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Designers Select Designers

The Aram Gallery, London / GB
– 28.04.2018
thearamgallery.org 

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Aram Gallery in London has invited 15 designers who have previously exhibited there to re-attend their anniversary exhibition. Additionally, they were asked to select an up-and-coming young designer to showcase alongside their own works. The gallery is following its founding ambitions, which have, since 2002, promoted young professionals from the UK and around the world. Among the 15 established design greats are amongst others Thomas Heatherwick, Jasper Morrison, and Gitta Gschwendtner.

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Elizabeth Friedlander

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Ditchling / GB
– 29.04.2018
ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk 

Elizabeth Friedlander’s work is immediately recognisable as mid-20th century design. Nonetheless, the typographer, designer and artist received little recognition for her work until today. The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft wants to change all that by telling the story of Friedlander's life and presenting her work for the first time. Information on the life of the artist, has only come to light in the last few years, thanks firstly to the guest curator of the exhibition Katharine Meynell, who produced a film about the artist in 2016 and, secondly, to Pauline Paucker, who used the artist's archives to write a book about her.

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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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Jean Prouvé – Architect for Better Days

LUMA Arles, Arles / FR
– 01.05.2018
luma-arles.org 

The LUMA Foundation presents the exhibition “Jean Prouvé – Architect for Better Days” in collaboration with the Paris-based Galerie Patrick Seguin. It is dedicated to the French designer, Jean Prouvé (‚œƒ‚1901–‚œ‡1984), his furniture, and architectural designs. The exhibition displays twelve prefabricated buildings created between 1939œ and 1969œœ, thus presenting Prouvé’s largest collection of dismantlable constructions. Above all, the focus will be on the functional side of his work, which is becoming more relevant again in times of housing shortages and migration. Prouvé is, however, not only a design engineer. His work was always underpinned by a social motivation, meaning that his contribution extends far beyond what one might expect from his well-known sheet steel frame furniture.

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Experimental Jetset – Superstructure

RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne / AU
– 05.05.2018
designhub.rmit.edu.au 

“Experimental Jetset – Superstructure” is the first exhibition with the aim of offering an overview of the work produced by the Experimental Jetset studio. Under the spotlight is the small independent graphic design studio, which was founded in 1997œ§ by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny van den Dungen in Amsterdam. Their work includes mainly printed media, but also installations. They describe their way of working as translating language into objects. is current exhibition is to be seen as a retrospective, but it also displays a new, location-specific installation with which the designers examine the relationship between graphic language and the city. In addition to the works by the studio, nine Melbourne graphic designers have been invited to connect the ideas within the show to the local context in the form of newspapers.

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.05.2018
fitnyc.edu 

Bodies and fashion are two cultural constructs that have acquired different characteristics throughout history. Taking a look back at the complex history of the “ideal body”, the FIT’s museum in New York highlights the relationship between body and fashion and the extent to which they have impacted each other. Starting from the 18th century, a time in which it was common to shape a body using a corset and krinoline, the exhibition follows changing ideals of the body through the centuries to the present day. The timeline concludes with designs by Becca McCharen-Tran and Christian Siriano, two designers, who, in their designs, challenge the conventions of a fashion industry that uses body-negative shapes.

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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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T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion

Fashion and Textile Museum, London / DE
– 06.05.2018
ftmlondon.org 

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London is dedicating an exhibition to one of the most popular and affordable garments there is: the T-shirt. The exhibition will cover the historical biography of the garment, technological advances in its design as well as its function as a sociopolitical medium of the 20th century. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a private collection of Vivienne Westwood designs, ranging from early works to current collections. A photo series by the photographer Susan Barnett is also showcased in the exhibition. Entitled “T: The Typology of the T-Shirt” the series presents the T-shirt as a medium of individual expression.

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POP! Art in a Changing Britain

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester / DE
– 07.05.2018
pallant.org.uk 

“Pop! Art in a Changing Britain” is one of the current exhibitions on show at the Pallant House Gallery with paintings, sculptures, and art prints from its own extensive collection of British pop art of the 1950s and 1960s. Artists from this time confronted their audience by addressing perspectives on consumer-oriented society using unconventional materials, techniques, and media from popular culture such as advertising, comics, and music. Amongst the works shown in Chichester are Richard Hamilton’s “Swingeing London” from 1968, Jann Haworth’s “Cowboy” dating from 1964 and Eduardo Paolozzi’s “As Is When” from 1965.

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All the World’s a Stage?

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 13.05.2018
dam-online.de 

The future of Frankfurt’s Städtische Bühnen is still being hotly debated. So the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the city’s cultural department have joined forces to grapple with the issue of theatre houses at the current exhibition. Different projects, including both renovations and new buildings serve as reference points and sources of inspiration.

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Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 20.05.2018
sfmcd.org 

In the exhibition entitled “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” running from 20 January to 20 May 2018, visitors are invited to consider the question posed by Loeser: If the furniture we sit on every day was different, would our lives be different, too? The exhibition displays the results of the designer’s investigation of unconventional furniture forms which began in the early 1980s with a series of folding chairs. His designs always create opportunities for interaction – between a person and an object, but also between people. With this in mind, Loeser wants his work to inspire people to break away from their habits and to be playful with their environment and other people. The exhibits include about 20 pieces of furniture, most of which have been made recently, as well as framed artworks.

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Arts in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today

The Institute of Contemporary Art , Boston / US
– 20.05.2018
aiai.icaboston.org 

The Internet was commercialised in 1989 and the WWW went public for the first time. In 2018, the exhibition “Arts in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today” questions the influence of the Internet on our society and on art in particular: how do artists think, see, and process the digital world? The works have been categorised in five different topic areas: Network and Circulation, Hybrid Bodies, Virtual Worlds, States of Surveillance, and Performing the Self.

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Flats, Flats, Flats! Housing in Bavaria 1918–2018

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 21.05.2018
architekturmuseum.de 

Housing construction is as topical today as it was a century ago. The exhibition on show in the Architekturmuseum of the TU Munich, entitled “Flats, Flats, Flats! Housing in Bavaria 1918–2018” displays spatial concepts and architectural solutions as a consequence of various political decisions or economic and social developments in Bavaria. The various construction measures – from private homes to small housing estates to skyscrapers – cover diverse social classes and municipal building measures as well as projects in rural areas. Against this backdrop, the exhibition highlights historical and current issues, for example, changes in legislation, waves of refugees, housing shortages, financial limitations, developments in mobility, changes in the structure of the family, and technical innovations.

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Death and Ritual

State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz, Chemnitz / DE
– 21.05.2018
smac.sachsen.de 

We all know that we will die one day. It is not surprising then, that since time immemorial, we have needed to give death meaning and find ways of dealing with the pain of loss. The exhibition “Death and Ritual. Cultures of Farewell and Remembrance” is about dealing with death and uses a range of examples from archaeology, ethnology, and history.

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Werkraumschau Licht

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch / DE
– 26.05.2018
werkraum.at 

The second Werkraumschau in the Werkraum Bregenzerwald is dedicated to a physical phenomenon that we take for granted, and without which life on Earth would not be possible: light. The protagonists of the staging of shadows, artificial light and daylight are objects created by the Voralberger Handwerksbetriebe, who are offered the Werkraumschau as a stage every year.

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#Layers. Contemporary Art in the Digital Era

La Raffinerie, Brussels / DE
– 26.05.2018
imal.org 

In cooperation with the artists’ collective Link Art Center, the interactive Media Art Laboratory (IMAL) has organised the exhibition “#Layers. Contemporary Art in the Digital Era” at La Raffinerie in Brussels, with fifteen contemporary artists from a range of generations based in Italy. Their works reflect the influence of the Internet and digitalisation on our society. “How do artists think about the increasing quantity of data and the general behaviour on the internet?” The works address the differences between code and interface in Generative Art and Glitch Art, the creative use of social media, the processing of stored data, the transitions between the private sphere and the public, materiality and immateriality as well as the visible and invisible.

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Mathias Bengtsson

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 27.05.2018
designmuseum.dk 

The Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen is currently dedicating an eponymous exhibition to Mathias Bengtsson, the Danish industrial designer, with a display of a selection of his work. Although Bengtsson describes himself as a designer, his work is often closer to art than design, compared with other industrial designers. Within his work, he uses different industrial materials and processes, and his intention is to exploit both the sculptural, the technical and the philosophical opportunities of the three-dimensional in his designs. In many instances, this approach results in editions or one-off pieces that often find their way into international museums.

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Eduardo Paolozzi. Lots of Pictures – Lots of Fun

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 28.05.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

An exhibition is dedicated to one of the most innovative and provocative artists of British post-war Modernism, Eduardo Paolozzi (1925­–2005) in the Berlinische Galerie from 9 February to 28 May 2018. Graphic and sculptural artworks from the artist’s experimental phases will be on show, reflecting the strong influence Paolozzi had on British pop art. For the first time, the Berlinische Galerie will be staging a children’s opening event to introduce young people interested in art to Paolozzi’s work.

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Hans J. Wegner: Designing Danish Modern

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 03.06.2018
design-museum.de 

Hans J. Wegner (‚œ‚1914–2007) began his career as a carpenter and then studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen from 1936 to ‚œ1938‡. e main focus of his work was on creating furniture. Wegner is now seen as one of the most important representatives of the Danish modern movement and is also known for linking functionalism, the poetic language of form, and craftsmanship. As a result, by reinterpreting traditional furniture, he created various žƒ20th century classics, a large number of which belong to Vitra Design Museum’s collection. Included in this exhibition are the Wishbone Chair (‚œ1950ƒ), the Peacock Chair (‚œ1948‡), and the Round Chair (‚œ1950ƒ), which is also known simply as “The Chair”.

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Black Power – Flower Power

Museum Ludwig, Cologne / DE
– 03.06.2018
museum-ludwig.de 

The American photographer couple Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch captured the sociopolitical unrest in the San Francisco of the 1960s in their work. They were particularly interested in the hippie and civil rights movements, and specifically in the activities in the Haight-Ashbury district and the reach of the Black Panther Party in San Francisco. The 52 photographs shown in the exhibition were donated to the Museum Ludwig in 2013 by the Pirkle Jones Foundation and will be on display for the first time until 3 June 2018 in the museum’s photo gallery.

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Revisiting Black Mountain

Museum für Gestaltung, Schaudepot, Zurich / CH
– 03.06.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The Black Mountain College, near Asheville, North Carolina, can be described as a living utopia. Between ‚œ1933 and ‚œ1957, experimentation was regarded as a valuable experience, and selfdetermined learning, teaching, and democratic coexistence were regarded as important assets. In addition, Black Mountain College saw itself as an interdisciplinary institution and trained its students in visual arts, theatre, literature, music, architecture, history, physics, and even economics. As part of the programme of the same name at the Zurich University of the Arts, the exhibition “Revisiting Black Mountain” in the Schaudepot of the Museum für Gestaltung is displaying a selection of photographs, films, and documents, which look at the relationships between the different disciplines and the link between life and art.

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Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 17.06.2018
vam.ac.uk 

In their heyday, from the mid-19th to the end of the 20th century, ocean liners were more than simply a means of transport to cross the oceans of the world. Both from a technical and a design point of view, they represented the respective state of the art and became the ultimate expression of luxury, status, and style. For its first special exhibition of the year at the Victoria and Albert Museum, more than 250 exhibits have been assembled for the first time to bring to life this world that still has the power to evoke yearnings for a past era, and that has inspired numerous authors and film directors. The exhibits include items of furniture and clothing, photographs, models, and original structural elements. Tribute will also be paid to the designers, architects, and artists who worked on the interior design of the ships.

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The Polaroid Project

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 17.06.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

In its exhibition “The Polaroid Project”, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is focusing on the theme of the Polaroid phenomenon for the first time. The exhibits include 220žžƒ photographs by over ‚ƒƒ100 artists as well as 90œƒ different models of cameras and prototypes. Polaroid as a term stands for a technology, a brand, an industry, and a company along with its products. Instant film was first launched in ‚œ1947 in New York by Edwin Herbert Land – and even today, the phenomenon can still be found in photo apps and on platforms such as Instagram. Throughout the company’s history, Polaroid has always worked closely with professional photographers and new talents emerging in the industry.

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#alleskönner

MAKK, Cologne / DE
– 01.07.2018
museenkoeln.de 

Peter Behrens would have been ‚150ƒ years old on ‚14 April 2018žƒ‚‡. To mark this anniversary, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln (MAKK) is holding the exhibition “#all-rounder: Marking the 150ƒth Anniversary of Peter Behrens’ Birthday” in eight themed rooms with around 220 žžƒobjects by this artist and autodidact. Amongst the exhibits are objects such as the salon grand piano (‚œƒ‚1901) from Behrens’s music room in Darmstadt, as well as furniture designs and glass series including a unique glass object dating from ‚‡œ‡. In addition, there are loans from institutes and private collections, made available to the public for the first time through this exhibition. The focus is primarily on Behrens’s early work and his output when he was based in the Rhineland.

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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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Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded

Block Museum of Art, Evanston / US
– 05.08.2018
blockmuseum.northwestern.edu 

Consumer culture advertisements serve as a starting point for the US American artist Hank Willis Thomas to explore social clichés and changing perceptions of gender, race, and social class. He makes these stereotypes visible in the two series presented, in which he looks at advertising aimed at the African American population, and the idealised image of white women in adverts. “Unbranded”, the title of the exhibition, refers to the fact that Thomas removed all forms of text from the advertisements for this purpose, including product names and slogans, so that the viewer’s full attention is focused on the visual. The examples shown are drawn primarily from magazines, a medium which for the artist represents the most important means of mass communication of the 20th century.

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Hope to Nope

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 12.08.2018
designmuseum.org 

The past decade could be described as being politically unstable. The financial crisis of žƒƒ‡ and its consequences have shaken people’s belief in the existing political system, which, in turn has affected their involvement in politics. The exhibition “Hope to Nope. Graphics and Politics 2008žƒƒ‡–žƒ‚‡2018” shows the central role played by design when it involves co-determining the big political decisions of our time, or reacting to them, such as the Arab Spring, Brexit, the US elections, and the migration crisis. Against this backdrop, the exhibition examines the different methods used over the past decade to formulate and communicate political messages.

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African Mobilities: This Is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition

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

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

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Valdis Āboliņš. And how Fluxus came to Aachen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 19.08.2018
ludwigforum.de 

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

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Die Nacht. Alles außer Schlaf

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

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

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Schusslinie

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 26.08.2018
mudac.ch 

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

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Carsten Nicolai. Tele

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 03.09.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

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

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Inaugural Display

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

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

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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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Carlos Cruz-Diez. Color in Motion

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

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

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[laut] Die Welt hören

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Humboldt-Box, Berlin / DE
– 16.09.2018
smb.museum 

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

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Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation

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

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

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Dissident Gardens

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

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

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Kubricks 2001. 50 Jahre A Space Odyssey

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

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

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Oïphorie: atelier oï

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

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

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Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne

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

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

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I Am Your Father!

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

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

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Mobile Welten

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

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

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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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Common Good

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 02.12.2018
maas.museum/powerhouse-museum 

In the context of the Sydney Design Festival 2018, which is taking place this year under the motto of “Call to Action”, the Powerhouse Museum draws our attention to product design that does not intend to achieve high sales, but first and foremost aims to have a positive effect on people and the planet. Various designers and studios, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region, are offered a platform on which to present critical, innovative or thought-provoking works. The intention is to draw attention to the fact that design has the opportunity – and perhaps even the duty – to exert crucial influence on the development of our world (of commodities) and to visualise social, economic or ecological problems and combat them.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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Bouncing in the Corner

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg / DE
– 13.01.2019
hamburger-kunsthalle.de 

The title of this latest exhibition “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” (originally the title of a group of works by Allen Ruppersberg, an artist from the US) is an invitation to rediscover the contemporary art collection held by the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The three-year presentation is dedicated to different areas of human experience and encounters. After examining the relationship between man and things, as well as between man and man, this year’s title of “Bouncing in the Corner. Die Vermessung des Raums” revolves around the relationship between man and the space surrounding him. As in a theatre play, some works of art appear only in certain scenes, other works stay on stage, but offer different interpretations through new presentation.

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

The period from ‚œ1960ƒ to the present day covers a broad spectrum with regard to textiles. On the basis of their work, two generations of designers and artists spanning half a century encounter one another in the exhibition entitled “Colour and Abstraction. Generations in Dialogue” in the Textielmuseum. The older generation who researches aspects such as colour and abstraction using textiles meets a younger generation who approaches these themes from more of a thematic point of view. The creative process is illustrated using film material, drawings, and patterns. Exhibits include work by Peter Struycken, Lam de Wolf, Bertjan Pot, Formafantasma, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Jean Prouvé – Architect for Better Days

LUMA Arles, Arles / FR
– 01.05.2018
luma-arles.org 

The LUMA Foundation presents the exhibition “Jean Prouvé – Architect for Better Days” in collaboration with the Paris-based Galerie Patrick Seguin. It is dedicated to the French designer, Jean Prouvé (‚œƒ‚1901–‚œ‡1984), his furniture, and architectural designs. The exhibition displays twelve prefabricated buildings created between 1939œ and 1969œœ, thus presenting Prouvé’s largest collection of dismantlable constructions. Above all, the focus will be on the functional side of his work, which is becoming more relevant again in times of housing shortages and migration. Prouvé is, however, not only a design engineer. His work was always underpinned by a social motivation, meaning that his contribution extends far beyond what one might expect from his well-known sheet steel frame furniture.

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Experimental Jetset – Superstructure

RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne / AU
– 05.05.2018
designhub.rmit.edu.au 

“Experimental Jetset – Superstructure” is the first exhibition with the aim of offering an overview of the work produced by the Experimental Jetset studio. Under the spotlight is the small independent graphic design studio, which was founded in 1997œ§ by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny van den Dungen in Amsterdam. Their work includes mainly printed media, but also installations. They describe their way of working as translating language into objects. is current exhibition is to be seen as a retrospective, but it also displays a new, location-specific installation with which the designers examine the relationship between graphic language and the city. In addition to the works by the studio, nine Melbourne graphic designers have been invited to connect the ideas within the show to the local context in the form of newspapers.

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.05.2018
fitnyc.edu 

Bodies and fashion are two cultural constructs that have acquired different characteristics throughout history. Taking a look back at the complex history of the “ideal body”, the FIT’s museum in New York highlights the relationship between body and fashion and the extent to which they have impacted each other. Starting from the 18th century, a time in which it was common to shape a body using a corset and krinoline, the exhibition follows changing ideals of the body through the centuries to the present day. The timeline concludes with designs by Becca McCharen-Tran and Christian Siriano, two designers, who, in their designs, challenge the conventions of a fashion industry that uses body-negative shapes.

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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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T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion

Fashion and Textile Museum, London / DE
– 06.05.2018
ftmlondon.org 

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London is dedicating an exhibition to one of the most popular and affordable garments there is: the T-shirt. The exhibition will cover the historical biography of the garment, technological advances in its design as well as its function as a sociopolitical medium of the 20th century. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a private collection of Vivienne Westwood designs, ranging from early works to current collections. A photo series by the photographer Susan Barnett is also showcased in the exhibition. Entitled “T: The Typology of the T-Shirt” the series presents the T-shirt as a medium of individual expression.

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POP! Art in a Changing Britain

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester / DE
– 07.05.2018
pallant.org.uk 

“Pop! Art in a Changing Britain” is one of the current exhibitions on show at the Pallant House Gallery with paintings, sculptures, and art prints from its own extensive collection of British pop art of the 1950s and 1960s. Artists from this time confronted their audience by addressing perspectives on consumer-oriented society using unconventional materials, techniques, and media from popular culture such as advertising, comics, and music. Amongst the works shown in Chichester are Richard Hamilton’s “Swingeing London” from 1968, Jann Haworth’s “Cowboy” dating from 1964 and Eduardo Paolozzi’s “As Is When” from 1965.

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All the World’s a Stage?

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 13.05.2018
dam-online.de 

The future of Frankfurt’s Städtische Bühnen is still being hotly debated. So the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the city’s cultural department have joined forces to grapple with the issue of theatre houses at the current exhibition. Different projects, including both renovations and new buildings serve as reference points and sources of inspiration.

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Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 20.05.2018
sfmcd.org 

In the exhibition entitled “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” running from 20 January to 20 May 2018, visitors are invited to consider the question posed by Loeser: If the furniture we sit on every day was different, would our lives be different, too? The exhibition displays the results of the designer’s investigation of unconventional furniture forms which began in the early 1980s with a series of folding chairs. His designs always create opportunities for interaction – between a person and an object, but also between people. With this in mind, Loeser wants his work to inspire people to break away from their habits and to be playful with their environment and other people. The exhibits include about 20 pieces of furniture, most of which have been made recently, as well as framed artworks.

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Arts in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today

The Institute of Contemporary Art , Boston / US
– 20.05.2018
aiai.icaboston.org 

The Internet was commercialised in 1989 and the WWW went public for the first time. In 2018, the exhibition “Arts in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today” questions the influence of the Internet on our society and on art in particular: how do artists think, see, and process the digital world? The works have been categorised in five different topic areas: Network and Circulation, Hybrid Bodies, Virtual Worlds, States of Surveillance, and Performing the Self.

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Death and Ritual

State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz, Chemnitz / DE
– 21.05.2018
smac.sachsen.de 

We all know that we will die one day. It is not surprising then, that since time immemorial, we have needed to give death meaning and find ways of dealing with the pain of loss. The exhibition “Death and Ritual. Cultures of Farewell and Remembrance” is about dealing with death and uses a range of examples from archaeology, ethnology, and history.

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Flats, Flats, Flats! Housing in Bavaria 1918–2018

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 21.05.2018
architekturmuseum.de 

Housing construction is as topical today as it was a century ago. The exhibition on show in the Architekturmuseum of the TU Munich, entitled “Flats, Flats, Flats! Housing in Bavaria 1918–2018” displays spatial concepts and architectural solutions as a consequence of various political decisions or economic and social developments in Bavaria. The various construction measures – from private homes to small housing estates to skyscrapers – cover diverse social classes and municipal building measures as well as projects in rural areas. Against this backdrop, the exhibition highlights historical and current issues, for example, changes in legislation, waves of refugees, housing shortages, financial limitations, developments in mobility, changes in the structure of the family, and technical innovations.

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Werkraumschau Licht

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch / DE
– 26.05.2018
werkraum.at 

The second Werkraumschau in the Werkraum Bregenzerwald is dedicated to a physical phenomenon that we take for granted, and without which life on Earth would not be possible: light. The protagonists of the staging of shadows, artificial light and daylight are objects created by the Voralberger Handwerksbetriebe, who are offered the Werkraumschau as a stage every year.

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#Layers. Contemporary Art in the Digital Era

La Raffinerie, Brussels / DE
– 26.05.2018
imal.org 

In cooperation with the artists’ collective Link Art Center, the interactive Media Art Laboratory (IMAL) has organised the exhibition “#Layers. Contemporary Art in the Digital Era” at La Raffinerie in Brussels, with fifteen contemporary artists from a range of generations based in Italy. Their works reflect the influence of the Internet and digitalisation on our society. “How do artists think about the increasing quantity of data and the general behaviour on the internet?” The works address the differences between code and interface in Generative Art and Glitch Art, the creative use of social media, the processing of stored data, the transitions between the private sphere and the public, materiality and immateriality as well as the visible and invisible.

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Mathias Bengtsson

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 27.05.2018
designmuseum.dk 

The Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen is currently dedicating an eponymous exhibition to Mathias Bengtsson, the Danish industrial designer, with a display of a selection of his work. Although Bengtsson describes himself as a designer, his work is often closer to art than design, compared with other industrial designers. Within his work, he uses different industrial materials and processes, and his intention is to exploit both the sculptural, the technical and the philosophical opportunities of the three-dimensional in his designs. In many instances, this approach results in editions or one-off pieces that often find their way into international museums.

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Eduardo Paolozzi. Lots of Pictures – Lots of Fun

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 28.05.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

An exhibition is dedicated to one of the most innovative and provocative artists of British post-war Modernism, Eduardo Paolozzi (1925­–2005) in the Berlinische Galerie from 9 February to 28 May 2018. Graphic and sculptural artworks from the artist’s experimental phases will be on show, reflecting the strong influence Paolozzi had on British pop art. For the first time, the Berlinische Galerie will be staging a children’s opening event to introduce young people interested in art to Paolozzi’s work.

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Hans J. Wegner: Designing Danish Modern

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 03.06.2018
design-museum.de 

Hans J. Wegner (‚œ‚1914–2007) began his career as a carpenter and then studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen from 1936 to ‚œ1938‡. e main focus of his work was on creating furniture. Wegner is now seen as one of the most important representatives of the Danish modern movement and is also known for linking functionalism, the poetic language of form, and craftsmanship. As a result, by reinterpreting traditional furniture, he created various žƒ20th century classics, a large number of which belong to Vitra Design Museum’s collection. Included in this exhibition are the Wishbone Chair (‚œ1950ƒ), the Peacock Chair (‚œ1948‡), and the Round Chair (‚œ1950ƒ), which is also known simply as “The Chair”.

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Black Power – Flower Power

Museum Ludwig, Cologne / DE
– 03.06.2018
museum-ludwig.de 

The American photographer couple Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch captured the sociopolitical unrest in the San Francisco of the 1960s in their work. They were particularly interested in the hippie and civil rights movements, and specifically in the activities in the Haight-Ashbury district and the reach of the Black Panther Party in San Francisco. The 52 photographs shown in the exhibition were donated to the Museum Ludwig in 2013 by the Pirkle Jones Foundation and will be on display for the first time until 3 June 2018 in the museum’s photo gallery.

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Revisiting Black Mountain

Museum für Gestaltung, Schaudepot, Zurich / CH
– 03.06.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The Black Mountain College, near Asheville, North Carolina, can be described as a living utopia. Between ‚œ1933 and ‚œ1957, experimentation was regarded as a valuable experience, and selfdetermined learning, teaching, and democratic coexistence were regarded as important assets. In addition, Black Mountain College saw itself as an interdisciplinary institution and trained its students in visual arts, theatre, literature, music, architecture, history, physics, and even economics. As part of the programme of the same name at the Zurich University of the Arts, the exhibition “Revisiting Black Mountain” in the Schaudepot of the Museum für Gestaltung is displaying a selection of photographs, films, and documents, which look at the relationships between the different disciplines and the link between life and art.

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Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 17.06.2018
vam.ac.uk 

In their heyday, from the mid-19th to the end of the 20th century, ocean liners were more than simply a means of transport to cross the oceans of the world. Both from a technical and a design point of view, they represented the respective state of the art and became the ultimate expression of luxury, status, and style. For its first special exhibition of the year at the Victoria and Albert Museum, more than 250 exhibits have been assembled for the first time to bring to life this world that still has the power to evoke yearnings for a past era, and that has inspired numerous authors and film directors. The exhibits include items of furniture and clothing, photographs, models, and original structural elements. Tribute will also be paid to the designers, architects, and artists who worked on the interior design of the ships.

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The Polaroid Project

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 17.06.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

In its exhibition “The Polaroid Project”, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is focusing on the theme of the Polaroid phenomenon for the first time. The exhibits include 220žžƒ photographs by over ‚ƒƒ100 artists as well as 90œƒ different models of cameras and prototypes. Polaroid as a term stands for a technology, a brand, an industry, and a company along with its products. Instant film was first launched in ‚œ1947 in New York by Edwin Herbert Land – and even today, the phenomenon can still be found in photo apps and on platforms such as Instagram. Throughout the company’s history, Polaroid has always worked closely with professional photographers and new talents emerging in the industry.

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#alleskönner

MAKK, Cologne / DE
– 01.07.2018
museenkoeln.de 

Peter Behrens would have been ‚150ƒ years old on ‚14 April 2018žƒ‚‡. To mark this anniversary, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln (MAKK) is holding the exhibition “#all-rounder: Marking the 150ƒth Anniversary of Peter Behrens’ Birthday” in eight themed rooms with around 220 žžƒobjects by this artist and autodidact. Amongst the exhibits are objects such as the salon grand piano (‚œƒ‚1901) from Behrens’s music room in Darmstadt, as well as furniture designs and glass series including a unique glass object dating from ‚‡œ‡. In addition, there are loans from institutes and private collections, made available to the public for the first time through this exhibition. The focus is primarily on Behrens’s early work and his output when he was based in the Rhineland.

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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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Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded

Block Museum of Art, Evanston / US
– 05.08.2018
blockmuseum.northwestern.edu 

Consumer culture advertisements serve as a starting point for the US American artist Hank Willis Thomas to explore social clichés and changing perceptions of gender, race, and social class. He makes these stereotypes visible in the two series presented, in which he looks at advertising aimed at the African American population, and the idealised image of white women in adverts. “Unbranded”, the title of the exhibition, refers to the fact that Thomas removed all forms of text from the advertisements for this purpose, including product names and slogans, so that the viewer’s full attention is focused on the visual. The examples shown are drawn primarily from magazines, a medium which for the artist represents the most important means of mass communication of the 20th century.

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Hope to Nope

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 12.08.2018
designmuseum.org 

The past decade could be described as being politically unstable. The financial crisis of žƒƒ‡ and its consequences have shaken people’s belief in the existing political system, which, in turn has affected their involvement in politics. The exhibition “Hope to Nope. Graphics and Politics 2008žƒƒ‡–žƒ‚‡2018” shows the central role played by design when it involves co-determining the big political decisions of our time, or reacting to them, such as the Arab Spring, Brexit, the US elections, and the migration crisis. Against this backdrop, the exhibition examines the different methods used over the past decade to formulate and communicate political messages.

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African Mobilities: This Is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition

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

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

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Valdis Āboliņš. And how Fluxus came to Aachen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 19.08.2018
ludwigforum.de 

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

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Die Nacht. Alles außer Schlaf

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

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

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Schusslinie

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 26.08.2018
mudac.ch 

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

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Carsten Nicolai. Tele

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 03.09.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

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

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Inaugural Display

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

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

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Carlos Cruz-Diez. Color in Motion

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

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

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[laut] Die Welt hören

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Humboldt-Box, Berlin / DE
– 16.09.2018
smb.museum 

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

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Beyond the New

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

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

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Beziehungskiste. Über Kommunikation

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

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

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Kubricks 2001. 50 Jahre A Space Odyssey

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

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

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Dissident Gardens

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

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

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Oïphorie: atelier oï

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

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

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Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne

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

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

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Mobile Welten

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

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

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I Am Your Father!

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

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

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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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Common Good

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 02.12.2018
maas.museum/powerhouse-museum 

In the context of the Sydney Design Festival 2018, which is taking place this year under the motto of “Call to Action”, the Powerhouse Museum draws our attention to product design that does not intend to achieve high sales, but first and foremost aims to have a positive effect on people and the planet. Various designers and studios, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region, are offered a platform on which to present critical, innovative or thought-provoking works. The intention is to draw attention to the fact that design has the opportunity – and perhaps even the duty – to exert crucial influence on the development of our world (of commodities) and to visualise social, economic or ecological problems and combat them.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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Bouncing in the Corner

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg / DE
– 13.01.2019
hamburger-kunsthalle.de 

The title of this latest exhibition “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” (originally the title of a group of works by Allen Ruppersberg, an artist from the US) is an invitation to rediscover the contemporary art collection held by the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The three-year presentation is dedicated to different areas of human experience and encounters. After examining the relationship between man and things, as well as between man and man, this year’s title of “Bouncing in the Corner. Die Vermessung des Raums” revolves around the relationship between man and the space surrounding him. As in a theatre play, some works of art appear only in certain scenes, other works stay on stage, but offer different interpretations through new presentation.

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

The period from ‚œ1960ƒ to the present day covers a broad spectrum with regard to textiles. On the basis of their work, two generations of designers and artists spanning half a century encounter one another in the exhibition entitled “Colour and Abstraction. Generations in Dialogue” in the Textielmuseum. The older generation who researches aspects such as colour and abstraction using textiles meets a younger generation who approaches these themes from more of a thematic point of view. The creative process is illustrated using film material, drawings, and patterns. Exhibits include work by Peter Struycken, Lam de Wolf, Bertjan Pot, Formafantasma, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Art Déco in Paris. Grafikdesign für eine Elite

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
04.05.2018 – 30.09.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

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

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Christopher Williams. Normative Models

Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover / DE
05.05.2018 – 29.07.2018
kestnergesellschaft.de 

The medium of photography is at the centre of the work by the US American concept artist, Christopher Williams. Perfect and alluring images reminiscent of advertising or object photography only reveal their concealed levels of meaning or easily overlooked blemishes at second glance. In addition to the images, all other elements of the presentation contribute to the overall artwork of the exhibition, too, for example the (exaggeratedly detailed) titles of the works, the movable walls, and the reduced arrangement of the items in the room that interrupt the visitors’ viewing habits. The accompanying printed products like the exhibition catalogue are also designed by Williams and continue the analysis of the future production, dissemination, and reception of photography.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
10.05.2018 – 08.10.2018
metmuseum.org 

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

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Josef Albers in Mexico

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice / IT
19.05.2018 – 03.09.2018
guggenheim-venice.it 

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

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Märklin Moderne – vom Bau zum Bausatz und zurück

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
19.05.2018 – 09.09.2018
dam-online.de 

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

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