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100 Beste Plakate
Deadline for submissions: 23 January 2017
The annual competition “100 beste Plakate Deutschland Österreich Schweiz” [100 best posters Germany Austria Switzerland] will be held this year for the 16th time. The eponymous association is considered an important institution in the world of contemporary poster design.
Between Art and Politics
Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin
– 19 January 2017
The woven face of Karl Marx stares out at observers, beside it Russian letters, a lot of red, communist symbols and Berlin – proclaimed as the “Capital of the GDR”. The remarkable exhibition “Between Art and Politics. Tapestries from the GDR 1955–1989 – A Discovery” invites visitors to step into the past at the Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin.
Costumes & Wishes for the 21st Century
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
– 22 January 2017
The theme of the exhibition “Costumes & Wishes for the 21st Century” is transformation through fashion. Fashion can highlight, underline, or hide personal features. It changes and can change the people who follow it.
form Nº 269. Play
An activity that delights both young and old alike throughout their lifetime is play. In his book “Homo ludens”, published back in 1938, Johan Huizinga attributes to play a central role in cultural processes. Whether its sports, the theatre or board games, play is mostly about learning and testing certain forms of action and behaviour, during which playful activity often navigates distraction and discipline, freedom and rules as well as reality and fiction. All of these, we demonstrate in form 269, are aspects that can be designed or exploited for design.
Werner Aisslinger. House of Wonders
Pinakothek der Moderne, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich
– 17 September 2017
The Neue Sammlung (New Collection) in Munich has been offering its visitors new series of exhibitions since 2015: well-known designers are provided with a double-storey hall, as a space they can experiment with and use for their installations. Until September 17, 2017, visitors can marvel at the designer Werner Aisslinger’s visionary concept of living in an exhibition where he explores big data in addition to his original themes.
A Grip on Architecture
Grassi Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig
– 14 May 2017
The Grassi Museum for Applied Art in Leipzig turns its attention to an object that encapsulates the aesthetics of a building designed down to the very last detail: the door handle.
Niki de Saint Phalle and the Theatre. At Last I Found the Treasure
– 12 March 2017
Well-known artists are often defined by their work and consequently reduced to a part of it. Niki de Saint Phalle is famous for her brightly coloured Nanas, which always seem to be dancing. However, she was also involved in theatre and even developed a play herself. Opelvillen Rüsselsheim is for the first time exhibiting the designs for the fantastic and terrifying piece called “ICH” or “I”.
Ceci n’est pas une copie.
Design Between Innovation and Imitation
Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu
– 26 February 2017
It is often difficult to draw a clear line between innovation and imitation. Profiting from the ideas of others is not only forbidden, it is morally wrong. But one idea that resembles another is not always actually a copy. Against this background, this latest exhibition “Ceci n’est pas une copie” looks at nature, the meaning and acceptance of copying.
The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined
Barbican Centre, Art Gallery, London
– 5 February 2017
The word “vulgar” is almost always used pejoratively and we mostly associate it with things we consider either repulsive or even crude. The current exhibition “The Vulgar” at the Barbican Art Gallery is the first to look at this word in the context of fashion – from the renaissance to contemporary design.
No Guts No Glory
Tiefgarage Ebertplatz, Cologne
– 22 January 2017
Striking stripes and colourful shapes, Neon and CMYK. The gallery space Tiefgarage at the Ebertplatz in Cologne is currently showing the work of Marije Vermeulen and Guido Nieuwendijk. Covering large surfaces graphically, the two Dutch artists take their pictures and paintings to the wall with a view to making a big, unusual splash.
Techsage. Design Competition
Submission deadline: 1 March 2017
The “Techsage Design Competition” is linking up with an area of social design that is rarely covered: age. This two-part competition has been organised by the Techsage Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. With the help of the competition, the Center’s challenge is to find innovative, technology-based design solutions for the ageing population.
Gispen Specials. The Customer Is Always Right
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
– 26 February 2017
Furniture by the industrial designer Willem Hendrik Gispen and his company of the same name can still be found in many Dutch homes and offices. The exhibition “Gispen Specials. The Customer Is Always Right” on show in Rotterdam’s largest art museum until 26 February 2017 examines the company’s custom-made products for special customers. For, as the sub-title of the exhibition suggests, they are always right.
Fruit Exhibition. Just juice it!
Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna
27 – 29 January 2017
Palazzo Re Enzo is an old, picturesque building dating from the 13th century that stands in the heart of Bologna. Its spacious rooms are playing host for the fifth time to the “Fruit Exhibition” which, this time, is focusing on photography.
Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich
10 December – 12 February 2017
Who owns a gesture? Can you build your own toaster? What will the future look like? Artists and designers at the exhibition “Touch Deeper” ask these and other questions, such as, how do objects that we interact with change, and how do they change us? In many ways, technology has become an inevitable part of everyday life. We possess smartphones and are developing smart homes. Against this backdrop, at the exhibition, the artists and designers explore and assess the efficiency and intelligence of things. The Exhibition opens at the Lothringer 13 Halle in Munich on 9 December 2016 at 7 pm and continues until 12 February 2017.
Stacking. Ein Prinzip der Moderne
Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen
– 17 April 2017
An exhibition at the foundation Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung in Bremen is currently examining the little-researched area of stacking things. Stacking things is a daily action practised by nearly everyone, it happens repeatedly and is little regarded. The function of stacking offers an outstanding opportunity in the area of design.
– 12 March 2017
In the films of Israeli director Omer Fast, boundaries are blurred and reality flows into fiction. The stories he tells are graceful, if at times bizarre webs of documentation and fantasy.
Drawing Rooms 2. Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art
– 21 May 2017
In the second part of its exhibition series “Drawing Rooms 2”, the Hamburger Kunsthalle documents the shift of drawing into the third dimension. It describes the phenomenon of the transition of the line from the surface into space as a “breakthrough into space”.
Object Lessons. The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters
Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin
– 16 January 2017
Learning by head, hand and heart. This was Pestalozzi’s “Idea of Elementary Educuation” which today we understand as the initial all-round approach to education. This is defined through the expansion of education through activities and sensory impressions. Transferring knowledge using materials has been establised since then as a concept in pedagogy. The Werkbundarchiv in Berlin is considering these thoughts in its exhibition “Object Lessons. The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters”.
(Un)Expected. The Art of Chance
– 19 February 2017
We speak of chance when no reason or explanation can be given when events occur. Over the past century, art has repeatedly confronted the subject of chance and developed methods and processes to trigger chance under defined conditions. Taking a diverse collection consisting of 120 works, the special exhibition “(Un)expected. The Art of Chance” in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart presents the results of this experimental and systematic confrontation.
In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019
– 20 March 2017
“In all my life I have never known such minimisation of the architect’s profession, such disrespect for the entire industry, [...] of architectural achievement.” So speaks Dietmar Steiner in this provocative Podcast, as he talks about the process of design and his feelings as he comes to the end of his directorship of the Architekturzentrum in Vienna, where he has been director since 1993, continuing to the end of 2016. On the occasion of his farewell, the museum is showcasing his impressions on sixty years of international architectural history.
Peter Keetman. Shaping the World
Deichtorhallen, Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
– 12 February 2017
Peter Keetman was born in April 1916 to a well-off family. A hundred years later we have an exhibition in honour of him focusing on his work and aesthetics: “Peter Keetman. Shaping the World”.
The Rhine. The Biography of a European River
- 22 January 2017
The Rhine, whose source is in central Europe in the Alps and which winds 1,232.7 kilometres across Europe to flow into the North Sea, is a river associated with myths and historical events. It is, as Victor Hugo said, a “part of history” - a part of European history. The Bundeskunsthalle Bonn wants to highlight its significance in its exhibition “The Rhine. The biography of a European river.”
German Federal Ecodesign Award. Prizewinners 2016
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin
28 November 2016
Baking, Ironing, Cleaning, Cooking. That bit of household!
Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig
– 9 April 2017
Household chores such as cooking and cleaning are necessary, even if hardly anyone likes doing them. The Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig is now dedicating an exhibition to the appliances and utensils, great and small, which have been developed over time to deal with these duties. The exhibition also traces the social context of the equipment.
Göttlich Golden Genial. Weltformel Goldener Schnitt?
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
– 26 February 2017
Be it painting, music, architecture or nature, the golden ratio is everywhere. Its description of beauty and harmony as a mathematical principle has fascinated people for centuries. It keeps cropping up around us, and hence lends itself to the idea that our creativity and representations are subject to its influence and explains why the golden ratio is also referred to as proportio divina or divine proportion. The Museum für Kommunikation in Berlin explores precisely this supposition in its exhibition “Göttlich Golden Genial” [Godly Golden Genius].
Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
30 November 2016 – 5 February 2017
M+ is the name of the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong whose emphasis is on art, design, architecture, and moving images of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2012, its exhibitions have been documenting the past, informing the present and shaping the future. The museum building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is already at the planning stage and is expected to be finished by 2019. Until then, the exhibitions can be seen in the M+ pavillion.
Akademie Schloss Solitude. Exhibition and Performance
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
– 18 December 2017
The Akademie Schloss Solitude is a public-law foundation financed by the State of Baden-Württemberg, which mainly awards residential and working scholarships for young artists. The building has a multifaceted history – it was initially a military hospital, then a restaurant, a prison and later a student hall of residence. Since 1990, it has functioned as the living, working and exhibition space for scholarship holders, thereby providing the international art scene an important global network.
Gute Aussichten. New German Photography
– 15 January 2017
Much can be discovered in foreign places and captured by photography. And, after all, strange places can be found everywhere, be they on another continent, on your own doorstep or within yourself. The winners of “Gute Aussichten 2016/2017” have achieved this discovery in very different ways. And if you take the time to look at the strange images, you may discover a feeling of proximity.
Les Suisses de Paris
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
– 19 March 2017
Swiss design is known for its simplicity, elegance and precision. But this type of design is not only found in Switzerland. During the 1950s and 1960s, many Swiss designers took their modern education with them to France. They were not only looking for work but also for artistic freedom and opportunities for development, and Paris seemed to suit these criteria perfectly.
Hot to Cold. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaption
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main
– 12 February 2017
Pragmatic and utopian – that’s how the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels describes his approach, challenging, as he says, current trends in which architecture is often reproduced instead of driving innovation. By contrast, the buildings of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), founded by him, straddle the line between reality and fantasy and always combine aesthetics with sustainability.
Submission deadline: 2 – 31 January 2017
The Designpreis Halle has been awarded every three years since 2007. This year’s theme is “Time”. Time is something that affects all of us, which is, to some extent, unavoidable, but, for that matter, also opens up ever more diverse and creative ways of exploring the subject.
The Life Fair. New Body Products
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
– 8 January 2017
Work, Sex, Security and Health. “The Life Fair. New Body Products” in Rotterdam touches on all of these themes and takes its visitors on a continuous quest for the optimal person in an optimal world. According to the exhibition website: “As a visitor of The Life Fair you will explore commercial products, services and scenarios that will help you to realise your ideal self.”