Objects, Concepts and Visions
Me Collectors Room, Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin
– 18 December 2017
The Olbricht Foundation is distinguished by the way in which it combines a cultural interest in art and social commitment. Its current exhibition looks at fashion from an artistic perspective and builds upon the “ReFashioning Austria” exhibition, which took place in Shanghai in December 2016. It comprises 40 exhibits by fashion designers and artists who are all involved in presenting fashion in a new way.
Founded by Dr Thomas Olbricht, heir to the Wella fortune, the Foundation is devoted to making art accessible to the public, in particular children and young people. Along with its permanent exhibition venue in Berlin, it promotes art through talks and concerts and events at the Wunderkammer Ship, which exhibits part of the collection at various points along the waterways of Berlin and Brandenburg.
The Olbricht Art Collection encompasses works from the early 16th century all the way through to the present day, including pieces by young artists from China and South America, and reflects the singular personality of the original collector, Thomas Olbricht.
Now the Foundation is set to host an external exhibition, the predecessor of which was successfully held in Shanghai.
It showcases in three sections various Austrian approaches to design. The “Objects” section presents works where designers work with references to art as a way of expanding the scope of design. The objects are often expressions of this freedom and take the form of newly created utopias.
The “Visions” section provides insights into design concepts, showcasing the processes and expression of fashion through media including photography and video works.
The works in the “Concepts” section address various areas of creative tension, such as the interplay between textile and craft, and space and the body. Sculptures and installations challenge the viewer to rethink their current ways of perceiving things.
The exhibition was commissioned by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and curated by Claudia Rosa Lukas of austrianfashion.net.