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October

Und. Die Ausstellung

Wasserschloss Klaffenbach , Klaffenbach / DE
– 22.10.2017
wasserschloss-klaffenbach.de 

Nicolaus Ott and Bernard Stein have been two of the most influential designers of the (West) German cultural landscape since 1978. Wasserschloß Klaffenbach is showing the production processes used in their works, until 22 October. Amongst other things, this Berlin studio has designed numerous posters for major German cultural sites. The exhibition entitled “Und” provides an insight into the origins of these works in the area of tension between handcrafted beauty and the quest for graphical innovations.

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Do Things– Stop Making Sense, It’s as Good as It Gets.

Bnkr, Munich / DE
– 29.10.2017
bnkr.space/ 

The exhibition “Do Things” by Something Fantastic are a subjective and seemingly orderless system of displaying objects and photographs. This individual way of archiving will be on show in the Bnkr until 29 October 2017 – an experimental form of presentation that captures impressions and puts together ideas.

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Our Scissors

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 29.10.2017
designmuseum.fi 

50 years ago, Olof Bäckström designed the orange-handled Fiskars scissors, which were the first to have plastic handles, and in the meantime millionfold of pairs have been sold around the world. Fiskars was founded as a company as far back as 1649 and concentrated on new applications of plastic in their product portfolio for the first time in the 1960s. To mark this anniversary, the company invited creative people from around the world to participate in its “Our Scissors” exhibition with their personal congratulations. The articipants have been inspired by the scissors as an object, their colour, and the process of cutting. The various works will be on show in the Designmuseo in the capital city as part of the Helsinki Design Week 2017.

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Oh couleurs!

Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design Bordeaux, Bordeaux / FR
– 05.11.2017
madd-bordeaux.fr 

The exhibition, “Oh couleurs! Design through the Lens of Colour”, which is running until 5 November 2017 in the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design Bordeaux, is dedicated to the often overlooked examination of the subject of colour by design historians. Aspects such as shape, manufacture, material, and new technologies have always been of interest; for the first time, this current exhibition is investigating the question of how colour can influence the appearance of objects and our interaction with them. In addition to the colour of Tupperware, for example, the exhibits also include works by the designer Verner Panton and by the lesser-known decorator Paule Marrot for Renault.

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Facetunes

Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld / DE
– 05.11.2017
bielefelder-kunstverein.de 

In its exhibition “Facetunes”, the Biederfelder Kunstverein presents a collection of contemporary artworks that explore the changing status of the face in the light of current social and technological developments. On show are works by contemporary artists who depict faces using very different media or use them as part of their work. On display are videos, photographs, images and installations by Paolo Cirio, Albrecht Fuchs, Kate Cooper and Britta Thie.

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Ineke Hans. Was ist Loos?

Kunsthalle Wien, Wien / AT
– 12.11.2017
kunsthallewien.at 

[Ineke Hans. What Is Happening?] Dutch designer Ineke Hans has become particularly well-known for her hybrid design objects. She engages with the various changes in the relationship of work and leisure, digitisation and urbanisation and how they affect our everyday lives through design. The exhibition “Ineke Hans. Was ist Loos?” offers an overview of the various works by the designer and looks into issues concerning the future of design. On the one hand, the exhibition refers to Adolf Loos and looks at Vienna as a centre of production; and on the other, it illustrates new paths in manufacture and distribution. In her works, Hans always also reacts to societal needs and includes social aspects in what she produces.

more

Foam Talent. 20 International Young Artists

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 12.11.2017
foam.org 

Als eine international tätige Organisation für Fotografie, schreibt Foam jährlich einen Wettbewerb für junge Fotografen aus aller Welt aus. Den Arbeiten der 20 Gewinner wird vom 1. September bis zum 12. November eine eigene Ausstellung gewidmet. Alle Künstler sind unter 35 Jahre alt und zeichnen sich durch einen ungewöhnlichen Zugang zur Fotografie und ihrer Umwelt aus. Viele Künstler reflektieren die Entwicklungen ihrer Gesellschaft und drücken mit den Fotografien ihre sozio-politische Besorgnis aus.

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The Materiality of the Invisible

Van Eyck, Bureau Europa, Marres, Maastricht / NL
– 26.11.2017
janvaneyck.nl bureau-europa.nl marres.org 

The observation that contemporary art has parallels with archaeology came out of the NEARCH (New Scenarios for a Community-involved Archaeology) project now being held at Van Eyck and Bureau Europe from 30 August to 29 October 2017, and from 30 August to 26 November at the Marres in Maastricht. Contemporary artists inevitably scrutinise and put aspects of our social and political reality to the test. Art can serve as a tool for uncovering what is concealed and through its work penetrate to other times. Like archaeologists, artists can make the invisible visible. The NEARCH project deals with the role of architecture in a fundamentally changing corporate context. In this process, the project reveals and highlights social aspects of archaeology while examining its potential in its crossovers with art.

more

Design On Display

Autostadt, Wolfsburg / DE
– 01.12.2017
designondisplay.de 

‘On Display 05’ in the Autostadt Wolfsburg is about the interplay between design and democracy. The exhibition shows that design is related not only to objects and products, but also to the structures and processes of systems and societies. Participative architecture and the ‘blockchain’ principle are presented here simultaneously and brought into dialogue, with the help of various projects: Planbude, for example, has created an extensive urban development project on the basis of a protest movement in Hamburg. On the other hand, the blockchain principle is a digital system in which data is shared and stored in a decentralized way, connected together by a so-called ‘information chain’. This is illustrated by five projects, among them E-Estonia, a mode of electronic citizenship developed for Estonia. In tandem with the exhibition, a free magazine will be published in which these themes are verbally and visually elaborated. This magazine is available for free in the form Shop.

more

The North. Finnish Design and Lapland

Designmuseum, Helsinki / FI
– 31.12.2017
designmuseum.fi 

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

more

Van Abbe and De Stijl

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

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

more

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

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

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

more

Perception Is Reality

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

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

more

Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

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

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

more

The Other Architect

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

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

more

Alvar Aalto. Paimio Sanatorium

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 21.01.2018
designmuseum.dk 

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

more

Beazley Designs of the Year

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

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

more

Onomatopee in Autumn

Onomatopee, Eindhoven / NL
– 30.01.2018
onomatopee.net 

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

more

Revolution in Rotgelbblau

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

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

more

Play Parade.

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

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

more

Finders Keepers. The Life of Things

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

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

more

Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989

Ludwig Forum, Aachen / DE
– 18.02.2018
ludwigforum.de 

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

more

100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
mak.at 

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

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Frau Architekt

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

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

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

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

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

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

 

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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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November

Facetunes

Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld / DE
– 05.11.2017
bielefelder-kunstverein.de 

In its exhibition “Facetunes”, the Biederfelder Kunstverein presents a collection of contemporary artworks that explore the changing status of the face in the light of current social and technological developments. On show are works by contemporary artists who depict faces using very different media or use them as part of their work. On display are videos, photographs, images and installations by Paolo Cirio, Albrecht Fuchs, Kate Cooper and Britta Thie.

more

Oh couleurs!

Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design Bordeaux, Bordeaux / FR
– 05.11.2017
madd-bordeaux.fr 

The exhibition, “Oh couleurs! Design through the Lens of Colour”, which is running until 5 November 2017 in the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design Bordeaux, is dedicated to the often overlooked examination of the subject of colour by design historians. Aspects such as shape, manufacture, material, and new technologies have always been of interest; for the first time, this current exhibition is investigating the question of how colour can influence the appearance of objects and our interaction with them. In addition to the colour of Tupperware, for example, the exhibits also include works by the designer Verner Panton and by the lesser-known decorator Paule Marrot for Renault.

more

Ineke Hans. Was ist Loos?

Kunsthalle Wien, Wien / AT
– 12.11.2017
kunsthallewien.at 

[Ineke Hans. What Is Happening?] Dutch designer Ineke Hans has become particularly well-known for her hybrid design objects. She engages with the various changes in the relationship of work and leisure, digitisation and urbanisation and how they affect our everyday lives through design. The exhibition “Ineke Hans. Was ist Loos?” offers an overview of the various works by the designer and looks into issues concerning the future of design. On the one hand, the exhibition refers to Adolf Loos and looks at Vienna as a centre of production; and on the other, it illustrates new paths in manufacture and distribution. In her works, Hans always also reacts to societal needs and includes social aspects in what she produces.

more

Foam Talent. 20 International Young Artists

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 12.11.2017
foam.org 

Als eine international tätige Organisation für Fotografie, schreibt Foam jährlich einen Wettbewerb für junge Fotografen aus aller Welt aus. Den Arbeiten der 20 Gewinner wird vom 1. September bis zum 12. November eine eigene Ausstellung gewidmet. Alle Künstler sind unter 35 Jahre alt und zeichnen sich durch einen ungewöhnlichen Zugang zur Fotografie und ihrer Umwelt aus. Viele Künstler reflektieren die Entwicklungen ihrer Gesellschaft und drücken mit den Fotografien ihre sozio-politische Besorgnis aus.

more

The Materiality of the Invisible

Van Eyck, Bureau Europa, Marres, Maastricht / NL
– 26.11.2017
janvaneyck.nl bureau-europa.nl marres.org 

The observation that contemporary art has parallels with archaeology came out of the NEARCH (New Scenarios for a Community-involved Archaeology) project now being held at Van Eyck and Bureau Europe from 30 August to 29 October 2017, and from 30 August to 26 November at the Marres in Maastricht. Contemporary artists inevitably scrutinise and put aspects of our social and political reality to the test. Art can serve as a tool for uncovering what is concealed and through its work penetrate to other times. Like archaeologists, artists can make the invisible visible. The NEARCH project deals with the role of architecture in a fundamentally changing corporate context. In this process, the project reveals and highlights social aspects of archaeology while examining its potential in its crossovers with art.

more

Design On Display

Autostadt, Wolfsburg / DE
– 01.12.2017
designondisplay.de 

‘On Display 05’ in the Autostadt Wolfsburg is about the interplay between design and democracy. The exhibition shows that design is related not only to objects and products, but also to the structures and processes of systems and societies. Participative architecture and the ‘blockchain’ principle are presented here simultaneously and brought into dialogue, with the help of various projects: Planbude, for example, has created an extensive urban development project on the basis of a protest movement in Hamburg. On the other hand, the blockchain principle is a digital system in which data is shared and stored in a decentralized way, connected together by a so-called ‘information chain’. This is illustrated by five projects, among them E-Estonia, a mode of electronic citizenship developed for Estonia. In tandem with the exhibition, a free magazine will be published in which these themes are verbally and visually elaborated. This magazine is available for free in the form Shop.

more

The North. Finnish Design and Lapland

Designmuseum, Helsinki / FI
– 31.12.2017
designmuseum.fi 

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

more

Van Abbe and De Stijl

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

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

more

Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme

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

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

more

Perception Is Reality

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

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

more

Christian Dior, couturier du rêve

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

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

more

The Other Architect

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

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

more

Alvar Aalto. Paimio Sanatorium

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
– 21.01.2018
designmuseum.dk 

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

more

Beazley Designs of the Year

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

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

more

Onomatopee in Autumn

Onomatopee, Eindhoven / NL
– 30.01.2018
onomatopee.net 

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

more

Revolution in Rotgelbblau

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

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

more

Finders Keepers. The Life of Things

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

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

more

Play Parade.

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

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

more

Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989

Ludwig Forum, Aachen / DE
– 18.02.2018
ludwigforum.de 

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

more

100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
mak.at 

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

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Frau Architekt

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

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

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

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

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

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

 

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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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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
04.11.2017 – 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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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
10.11.2017 – 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

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

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Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
11.11.2017 – 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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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
15.11.2017 – 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

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

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From Belgium with Light

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu / BE
19.11.2017 – 25.02.2018
cid-grand-hornu.be 

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

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
27.11.2017 – 30.04.2018
dmh.org.il 

Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress, director, and scriptwriter. Her works are on show for the first time in the exhibition “Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz” in the Design Museum Holon. The aim is to show the role clothing can play in creating realities as well as characters and visual worlds, which then become part of the general cultural consciousness themselves. The exhibition shows visitors a colourful mix of film, art, social activism, and innovative fashion. Elkabetz’s works play with themes such as geography, immigration, gender distribution, identity, and feminism, and are now being presented to the public in an exhibition for the first time.

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