. The Odyssey of Lithuanian Design

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius / LT
– 30.09.2018
ndg.lt 

The “Lithuania. London. 1968.” exhibition reconstructs the history of a Lithuanian pavilion exhibited in London in 1968 that symbolised success in culture, art, science, and industry. Lithuania’s potential as a contemporary cultural nation was first appreciated when the pavilion was exhibited in 1968 at the Earls Court exhibition and event centre in London as part of a USSR propaganda event. The significance of the pavilion, to which little attention was paid at the time, is now to be demonstrated in this exhibition fifty years later.

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Stories of Things. Lithuanian Design 1918–2018

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius / LT
– 30.09.2018
ndg.lt 

To mark the centenary of Lithuania’s (first) independence, the exhibition “Stories of Things” showcases the country’s development of product design, focusing on the links between history, designers, and projects. Lithuania’s complex economic and political circumstances during the 19th and 20th centuries initially made it difficult for the country’s characteristic design to develop. The objects on show reflect the turbulent history of the country, its progress in design as well as its setbacks.

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Art Déco in Paris. Grafikdesign für eine Elite

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 30.09.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

Art deco is often primarily associated with the design of furniture, interiors, and fashion – but wrongly so, as the exhibition “Art Deco in Paris. Graphic Design for an Elite” in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, which focuses on the graphics from this period, would now like to prove. In Paris, the birthplace of art deco, posters, advertisements, and printed graphics were created in the 1920s, which are considered iconic today and convey the style and zeitgeist of the time. The popularity of the car, the French chanson, haute couture, and cabaret are the major themes embraced and visually expressed by artists such as Cassandre, Charles Loupot, Jean Carlu, and Paul Colin. The exhibition includes approximately 150 items from a collection of Parisian prints acquired by the museum over the past few years.

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Oïphorie: atelier oï

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 30.09.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Atelier Oï, a design practice based in Western Switzerland, combines the disciplines of architecture, product design, and scenography under one roof. In the recently reopened location of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in the Ausstellungsstrasse, it now takes up the exhibition hall. Apparently weightless installations made of Japanese paper, fabric bands or strips of wood are supplemented by a presentation of the most significant products that the atelier has created since it was established in 1991. The team around Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond demonstrate their working methods with prototypes, material studies, and videos. Light, movement, (material) experiments, handicrafts, and an interdisciplinary approach all play a central role here.

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Roland Topor. Panoptikum

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 30.09.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

The French cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and actor Roland Topor (1938–1997) devoted his work to the core questions posed by the human condition. The exhibition “Roland Topor. Panoptikum” at the Museum Folkwang in Essen showcases the artist’s versatility by looking at his treatment of issues such as the relationship between the sexes, the absurdity of life, and the futility of human endeavour. Topor was primarily known for his exhibitions, book illustrations (“Pinocchio”), film posters (“The Tin Drum”), stage sets, writings, and plays. The drawings that appear as magic lantern projections in the whale’s belly in Federico Fellini’s film “Casanova” (1976) are by Topor.

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Das französische Grafikerkollektiv Grapus

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 03.10.2018
broehan-museum.de 

In the wake of the demonstrations in May 1968 in Paris, students at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs founded the Grapus collective in 1970. In the spirit of 1968, they used graphic means – primarily posters – to turn against capitalism, the establishment, and war. As a result, they broke from existing conventions, and worked with collage techniques, handwriting, and deliberately out-of-focus photographs. Their “customers” included the Communist Party, the workers’ union, the Confédération générale du travail, and other social organisations. Alongside “Jablonec 68 – The East-West-Jewelry-Summit”, the exhibition “Grapus – A French Collective of Graphic Designers” forms one of two perspectives in the Bröhan-Museum of the consequences of 1968, juxtaposing a Western and Eastern European viewpoint.

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Alphabet des Lebens – Lernwerkstatt Natur

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch / AT
– 06.10.2018
werkraum.at 

Biomimicry uses nature as a template and transfers processes, structures, and shapes to the field of technology. In its “Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab” exhibition, the Werkraum Bregenzerwald demonstrates that craftsmanship and design can also benefit from these principles which have proven themselves in evolutionary terms. This “Alphabet of Life” is made up of 26 principles of nature, each of which illustrates a biological function and its relevance for design. These are joined by existing biomimicry projects emanating from Europe and the USA. The show, designed as a learning lab, aims primarily to raise awareness that mankind and nature are inseparably linked, that we can learn a lot from nature, and that a respectful approach is a basic prerequisite for solving urgent problems.

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Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne

Hofmobiliendepot, Möbel Museum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
hofmobiliendepot.at 

[Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the Furniture Design of the Viennese Modernity] Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser – all major representatives of modernity. But they have another thing in common: this year marks the centenary of their deaths. A number of Viennese museums are taking the opportunity to theme the year as “Beauty and the Abyss”. In the Hofmobiliendepot, an exhibition is dedicated to the works of Otto Wagner, Josef Hoffmann, and Adolf Loos and their respective stances on the subjects of living and furnishing. Particular attention is paid to the collaboration between the architects themselves, the clients – often their friends, mainly artists, intellectuals or entrepreneurs – and the manufacturers who considerably contributed to the quality of the furniture and interiors with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. On show are various room sets, which do not show the exhibits in isolation, but rather in their overall historical context.

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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 07.10.2018
designmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” was curated in collaboration with the fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa himself, who died in November 2017. Alaïa’s career trajectory from sculptor to fashion designer plays a key role here, together with his fascination with fashion, friendships, and the female body. His design process was dictated far less by the pressing deadlines of international fashion weeks than by his own working rhythm. His clients included Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, and Rihanna. As such, the exhibition is not so much a retrospective as a look at Alaïa’s life story, based on personally selected textiles dating from the early 1980s all the way through to the present day.

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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills / US
– 07.10.2018
cranbrookartmuseum.org 

Alongside the hippy era, punk was one of the most important and influential movements of the late 20th century. Apart from music, fashion, and art, punk also left its mark on graphic design. Dilettantism, self-marketing, provocation, and breaking from the “beautiful” produced a language of its own, demonstrated by record sleeves, posters, and zines, among other things. This exhibition showcases a rich collection of historical items, categorised by their styles. By showing early works from the 1990s by the US American street artist Shepard Fairey, whose rebellious, politically motivated works demonstrate parallels with punk’s fundamental thoughts, a link is formed to the movement to the present day.

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Made in Denmark

Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig / DE
– 07.10.2018
grassimuseum.de 

Scandinavian design is seen as a design direction that originated in the 1950s in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and which is characterised by minimalism, functionality, and cost-effective mass production. The “Made in Denmark” exhibition is devoted exclusively to design objects and brands from Denmark, featuring local designers such as Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen, and Verner Panton. Against this backdrop, it investigates the trends and developments that have informed this timeless design phenomenon. In doing so, it looks not only at art nouveau, but also certain strands of art deco and functionalism. The exhibition also includes a separate section called “Simply Danish”, showcasing the Schwandt jewellery collection.

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Disappear Here

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London / GB
– 07.10.2018
architecture.com 

Perspective is the basis of our spatial perception of the world. The “Disappear Here” exhibition in the Architecture Gallery at the RIBA looks at how representations of perspective are dealt with from the Renaissance to the present day, and links the disciplines of architecture, art, and mathematics. The key question is how to depict threedimensionality on a flat medium without sacrificing the complexity of real space. The presentation of historical drawings and books is embedded in a space concept designed by the Sam Jacob Studio, that itself plays with the visitor’s orientation and perception. A further highlight is a film that has been specially commissioned for the exhibition and produced in collaboration with Shedworks.

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Go West! American Illustration

Designforum, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
designaustria.at 

The “Go West!” exhibition at the Designforum Vienna is exhibiting works by 16 illustrators from the US. The aim is to showcase the diversity of styles and creativity offered in the world of US American illustration. The “Go West!” exhibition gives both young and ambitious talents as well as established illustrators the space to present their individual view of the world in at least two works.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
– 08.10.2018
metmuseum.org 

An exhibition stretching from several rooms of The Met Fifth Avenue to The Met Cloisters will form a bridge between catholic Christianity and the temporal world of fashion. In addition to medieval artworks, forty exhibits will form the core of the show, some of which will leave the Vatican for the first time ever for this event. These will include robes and “accessories” such as rings and papal crowns. Garments from the early 20th century illustrate the mutual interaction of religious art serving as a source of inspiration and, conversely, expressing Christian belief.

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Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon / PT
– 08.10.2018
www.maat.pt 

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which opened in 2016, invited over thirty-five artists and architects to offer critical and creative visions and views on the theme of climate change, provide food for thought, and suggest solutions to current and future environmental problems. The subject of the artistic works is the place of mankind in the Anthropocene age. Parts of the exhibition are made up of both video and sound productions in addition to paintings and installations.

 

 

 

 

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Shape of Light

Tate Modern, London / GB
– 14.10.2018
tate.org.uk 

The exhibition “Shape of Light. 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art” deals with the intertwined relationship between photography and abstract art. Works by various artists from 1910 to the present illustrate the originality of the photographers’ work and their response to abstract art, alongside which their photographs are displayed in the exhibition space. London’s Tate Gallery for Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art. In “Shape of Light” it presents work by renowned as well as young photographers such as pioneers of photography Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, contemporary artists Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff and “newcomers” such as Antony Cairns and Maya Rochat.

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I Am Your Father!

Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains / CH
– 14.10.2018
ailleurs.ch 

The search for the meaning of (one’s own) life has occupied mankind for millennia and has resulted in the creation of ideologies, mythologies, and religions. Nowadays, fiction often takes on this role as the need for fulfilment and a sense of purpose continues to be a theme in modern societies. This argument is illustrated in the exhibition entitled “I Am Your Father!”, taking the example of the contemporary myth of “Star Wars”. The works by 13 international artists who tackle the Star Wars universe in a critical, ironic or experimental way and translate its narrative into current societal topics are being displayed to this end along with exhibits from the museum’s collection. Fans of the iconic epic as well as all those interested in the social influence of antique and modern myths will get their money’s worth.

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Mobile Welten

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 14.10.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

“To play an effective role in society, a museum must always be aware of its responsibilities as a cultural and educational institution and seek dialogue with the public.” To this end, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has invited Roger M. Buergel, an exhibition organiser and critic, to work with the institution’s diversity and history. In the exhibition “Mobile Worlds. Or the Museum of Our Transcultural Present”, the working process “On the Migration of Things in Transcultural Societies” takes shape through working with various universities. Existing patterns of thought and museum structures are broken down, revealing the emergence of things and their meaning in society. The exhibition serves as a medium to illustrate the complexity of global interrelationships and, with the help of objects, texts, and images, it creates a three-dimensional collage, enabling visitors to read different interpretations.

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Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 14.10.2018
design-museum.de 

Ron Arad, who was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv and has since settled in London, is an industrial designer and architect. He made a practice of defying existing boundaries and prevailing norms through his work. The exhibition “Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!”, which is currently running at the Vitra Design Museum, shows a selection of pieces from the museum’s own collection and aims to provide a broad overview of Arad’s work. The exhibits include early metal furniture from his first studio, including the Rover Chair or the Big Easy armchair. In addition, recent work by the designer will be on display, showcasing the translation of Arad’s experimental approach into serial production.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Handmade Industry

Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo / BR
25.08.2018 – 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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Alvar Aalto Symposium

University, Jyväskylä / FI
30.08.2018 – 31.08.2018
alvaraalto.fi 

The Alvar Aalto Symposium is an international forum for discussions on the artistic, social, and technical challenges contemporary architecture is facing. The focus of the 14th Symposium is on the possibilities and problems of future residential construction in urban areas. Using examples of current trends, such as collective living and working, speakers will offer solutions for future concepts that aim to counteract current societal, social, and financial problems as well as raise awareness about them. Attached to the symposium is the exhibition “The Housing Problem. Alvar Aalto’s Housing Architecture”.

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September

Architecture Protoypes and Experiments

The Aram Gallery, London / GB
– 01.09.2018
thearamgallery.org 

“Architecture Prototypes and Experiments” shows a variety of physical and spatial models that architects and designers use in their creative work processes. The models on display serve not only to present ideas, but also to explore them, to evoke the feeling of a space, or arrive at a point of decision-making. The aim of the exhibition is to give visitors an understanding of how architects think, plan, and communicate through their working models.

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Designing Waste. Strategies for a Zero Waste City

Center for Architecture, New York / US
– 01.09.2018
centerforarchitecture.org 

The exhibition is based on New York City’s “Zero Waste Design Guidelines” , which present a strategy for designers to reduce and avoid waste. The key questions of the zero waste design guidelines ask “how we manage waste in our buildings and neighborhoods, and how design can help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill?” In doing so, it deals with components of waste management like waste separation, from which raw materials or reusable resources are obtained – things like compost or sources of energy. “Designing Waste” focuses on various areas of the lifecycle of waste, or more precisely, the window from disposal to transporting it on trucks, which offers designers the opportunity to develop products and concepts and to implement these in large numbers by 2030. The exhibition takes a look at the city’s landfill sites and the different disposal systems in various buildings using facts and solutions for private and professional situations, as well as with regards to food delivery services. Visitors can obtain a practical look at waste management and, using a waste calculator, they can assess how much space and what type of storage is necessary in specific types and sizes of buildings.

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Fahr Rad! – Ride a Bike! Reclaim the City

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
– 02.09.2018
dam-online.de 

Urban planning, landscape architecture, and traffic planning are the three main areas behind urban development. Their common goal is to develop a sustainable and social city and to improve the quality of life. One way to do this could be to create more space on streets and squares, as well as more green and open spaces for people to use. The approach of the exhibition in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum is to visualise this goal with ideas for well-functioning and new cycle paths. The museum brings together applied examples from Copenhagen, New York, Karlsruhe, and Oslo and is complemented with a local perspective by presenting practical solutions for the Schweizer Strasse in Frankfurt am Main.

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Protest! Resistance Posters

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal / CH
– 02.09.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The focus of the exhibition in Zurich is on one of the strongest culturally and visually creative means of expression that exists: the poster. “Globalization, women’s rights, Trump – the poster has established itself as an effective medium of political struggle.” The Toni-Areal location of the Zurich museum of design is exhibiting some 300 international posters illustrating different strategies of worldwide rebellion that have been employed since 1968. These graphics from the exhibition are also available to view in the eMuseum, the online archive of the museum’s collections; they are also included in a publication available in the eShop.

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Carsten Nicolai. Tele

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 03.09.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

The “Tele” installation visualises a physical phenomenon, which Albert Einstein already grappled with: the quantum entanglement, where two particles from different systems form a link and thereby interact. The media artist, Carsten Nicolai, created a self-reproducing system from two mirror sculptures in which laser beams are projected back and forth and trigger a new impulse whenever a photoelectric cell is struck. In spite of its immateriality, the light gains a solidity and becomes part of the sculpture. As is typical for Nicolai’s work, in this way, “Tele” does not only tackle the issue of alternative, autonomous systems, but also human perception, the materiality of impressions on the senses, and the interplay of sender and receiver.

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Josef Albers in Mexico

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice / IT
– 03.09.2018
guggenheim-venice.it 

After he emigrated to the US, Josef Albers, co-founder of the op art movement with his experiments with shape and colour, embarked on a total of 13 trips to Mexico well into the late 1960s. The reason for his frequent return was to investigate the archaeological remains of the pre-Columbian cultures, their buildings, sculptures, and ceramics. He and his wife, Anni Albers, found these to be a rich source of inspiration because early Mexican art and architecture with its geometry, ornamentation, and colour schemes showed many principles that also lay at the foundation of Josef Albers’s abstract work. The exhibition, which was previously on show in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, looks at six archaeological sites visited several times by Josef and Anni Albers, and displays photographs and paintings named after these places.

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The Land In-between Fotografien von 1980 bis 2012

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
– 09.09.2018
staedelmuseum.de 

Presenting over 200 examples of her work from 1980 to 2012, the exhibition “The Land In-between” is the first museum retrospective of the photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Her analogue black and white photographs show “places of transit, border landscapes, and cult sites of bygone cultures”. Invisible, forgotten, and disappearing cultures and processes are made visible in Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s series of images while they also visualise boundaries and draw attention to historical, cultural, and political contexts.

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Anni Albers

K20 Grabbeplatz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf / DE
– 09.09.2018
kunstsammlung.de 

Anni Albers was a German-American artist and designer. She developed textile structures, colourations, and an abstract formal language as well as innovative textiles for carpets and curtains. Born in 1899 as Annelise Elsa Frieda Fleischmann, Anni Albers was one of the most influential women in the development of modernity. She studied textile design at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, where she experimented with materials, techniques, and structures and revolutionised textiles and their production. The retrospective begins in Germany in 1922 with her time at the Bauhaus and extends to her work in the United States until the 1980s. The exhibition has been organised by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf with the Tate Gallery of Modern Art London.

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Fix & Foxi. Rolf Kauka, der deutsche Walt Disney, und seine Kultfüchse

Ludwigsgalerie, Oberhausen / DE
– 09.09.2018
www.ludwiggalerie.de 

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which opened in 2016, invited over thirty-five artists and architects to offer critical and creative visions and views on the theme of climate change, provide food for thought, and suggest solutions to current and future environmental problems. The subject of the artistic works is the place of mankind in the Anthropocene age. Parts of the exhibition are made up of both video and sound productions in addition to paintings and installations.

 

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Jojakim Cortis und Adrian Sonderegger. Double Take

Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur / CH
– 09.09.2018
fotostiftung.ch 

The “Double Take” exhibition staged by the Fotostiftung Schweiz displays models by the Swiss artist duo Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger based on iconic photographs. They have not only reproduced the photographs, but also focused on the space and the construction of the image and brought it out of the past into the present of their studio. The models are bricolages made of cardboard, wood, cotton wool, sand, adhesives, and plaster, which are very close to the original image. The project invites the visitor to examine the truth of the medium of photography and to consciously reconsider the differently illuminated images and their stories. On show are models of “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” by Joe Rosenthal and “The Hindenburg Disaster” by Sam Shere.

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Inaugural Display

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, Paris / FR
– 09.09.2018
museeyslparis.com 

The exhibition entitled “Inaugural Display” is showing a unique retrospective of works by Yves Saint Laurent (1936–2008) at the museum named after the designer in Paris. Using 50 selected haute couture designs and coordinating accessories as well as drawings, photographs, and film clips, the exhibition aims to illuminate the fashion designer’s creative genius. It includes all the important garments that reflect the couturier’s style ranging from the tuxedo to the safari jacket, from the jumpsuit to the trench coat. In addition, Saint Laurent’s numerous contributions to art play a part, as do his collections, which were inspired by his imaginary travels around the world.

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Ray Fotografieprojekte 2018

Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 09.09.2018
ray2018.de 

Taking place every three years at more than ten venues in Frankfurt/Main and the Rhine-Main region, Ray launches a multifaceted engagement with the medium of photography. In 2018, the topic “Extreme” guides through a diverse programme and collaborative projects. According to a festival press release “The extreme is booming. Especially in this age of digitally circulating information and images that demand an economy of attention, the extreme triggers the desire to be captured in an image.” In five exhibitions, photographs are assigned the finer subtopics of “Extreme Nomads”, “Extreme Transformation”, “Extreme Self”, “Extreme Body”, “Extreme Territories” and “Extreme Environment”. Local institutions, collections, colleges, and organisations have collaborated in the organisation of the events. In total, 15 partners from six cities join forces to highlight the social significance of photography.

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Märklin Moderne – vom Bau zum Bausatz und zurück

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 09.09.2018
dam-online.de 

The Märklin model railway is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when picturing a typical German hobby cellar. A touring exhibition, calling first at Frankfurt/Main, emphasises the architecture in this miniature world, which is more than simply a backdrop for the train’s route, where models and reality often mutually influence one another. Kits such as “Villa im Tessin” [Villa in the Ticino] are based on real buildings, bringing modern architecture into people’s everyday lives, while models serve as a basis for actual building projects. The – sometimes curious – background stories to the miniature constructions, their mediating role, and their models provide an insight into post-war architecture and the world of Märklin. Both a catalogue and a documentary film will be released to accompany the exhibition.

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[laut] Die Welt hören

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Humboldt-Box, Berlin / DE
– 16.09.2018
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“Sound reaches us directly, and yet it is fleeting. As a vibrant process of exchange it triggers deep emotions. Sound challenges and moves us – in every culture, and in every era.” is is how the organisers of “[sound] Listening to the World” introduce their description of the exhibition and endeavour to make our encounter with sound audible and tangible using materials from the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv at the Ethnologische Museum and the archive at the AMAR Foundation in Beirut. It has only been possible to “capture” and reproduce sounds technically for about ‚140 years. Against this background, questions as to how sounds and musical styles spread, how we should deal with sound as a cultural asset, and who the sound in a recording belongs to will be examined.

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Chemin Papier, l’illustration et ses marges

Le Signe, Centre national du graphisme, Chaumont / FR
– 16.09.2018
centrenationaldugraphisme.fr 

The exhibition entitled “Chemin Papier, l’illustration et ses marges” looks at the approaches taken by 15 artists and illustrators to answer the question of what illustration is today. On display are drawings, books, posters, and prints by illustrators taking an increasingly interdisciplinary attitude to their work. Opened in 2016, the museum Le Signe aims to give both artists and the general public an image of inclusion, a place open to many areas of graphic design, such as typography, visual identities, illustration, and much more.

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Dieter Hacker. All Power to the Amateurs (1971–1984)

Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 16.09.2018
zkm.de 

The artist Dieter Hacker, who is now a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, founded the 7. Produzentengalerie [seventh producer gallery] in Berlin in the 1970s, with which he wanted to create an antithesis to the established art market. The folk art he propagated was seen as the voice of the general public, whose ideas, in his eyes, deserve an equal position to those of trained artists and can also produce innovative concepts. In the current age of the Internet, smartphones, and social media, the creative potential of the masses is reaching a completely new dimension, and makes Hacker’s approaches more current than ever. The exhibition “Dieter Hacker – All Power to the Amateurs. 1971–1984” bridges a time period of almost five decades allowing new perspectives to open up.

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Back to the Present

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 16.09.2018
designmuseum.fi 

The “Back to the Present” exhibition by the Swedish curators Daniel Golling and Gustaf Kjellin focuses on the history of Finnish product design, which they claim was once a forerunner in its field, but now appears to be suffering from stagnation. As they see it, contemporary Finnish design has lost its specific language of form, and has long been relying on its past glories. The exhibition showcases products that could serve as examples for today’s generation of designers, and which they believe help to answer the question of what traits are needed to shift the focus of Finnish design back to the present and the future.

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Carlos Cruz-Diez. Color in Motion

Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt / DE
– 16.09.2018
mkk-ingolstadt.de 

For the first time in Germany since the 1990s, there is a retrospective on show featuring the work of the Venezuelan op art artist, Carlos Cruz-Diez. In addition to well-known works hailing from five decades of activity, the Museum für Konkrete Kunst in Ingolstadt is also showing works that have been created specially for this exhibition. A light installation has been developed in conjunction with Audi Art Experience, which involves the visitor in a play of light, shadow, and overlapping, a temporary wall work, and a walk-through colour labyrinth. Works by artists that have inspired and informed Cruz-Diez’s work are also presented here. The exhibition catalogue is published by Verlag form.

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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

For their exhibition “Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg. Beyond the New”, the eponymous subjects of the show have developed a site-specific installation for the Paternoster hall in the Pinakothek der Moderne. In so doing, they are continuing the format introduced two years ago. The product designer and the design theorist collaborated on the manifesto “Beyond the New. A Search for Ideals in Design” already in 2015, which is directed against an industry that promotes the new solely for reasons of commercial success. In this current installation, too, they propound their belief that the potential of new production capabilities are often only developed when industry sets free and opens up to experimental challenges.

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Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation

Museum August Kestner, Hannover / DE
– 19.09.2018
hannover.de 

[Relationship. On Communication] The current exhibition “Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation” on show in the Museum August Kestner examines the phenomenon of communication, a basic component of human interaction. In this light, the exhibition considers various examples of communication media, which have been used for thousands of years by various different civilisations. The exhibits include objects from the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as from the European Middle Ages, the baroque period, and the 19‚œth century up to the present day. The various topic areas in the exhibition cover for example language, writing, and images as means of communication. In addition, “understanding” receives particular attention with varied possibilities such as communicating with experts but also with areas for interacting with exhibits and installations.

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Dissident Gardens

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 23.09.2018
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

The garden is a concept where nature and culture clash. As part of the longterm research project entitled “Landscape and Interior” at Het Nieuwe Instituut, the “Dissident Gardens” exhibition looks at the power struggle between the forces of nature and human striving to make the world usable. Included in the themed areas are smart agriculture as a highly technological mechanism to control the countryside, the utopia of colonising Mars, and also the return of nature to public spaces as can be seen in the grounds of Het Nieuwe Instituut in its New Garden, which was laid out in 2015 and deliberately left to itself.

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Kubricks 2001. 50 Jahre A Space Odyssey

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 23.09.2018
2001.deutsches-filmmuseum.de 

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” has long been a classic in film history. It has influenced the style of countless productions and has lost nothing of its relevance even 50 years after its premiere. Indeed, from today’s perspective, the artificial intelligence HAL appears to be a foretaste of Alexa, Siri, and the likes. To mark this anniversary, the Deutsches Filmmuseum is now making the entire filmic work into a special show with a focus on the props, models, costumes, photographs, and shooting schedules. In addition, the background story to the film and its role as a source of artistic inspiration will be highlighted as well as the utopian visions of the time within the context of modern technology.

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Weaving New Worlds

William Morris Gallery, London / GB
– 23.09.2018
wmgallery.org.uk 

The exhibition “Weaving New Worlds” showcases work by 16 international textile artists weaving contemporary stories in tapestry. Tapestries inevitably tell stories through their motifs. In the displayed works, topics of the current zeitgeist are represented in visual form with content ranging from political statements to the beauty of nature. At the same time, the artists use techniques of traditional weaving, such as the traditional method of hand-knotting tapestry, whereby they sometimes push the limits of technical possibilities.

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Ruhrtriennale

Ruhr region / DE
– 23.09.2018
ruhrtriennale.de 

The Ruhrtriennale is a festival of the arts in the Ruhr metropolitan area. It showcases artistic performances from different areas, such as music, acting, dance, and installation. For six weeks at various venues, culture and art are linked with the Ruhr’s industrial architecture. The various events dissolve the boundaries between art forms and are all intended to creatively shape the “in-between time” – a period of social and cultural upheaval.

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Enid Marx. Print, Pattern and Popular Art

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 23.09.2018
houseofillustration.org.uk 

The exhibition entitled “Enid Marx. Print, Pattern and Popular Art” is a major retrospective of the output and lifework of Enid Marx who lived from 1902 to 1998. Alongside great names such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, Enid Marx was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Her designs are abstract and geometric and were in their time much in demand for various products and by different types of customer – ranging from the British armed services to the actress Gertrude Lawrence. On the twentieth anniversary of her death, over 150 works are being exhibited, drawn from public and private collections. Over a period of seventy years, Marx created various patterns for textiles, stationery, and other printed media including logos, packaging, and posters. She was one of the first women to be named “Royal Designer for Industry”, in recognition of her designs, and particularly the coverings on London Tube seats, which are still used today.

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Nordic Urban Spaces Inspirationen für Stadt und Raum

Nordic Embassies, Berlin / DE
– 28.09.2018
nordischebotschaften.org 

The sustainably designed exhibition “Nordic Urban Spaces” showcases examples of aesthetic urban design and architecture from the Nordic countries. The focus is on the unique combination of “functionality and sustainability, of care and elegance”, while also emphasising a connection to nature. Realised projects will be showcased alongside future ones, as well as a programme of workshops, specialist seminars, and talks on architeture.

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Uncovered

MAD Brussels Fashion and Design Platform, Brussels / BE
– 30.09.2018
mad.brussels 

Brussels-based MAD will be showcasing photographer Pierre Debusschere and some of his most personal projects so far as part of the Summer of Photography biennial. In his works, the Belgian fashion photographer and director generally focuses on topics such as beauty and fashion, largely as portraits, positioning his models in an unusual and often bizarre manner. The essence of his photography is making emotions tangible, by using (digital) techniques, and skilfully making use of colour and light in collages or close-ups.

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Lithuania. London. 1968. The Odyssey of Lithuanian Design

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius / LT
– 30.09.2018
ndg.lt 

The “Lithuania. London. 1968.” exhibition reconstructs the history of a Lithuanian pavilion exhibited in London in 1968 that symbolised success in culture, art, science, and industry. Lithuania’s potential as a contemporary cultural nation was first appreciated when the pavilion was exhibited in 1968 at the Earls Court exhibition and event centre in London as part of a USSR propaganda event. The significance of the pavilion, to which little attention was paid at the time, is now to be demonstrated in this exhibition fifty years later.

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Stories of Things. Lithuanian Design 1918–2018

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius / LT
– 30.09.2018
ndg.lt 

To mark the centenary of Lithuania’s (first) independence, the exhibition “Stories of Things” showcases the country’s development of product design, focusing on the links between history, designers, and projects. Lithuania’s complex economic and political circumstances during the 19th and 20th centuries initially made it difficult for the country’s characteristic design to develop. The objects on show reflect the turbulent history of the country, its progress in design as well as its setbacks.

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Art Déco in Paris. Grafikdesign für eine Elite

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 30.09.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

Art deco is often primarily associated with the design of furniture, interiors, and fashion – but wrongly so, as the exhibition “Art Deco in Paris. Graphic Design for an Elite” in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, which focuses on the graphics from this period, would now like to prove. In Paris, the birthplace of art deco, posters, advertisements, and printed graphics were created in the 1920s, which are considered iconic today and convey the style and zeitgeist of the time. The popularity of the car, the French chanson, haute couture, and cabaret are the major themes embraced and visually expressed by artists such as Cassandre, Charles Loupot, Jean Carlu, and Paul Colin. The exhibition includes approximately 150 items from a collection of Parisian prints acquired by the museum over the past few years.

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Oïphorie: atelier oï

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 30.09.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Atelier Oï, a design practice based in Western Switzerland, combines the disciplines of architecture, product design, and scenography under one roof. In the recently reopened location of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in the Ausstellungsstrasse, it now takes up the exhibition hall. Apparently weightless installations made of Japanese paper, fabric bands or strips of wood are supplemented by a presentation of the most significant products that the atelier has created since it was established in 1991. The team around Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond demonstrate their working methods with prototypes, material studies, and videos. Light, movement, (material) experiments, handicrafts, and an interdisciplinary approach all play a central role here.

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Roland Topor. Panoptikum

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 30.09.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

The French cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and actor Roland Topor (1938–1997) devoted his work to the core questions posed by the human condition. The exhibition “Roland Topor. Panoptikum” at the Museum Folkwang in Essen showcases the artist’s versatility by looking at his treatment of issues such as the relationship between the sexes, the absurdity of life, and the futility of human endeavour. Topor was primarily known for his exhibitions, book illustrations (“Pinocchio”), film posters (“The Tin Drum”), stage sets, writings, and plays. The drawings that appear as magic lantern projections in the whale’s belly in Federico Fellini’s film “Casanova” (1976) are by Topor.

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Das französische Grafikerkollektiv Grapus

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 03.10.2018
broehan-museum.de 

In the wake of the demonstrations in May 1968 in Paris, students at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs founded the Grapus collective in 1970. In the spirit of 1968, they used graphic means – primarily posters – to turn against capitalism, the establishment, and war. As a result, they broke from existing conventions, and worked with collage techniques, handwriting, and deliberately out-of-focus photographs. Their “customers” included the Communist Party, the workers’ union, the Confédération générale du travail, and other social organisations. Alongside “Jablonec 68 – The East-West-Jewelry-Summit”, the exhibition “Grapus – A French Collective of Graphic Designers” forms one of two perspectives in the Bröhan-Museum of the consequences of 1968, juxtaposing a Western and Eastern European viewpoint.

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Alphabet des Lebens – Lernwerkstatt Natur

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch / AT
– 06.10.2018
werkraum.at 

Biomimicry uses nature as a template and transfers processes, structures, and shapes to the field of technology. In its “Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab” exhibition, the Werkraum Bregenzerwald demonstrates that craftsmanship and design can also benefit from these principles which have proven themselves in evolutionary terms. This “Alphabet of Life” is made up of 26 principles of nature, each of which illustrates a biological function and its relevance for design. These are joined by existing biomimicry projects emanating from Europe and the USA. The show, designed as a learning lab, aims primarily to raise awareness that mankind and nature are inseparably linked, that we can learn a lot from nature, and that a respectful approach is a basic prerequisite for solving urgent problems.

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Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne

Hofmobiliendepot, Möbel Museum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
hofmobiliendepot.at 

[Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the Furniture Design of the Viennese Modernity] Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser – all major representatives of modernity. But they have another thing in common: this year marks the centenary of their deaths. A number of Viennese museums are taking the opportunity to theme the year as “Beauty and the Abyss”. In the Hofmobiliendepot, an exhibition is dedicated to the works of Otto Wagner, Josef Hoffmann, and Adolf Loos and their respective stances on the subjects of living and furnishing. Particular attention is paid to the collaboration between the architects themselves, the clients – often their friends, mainly artists, intellectuals or entrepreneurs – and the manufacturers who considerably contributed to the quality of the furniture and interiors with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. On show are various room sets, which do not show the exhibits in isolation, but rather in their overall historical context.

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Disappear Here

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London / GB
– 07.10.2018
architecture.com 

Perspective is the basis of our spatial perception of the world. The “Disappear Here” exhibition in the Architecture Gallery at the RIBA looks at how representations of perspective are dealt with from the Renaissance to the present day, and links the disciplines of architecture, art, and mathematics. The key question is how to depict threedimensionality on a flat medium without sacrificing the complexity of real space. The presentation of historical drawings and books is embedded in a space concept designed by the Sam Jacob Studio, that itself plays with the visitor’s orientation and perception. A further highlight is a film that has been specially commissioned for the exhibition and produced in collaboration with Shedworks.

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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 07.10.2018
designmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” was curated in collaboration with the fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa himself, who died in November 2017. Alaïa’s career trajectory from sculptor to fashion designer plays a key role here, together with his fascination with fashion, friendships, and the female body. His design process was dictated far less by the pressing deadlines of international fashion weeks than by his own working rhythm. His clients included Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, and Rihanna. As such, the exhibition is not so much a retrospective as a look at Alaïa’s life story, based on personally selected textiles dating from the early 1980s all the way through to the present day.

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Made in Denmark

Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig / DE
– 07.10.2018
grassimuseum.de 

Scandinavian design is seen as a design direction that originated in the 1950s in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and which is characterised by minimalism, functionality, and cost-effective mass production. The “Made in Denmark” exhibition is devoted exclusively to design objects and brands from Denmark, featuring local designers such as Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen, and Verner Panton. Against this backdrop, it investigates the trends and developments that have informed this timeless design phenomenon. In doing so, it looks not only at art nouveau, but also certain strands of art deco and functionalism. The exhibition also includes a separate section called “Simply Danish”, showcasing the Schwandt jewellery collection.

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Go West! American Illustration

Designforum, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
designaustria.at 

The “Go West!” exhibition at the Designforum Vienna is exhibiting works by 16 illustrators from the US. The aim is to showcase the diversity of styles and creativity offered in the world of US American illustration. The “Go West!” exhibition gives both young and ambitious talents as well as established illustrators the space to present their individual view of the world in at least two works.

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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills / US
– 07.10.2018
cranbrookartmuseum.org 

Alongside the hippy era, punk was one of the most important and influential movements of the late 20th century. Apart from music, fashion, and art, punk also left its mark on graphic design. Dilettantism, self-marketing, provocation, and breaking from the “beautiful” produced a language of its own, demonstrated by record sleeves, posters, and zines, among other things. This exhibition showcases a rich collection of historical items, categorised by their styles. By showing early works from the 1990s by the US American street artist Shepard Fairey, whose rebellious, politically motivated works demonstrate parallels with punk’s fundamental thoughts, a link is formed to the movement to the present day.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
– 08.10.2018
metmuseum.org 

An exhibition stretching from several rooms of The Met Fifth Avenue to The Met Cloisters will form a bridge between catholic Christianity and the temporal world of fashion. In addition to medieval artworks, forty exhibits will form the core of the show, some of which will leave the Vatican for the first time ever for this event. These will include robes and “accessories” such as rings and papal crowns. Garments from the early 20th century illustrate the mutual interaction of religious art serving as a source of inspiration and, conversely, expressing Christian belief.

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Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon / PT
– 08.10.2018
www.maat.pt 

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which opened in 2016, invited over thirty-five artists and architects to offer critical and creative visions and views on the theme of climate change, provide food for thought, and suggest solutions to current and future environmental problems. The subject of the artistic works is the place of mankind in the Anthropocene age. Parts of the exhibition are made up of both video and sound productions in addition to paintings and installations.

 

 

 

 

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I Am Your Father!

Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains / CH
– 14.10.2018
ailleurs.ch 

The search for the meaning of (one’s own) life has occupied mankind for millennia and has resulted in the creation of ideologies, mythologies, and religions. Nowadays, fiction often takes on this role as the need for fulfilment and a sense of purpose continues to be a theme in modern societies. This argument is illustrated in the exhibition entitled “I Am Your Father!”, taking the example of the contemporary myth of “Star Wars”. The works by 13 international artists who tackle the Star Wars universe in a critical, ironic or experimental way and translate its narrative into current societal topics are being displayed to this end along with exhibits from the museum’s collection. Fans of the iconic epic as well as all those interested in the social influence of antique and modern myths will get their money’s worth.

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Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 14.10.2018
design-museum.de 

Ron Arad, who was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv and has since settled in London, is an industrial designer and architect. He made a practice of defying existing boundaries and prevailing norms through his work. The exhibition “Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!”, which is currently running at the Vitra Design Museum, shows a selection of pieces from the museum’s own collection and aims to provide a broad overview of Arad’s work. The exhibits include early metal furniture from his first studio, including the Rover Chair or the Big Easy armchair. In addition, recent work by the designer will be on display, showcasing the translation of Arad’s experimental approach into serial production.

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Shape of Light

Tate Modern, London / GB
– 14.10.2018
tate.org.uk 

The exhibition “Shape of Light. 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art” deals with the intertwined relationship between photography and abstract art. Works by various artists from 1910 to the present illustrate the originality of the photographers’ work and their response to abstract art, alongside which their photographs are displayed in the exhibition space. London’s Tate Gallery for Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art. In “Shape of Light” it presents work by renowned as well as young photographers such as pioneers of photography Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, contemporary artists Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff and “newcomers” such as Antony Cairns and Maya Rochat.

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Mobile Welten

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 14.10.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

“To play an effective role in society, a museum must always be aware of its responsibilities as a cultural and educational institution and seek dialogue with the public.” To this end, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has invited Roger M. Buergel, an exhibition organiser and critic, to work with the institution’s diversity and history. In the exhibition “Mobile Worlds. Or the Museum of Our Transcultural Present”, the working process “On the Migration of Things in Transcultural Societies” takes shape through working with various universities. Existing patterns of thought and museum structures are broken down, revealing the emergence of things and their meaning in society. The exhibition serves as a medium to illustrate the complexity of global interrelationships and, with the help of objects, texts, and images, it creates a three-dimensional collage, enabling visitors to read different interpretations.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Handmade Industry

Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo / BR
25.08.2018 – 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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Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
01.09.2018 – 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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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
07.09.2018 – 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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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
08.09.2018 – 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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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
16.09.2018 – 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
19.09.2018 – 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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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
20.09.2018 – 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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Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
21.09.2018 – 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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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
22.09.2018 – 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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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
28.09.2018 – 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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