Agenda

December

Design to Business. Annual Conference 2017

Schlachthof , Wiesbaden / DE
– 12.12.2017
http://www.design-to-business.de/en/ 

The development and implementation of ideas require different skills, but nonetheless call for collaborative efforts. This is recognised and supported by the Design to Business Conference, as signalled by the subtitle of the event: “New Paths towards Innovation and Value Creation”. The talks and workshops held on 12 December are thus intended to provide a networking opportunity for companies and creative professionals, with the aim of supporting the ongoing development of the cultural industry. An exhibition will take place alongside the event, involving various universities from Hesse, design agencies and emerging talents.

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Open Call: Building Plattforms

CH
– 15.12.2017
buildingplatforms.net 

The Swiss Design Network has used the Beyond Change conference as an opportunity to launch an appeal via a one page website. The call, made in the form of a digital flyer posted on the Internet, is aimed at anyone who deals with the discipline of design or is looking for new structures, and also appeals for proposals for projects, initiatives and platforms to be submitted by 15 December 2017. The aim is to create a collection that is accessible to everyone and that has potential for making changes in design through practical projects.

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Fashion: Objects, Concepts and Visions

Me Collectors Room, Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin / DE
– 18.12.2017
me-berlin.com 

The Olbricht Foundation is distinguished by the way in which it combines a cultural interest in art and social commitment. Its current exhibition looks at fashion from an artistic perspective and builds upon the “ReFashioning Austria” exhibition, which took place in Shanghai in December 2016. It comprises 40 exhibits by fashion designers and artists who are all involved in presenting fashion in a new way. The exhibition was commissioned by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and curated by Claudia Rosa Lukas of austrianfashion.net.

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The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin

Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles / US
– 31.12.2017
aplusd.org 

Lawrence Halprin was a landscape architect who shaped exterior design in the United States during the 20th century. His work is being showcased in an exhibition to mark the centenary of his birth.

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The North. Finnish Design and Lapland

Designmuseum, Helsinki / FI
– 31.12.2017
designmuseum.fi 

The exhibition “The North - Finnish Design and Lapland” investigates the relationship of Finnish design to Sámi culture from the north of the country. The exhibition itself shows only a few everyday objects from Sámi culture but focuses on the relationship of various artists and designers with their cultural origins.

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Van Abbe and De Stijl

Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven / NL
– 31.12.2017
vanabbemuseum.nl 

The “Van Abbe and De Stijl” series of events is launched with an exhibition bearing the same name and is part of the “Mondrian to Dutch Design” year, held to mark the centenary hon- ouring the Dutch artist collective, De Stijl. At the heart of the exhibition is a model of the Cinédancing in the Aubette building by Theo van Doesburg that represents the seamless link between painting and space. In addition, there are also contemporary exhibits on show that have been selected by stu- dents of the design curating and writing master’s course at the Design Academy Eindhoven. The context for the various objects’ creation is ex- plained through drawings, notes, letters, and photographs thus communicating the foundational ideas of the time.

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Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 06.01.2018
fitnyc.edu/museum 

The exhibition “Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme” is the first haute couture exhibition that deals with clothing for particularly hostile environments on earth – but also far away from it. Amongst the exhibits are over 70 outfits and accessories, both from the museum’s own collection and from other leading museums and private collections. The exhibition design is intended together with the exhibited objects to draw attention to the beauty of the extreme wilderness (on land, on sea, and in space), and all the dangers that the human explorers of these areas have to face. Thames and Hudson are publishing a book about the exhibition with the same title.

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The Other Architect

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 07.01.2018
theotherarchitect.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

The exhibition “The Other Architect” currently on show in the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, presents a selection of projects by designers and architects, who understand their role beyond the classic definition of their discipline – and who see architecture as energetic, critical, and radical. As part of the exhibition there are 22 different case studies that show the potential that architecture can have in identifying and solving urgent, contemporary issues. The various projects reveal often multidisciplinary and international teams who have developed new methods and move beyond the realms of traditional design practice.

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Lumia. Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington / US
– 07.01.2018
americanart.si.edu 

Thomas Wilfred’s influence is more significant than his name. He was, however, a very well-known artist in the 1950s. This exhibition intends to recall, show and preserve his work. The clavilux he invented produces a light composition according to specific patterns, known as lumia, comparable to a visual piece of music. The sculptural appearance of the light depends on the device that produces it. Sometimes, the lumia occurs as if in a compact box, on other occasions it is controlled by an old-fashioned mixing console. In each case, however, the light produced has a very specific form.

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Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 07.01.2018
architekturmuseum.de/ 

The exhibition “Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism” to be held at the Architekturmuseum of the Technical University of Munich will be looking at the question of how long-term or permanent urban planning should be. The Oktoberfest in Munich and the Burning Man festival in Nevada are just two examples for temporary structures accommodating small to medium-sized numbers of people in the short term. Refugee accommodations are also ephemeral structures that have the goal of fulfilling a specific functional task. Based on the research results gathered by Rahul Mehrotra of the Harvard University in Cambridge, and Felipe Vera of the Centro de Ecología Paisaje y Urbanismo of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago de Chile, the exhibition looks at a current phenomenon, especially by virtue of the refugee subject matter.

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Alexander Kluge. Pluriversum

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 07.01.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

In holding the exhibition, “Alexander Kluge. Pluriverse”, the Museum Folkwang is looking at the works of this filmmaker, author, and artist for the first time. Kluge was born in Halberstadt in 1932, began teaching in 1963 at the HfG Ulm, amongst others, and is known as being one of the most important representatives of New German Cinema, whose theory and practice he has shaped and on which he has had a longterm influence. In the first instance, the exhibition focuses on the filmic montages that he has put together from words and images. These are found in various media – such as texts, cinema and television films, reportages, and video collages – and in various different forms and combinations, and are concerned with the great themes of modernism: the universe, evolution, love, war – which is also referring to the title “Pluriverse”.

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Perception Is Reality

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 07.01.2018
fkv.de 

The group exhibition “Perception Is Reality. On the Construction of Reality and Virtual Worlds” on show at the Frankfurter Kunstverein invites artists to examine the “conditions of human perception in relation to the constructed work”. The participants include Thomas Demand, Alicja Kwade, and Marnix de Nijs, amongst others, who will express their position on the emotional impact of artificial imagery using a selection of analogue and digital artworks and virtual reality applications from art and science. The artists have their own exhibition space at their disposal, so that not only new spaces of thought are created, but visitors also have access to new, previously undisclosed developments.

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Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris / FR
– 07.01.2018
lesartsdecoratifs.fr 

The Musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Dior fashion house with its exhibition “Christian Dior, couturier du rêve”. The exhibition does not only feature the work of Christian Dior himself but also that of his successors, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The exhibits include 300 haute couture dresses designed between 1947 and the present day. In addition, paintings, fashion photographs, and hundreds of documents, for example drawings, illustrations, letters, and advertising materials are also on show. Displayed chronologically with fashion accessories including hats, jewellery, bags, and perfume bottles they combine to give a comprehensive picture.

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Hubert Fichte. Love and Ethnology

Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro / BR
– 13.01.2018
hkw.de 

Projekt Fichte pays homage to the moving being and the dialogue inspired by the writer and ethnographer, Hubert Fichte, throughout his life. The exhibition’s various stations are representative of a particular discussion and a section of his ethnological research. As a result, the exhibition in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro revolves around his book entitled “Explosion” (1993), an ethnological novel that portrays the impressions of three journeys to Brazil. Here, a series of Brazilian and international artists developed works that deal with research carried out by Hubert Fichte and Leonore Mau on the Candomblé religions of Latin America, and illuminate Fichte’s inner conflict with the ethnologist and photographer, Pierre Verger.

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Best of DAM Architectural Book Award

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 14.01.2018
dam-online.de 

The Architectural Book Award offered by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt/Main has been in existence since 2009. Now in its ninth year, it will be staging a little show of the prizewinners to date and the shortlisted books. And the fact that the overview shows how countries such as Turkey and Mexico are increasingly being taken into consideration demonstrates a gratifying development. Long may it continue.

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Niklaus Troxler. Jazz’n’more

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 14.01.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

The Museum Folkwang is holding an exhibition of selected posters by the Swiss graphic artist Niklaus Troxler (born in 1947) until January 14, 2018. Troxler’s graphic designs have something special: his visual language comes very close to how jazz sounds, and explains how he became famous internationally and much in demand as a graphic designer of the jazz scene. In addition, the programme offers jazz concerts and workshops to accompany the exhibition. In the workshops, participants have the opportunity of designing record album covers and posters together with Troxler himself.

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Bullet Point. Guillermo Santomá

Etage Projects, Copenhagen / DK
– 20.01.2018
etageprojects.com 

The exhibition “Bullet Point” with works by Barcelona-based artist Guillermo Santomá feels quite otherworldly: life size, amorphous sculptures appear to sit and wait on colourful rugs, as you view them through comically shaped portholes carved into garish wooden walls. The resulting view is one of a play on shapes and colours. The exhibition platform Etage Projects specialises in exploring the boundaries between art and design. Its home in Copenhagen describes itself as a design gallery and is an example of a new trend in design.

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Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 21.01.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

“Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!” looks at previously used materials, which in many cases are viewed as waste, and which in the users’ eyes have lost all their value, and how these materials can be reused. The exhibition is dedicated to materials that can be found everywhere and are often even the only “raw materials” available for manufacturing new products. Not only the materials themselves are seen as being inferior, the same is true for the associated processing techniques. Against this background, the exhibition presents more than 75 projects, which give both a European and an international perspective on the subject, and aim to change attitudes in experiencing and dealing with materials.

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Alvar Aalto. Paimio Sanatorium

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 21.01.2018
designmuseum.dk 

The Paimio Sanatorium in southwestern Finland was built in 1933 by the designer and architect Alvar Aalto for tuberculosis patients. In the 1960s, it became a hospital and finally, in 2014, it was converted into a private rehabilitation centre for children. The Designmuseum Danmark is dedicating a pop-up exhibition entitled “Alvar Aalto. Paimio Sanatorium” celebrating the architect’s work and highlighting his handling of shapes, colours, and functions. For its time in the interwar period, Aalto’s design was radical, and integrated aspects such as light, air, and cleanliness, which were essential in the fight against the deadly disease. He was one of the first to demonstrate how architecture can contribute in supporting health.

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Werner Mantz. Architectures and People

Museum Ludwig, Cologne / DE
– 21.01.2018
museum-ludwig.de 

Werner Mantz was a German-Dutch photographer who specialised in two areas in particular. Werner Mantz was famous for his architectural photography and, as a result, he managed to capture the essence of a new movement in architecture. On the other hand, early on, he began to shoot portraits of celebrities of Cologne in his photographic studio which was accommodated in his parents’ home. In the exhibition “Architectures and People” in the Museum Ludwig, his portrait photography is juxtaposed with his architectural photography, producing a special contrast.

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Loov Kultuur

Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris / FR
– 21.01.2018
citemodedesign.fr 

Loov Kultuur is an exhibition that takes an in-depth look at the creative culture of Estonia. It is part of Estonia 100 – a series of events organised by the Estonian government to mark the centenary of the country’s independence. On show are exhibits in the area of design, art, fashion, street art, photography and animation. An exhibition staged by the Estonian Design House presents over seventy objects with an aesthetically minimalist approach to design. Using an app and augmented reality, the (R)estart Reality project relates the history of Estonian folklore and combines digital culture with street art. The traditional core areas of this culture are also on display with the Iglusaun, a reinterpretation of the time-honoured design of the sauna.

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The Hobbyist. Hobbies, Photography and the Hobby of Photography

Fotomuseum, Winterhur / DE
– 28.01.2018
fotomuseum.ch 

The exhibition “The Hobbyist” takes a look at hobby culture and photography, and both amateur cultures and professionalism. It shows hobbies and hobbyists captured through photographs and, using the example of photography, explores the interface between amateur and professional. Accompanying the exhibition are various events, which expand some aspects. A conversation with Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin including a demonstration on Drones as a Hobby is planned for November 12, 2017. December 2 includes a screening of amateur films and on 10 December visitors can see Lithoplane in 3D printing in collaboration with Fab Lab Winti.

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Basquiat. Boom for Real

Barbican Art Gallery, London / GB
– 28.01.2018
barbican.org.uk 

In the 1980s an artist who dared to think differently enriched the New York art scene with new outlooks and perspectives. Born in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat used a wide range of media for artistic expression, with words and symbols playing a central role in his work. An exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London showcases the outstanding work of this artist who died at the age of 27. The Barbican Centre is the largest cultural and conference centre in London, which houses a conservatory with over 2,000 different tropical plants alongside theatres, cinemas, exhibition rooms and the Art Gallery within its brutalist architectural structure.

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Beazley Designs of the Year

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 28.01.2018
designmuseum.org 

For the tenth time in its history, the Design Museum in London will be again presenting a selection of last year’s innovative designs in the “Beazley Designs of the Year” exhibition in 2017. The exhibition comprises 60 international projects in the areas of architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product, and transport. The public has the opportunity to vote for their favourites until January 2018. A panel of renowned academics, critics, and designers will choose the winners from this selection. Themes such as activism and protest are particularly prominent in the projects this year, with references to President Trump and the Brexit referendum, for instance.

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Sitterwerk Orphan Papers

Sitterwerk, St. Gallen / CH
– 28.01.2018
sitterwerk.ch 

The art library is characterised by its dynamic order. Every book can be captured digitally, allowing for permanent inventory. This means that no book in the library has a fixed location and the arrangement of the books adapts itself to the users; this is part of the innovative achievement of this system and also increases the likelihood of serendipitous discoveries.

In addition, a new form of the inventory catalogue, has been created, making it possible to see online what books are where, thereby supporting new forms of use. Since the majority of the books come from personal collections, it is not unusual when browsing, to repeatedly stumble upon notes made during reading and research by the original owners. In the exhibition, the Geneva-based artist and publisher Izet Sheshivari creates a platform for these archived musings. This exhibition reveals the intuitive networking of users and information in libraries.

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Onomatopee in Autumn

Onomatopee, Eindhoven / NL
– 30.01.2018
onomatopee.net 

Onomatopee is an artist-run space in Eindhoven, which identifies as a space and partner for everyone who engages with the design of our environment. By being neither a classical gallery, nor a commercial publisher, it gives the team the freedom to redefine both. Over the next few months they will hold different exhibitions and activities such as “The Parts and the Sum” by Studio Mieke Meijer and “Sense & Sensibility” by Mandy Roos.

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Erik Mortensen – Haute Couture

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 31.01.2018
designmuseum.dk 

Erik Mortensen (1926–1998), the Danish fashion designer, moved to Copenhagen at just 16 years old, where he was apprenticed to Holger Blom, one of the most famous fashion designers of the time. At the age of 22, Mortensen then made his way to Paris to work for the fashion house Pierre Balmain. After being appointed Balmain’s first assistant in 1951, he became head designer in 1982 on the death of his mentor. The Designmuseum Danmark is now dedicating a special exhibition to the designer entitled “Eric Mortensen – Haute Couture”. In addition to 70 of his creations from his most successful creative period from 1982 to 1995, the exhibition also displays a selection of the designer’s drawings and designs.

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Silent Book Contest 2018

DE
– 31.01.2018
silentbookcontest.com 

The Silent Book Contest is dedicated exclusively to picture books without any words: the stories submitted must captivate their viewers solely through visual narration. The competition is endowed with a prize of 4,500 euros and the winning project will also be published by Carthusia Edizioni. Submissions can be made by one or several authors; competitors may submit up to three projects each. The registration fee for participating costs 50 euros per project and it is only possible to register online. The submission deadline is 31 January 2018.

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Politics of Emotions – Power of Affects

Akademie der Bildenden Künste , Munich / DE
– 02.02.2018
adbk.de 

The winter semester on “Politics of Emotions / Power of Affects” will be held at the Cx Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. The theme of “Politics of Emotions / Power of Affect” explores the importance and handling of emotions in a series of lectures. The focus here is not only on personal relationships, but also on how emotions are processed in artistic contexts, and used as a criterion for analyses of social phenomena. With the exception of the last lecture, the lectures always take place on Tuesdays at 19:00.

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Ralph Schraivogel

Le Signe Centre national du graphisme , Chaumont / FR
– 04.02.2018
centrenationaldugraphisme.fr 

The graphic designer Ralph Schraivogel has been captivating the international graphic design scene with experimental poster designs since the 1990s. Until 4 February 2018, Le Signe Centre national du graphisme in Chaumont will be exhibiting 65 posters from their own collection, giving an insight into the range of Schraivogel's graphic design oeuvre. Sketches from the designer's private archive are included in the exhibition. Jean Schneider is responsible for the scenography of the exhibition and the exhibition graphics are by Dutch designer Richard Niessen.

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Revolution in Rotgelbblau

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 04.02.2018
marta-herford.de 

A large number of the objects in the Rietveld collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht represent the historical core of the exhibition “Revolution in Red-Yellow-Blue. Gerrit Rietveld and Contemporary Art”. To mark the anniversary of De Stijl in the Netherlands, the Marta Herford Museum is also showing a number of contributions by various architects and designers, who still take advantage of abstraction, the use of basic colours, and a clear geometric order. All this could be found already a century ago in the designs by Gerrit Rietveld, architect and designer, who was one of the most influential members of the De Stijl collective at the time.

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IIDA Student Design Competition

DE
– 05.02.2018
iida.org 

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Competition honours innovative and functional design solutions that have a positive effect on the environment and humanity. The design task for the current edition of the competition is to design a marketing and sales office for OFS Brands’ head office. The company is a family-owned enterprise for socially responsible solutions for furniture and logistics in the office, education and healthcare sector as well as the home office. The competition is endowed for the first prize with 2,500 US dollars and 1.500 respectively 750 US dollars for the second and third prize. At least half the furniture in the submitted designs should be from OFS Brands, as the head office is not only a work space, but also the company’s showroom. The fee for taking part is 25 US dollars for members of the International Interior Design Association and 70 dollars for everyone else. The submission deadline is 5 February 2018.

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Finders Keepers. The Life of Things

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 11.02.2018
finderskeepers.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Products define our everyday lives: we design them, manufacture them, buy them, use them, forget them or sell them again. Then there are the people who collect objects, from knives to carpet beaters to roof tiles and pens to staircases. The exhibition is curated by the makers of the MacGuffin magazine who want to bring visitors in closer contact with the world of collectors and collecting. To achieve this, they have assembled numerous objects from different collections. The aim is not only to show the diversity of the collected objects, but also to reveal the underlying strategies that are applied.

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Play Parade.

Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 11.02.2018
design-museum.de 

On 9 September, the Vitra Design Museum is launching its first exhibition specially designed for children. At the centre is the artistic exploration undertaken by Ray and Charles Eames with play as a creative activity. Ray and Charles saw toys on an equal footing with everyday objects, so they should not be designed with less care than furniture or other products used every day. The exhibition is therefore not aimed primarily at children but at visitors of all ages.

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Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
– 11.02.2018
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

Wim Wenders’ collection of Polaroids is an extension of his work, showing an intimate and immediate side of his life. In the exhibition, Polaroids taken between the early 1970s and the mid 1980s are displayed together with excerpts from his films. The photographs show unprocessed snapshots of his life, and also elements of his work. The exhibition shows a selection of 200 photographs from several thousand photographs. Audio guidance is possible using your own smartphone. Polaroid workshops are also available as part of the exhibition.

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Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989

Ludwig Forum, Aachen / DE
– 18.02.2018
ludwigforum.de 

Art can mirror a culture and also convey a sense of time and place. The exhibition “Kunst x Kuba” (Art x Cuba) at the Ludwig Forum, showcases some 150 Cuban works of art, making it the largest exhibition of Cuban art in Germany to date. The artworks give visitors a sense of the Cuban way of life in the last 30 years.

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100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
mak.at 

[100 Best Posters 16] The MAK in Vienna is once again showcasing the winners of the “100 beste Plakate” competition from 18 October 2017 to 25 February 2018. This year’s jury included Alain Le Quernec from Quimper in France, Eva Dranaz from Vienna, Markus Dreßen from Leipzig, Stefan Guzy from Berlin, and Martin Woodtli from Zurich. They have selected the 100 posters and poster series from a total of 2,116 submissions by 632 entrants. Of the winners, 52 come from Switzerland, 46 from Germany, and two from Austria. Benjamin Buchegger of Atelier Beton and Studio Ortner Schinko are responsible for the designs from Austria. A catalogue by the same name has been published by the Kettler Verlag to accompany the exhibition.

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Being There

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 25.02.2018
louisiana.dk 

Who are we? What are we becoming? Twelve young artists pose these questions in the “Being There” exhibition in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. New technologies and an increasing growth in digitalisation do not only create new challenges, but also offer new opportunities to answer existential questions. The exhibited young artists, including Lizzie Fitch, Ryan Trecartin, and Cécile B. Evans, attempt to provide answers in their works in the form of video material, sculptures, and installations, and use various approaches to do so. Their works range from prophetic to humorous to subtle and disturbing.

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An Eames Celebration

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 25.02.2018
design-museum.de 

To mark the 110th anniversary of Charles Eames’ birth (1907–1978), the Vitra Design Museum is presenting a series of exhibitions and events under the title of “An Eames Celebration”, offering an unprecedented, detailed look at the legacy of this couple of designers and architects. Charles and Ray Eames (1912–1988) number amongst the most important designers of the past century and even today continue to inspire generations of designers with their furniture, books, exhibitions, and installations. The exhibition “Charles and Ray Eames. The Power of Design” forms the core of this series of events and exhibitions and, in the form of a retrospective, shows the versatile work of the couple using loans from around the world.

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From Belgium with Light

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu / BE
– 25.02.2018
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The exhibition “From Belgium with Light. Belgians (Almost) Invented Light …”, that will be on show from 19 November 2017 to 25 February 2018 at Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, is dedicated to the skills of Belgian designers in the lighting industry. The expansion of companies such as Schréder in the 1980s or the founding of brands like Modular, Kréon, Wever and Ducré or Delta Light and Dark opened up new opportunities to Belgian designers in this field. The following decades have helped the Belgian industry to achieve international success, as the current exhibition shows with the help of technically efficient, innovative, and emotional lighting concepts and products.

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Tiere

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg / DE
– 04.03.2018
tiere.mkg-hamburg.de 

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is focusing on animals for a period of four months. The themes it is tackling are respect for animals and the relationship between animals and humans which will be looked at using representations of animals in art. More than 200 international loans show animal illustrations in various media and, on a visual level, invite visitors to develop their own thoughts on how to deal with animals and to think about where they stand. The exhibition pleads for an “animal turn”, in which “the relationship between animals and humans must be renegotiated” and “animals should finally get their rights” – because their subjective feelings, their individuality and vulnerability demand respect.

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Frau Architekt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 08.03.2018
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “Frau Architekt. Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture” which is on show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum until 8 March 2018, focuses on women being admitted to study architecture at technical universities. Architecture is still a man’s world today, but it has at least been experiencing a change at universities for some years now. It is becoming more common to find even more women than men amongst the students. However, it will be several years before this trend reaches the entire field, especially in terms of leading positions in industry and academia. The exhibition looks at this phenomenon and traces historical developments in addition to current ones.

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Thomas Bayrle

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 02.04.2018
mak.at 

In its exhibition “Thomas Bayrle. If It’s Too Long – Make It Longer”, the MAK in Vienna is for the first time dedicating a solo show to this illustrator, painter, and sculptor. At its centre is the installation developed especially for the exhibition “iPhone Meets Japan”, made up of innumerable mobile phones. As part of the exhibition, Bayrle illuminates the MAK’s collection using selected objects and linking several rooms in the museum together in this way. Bayrle was born in Berlin in 1937 and studied commercial art and graphic reproduction. Throughout his career he worked with metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming. He draws the inspiration for his works – graphics, photographs, collages, and objects – from everyday situations and political contexts.

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / DE
– 02.04.2018
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen will be holding an exhibition on the use and possibilities of technical textiles until 2 April 2018. The vision of this exhibition is to raise awareness about these textiles among a broad public, to explain them and to explore their possible applications.

The supporting programme includes a range of talks and lectures, each with a different focus. Experts will present the history of functional textiles and future-oriented innovations as well as discussing influences on fashion and aesthetic change. Workshops on the development of participants’ own product ideas and a creative debate are also scheduled. A special feature is the guided tours behind the scenes of Empa, the interdisciplinary research institute of the Department of Materials Science and Technology Development at the ETH Zurich, where you can get an insight into current research.

 

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
– 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

This year, Ferrari marks the 70th anniversary of its existence, which began with the launch of its first eponymous car in 1947. The “Ferrari: Under the Skin” exhibition with unique cars and unpublished documents gives visitors an insight into the otherwise rather reserved world of car design. The exhibits include both early designs and rare models as well as personal documents from Enzo Ferrari’s archive. In addition to the objects on show, there are various displays of the developments in manufacturing and engineering and in the company’s racing tradition, which is not only known for its innovative streak, but is also associated with a certain glamour.

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Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design

Wilhelm Wangenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2018
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Welt aus Glas” [World of Glass] looks at transparency as a characteristic of design. The exhibition intends to demonstrate our fascination for transparent objects and follows the separate strands of the term’s development. Exhibits are on show from various areas, for example, the inflatable chair for Zanotta from the 1960s to the German Pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1958 by Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf to the Sneaker Clear FF Silver by Sebastian Thies.

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
– 30.04.2018
dmh.org.il 

Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress and film-maker. The Design Museum Holon is now launching a retrospective of a very special kind. The wardrobe of this celebrity, who died at the age of 51 from cancer, will be on show. Amongst the curators of this exhibition is her brother. Her fashion has the function of an archive: clothes that she wore to various events or in films are displayed using video art and sound installations.

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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 06.05.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Jil Sander, whose real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander, is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main is now staging the first solo show in a museum dedicated to her under the title of “Jil Sander”. Spacious multimedia installations reflect her influence on aesthetics, material, and form – not only in fashion, but also in product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. In addition to a high level of quality, Sanders’ work is particularly notable for its modernity, which for her means highlighting people’s personalities and helping individuals to find their own strengths.

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Design Studio

Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich / DE
– 15.07.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In opening the Design Studio, the Museum of Design is launching an extraordinary place for conveying basic questions of design, where the processes of the discipline take centre stage. Quick sketches can convey the idea entirely without a word being spoken, and models help to test out certain parameters. The Design Studio explains the decisions that have to be made within a design process using sample design projects.

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Open Codes

Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 05.08.2018
open-codes.zkm.de 

Codes are part of our everyday lives as they can be found in children’s toys or traffic light circuits. Lots of systems and parts of our reality are based on a language that follows logic. To provide an understanding of this language, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe is staging “Open Codes”. An extensive accompanying programme aims to stimulate and support the exhibition, and looks at the interfaces and tracks of the digital world. Many workshops are on offer providing an insight into specific areas and digital tools. Amongst other things, a conference on digital sovereignity will take place on 2 November 2017.

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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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d.confestival

Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam / DE
– 16.09.2018
dconfestival.hpi.de  

The concept of Design Thinking is based on the assumption that problems can be solved more effectively if professionals from different disciplines meet one another in an inspiring space and work together to find a solution. The Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) wants to offer this space. To mark the HPI School of Design Thinking’s tenth anniversary, up to 800 guests have been invited to participate in an intensive programme of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, activities and special events. The themes of the presentations cover a broad spectrum ranging from the new potential offered by digitalisation to future mobility to business models and neurobiological processes. At the forefont, there is the potential for open and creative communication. 

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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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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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Adolf Loos – Private Spaces

Museu del Disseny de Barcenlona, Barcelona / ES
14.12.2017 – 25.02.2018
ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny 

The exhibition “Adolf Loos – Private Spaces” held in the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is the first time that the work of this architect will be presented in Spain. Loos (1870–1933) was not only a practitioner, but also an architecture critic and is considered to be a pioneer of modern architecture. The exhibition focuses on the aesthetic revolution led by Loos: around the turn of the 20th century he rebelled against the Vienna Secession, an association of visual artists, with his demand for cost-effectiveness in architecture and design. The exhibition describes the literary, architectural, and philosophical context of the early 20th century in Vienna and, against this background, displays around a hundred objects and designs by Loos.

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Ästhetik der Veränderung

MAK, Vienna / AT
15.12.2017 – 15.04.2018
mak.at 

Working in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition “Aesthetics of Change”, which runs from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 looks at the 150-year history of the university. Back in 1867, the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry set up a school – the forerunner of today’s university – with the aim of making Austrian arts and crafts internationally competitive. The exhibition does not only explain the history of the institution, but also focuses on the future using various scenarios. Member of the board of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, who is also an professor emeritus at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is the curator of the exhibition.

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Van Abbe and De Stijl

Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven / NL
24.12.2017 – 31.12.2017
vanabbemuseum.nl 

The “Van Abbe and De Stijl” series of events is launched with an exhibition bearing the same name and is part of the “Mondrian to Dutch Design” year, held to mark the centenary honouring the Dutch artist collective, De Stijl. At the heart of the exhibition is a model of the Ciné-dancing in the Aubette building by Theo van Doesburg that represents the seamless link between painting and space. In addition, there are also contemporary exhibits on show that have been selected by students of the design curating and writing master’s course at the Design Academy Eindhoven. The context for the various objects’ creation is explained through drawings, notes, letters, and photographs thus communicating the foundational ideas of the time.

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Handwerk wird modern. Vom Herstellen am Bauhaus

Bauhaus Dessau / DE
31.12.2017 – 07.01.2018
bauhaus-dessau.de 

Zum Auftakt des 100-jährigen Gründungsjubiläums des Bauhauses 2019 zeigt das Bauhaus Dessau die Ausstellung „Handwerk wird modern. Vom Herstellen am Bauhaus“, die die Geschichte und Funktion der Werkstätten am Bauhaus aus der Perspektive des Handwerks erzählt. Skizzen, Unterrichtsaufzeichnungen, Materialstudien, Objekte, Fotografien und Dokumente über das Entwerfen und Herstellen am Bauhaus werden dabei aktuellen Gestaltungspositionen eines modernen Handwerks gegenübergestellt. Präsentiert werden die Arbeiten am Originalschauplatz – der Weberei im Bauhausgebäude in Dessau – in fünf Themengebieten: Handwerk am Scheideweg, Ungleiche Paare: Werkmeister – Formmeister, Maschinenpark, Materiallager und Objektbiografien.

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Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris / FR
31.12.2017 – 07.01.2018
lesartsdecoratifs.fr 

[Christian Dior, Tailor of Dreams] The Musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Dior fashion house with its exhibition “Christian Dior, couturier du rêve”. The exhibition does not only feature the work of Christian Dior himself but also that of his successors, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The exhibits include 300 haute couture dresses designed between 1947 and the present day. In addition, paintings, fashion photographs, and hundreds of documents, for example drawings, illustrations, letters, and advertising materials are also on show. Displayed chronologically with fashion accessories including hats, jewellery, bags, and perfume bottles they combine to give a comprehensive picture

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Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 06.01.2018
fitnyc.edu/museum 

The exhibition “Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme” is the first haute couture exhibition that deals with clothing for particularly hostile environments on earth – but also far away from it. Amongst the exhibits are over 70 outfits and accessories, both from the museum’s own collection and from other leading museums and private collections. The exhibition design is intended together with the exhibited objects to draw attention to the beauty of the extreme wilderness (on land, on sea, and in space), and all the dangers that the human explorers of these areas have to face. Thames and Hudson are publishing a book about the exhibition with the same title.

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The Other Architect

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 07.01.2018
theotherarchitect.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

The exhibition “The Other Architect” currently on show in the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, curated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, presents a selection of projects by designers and architects, who understand their role beyond the classic definition of their discipline – and who see architecture as energetic, critical, and radical. As part of the exhibition there are 22 different case studies that show the potential that architecture can have in identifying and solving urgent, contemporary issues. The various projects reveal often multidisciplinary and international teams who have developed new methods and move beyond the realms of traditional design practice.

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Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 07.01.2018
architekturmuseum.de/ 

The exhibition “Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism” to be held at the Architekturmuseum of the Technical University of Munich will be looking at the question of how long-term or permanent urban planning should be. The Oktoberfest in Munich and the Burning Man festival in Nevada are just two examples for temporary structures accommodating small to medium-sized numbers of people in the short term. Refugee accommodations are also ephemeral structures that have the goal of fulfilling a specific functional task. Based on the research results gathered by Rahul Mehrotra of the Harvard University in Cambridge, and Felipe Vera of the Centro de Ecología Paisaje y Urbanismo of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago de Chile, the exhibition looks at a current phenomenon, especially by virtue of the refugee subject matter.

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Alexander Kluge. Pluriversum

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 07.01.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

In holding the exhibition, “Alexander Kluge. Pluriverse”, the Museum Folkwang is looking at the works of this filmmaker, author, and artist for the first time. Kluge was born in Halberstadt in 1932, began teaching in 1963 at the HfG Ulm, amongst others, and is known as being one of the most important representatives of New German Cinema, whose theory and practice he has shaped and on which he has had a longterm influence. In the first instance, the exhibition focuses on the filmic montages that he has put together from words and images. These are found in various media – such as texts, cinema and television films, reportages, and video collages – and in various different forms and combinations, and are concerned with the great themes of modernism: the universe, evolution, love, war – which is also referring to the title “Pluriverse”.

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Lumia. Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington / US
– 07.01.2018
americanart.si.edu 

Thomas Wilfred’s influence is more significant than his name. He was, however, a very well-known artist in the 1950s. This exhibition intends to recall, show and preserve his work. The clavilux he invented produces a light composition according to specific patterns, known as lumia, comparable to a visual piece of music. The sculptural appearance of the light depends on the device that produces it. Sometimes, the lumia occurs as if in a compact box, on other occasions it is controlled by an old-fashioned mixing console. In each case, however, the light produced has a very specific form.

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Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris / FR
– 07.01.2018
lesartsdecoratifs.fr 

The Musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Dior fashion house with its exhibition “Christian Dior, couturier du rêve”. The exhibition does not only feature the work of Christian Dior himself but also that of his successors, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The exhibits include 300 haute couture dresses designed between 1947 and the present day. In addition, paintings, fashion photographs, and hundreds of documents, for example drawings, illustrations, letters, and advertising materials are also on show. Displayed chronologically with fashion accessories including hats, jewellery, bags, and perfume bottles they combine to give a comprehensive picture.

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Perception Is Reality

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 07.01.2018
fkv.de 

The group exhibition “Perception Is Reality. On the Construction of Reality and Virtual Worlds” on show at the Frankfurter Kunstverein invites artists to examine the “conditions of human perception in relation to the constructed work”. The participants include Thomas Demand, Alicja Kwade, and Marnix de Nijs, amongst others, who will express their position on the emotional impact of artificial imagery using a selection of analogue and digital artworks and virtual reality applications from art and science. The artists have their own exhibition space at their disposal, so that not only new spaces of thought are created, but visitors also have access to new, previously undisclosed developments.

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Hubert Fichte. Love and Ethnology

Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro / BR
– 13.01.2018
hkw.de 

Projekt Fichte pays homage to the moving being and the dialogue inspired by the writer and ethnographer, Hubert Fichte, throughout his life. The exhibition’s various stations are representative of a particular discussion and a section of his ethnological research. As a result, the exhibition in Bahia and Rio de Janeiro revolves around his book entitled “Explosion” (1993), an ethnological novel that portrays the impressions of three journeys to Brazil. Here, a series of Brazilian and international artists developed works that deal with research carried out by Hubert Fichte and Leonore Mau on the Candomblé religions of Latin America, and illuminate Fichte’s inner conflict with the ethnologist and photographer, Pierre Verger.

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Niklaus Troxler. Jazz’n’more

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 14.01.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

The Museum Folkwang is holding an exhibition of selected posters by the Swiss graphic artist Niklaus Troxler (born in 1947) until January 14, 2018. Troxler’s graphic designs have something special: his visual language comes very close to how jazz sounds, and explains how he became famous internationally and much in demand as a graphic designer of the jazz scene. In addition, the programme offers jazz concerts and workshops to accompany the exhibition. In the workshops, participants have the opportunity of designing record album covers and posters together with Troxler himself.

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Best of DAM Architectural Book Award

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 14.01.2018
dam-online.de 

The Architectural Book Award offered by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt/Main has been in existence since 2009. Now in its ninth year, it will be staging a little show of the prizewinners to date and the shortlisted books. And the fact that the overview shows how countries such as Turkey and Mexico are increasingly being taken into consideration demonstrates a gratifying development. Long may it continue.

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Bullet Point. Guillermo Santomá

Etage Projects, Copenhagen / DK
– 20.01.2018
etageprojects.com 

The exhibition “Bullet Point” with works by Barcelona-based artist Guillermo Santomá feels quite otherworldly: life size, amorphous sculptures appear to sit and wait on colourful rugs, as you view them through comically shaped portholes carved into garish wooden walls. The resulting view is one of a play on shapes and colours. The exhibition platform Etage Projects specialises in exploring the boundaries between art and design. Its home in Copenhagen describes itself as a design gallery and is an example of a new trend in design.

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Werner Mantz. Architectures and People

Museum Ludwig, Cologne / DE
– 21.01.2018
museum-ludwig.de 

Werner Mantz was a German-Dutch photographer who specialised in two areas in particular. Werner Mantz was famous for his architectural photography and, as a result, he managed to capture the essence of a new movement in architecture. On the other hand, early on, he began to shoot portraits of celebrities of Cologne in his photographic studio which was accommodated in his parents’ home. In the exhibition “Architectures and People” in the Museum Ludwig, his portrait photography is juxtaposed with his architectural photography, producing a special contrast.

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Alvar Aalto. Paimio Sanatorium

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 21.01.2018
designmuseum.dk 

The Paimio Sanatorium in southwestern Finland was built in 1933 by the designer and architect Alvar Aalto for tuberculosis patients. In the 1960s, it became a hospital and finally, in 2014, it was converted into a private rehabilitation centre for children. The Designmuseum Danmark is dedicating a pop-up exhibition entitled “Alvar Aalto. Paimio Sanatorium” celebrating the architect’s work and highlighting his handling of shapes, colours, and functions. For its time in the interwar period, Aalto’s design was radical, and integrated aspects such as light, air, and cleanliness, which were essential in the fight against the deadly disease. He was one of the first to demonstrate how architecture can contribute in supporting health.

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Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 21.01.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

“Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!” looks at previously used materials, which in many cases are viewed as waste, and which in the users’ eyes have lost all their value, and how these materials can be reused. The exhibition is dedicated to materials that can be found everywhere and are often even the only “raw materials” available for manufacturing new products. Not only the materials themselves are seen as being inferior, the same is true for the associated processing techniques. Against this background, the exhibition presents more than 75 projects, which give both a European and an international perspective on the subject, and aim to change attitudes in experiencing and dealing with materials.

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Loov Kultuur

Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris / FR
– 21.01.2018
citemodedesign.fr 

Loov Kultuur is an exhibition that takes an in-depth look at the creative culture of Estonia. It is part of Estonia 100 – a series of events organised by the Estonian government to mark the centenary of the country’s independence. On show are exhibits in the area of design, art, fashion, street art, photography and animation. An exhibition staged by the Estonian Design House presents over seventy objects with an aesthetically minimalist approach to design. Using an app and augmented reality, the (R)estart Reality project relates the history of Estonian folklore and combines digital culture with street art. The traditional core areas of this culture are also on display with the Iglusaun, a reinterpretation of the time-honoured design of the sauna.

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The Hobbyist. Hobbies, Photography and the Hobby of Photography

Fotomuseum, Winterhur / DE
– 28.01.2018
fotomuseum.ch 

The exhibition “The Hobbyist” takes a look at hobby culture and photography, and both amateur cultures and professionalism. It shows hobbies and hobbyists captured through photographs and, using the example of photography, explores the interface between amateur and professional. Accompanying the exhibition are various events, which expand some aspects. A conversation with Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin including a demonstration on Drones as a Hobby is planned for November 12, 2017. December 2 includes a screening of amateur films and on 10 December visitors can see Lithoplane in 3D printing in collaboration with Fab Lab Winti.

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Basquiat. Boom for Real

Barbican Art Gallery, London / GB
– 28.01.2018
barbican.org.uk 

In the 1980s an artist who dared to think differently enriched the New York art scene with new outlooks and perspectives. Born in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat used a wide range of media for artistic expression, with words and symbols playing a central role in his work. An exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London showcases the outstanding work of this artist who died at the age of 27. The Barbican Centre is the largest cultural and conference centre in London, which houses a conservatory with over 2,000 different tropical plants alongside theatres, cinemas, exhibition rooms and the Art Gallery within its brutalist architectural structure.

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Beazley Designs of the Year

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 28.01.2018
designmuseum.org 

For the tenth time in its history, the Design Museum in London will be again presenting a selection of last year’s innovative designs in the “Beazley Designs of the Year” exhibition in 2017. The exhibition comprises 60 international projects in the areas of architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product, and transport. The public has the opportunity to vote for their favourites until January 2018. A panel of renowned academics, critics, and designers will choose the winners from this selection. Themes such as activism and protest are particularly prominent in the projects this year, with references to President Trump and the Brexit referendum, for instance.

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Sitterwerk Orphan Papers

Sitterwerk, St. Gallen / CH
– 28.01.2018
sitterwerk.ch 

The art library is characterised by its dynamic order. Every book can be captured digitally, allowing for permanent inventory. This means that no book in the library has a fixed location and the arrangement of the books adapts itself to the users; this is part of the innovative achievement of this system and also increases the likelihood of serendipitous discoveries.

In addition, a new form of the inventory catalogue, has been created, making it possible to see online what books are where, thereby supporting new forms of use. Since the majority of the books come from personal collections, it is not unusual when browsing, to repeatedly stumble upon notes made during reading and research by the original owners. In the exhibition, the Geneva-based artist and publisher Izet Sheshivari creates a platform for these archived musings. This exhibition reveals the intuitive networking of users and information in libraries.

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Onomatopee in Autumn

Onomatopee, Eindhoven / NL
– 30.01.2018
onomatopee.net 

Onomatopee is an artist-run space in Eindhoven, which identifies as a space and partner for everyone who engages with the design of our environment. By being neither a classical gallery, nor a commercial publisher, it gives the team the freedom to redefine both. Over the next few months they will hold different exhibitions and activities such as “The Parts and the Sum” by Studio Mieke Meijer and “Sense & Sensibility” by Mandy Roos.

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Erik Mortensen – Haute Couture

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 31.01.2018
designmuseum.dk 

Erik Mortensen (1926–1998), the Danish fashion designer, moved to Copenhagen at just 16 years old, where he was apprenticed to Holger Blom, one of the most famous fashion designers of the time. At the age of 22, Mortensen then made his way to Paris to work for the fashion house Pierre Balmain. After being appointed Balmain’s first assistant in 1951, he became head designer in 1982 on the death of his mentor. The Designmuseum Danmark is now dedicating a special exhibition to the designer entitled “Eric Mortensen – Haute Couture”. In addition to 70 of his creations from his most successful creative period from 1982 to 1995, the exhibition also displays a selection of the designer’s drawings and designs.

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Silent Book Contest 2018

DE
– 31.01.2018
silentbookcontest.com 

The Silent Book Contest is dedicated exclusively to picture books without any words: the stories submitted must captivate their viewers solely through visual narration. The competition is endowed with a prize of 4,500 euros and the winning project will also be published by Carthusia Edizioni. Submissions can be made by one or several authors; competitors may submit up to three projects each. The registration fee for participating costs 50 euros per project and it is only possible to register online. The submission deadline is 31 January 2018.

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Politics of Emotions – Power of Affects

Akademie der Bildenden Künste , Munich / DE
– 02.02.2018
adbk.de 

The winter semester on “Politics of Emotions / Power of Affects” will be held at the Cx Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies. The theme of “Politics of Emotions / Power of Affect” explores the importance and handling of emotions in a series of lectures. The focus here is not only on personal relationships, but also on how emotions are processed in artistic contexts, and used as a criterion for analyses of social phenomena. With the exception of the last lecture, the lectures always take place on Tuesdays at 19:00.

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Ralph Schraivogel

Le Signe Centre national du graphisme , Chaumont / FR
– 04.02.2018
centrenationaldugraphisme.fr 

The graphic designer Ralph Schraivogel has been captivating the international graphic design scene with experimental poster designs since the 1990s. Until 4 February 2018, Le Signe Centre national du graphisme in Chaumont will be exhibiting 65 posters from their own collection, giving an insight into the range of Schraivogel's graphic design oeuvre. Sketches from the designer's private archive are included in the exhibition. Jean Schneider is responsible for the scenography of the exhibition and the exhibition graphics are by Dutch designer Richard Niessen.

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Revolution in Rotgelbblau

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 04.02.2018
marta-herford.de 

A large number of the objects in the Rietveld collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht represent the historical core of the exhibition “Revolution in Red-Yellow-Blue. Gerrit Rietveld and Contemporary Art”. To mark the anniversary of De Stijl in the Netherlands, the Marta Herford Museum is also showing a number of contributions by various architects and designers, who still take advantage of abstraction, the use of basic colours, and a clear geometric order. All this could be found already a century ago in the designs by Gerrit Rietveld, architect and designer, who was one of the most influential members of the De Stijl collective at the time.

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IIDA Student Design Competition

DE
– 05.02.2018
iida.org 

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Design Competition honours innovative and functional design solutions that have a positive effect on the environment and humanity. The design task for the current edition of the competition is to design a marketing and sales office for OFS Brands’ head office. The company is a family-owned enterprise for socially responsible solutions for furniture and logistics in the office, education and healthcare sector as well as the home office. The competition is endowed for the first prize with 2,500 US dollars and 1.500 respectively 750 US dollars for the second and third prize. At least half the furniture in the submitted designs should be from OFS Brands, as the head office is not only a work space, but also the company’s showroom. The fee for taking part is 25 US dollars for members of the International Interior Design Association and 70 dollars for everyone else. The submission deadline is 5 February 2018.

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Play Parade.

Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 11.02.2018
design-museum.de 

On 9 September, the Vitra Design Museum is launching its first exhibition specially designed for children. At the centre is the artistic exploration undertaken by Ray and Charles Eames with play as a creative activity. Ray and Charles saw toys on an equal footing with everyday objects, so they should not be designed with less care than furniture or other products used every day. The exhibition is therefore not aimed primarily at children but at visitors of all ages.

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Finders Keepers. The Life of Things

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 11.02.2018
finderskeepers.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Products define our everyday lives: we design them, manufacture them, buy them, use them, forget them or sell them again. Then there are the people who collect objects, from knives to carpet beaters to roof tiles and pens to staircases. The exhibition is curated by the makers of the MacGuffin magazine who want to bring visitors in closer contact with the world of collectors and collecting. To achieve this, they have assembled numerous objects from different collections. The aim is not only to show the diversity of the collected objects, but also to reveal the underlying strategies that are applied.

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Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
– 11.02.2018
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

Wim Wenders’ collection of Polaroids is an extension of his work, showing an intimate and immediate side of his life. In the exhibition, Polaroids taken between the early 1970s and the mid 1980s are displayed together with excerpts from his films. The photographs show unprocessed snapshots of his life, and also elements of his work. The exhibition shows a selection of 200 photographs from several thousand photographs. Audio guidance is possible using your own smartphone. Polaroid workshops are also available as part of the exhibition.

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Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989

Ludwig Forum, Aachen / DE
– 18.02.2018
ludwigforum.de 

Art can mirror a culture and also convey a sense of time and place. The exhibition “Kunst x Kuba” (Art x Cuba) at the Ludwig Forum, showcases some 150 Cuban works of art, making it the largest exhibition of Cuban art in Germany to date. The artworks give visitors a sense of the Cuban way of life in the last 30 years.

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100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
mak.at 

[100 Best Posters 16] The MAK in Vienna is once again showcasing the winners of the “100 beste Plakate” competition from 18 October 2017 to 25 February 2018. This year’s jury included Alain Le Quernec from Quimper in France, Eva Dranaz from Vienna, Markus Dreßen from Leipzig, Stefan Guzy from Berlin, and Martin Woodtli from Zurich. They have selected the 100 posters and poster series from a total of 2,116 submissions by 632 entrants. Of the winners, 52 come from Switzerland, 46 from Germany, and two from Austria. Benjamin Buchegger of Atelier Beton and Studio Ortner Schinko are responsible for the designs from Austria. A catalogue by the same name has been published by the Kettler Verlag to accompany the exhibition.

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Being There

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 25.02.2018
louisiana.dk 

Who are we? What are we becoming? Twelve young artists pose these questions in the “Being There” exhibition in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. New technologies and an increasing growth in digitalisation do not only create new challenges, but also offer new opportunities to answer existential questions. The exhibited young artists, including Lizzie Fitch, Ryan Trecartin, and Cécile B. Evans, attempt to provide answers in their works in the form of video material, sculptures, and installations, and use various approaches to do so. Their works range from prophetic to humorous to subtle and disturbing.

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An Eames Celebration

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 25.02.2018
design-museum.de 

To mark the 110th anniversary of Charles Eames’ birth (1907–1978), the Vitra Design Museum is presenting a series of exhibitions and events under the title of “An Eames Celebration”, offering an unprecedented, detailed look at the legacy of this couple of designers and architects. Charles and Ray Eames (1912–1988) number amongst the most important designers of the past century and even today continue to inspire generations of designers with their furniture, books, exhibitions, and installations. The exhibition “Charles and Ray Eames. The Power of Design” forms the core of this series of events and exhibitions and, in the form of a retrospective, shows the versatile work of the couple using loans from around the world.

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From Belgium with Light

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu / BE
– 25.02.2018
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The exhibition “From Belgium with Light. Belgians (Almost) Invented Light …”, that will be on show from 19 November 2017 to 25 February 2018 at Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, is dedicated to the skills of Belgian designers in the lighting industry. The expansion of companies such as Schréder in the 1980s or the founding of brands like Modular, Kréon, Wever and Ducré or Delta Light and Dark opened up new opportunities to Belgian designers in this field. The following decades have helped the Belgian industry to achieve international success, as the current exhibition shows with the help of technically efficient, innovative, and emotional lighting concepts and products.

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Tiere

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg / DE
– 04.03.2018
tiere.mkg-hamburg.de 

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is focusing on animals for a period of four months. The themes it is tackling are respect for animals and the relationship between animals and humans which will be looked at using representations of animals in art. More than 200 international loans show animal illustrations in various media and, on a visual level, invite visitors to develop their own thoughts on how to deal with animals and to think about where they stand. The exhibition pleads for an “animal turn”, in which “the relationship between animals and humans must be renegotiated” and “animals should finally get their rights” – because their subjective feelings, their individuality and vulnerability demand respect.

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Frau Architekt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 08.03.2018
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “Frau Architekt. Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture” which is on show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum until 8 March 2018, focuses on women being admitted to study architecture at technical universities. Architecture is still a man’s world today, but it has at least been experiencing a change at universities for some years now. It is becoming more common to find even more women than men amongst the students. However, it will be several years before this trend reaches the entire field, especially in terms of leading positions in industry and academia. The exhibition looks at this phenomenon and traces historical developments in addition to current ones.

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / DE
– 02.04.2018
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen will be holding an exhibition on the use and possibilities of technical textiles until 2 April 2018. The vision of this exhibition is to raise awareness about these textiles among a broad public, to explain them and to explore their possible applications.

The supporting programme includes a range of talks and lectures, each with a different focus. Experts will present the history of functional textiles and future-oriented innovations as well as discussing influences on fashion and aesthetic change. Workshops on the development of participants’ own product ideas and a creative debate are also scheduled. A special feature is the guided tours behind the scenes of Empa, the interdisciplinary research institute of the Department of Materials Science and Technology Development at the ETH Zurich, where you can get an insight into current research.

 

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Thomas Bayrle

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 02.04.2018
mak.at 

In its exhibition “Thomas Bayrle. If It’s Too Long – Make It Longer”, the MAK in Vienna is for the first time dedicating a solo show to this illustrator, painter, and sculptor. At its centre is the installation developed especially for the exhibition “iPhone Meets Japan”, made up of innumerable mobile phones. As part of the exhibition, Bayrle illuminates the MAK’s collection using selected objects and linking several rooms in the museum together in this way. Bayrle was born in Berlin in 1937 and studied commercial art and graphic reproduction. Throughout his career he worked with metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming. He draws the inspiration for his works – graphics, photographs, collages, and objects – from everyday situations and political contexts.

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
– 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

This year, Ferrari marks the 70th anniversary of its existence, which began with the launch of its first eponymous car in 1947. The “Ferrari: Under the Skin” exhibition with unique cars and unpublished documents gives visitors an insight into the otherwise rather reserved world of car design. The exhibits include both early designs and rare models as well as personal documents from Enzo Ferrari’s archive. In addition to the objects on show, there are various displays of the developments in manufacturing and engineering and in the company’s racing tradition, which is not only known for its innovative streak, but is also associated with a certain glamour.

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Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design

Wilhelm Wangenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2018
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Welt aus Glas” [World of Glass] looks at transparency as a characteristic of design. The exhibition intends to demonstrate our fascination for transparent objects and follows the separate strands of the term’s development. Exhibits are on show from various areas, for example, the inflatable chair for Zanotta from the 1960s to the German Pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1958 by Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf to the Sneaker Clear FF Silver by Sebastian Thies.

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
– 30.04.2018
dmh.org.il 

Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress and film-maker. The Design Museum Holon is now launching a retrospective of a very special kind. The wardrobe of this celebrity, who died at the age of 51 from cancer, will be on show. Amongst the curators of this exhibition is her brother. Her fashion has the function of an archive: clothes that she wore to various events or in films are displayed using video art and sound installations.

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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 06.05.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Jil Sander, whose real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander, is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main is now staging the first solo show in a museum dedicated to her under the title of “Jil Sander”. Spacious multimedia installations reflect her influence on aesthetics, material, and form – not only in fashion, but also in product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. In addition to a high level of quality, Sanders’ work is particularly notable for its modernity, which for her means highlighting people’s personalities and helping individuals to find their own strengths.

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Design Studio

Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich / DE
– 15.07.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In opening the Design Studio, the Museum of Design is launching an extraordinary place for conveying basic questions of design, where the processes of the discipline take centre stage. Quick sketches can convey the idea entirely without a word being spoken, and models help to test out certain parameters. The Design Studio explains the decisions that have to be made within a design process using sample design projects.

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Open Codes

Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 05.08.2018
open-codes.zkm.de 

Codes are part of our everyday lives as they can be found in children’s toys or traffic light circuits. Lots of systems and parts of our reality are based on a language that follows logic. To provide an understanding of this language, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe is staging “Open Codes”. An extensive accompanying programme aims to stimulate and support the exhibition, and looks at the interfaces and tracks of the digital world. Many workshops are on offer providing an insight into specific areas and digital tools. Amongst other things, a conference on digital sovereignity will take place on 2 November 2017.

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d.confestival

Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam / DE
– 16.09.2018
dconfestival.hpi.de  

The concept of Design Thinking is based on the assumption that problems can be solved more effectively if professionals from different disciplines meet one another in an inspiring space and work together to find a solution. The Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) wants to offer this space. To mark the HPI School of Design Thinking’s tenth anniversary, up to 800 guests have been invited to participate in an intensive programme of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, activities and special events. The themes of the presentations cover a broad spectrum ranging from the new potential offered by digitalisation to future mobility to business models and neurobiological processes. At the forefont, there is the potential for open and creative communication. 

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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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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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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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Adolf Loos – Private Spaces

Museu del Disseny de Barcenlona, Barcelona / ES
14.12.2017 – 25.02.2018
ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny 

The exhibition “Adolf Loos – Private Spaces” held in the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is the first time that the work of this architect will be presented in Spain. Loos (1870–1933) was not only a practitioner, but also an architecture critic and is considered to be a pioneer of modern architecture. The exhibition focuses on the aesthetic revolution led by Loos: around the turn of the 20th century he rebelled against the Vienna Secession, an association of visual artists, with his demand for cost-effectiveness in architecture and design. The exhibition describes the literary, architectural, and philosophical context of the early 20th century in Vienna and, against this background, displays around a hundred objects and designs by Loos.

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Ästhetik der Veränderung

MAK, Vienna / AT
15.12.2017 – 15.04.2018
mak.at 

Working in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition “Aesthetics of Change”, which runs from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 looks at the 150-year history of the university. Back in 1867, the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry set up a school – the forerunner of today’s university – with the aim of making Austrian arts and crafts internationally competitive. The exhibition does not only explain the history of the institution, but also focuses on the future using various scenarios. Member of the board of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, who is also an professor emeritus at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is the curator of the exhibition.

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Handwerk wird modern. Vom Herstellen am Bauhaus

Bauhaus Dessau / DE
31.12.2017 – 07.01.2018
bauhaus-dessau.de 

Zum Auftakt des 100-jährigen Gründungsjubiläums des Bauhauses 2019 zeigt das Bauhaus Dessau die Ausstellung „Handwerk wird modern. Vom Herstellen am Bauhaus“, die die Geschichte und Funktion der Werkstätten am Bauhaus aus der Perspektive des Handwerks erzählt. Skizzen, Unterrichtsaufzeichnungen, Materialstudien, Objekte, Fotografien und Dokumente über das Entwerfen und Herstellen am Bauhaus werden dabei aktuellen Gestaltungspositionen eines modernen Handwerks gegenübergestellt. Präsentiert werden die Arbeiten am Originalschauplatz – der Weberei im Bauhausgebäude in Dessau – in fünf Themengebieten: Handwerk am Scheideweg, Ungleiche Paare: Werkmeister – Formmeister, Maschinenpark, Materiallager und Objektbiografien.

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Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris / FR
31.12.2017 – 07.01.2018
lesartsdecoratifs.fr 

[Christian Dior, Tailor of Dreams] The Musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Dior fashion house with its exhibition “Christian Dior, couturier du rêve”. The exhibition does not only feature the work of Christian Dior himself but also that of his successors, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The exhibits include 300 haute couture dresses designed between 1947 and the present day. In addition, paintings, fashion photographs, and hundreds of documents, for example drawings, illustrations, letters, and advertising materials are also on show. Displayed chronologically with fashion accessories including hats, jewellery, bags, and perfume bottles they combine to give a comprehensive picture

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Walter-Tiemann-Preis

05.01.2018 – 12.01.2018
waltertiemannpreis.de 

The Walter-Tiemann-Preis, awarded biennially, will be awarded for the 14th time in 2018 and is sponsored by the Verein zur Förderung von Grafik und Buchkunst, an association to promote graphics and book design. The prize is named after Walter Tiemann (1876–1951), who was an author, typographer, and illustrator and who, with Carl Ernst Poeschel, founded Janus-Presse in 1907, the first private German press. This international competition honours innovative typographical design schemes and wishes to continue to promote the book as a contemporary medium. The competition’s main prize is worth 5,000 euros, and there is another promotional award worth 1,500 euros. The submission deadline is 12 January 2018.

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Bundespreis Ecodesign

MIK , Ludwigsburg / DE
15.01.2018 – 18.02.2018
mik-ludwigsburg.de 

The German Federal Ecodesign Award focuses on the development of concepts and products that are designed in such a way that they have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, while remaining innovative. Various aspects come into play here, including the production cycle, the operating life, recycling options, the method of production and the materials of which the product is made. The Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (IDZ) has held this competition every year since 2012 to celebrate innovation in the field of sustainability, provide backing for the winners and draw attention to environmentally friendly design. The competition is split into Product, Service, Concept and Emerging Talent categories. The winners are represented in a travelling exhibition.

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