Bologna Design Week
28 September – 1 October 2016
This year Bologna Design Week (BDW) is once again offering a wide-ranging programme of design-relevant themes at locations historically associated with design in the centre of this northern Italian city.
Leather. Life’s constant companion
Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach
– 31 December 2016
As a raw material, leather has been a constant feature of human civilisations for millennia. It has been and continues to be used in the making of everyday objects and decorative pieces by people of all ethnicities, regardless of their geographical location. An exhibition at the Ledermuseum in Offenbach is now exploring the importance of this material at different stages of life.
Imagine Moscow15.03.2017 – 04.06.2017
Zài Xīng Tǔ Mù – Sixteen Chinese museums, fifteen Chinese architects
Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin
– 13 October 2016
China’s rapid urbanisation over the last 30 years has resulted in a real “museum boom”, which in turn has sparked a plethora of new building projects. The new museum buildings, their programmes and areas of particular focus often hold a mirror up to a desire for deeper cultural roots felt among China’s new and growing middle class. At present there are over 3,500 museums in China, in addition to around 500 museums run by private collectors or commercial firms.
Art as Home – the Home as a Work of Art
Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg
– 25 September 2016
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the exhibition “Art as Home – the Home as a Work of Art”, running until 25 September 2016, highlights the personal perspective of the painter Joe Hedlund, who viewed the home as a complete work of art and collecting as a way of life.
CAPTCHA Design Festival
29 August – 1 September 2016
The Captcha Design Festival, which is devised and organised by students from the Faculty of Design at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, is back for its third year in 2016. This year’s event will focus on the theme of contrast. An exhibition, a conference and various workshops all aim to showcase the diverse nature of the theme.
Ars Electronica Festival 2016
8 – 12 September 2016
The Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, Austria has been pursuing “the connections and intersections, causes and effects” that unite art, technology and society since 1979. Together with the Prix Ars Electronica competition and the centre’s research and development division, Futurelab, its activities also include the annual Ars Electronica Festival, which in 2016 has the theme of “Radical Atoms and the Alchemists of our Time”.
Sydney Design 2016
2 – 11 September 2016
“Make or Break”, the fine line between success and failure, and the creative interaction with it is the main theme of this year’s edition of the Sydney Design Festival. The aim of the event is to faciliate networking and to support creatives in all disciplines.
Soirée Graphique N°9: Norden
Uferweg 15, Berne
9 September 2016
The ninth Soirée Graphique is upon us and this year it is completely oriented towards the North. On 9 September 2016, the results of the encounter between 59 photographers and graphic artists hailing from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland will be on show.
2 – 4 September 2016
Digital art in all its aspects is at the heart of the Numerik Games festival held in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. Everyone who is interested, not just professionals in the developing scene and “geeks”, is invited to find out more about the different facets of the digital world.
Olafur Eliasson. Notion Motion
– 18 September 2016
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Anyone wanting to escape Rotterdam city centre this summer will find a peaceful, shady retreat in the rooms of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The accessible installations from Olafur Eliasson‘s “Notion Motion” are on show until the middle of September.
Paris Design Week
3 – 10 September 2016
From 3 to 10 September 2016, the French capital will once again be the centre of events for the local and international design scene. With more than 200 participating showrooms, concept stores, museums and galleries, current projects will be presented offering insights into their work. The slogan for this year’s Paris Design week is “House of Games”, which is also the theme for Maison et Objet running from 2 to 6 September this year.
Tendence 2016 Fresh. New. Ideas.
Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main
27 – 30 August 2016
Once again this year at the international consumer goods fair Tendence, the trends revolve around the themes of home, furnishing and decorating. In addition, visitors will also find an extensive range of gift items, fashion and jewellery.
Obituary Hans Theo Baumann
Hans Theo Baumann (1924-2016) is dead. One of the major founders of German post-war design died aged ninety-one on Saturday, 6 August 2016.
Artek and the Aaltos
Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York
– 25 September 2016
The exhibition “Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World”, organised by the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in conjunction with the Alvar Aalto Museum in Helsinki, puts into context the results of a two-year research project in the archives of the Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek and the Aalto family. The newly discovered information can be viewed until the end of September in New York.
Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
- 4 September 2016
To mark the 50-year anniversary of Superstudio, the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo has dedicated a retrospective to one of the most radical and visionary groups of architects in Italy.
Poesie des Wohnens
Zukunftspavillon, Roßmarkt, Frankfurt am Main
19 August – 02 September 2016
As part of the Rhein-Main Summer of Architecture and its temporary domain, the Zukunftspavillon located at Frankfurt’s Roßmarkt, an interdisciplinary team has turned its attention to the “Poesie des Wohnens” [poetry of living] project. This cultural project space has taken on the task of reflecting the demands of contemporary living against the background of social, political housing and urban development issues in order to stimulate public discussion.
World of Malls. Architectures of Consumption
Architecture Museum TU Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
– 16 October 2016
That which once began with the design of a shopping centre by the Austrian architect Victor Gruen in the America of the 1950s, has long established itself internationally as an urban experience space. It is difficult to imagine today’s consumer society without shopping malls. To celebrate this type of architecture, the Architecture Museum of the TU Munich has dedicated a special exhibition which runs until the middle of October 2016.
form N° 267. Communicating Design
In view of the streams of information that we are confronted with every day, communication is inescapable – everything communicates, wants to explain and persuade. And it is no different in design. Designers communicate their ideas within the design process to team members and customers. The product itself speaks to the user through its design, and design as a discipline communicates wherever the public is. The way in which and where design communicates and the extent to which communication itself is being designed is the focus of form 267.
– 8 October 2016
Nordic Embassies, Felleshus, Berlin
It has been becoming ever clearer for some time that design is no longer just the consideration of shape for physical objects. Increasingly, design is being used for solving society’s issues and the summer exhibition “New Nordic. Fashion. Food. Design”, organised by the Nordic embassies that runs until 8 October in Felleshus in Berlin, looks at this.
Museum Burg Linn, Krefeld
– 3 October 2016
This exhibition at the Museum Burg Linn presents a dialogue between various factors and aspects of industrial production using practical examples from different manufacturers. In it, the focus is placed on the conditions changed by digital processes.
Design and Time Conference
Middlesex University London
8 – 10 September 2016
This year’s Design History Society‘s conference looks at the connection between design and time. The reason for this is not only the changing perception of time and the acceleration of (working) life, but also the question of what contribution design history can make to the discussion of these developments. Possible answers will be explored on three days in September 2016 in lectures and various other forums.
Tip of the Hat!
– 30 October 2016
Head coverings offer protection against the weather and injury and also convey information about cultural, religious and political affiliations. The current exhibition “Tip of the Hat!” in the Wien Museum takes a look at the “social history of the covered head” from 1848 to the present day.
Museum of Design, Schaudepot, Zurich
– 9 October 2016
Pepita, Cola and Milka. To mark the centenary of the birth of the Swiss poster designer, Herbert Leupin, who died in 1999, the Museum of Design in Zurich is dedicating an exhibition to his life’s work. Displayed on 140 square metres of the north wall in the entrance hall of the museum’s Toni-Areal, “Herbert Leupin – Seduction, Wit and Poetry” is on show until 9 October 2016.
DASA Exhibition on the World of Work, Dortmund
– 25 September 2016
An exhibition at DASA running until the end of September focuses on the history of the robot, its different areas of use, cultural reception and possible future scenarios.
Hokusai x Manga
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 11 September 2016
Manga, Anima and Cosplay – these are Japanese comics, animated films and "costume play" that did not reach the western world until the end of the 1980s and yet which have enjoyed a long history in Japan. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg takes visitors on a journey back to 1680 to find the roots of Japanese pop culture and to show its development to the present day.
Austrian Design Explosion
– 31 August 2016
The diversity of Austrian design is highlighted in an installation of almost 90 objects that was originally conceived for the Triennale Museum in Milan, and is now touring Europe. The mixture of historical and current works offers the viewer an overview within a small area.
According to Plan?
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Museum in der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin
– 19 March 2017
With the founding of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) after the Second World War, socialism and a planned economy were introduced to the country. This approach continued throughout the 41 years of the state’s existence, and the design of the consumer goods produced did not escape unscathed: a wide range of social, political and economic developments are reflected in them. Until 19 March 2017, the Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland demonstrates the influences under which design in the GDR stood in the exhibition entitled “According to Plan? Industrial Design in the GDR”.
The Frankfurt Art School: Modernism on the Main
- 27 February 2017
The Berlin-based Bauhaus-Archiv looks after the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus art as well as works from movements in the artistic world that developed in parallel and followed on from it. The Frankfurt Art School which was reformed in 1923 belongs to this group and an exhibition dedicated to this movement is now on show until 27 February 2017.
Pioneers of the Comic Strip
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
– 18 September 2016
The history of comics stretches back to the late 19th century. The colourful pictorial stories captured the hearts of millions of loyal readers and determined at times the success and downfall of big-name American newspapers. An exhibition currently running at the Schirn is dedicated to the origins of the comic strip – sometimes unjustly fallen into oblivion – and six of its most important protagonists.
Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art
5 August - 7 November 2016
Dadaism, that evolved a hundred years ago in Zurich around the author Hugo Ball, is today one of the best-known art movements of the 20th century. To mark its centenary, the “Dada Africa” exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie puts this art movement in a “Dialogue with the Other”.
Marie Gudme Leth. Pioneer of Print
Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen
– 25 September 2016
The Danish textile designer, Marie Gudme Leth (1895–1997) did not only enjoy commercial success with her designs but also ensured that textile design grew in importance again at a time when functionalism was the order of the day. The Designmuseum Denmark now has on display a selection of her colourful textile prints until 25 September 2016.
Unsettling Green. Focusing on a Colour
Marta Herford, Herford
– 14 August 2016
The many meanings of green in colour psychology and its current functions are the subject of an exhibition that runs until 14 August 2016 in the Lippold-Galerie in the Marta Herford Museum.
BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight
Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein
– 9 October 2016
Office work determines the everyday working lives of increasing numbers of people and is strictly regulated by standards and guidelines. The design studio Bless is currently looking at the mechanisms of desk work using interactive installations and objects at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.
Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country
German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice
– 27 November 2016
Germany has played a leading role in Europe in handling the influx of refugees which has been taking place for some time. As controversial as the topic is from different standpoints, the everyday issues which must be dealt with now are very specific. The German Pavilion at the architecture biennale in Venice is looking to architecture to provide answers for offering new arrivals a home.
Pop Art Fabrics and Fashion
Textiel Museum, Tilburg
– 20 November 2016
After Second World War the pop culture craze spread across vast swathes of the Western world. Symbols of mass consumption were seized upon by art and from there found their way onto the textiles used in clothing and furniture. Up until 20 November 2016 the Textiel Museum in Tilburg is showing the results of this mutual inspiration.
Art for Art:
Frank Neubauer Posters
– 14 October 2016
Institut für Kunstpädagogik, Leipzig
To mark the 75th birthday of Professor Frank Neubauer, who taught at the Institute of Art Education at the University of Leipzig from 1967 to 2006, a collection of his posters for art events are being shown in an exhibition at the Institute’s gallery.
– 31 October 2016
Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art
“Dreamers, fantasists, visionaries […] that, in the final analysis, is what we want: utopia!” Those were the enthusiastic words of the architect Walter Gropius as he described his vision of architecture. The “Modern Visionaries” exhibition, which will run at the Berlinische Galerie at the Museum of Modern Art until 31 October, reveals the architectural conceptions and drawings of different artists in the early 20th century.