Agenda

May

Łódź Design Festival 2019 GOOD LIFE

Art_Inkubator, Łódź / PL
– 26.05.2019
lodzdesign.com 

Founded in 2007, the Łódź Design Festival is Poland’s oldest and most popular design festival. The festival serves as a source of inspiration, networking portal and presentation area for designers, architects, representatives of creative professions and all those interested in culture and design. Since its inception, the festival has presented design in all its forms – from industrial and graphic design, architecture and craftsmanship to the creation of services and interaction. Today, the main focus is on questions, interpretations and critical discussions on current topics.

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The Blind Spot. Women Designers of the Bauhaus and today

Designhaus Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt / DE
– 26.05.2019
hessendesign.de 

The occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus demands a specially nuanced view of the design school. Accordingly, and against the background of current women’s rights movements, Hessen Design is addressing the role of women at the Bauhaus. Although the art school proclaimed itself as having an egalitarian approach, the reality was different. The exhibition showcases the work of women from six creative areas of the art school. As a counterpart, it features six contemporary designers, thereby creating an arc to the present situation and looking beyond into the future. With this exhibition, the Mathildenhöhe Designhaus aims to illustrate the social impact of design and make an active contribution to the cultural diversity of the Rhine-Main region and Hesse.

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The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics

New Museum, New York / US
– 26.05.2019
newmuseum.org 

The Rhizome Initiative for the Conservation of Digital Art and Culture, based at the New Museum in New York, presents selected net art works based on its two-year online exhibition “Net Art Anthology”. The aim is to reveal the processes of archiving work with artistic practice on the Internet. For two years, Rhizome has been publishing regular posts on individual art projects from different decades on a specially created website. The idea is that this project will illustrate the history of digital art since the 1980s and sketch a possible canon. Some projects take place or have taken place exclusively in virtual space, others are and have been expanded offline.

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Glass-oriented Design

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu / BE
– 26.05.2019
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin summed up the ambivalent transparency of glass as follows: “Glass is, in general, the enemy of secrets.” Against this background, the exhibition “Glass-oriented Design” showcases a series of experiments using the material of glass that various designers have developed together with the glass manufacturer CIRVA (Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastique). The exhibition displays objects and constructions that Andrea Branzi developed between 2001 and 2008 for CIRVA and that deal with the relationship between everyday objects, nature, and architecture. The research work by Sylvain Willenz and the lighting project by Normal Studio provide a contrast by using the material from a formal and technical point of view.

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15. BDA-Tag 2019. „Kulisse und Substanz“

Halle (Saale) / DE
– 26.05.2019
bda-bund.de/ 

The 15th BDA (Federal Association of German Architects) Day will take place this year in Halle an der Saale, under the slogan “Stage and Substance”. The Association of German Architects sees architects and urban planners as having a duty to take responsibility and act as initiators of ecological rethinking through new social narratives.

Exemplary innovative architectural projects and local projects from Halle will be presented in the form of lectures, architectural city walks and a Pecha Kucha evening. Part of the event is the award ceremony of the 5th BDA Architecture Prize Nike.

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Biotopia Festival. EAT – Taste the Future

Museum Mensch und Natur, Munich / DE
– 26.05.2019
biotopia.net 

The Biotopia Festival takes place on 26 May in Munich and invites you to “Taste the Future”. How much do our diet and agriculture affect the environment and our health? What are the alternatives and how can they be implemented? The Nymphenburg Castle Museum of Man and Nature offers a wide range of products for all senses, tastes and age groups, looking for alternative, sustainable models from the fields of science, art, design and culinary arts. An integral part of the festival is the exhibition “Meat The Future” in the Museum Mensch und Natur, which deals specifically with the future of meat production.

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Graz Design Month 2019

Graz / AT
– 09.06.2019
designmonat.at/ 

During Graz Design Month 2019, exhibitions, lectures, events and presentations will take place throughout the city for one month, creating a space where design can gain new significance as a process of development and of adding value and also as a force for transformation in business and society. The offerings are aimed at representatives of the creative industries as well as people who are not involved in design contexts in their everyday lives. The Graz Design Month has received the award of the International Council of Design (ico-D) for its special promotion of design and compliance with standards in terms of design and ethics.

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Bauhaus Lecture

Berlin, Bernau, Weimar / DE
– 11.06.2019
hermann-henselmann-stiftung.de 

Last autumn, the Bauhaus Lectures series started as a joint project be- tween the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in cooperation with the Rosa Luxem- burg Foundation. Taking a look at the actual history of Bauhaus and the history of how it has been received, the event aims to contribute to the cul- tural anchoring of modernism in order to open up new perspectives on the challenges faced today. The event was launched on 15 October 2018 with Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff’s lecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar on the disputed position of Bauhaus in Thuringia. From 2 April 2019, five events in the series dedicated to the reception of Bauhaus will take place, including the example of the Bundes- schule des Allgemeinen Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (ADGB) [Trade Union School] by architect Hannes Meyer. The event series will conclude with a panel discussion on 11 June
2019 that will aim to summarise the Bauhaus centenary.

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Call. We Publish

– 15.06.2019
wir-publizieren.ch 

Before magazines can reproduce and disseminate images and texts, there is a lot of collaborative preparatory work to be done: writers, designers, distributors, and editors must work together if the magazine is to be published and regularly at all. The department of art and design at Bern University of the Arts and its counterpart at the the University of the Arts Bremen have devoted themselves to the independent, collaborative practices of publishing in Switzerland since the 1960s and are currently seeking projects that have taken place since that date.

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The Value of Good Design

The Museum of Modern Art, New York / US
– 15.06.2019
moma.org 

What is good design and how can it improve our everyday lives? This is the question posed by the exhibition called The Value of Good Design at MoMA, as it explores the democratic potential and socio-economic aspects of design. The exhibition includes a range of design objects, household appliances and furniture from the 1930s through the 1950s to the present day, to discuss and develop guidelines for good design. With this in mind, MoMA invites visitors to form their own opinions and get to know classics of “good design”.

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Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 16.06.2019
mudac.ch 

The “Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers” exhibition at the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne puts the spotlight on the work of perfumers and their creative process. Issues of inspiration, working methods, but also a saturated market are dealt with taking 13 perfumers and their working environment as examples. With this selection of perfumers, the exhibition aims to generate the greatest possible diversity by showcasing men and women, established and young perfumers, as well as major brands and individuals. Interviews will also give visitors a deeper insight into the thoughts and work of the perfumers, who include Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Isabelle Doyen, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vero Kern, Patricia de Nicolaï, and Lorenzo Villoresi.

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BAU[SPIEL]HAUS

Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg / DE
– 16.06.2019
nmn.de 

Nuremberg is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an exhibition focusing on play as an artistic strategy and creative expression. More than a hundred works, from handcrafted individual pieces to Lego architecture to contemporary examples in art and design, will be on display: the integration of concepts of play and play spaces into creative and personal development has proven its worth over a hundred years and runs through the entire concept of the exhibition “BAU [SPIEL] HAUS”. The connection between work and play and the human enthusiasm for play as a driving force for further development and design are ideas which were much influenced by the Bauhaus tradition, and the exhibition traces their development through the present into the future.

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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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Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality

Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen / DE
– 30.06.2019
ludwigforum.de 

Ever since ancient times, artists have looked for new techniques and methods to influence and mislead the perception of viewers; in the age of digital image processing it is now hardly possible to distinguish between reality and fiction. The exhibition “Lust der Täuschung. Von antiker Kunst bis zur Virtual Reality” in times of fake news is an extremely explosive contribution to current discourse, showing a whole range of aesthetic forms of play used to create illusion and simulation. Among the exhibits are over a hundred works from the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, immersive and interactive media art, augmented and virtual reality, applied art, and design.

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Bio, plastic – or both?

Library of Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle / DE
– 05.07.2019
burg-halle.de/bio-kunststoff/ 

Bioplastics are enjoying a boom. They not only seem to be the answer to excessive use of plastics, but also the much-desired sedative pill for consumers with a bad conscience. The market is becoming flooded with ecologically justifiable substitutes from all sides. But how sustainable and trend setting are To-Go cups and the like made of natural materials really? From 08 May 2019, the exhibition “Bio, Kunststoff - oder beides?” (Bio, plastics - or both?), held at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, will be devoted to considering such questions. The exhibition will be accompanied and informed by lectures and technical discussions with experts from the fields of design and science.

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Material Domestication

The Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 14.07.2019
sfmcd.org 

Six contemporary artists will present their work and their handling of materials in the “Material Domestication” exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. The exhib- ition is to be seen as examining materiality, technique, and one’s own skills and is primarily devoted to slow and repetitive production techniques such as handicrafts, knitting, weaving, and other historical methods of processing textiles. As these handicraft techniques are still usually associated with women, the exhibition aims to support the discourseon the (ir)relevance of gender roles in contemporary crafts and to promote a more neutral perspective.

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German Recycling Design Award

DE
– 15.07.2019
recyclingboerse.org 

The initiative Recyclingbörse is looking for innovative solutions for the use of waste and residual materials in order to find the Recycling Design Award winners. A ten-member jury will select from the submissions according to criteria of design quality, utility value, novelty, and future potential. Designs that can be produced in series by craft businesses or that can be realised in collaboration with workshops for the disabled or youth workshops, for example, are welcome. The three best concepts will be sponsored with prize money and presented together in a travelling exhibition with those selected as distinguished ideas and most interesting submissions.

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Bally – Swiss Shoes since 1851

Zurich Design Museum, Zurich / CH
– 11.08.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

The exhibition “Bally - Swiss Shoes since 1851” gives an insight into the history of the Swiss shoe manufacturer Bally, tracing the development of shoe design and production up to the present day through numerous models. From the outset, the traditional Swiss company has relied on an overall concept of craftsmanship, industrial innovation and a feel for current trends, earning it an international reputation. In the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to see the entire range of everyday, work and sports shoes and can even try them on!

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New Human, New Housing - Architecture of the New Frankfurt 1925–1933

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 18.08.2019
dam-online.de/en/ 

The exhibition “New Human, New Housing” at the German Architecture Museum is about the urban development of the New Frankfurt of the 1920s and 30s. During these years, along with the Bauhaus School, Frankfurt became a centre of avant-garde architecture, as the city was redesigned and became a beacon of social, architectural and cultural excellence. Particular focus is given to the construction of housing estates, which were made possible by the industrialisation of the building industry.

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Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt / DE
– 01.09.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

As studies have shown many times, having friends is a basic human need, because loneliness makes you ill (↗ form 280, p. 70). The exhibition “Like You! Friendship – Digital and Analogue” asks what constitutes friendship and, above all, what changes digital media and means of communication are causing in this respect. Arranged into sections entitled “Making Friends”, “Having Friends”, and “Losing Friends” this special kind of interpersonal relationship is examined throughout all eras. The “discovery table” then offers the possibility of interacting and exchanging information with one another, either analogously or digitally, from using messages sent by note to those sent by robots. The supporting programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops, and film screenings is aimed at both adults and children.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

MUMOK, Vienna / AT
– 08.09.2019
mumok.at 

Varying Adolf Loos’ maxim “ornament and crime”, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna will present the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As Promise”. With exhibits from the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it is one of the largest exhibitions on the US movement of the same name in German-speaking countries since the 1980s. The exhibits include mosaics, textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner. The works are united by their striving to integrate colour, variety of forms, and emotion into art again and therefore are also to be understood as a deliberate alternative to the purism of 1960s art.

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Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/ Rhine / DE
– 08.09.2019
design-museum.de 

For the first time, the “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for People” retrospective held at the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on
the complete works by the architect and urban planner Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927). Doshi was the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018. In India he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, whose design principles, however, he does not simply adopt wholesale, but al- ways interprets them for the given cultural context. The exhibition brings together his most significant works from the period 1958 to 2014, including projects involving the planning of entire cities or settlements as well as designs for universities, government and administrative buildings, private houses, and interiors. His work will be illustrated with drawings, models, photographs, film material, and various walk-in installations; additionally his relationships with colleagues such as Le Corbusier or Christopher Alexander.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The market for “Modest Fashion” is booming worldwide and is influencing the fashion industry more than ever before. The phenomenon of contemporary Muslim fashions has been given a dedicated show of the same name. The content of the show was developed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and is now being presented for the first time in Europe at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. The exhibition, which sees itself as providing a snapshot of Muslim fashion, thus initiates not merely an aesthetic but also a socio-political discourse. Individual style and young fashion serve as an impetus for talking about tradition and politics, cultural identity, gender understanding and personal freedoms.

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Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de/en/ 

“The only salvation: Beauty” – The Austrian graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, who works in New York, recognised this at an early stage, and pushed it to the point of engraving onto his own body. Beauty is what concerned him over many years, he who designed for pop stars such as Lou Reed and became an acclaimed graphic artist with all the trappings, such as groupies taking selfies with him and the stretch limousine in which he attended a concert by the Rolling Stones. Beauty has occupied his thoughts for years. He has pondered it, questioned colleagues of all genders, and finally put together an exhibition and an accompanying book with his studio partner, Jessica Walsh, that present attitudes to beauty ranging from urban planning to graphic design. Both will now be presented in Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst, curated by the artist and designer Peter Zizka.

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Neuhaus

Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam / NL
– 15.09.2019
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

In the Netherlands, too, various institutions are jumping on the bandwagon of the Bauhaus centenary. Against this background, this spring the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will be- come the “Neuhaus”, an ever-evolving learning environment that is explicitly dedicated to “other” knowledge for a period of five months. As a result, it will not be a glorification of Bauhaus, but rather a translation of the spirit of that time into the present day. The Institute sees “Neuhaus” as an opportunity to generate new, different know- ledge and thus, at its best, to escape the often destructive status quo. Interested parties will have the opportunity to apply as “Neuhäusler” via a call for auditions and to actively contribute to the programme.

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Sein und Design. 100 Jahre Bauhaus

Münchner Volkshochschule, München / DE
– 15.09.2019
mvhs.de 

On the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary, the Munich Volkshochschule is offering a comprehensive programme on the subject. The idea is to approach the phenomenon from several perspectives – with guided tours, lectures, workshops and even a study trip. What are the innovative ideas Bauhaus gave us? Which visions have had a worldwide impact? Why does the Bauhaus concept continue to fascinate us today? Which of the ideas are still relevant today? Through visual presentations, film evenings followed by lectures, weekend seminars, guided tours and excursions, anyone who is interested can devote themselves to the different aspects of Bauhaus, be it architecture, music, literature or art.

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

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

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

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Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

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Unlabel. Fashion beyond categorization

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / AT
– 29.09.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

Fashion is a way of relating to one another, a projection surface of social constructs, and therefore in most cases still clearly defined by stereotypical images of men and women. “Unlabel - Fashion beyond categorization” is an exhibition by students of the Master’s programme in Art Education, Curatorial Studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. It deals with the fashionable, social and socially established understanding of gender and the resulting exclusions and demarcations.

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Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

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Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
28.05.2019 – 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

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June

Graz Design Month 2019

Graz / AT
– 09.06.2019
designmonat.at/ 

During Graz Design Month 2019, exhibitions, lectures, events and presentations will take place throughout the city for one month, creating a space where design can gain new significance as a process of development and of adding value and also as a force for transformation in business and society. The offerings are aimed at representatives of the creative industries as well as people who are not involved in design contexts in their everyday lives. The Graz Design Month has received the award of the International Council of Design (ico-D) for its special promotion of design and compliance with standards in terms of design and ethics.

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Bauhaus Lecture

Berlin, Bernau, Weimar / DE
– 11.06.2019
hermann-henselmann-stiftung.de 

Last autumn, the Bauhaus Lectures series started as a joint project be- tween the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in cooperation with the Rosa Luxem- burg Foundation. Taking a look at the actual history of Bauhaus and the history of how it has been received, the event aims to contribute to the cul- tural anchoring of modernism in order to open up new perspectives on the challenges faced today. The event was launched on 15 October 2018 with Benjamin-Immanuel Hoff’s lecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar on the disputed position of Bauhaus in Thuringia. From 2 April 2019, five events in the series dedicated to the reception of Bauhaus will take place, including the example of the Bundes- schule des Allgemeinen Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (ADGB) [Trade Union School] by architect Hannes Meyer. The event series will conclude with a panel discussion on 11 June
2019 that will aim to summarise the Bauhaus centenary.

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The Value of Good Design

The Museum of Modern Art, New York / US
– 15.06.2019
moma.org 

What is good design and how can it improve our everyday lives? This is the question posed by the exhibition called The Value of Good Design at MoMA, as it explores the democratic potential and socio-economic aspects of design. The exhibition includes a range of design objects, household appliances and furniture from the 1930s through the 1950s to the present day, to discuss and develop guidelines for good design. With this in mind, MoMA invites visitors to form their own opinions and get to know classics of “good design”.

more

Call. We Publish

– 15.06.2019
wir-publizieren.ch 

Before magazines can reproduce and disseminate images and texts, there is a lot of collaborative preparatory work to be done: writers, designers, distributors, and editors must work together if the magazine is to be published and regularly at all. The department of art and design at Bern University of the Arts and its counterpart at the the University of the Arts Bremen have devoted themselves to the independent, collaborative practices of publishing in Switzerland since the 1960s and are currently seeking projects that have taken place since that date.

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Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 16.06.2019
mudac.ch 

The “Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers” exhibition at the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne puts the spotlight on the work of perfumers and their creative process. Issues of inspiration, working methods, but also a saturated market are dealt with taking 13 perfumers and their working environment as examples. With this selection of perfumers, the exhibition aims to generate the greatest possible diversity by showcasing men and women, established and young perfumers, as well as major brands and individuals. Interviews will also give visitors a deeper insight into the thoughts and work of the perfumers, who include Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Isabelle Doyen, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vero Kern, Patricia de Nicolaï, and Lorenzo Villoresi.

more

BAU[SPIEL]HAUS

Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nuremberg / DE
– 16.06.2019
nmn.de 

Nuremberg is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with an exhibition focusing on play as an artistic strategy and creative expression. More than a hundred works, from handcrafted individual pieces to Lego architecture to contemporary examples in art and design, will be on display: the integration of concepts of play and play spaces into creative and personal development has proven its worth over a hundred years and runs through the entire concept of the exhibition “BAU [SPIEL] HAUS”. The connection between work and play and the human enthusiasm for play as a driving force for further development and design are ideas which were much influenced by the Bauhaus tradition, and the exhibition traces their development through the present into the future.

more

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.

more

Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality

Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen / DE
– 30.06.2019
ludwigforum.de 

Ever since ancient times, artists have looked for new techniques and methods to influence and mislead the perception of viewers; in the age of digital image processing it is now hardly possible to distinguish between reality and fiction. The exhibition “Lust der Täuschung. Von antiker Kunst bis zur Virtual Reality” in times of fake news is an extremely explosive contribution to current discourse, showing a whole range of aesthetic forms of play used to create illusion and simulation. Among the exhibits are over a hundred works from the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, immersive and interactive media art, augmented and virtual reality, applied art, and design.

more

Bio, plastic – or both?

Library of Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle / DE
– 05.07.2019
burg-halle.de/bio-kunststoff/ 

Bioplastics are enjoying a boom. They not only seem to be the answer to excessive use of plastics, but also the much-desired sedative pill for consumers with a bad conscience. The market is becoming flooded with ecologically justifiable substitutes from all sides. But how sustainable and trend setting are To-Go cups and the like made of natural materials really? From 08 May 2019, the exhibition “Bio, Kunststoff - oder beides?” (Bio, plastics - or both?), held at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, will be devoted to considering such questions. The exhibition will be accompanied and informed by lectures and technical discussions with experts from the fields of design and science.

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Material Domestication

The Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 14.07.2019
sfmcd.org 

Six contemporary artists will present their work and their handling of materials in the “Material Domestication” exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. The exhib- ition is to be seen as examining materiality, technique, and one’s own skills and is primarily devoted to slow and repetitive production techniques such as handicrafts, knitting, weaving, and other historical methods of processing textiles. As these handicraft techniques are still usually associated with women, the exhibition aims to support the discourseon the (ir)relevance of gender roles in contemporary crafts and to promote a more neutral perspective.

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German Recycling Design Award

DE
– 15.07.2019
recyclingboerse.org 

The initiative Recyclingbörse is looking for innovative solutions for the use of waste and residual materials in order to find the Recycling Design Award winners. A ten-member jury will select from the submissions according to criteria of design quality, utility value, novelty, and future potential. Designs that can be produced in series by craft businesses or that can be realised in collaboration with workshops for the disabled or youth workshops, for example, are welcome. The three best concepts will be sponsored with prize money and presented together in a travelling exhibition with those selected as distinguished ideas and most interesting submissions.

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Bally – Swiss Shoes since 1851

Zurich Design Museum, Zurich / CH
– 11.08.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

The exhibition “Bally - Swiss Shoes since 1851” gives an insight into the history of the Swiss shoe manufacturer Bally, tracing the development of shoe design and production up to the present day through numerous models. From the outset, the traditional Swiss company has relied on an overall concept of craftsmanship, industrial innovation and a feel for current trends, earning it an international reputation. In the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to see the entire range of everyday, work and sports shoes and can even try them on!

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New Human, New Housing - Architecture of the New Frankfurt 1925–1933

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 18.08.2019
dam-online.de/en/ 

The exhibition “New Human, New Housing” at the German Architecture Museum is about the urban development of the New Frankfurt of the 1920s and 30s. During these years, along with the Bauhaus School, Frankfurt became a centre of avant-garde architecture, as the city was redesigned and became a beacon of social, architectural and cultural excellence. Particular focus is given to the construction of housing estates, which were made possible by the industrialisation of the building industry.

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Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt / DE
– 01.09.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

As studies have shown many times, having friends is a basic human need, because loneliness makes you ill (↗ form 280, p. 70). The exhibition “Like You! Friendship – Digital and Analogue” asks what constitutes friendship and, above all, what changes digital media and means of communication are causing in this respect. Arranged into sections entitled “Making Friends”, “Having Friends”, and “Losing Friends” this special kind of interpersonal relationship is examined throughout all eras. The “discovery table” then offers the possibility of interacting and exchanging information with one another, either analogously or digitally, from using messages sent by note to those sent by robots. The supporting programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops, and film screenings is aimed at both adults and children.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

MUMOK, Vienna / AT
– 08.09.2019
mumok.at 

Varying Adolf Loos’ maxim “ornament and crime”, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna will present the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As Promise”. With exhibits from the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it is one of the largest exhibitions on the US movement of the same name in German-speaking countries since the 1980s. The exhibits include mosaics, textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner. The works are united by their striving to integrate colour, variety of forms, and emotion into art again and therefore are also to be understood as a deliberate alternative to the purism of 1960s art.

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Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/ Rhine / DE
– 08.09.2019
design-museum.de 

For the first time, the “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for People” retrospective held at the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on
the complete works by the architect and urban planner Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927). Doshi was the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018. In India he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, whose design principles, however, he does not simply adopt wholesale, but al- ways interprets them for the given cultural context. The exhibition brings together his most significant works from the period 1958 to 2014, including projects involving the planning of entire cities or settlements as well as designs for universities, government and administrative buildings, private houses, and interiors. His work will be illustrated with drawings, models, photographs, film material, and various walk-in installations; additionally his relationships with colleagues such as Le Corbusier or Christopher Alexander.

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Neuhaus

Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam / NL
– 15.09.2019
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

In the Netherlands, too, various institutions are jumping on the bandwagon of the Bauhaus centenary. Against this background, this spring the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will be- come the “Neuhaus”, an ever-evolving learning environment that is explicitly dedicated to “other” knowledge for a period of five months. As a result, it will not be a glorification of Bauhaus, but rather a translation of the spirit of that time into the present day. The Institute sees “Neuhaus” as an opportunity to generate new, different know- ledge and thus, at its best, to escape the often destructive status quo. Interested parties will have the opportunity to apply as “Neuhäusler” via a call for auditions and to actively contribute to the programme.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The market for “Modest Fashion” is booming worldwide and is influencing the fashion industry more than ever before. The phenomenon of contemporary Muslim fashions has been given a dedicated show of the same name. The content of the show was developed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and is now being presented for the first time in Europe at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. The exhibition, which sees itself as providing a snapshot of Muslim fashion, thus initiates not merely an aesthetic but also a socio-political discourse. Individual style and young fashion serve as an impetus for talking about tradition and politics, cultural identity, gender understanding and personal freedoms.

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Sein und Design. 100 Jahre Bauhaus

Münchner Volkshochschule, München / DE
– 15.09.2019
mvhs.de 

On the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary, the Munich Volkshochschule is offering a comprehensive programme on the subject. The idea is to approach the phenomenon from several perspectives – with guided tours, lectures, workshops and even a study trip. What are the innovative ideas Bauhaus gave us? Which visions have had a worldwide impact? Why does the Bauhaus concept continue to fascinate us today? Which of the ideas are still relevant today? Through visual presentations, film evenings followed by lectures, weekend seminars, guided tours and excursions, anyone who is interested can devote themselves to the different aspects of Bauhaus, be it architecture, music, literature or art.

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Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (Main) / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de/en/ 

“The only salvation: Beauty” – The Austrian graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, who works in New York, recognised this at an early stage, and pushed it to the point of engraving onto his own body. Beauty is what concerned him over many years, he who designed for pop stars such as Lou Reed and became an acclaimed graphic artist with all the trappings, such as groupies taking selfies with him and the stretch limousine in which he attended a concert by the Rolling Stones. Beauty has occupied his thoughts for years. He has pondered it, questioned colleagues of all genders, and finally put together an exhibition and an accompanying book with his studio partner, Jessica Walsh, that present attitudes to beauty ranging from urban planning to graphic design. Both will now be presented in Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst, curated by the artist and designer Peter Zizka.

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

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

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

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Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

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Unlabel. Fashion beyond categorization

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / AT
– 29.09.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

Fashion is a way of relating to one another, a projection surface of social constructs, and therefore in most cases still clearly defined by stereotypical images of men and women. “Unlabel - Fashion beyond categorization” is an exhibition by students of the Master’s programme in Art Education, Curatorial Studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. It deals with the fashionable, social and socially established understanding of gender and the resulting exclusions and demarcations.

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Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

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Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
28.05.2019 – 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

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Stadt plus. Wie Autoren Frankfurt sehen

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt / DE
05.06.2019 – 05.06.2019
dam-online.de 

Until the beginning of June, the Deutsches Architekturmuseumin Frankfurt/Main will offer a monthly discussion forum on topics concerning the city, especially Frankfurt. A short lecture and a subsequent guided tour through the current exhibition will form the basis for discussion. Visitors can stroll through the exhibition independently afterwards. The forum on 5 June, takes a look at the city from a literary critic’s perspective: Beate Tröger will talk about the role of authors in the historiography of the city. What images do they evoke in their novels and poems? What narratives do they reproduce? What difference do fiction and documentation make?

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