Agenda

February

Schön Schräg

Czech Centre, Berlin / DE
– 21.02.2019
berlin.czechcentres.cz 

To mark 100 years since the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic, the exhibition in Berlin, “Schön schräg. Cubism – A Czech Design Principle”, showcases modern product design from the Czech Republic and Slovakia and its genesis from Cubism to the present day. The two curators, Wolfgang Binder and Bettina Güldner from Berlin, were commissioned to research the distinguishing characteristics of design in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in comparison to other European countries. In addition to the exhibition, in January and February 2019 there will be a discussion round and a workshop in Prague where design students will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas on the subject.

more

A Feast of Colour and Form. Joseph Binder Award 2018

Weissraum Designforum Tirol, Innsbruck / AT
– 23.02.2019
weissraum.at 

The travelling exhibition of the winning entries for the Joseph Binder Award 2018 – Austria’s only international prize for graphic design and illustration – can currently be seen in Innsbruck. Selected from hundreds of submissions for corporate designs, typography, posters, book illustration, packaging, and digital media, a jury awarded the prize to the winners in autumn 2018. Eight gold, twelve silver, four bronze and 47 outstanding prize-winning works can be seen in the exhibition.

more

Lily van der Stokker. Friendly Good

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 24.02.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Using friendly, playful aesthetics in her (wall) paintings and installations, the Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker addresses a range of questions about social attitudes and perceptions of the feminine. The Stedelijk Museum is currently hosting van der Stokker’s most comprehensive show to date. Van der Stokker celebrates particular elements of femininity and challenges common notions of conceptual art with the character of her works, which are often declared to be emotional and typically feminine.

more

100 Years of Adjustable Light. The Origin and Topicality of Flexible Lighting

Museum of Applied Arts Cologne / DE
– 24.02.2019
museenkoeln.de 

The exhibition “100 Years of Adjustable Light” traces the history of flexible lighting. What is now an indispensable part of working and living spaces began its design history with Curt Fischer’s designs for the Midgard company he founded, and whose products are at the centre of the exhibition. The exhibition traces their influence on the Bauhaus and contemporary designers through original lamps, patents, letters, drawings, and films.

more

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
– 24.02.2019
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

The medium of photography and the photographer’s profession have experienced radical changes as a result of technological progress, global networks, and social platforms. Where previously a manageable number of images was produced, users are now confronted with a visual flood. Bots, algorithms, intelligent machines, and above all a huge number of employees in large companies are involved in producing and distributing these images. This exhibition takes a look behind the shiny surface of our screens and explores the work of these very actors. Using artistic confrontations with the subject matter, the exhibition provokes, questions, and explores how image culture works today and examines where the borderline runs between input by humans and machines.

more

Tailored for Freedom. The Artistic Dress around 1900

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld / DE
– 24.02.2019
kunstmuseenkrefeld.de 

Some items of clothing can be ascribed to certain social developments that are more or less clear to us. The Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld is showcasing the historical background of the artistic dress – the subject of discussion in women’s clothing around 1900. More than 100 years ago the founding director of the same museum, Friedrich Deneken, initiated the first exhibition on artistic reform clothes.

more

Kinderbiennale – Träume und Geschichten

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Japanisches Palais, Dresden / DE
– 24.02.2019
skd.museum 

[Children’s Biennale – Dreams and Stories] “Works of art have the inner power to give shape to dreams, to tell stories, and to reflect the world around us in all its facets.” Based on this premise, the Kinderbiennale abandons the usual forms of conveying and reception in a museum context and creates an environment that is intended to make art tangible instead. The Japanisches Palais in Dresden is thus transformed into a place that stimulates interaction, appeals to all senses, and invites visitors to explore both real and fictitious worlds through works of art. In addition, for this occasion, the so-called mobile museum will be presented to the public for the first time. It will travel through Saxony with the aim of bringing art and culture closer to children and families.

more

Metahaven: Earth

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / NL
– 24.02.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum together with the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Sharjah Art Foundation, Metahaven’s new film, “Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)”, forms the core of the exhibition “Metahaven: Earth” at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. “Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)” is not the first film by Metahaven, the name for the two artists Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, whose joint practice has increasingly developed, since 2007, from graphic identities, spatial installations, and publications to moving images. For this reason, the video works created so far, including “The Sprawl” will be presented as immersive installations in four galleries, while their music videos, textile and graphic works will be shown in a fifth gallery.

more

Anthropocene

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa / CA
– 24.02.2019
gallery.ca 

The Gotthard Base Tunnel, the open-cast mine in North Rhine-Westphalia or the Dandora landfill in Nairobi are just a few visible examples of the pervasive impact of human activity on nature. As part of the large-scale undertaking The Anthropocene Project, this exhibition uses photography, murals and film installations to impressively demonstrate human impact on our planet.

more

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 24.02.2019
vam.ac.uk 

With at least 2.2 billion active gamers around the world, it is hardly a surprise that the Victoria and Albert Museum is making an effort to devote more attention to the gaming culture. Another step in this direction is taken with the exhibition entitled “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” which is primarily concerned with the developments that have taken place over the past decade. The design and technical implementation of games, their role as mediators of socially relevant topics, the creative potential of the gaming community, and the importance of smaller, independent studios are examined in various sections. In addition, a residency programme attached to the exhibition will give a British artist, designer or maker in the area of video games the chance to collaborate with the curators.

more

Summer Camp 2019 – Echt kommunikativ?

Schader-Forum, Darmstadt / DE
– 01.03.2019
schader-stiftung.de 

Until the beginning of March, it is still possible to apply for the summer camp (held in German) taking place from 15 to 18 August 2019 at the Schader-Forum in Darmstadt. This year’s focus will be on interpersonal communication that takes place in public spaces, taking into account what they are used for. The aim of the four-day programme is to develop a dialogue project. Applications are open to students nearing the end of their degree, young academics at doctoral level and young professionals with a maximum of three years’ experience in their careers.

more

Bodyscan – Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences

Eres-Stiftung, Munich / DE
– 02.03.2019
eres-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Bodyscan – Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences” at the foundation Eres-Stiftung in Munich showcases perspectives on the human body from the Renaissance to the present day. With over 50 exhibits from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to contemporary art and the latest imaging techniques, the exhibition explores the question of how technical and artistic methods of representation shape our body images. Contributions from media as diverse as woodcut, sculpture, painting, photography, film, and computer animation make for a comprehensive contribution to the foundation’s mission of linking art and science.

more

Virtual Natives – Sculpture

Roehrs and Boetsch, Zurich / CH
– 02.03.2019
roehrsboetsch.com 

The art gallery Roehrs and Boetsch recently opened a virtual gallery for virtual art and aims to promote developments in this direction. The starting point for the project were works by the artists Banz and Bowinkel, in particular their three-dimensional simulations of motion sequences as two-dimensional prints, which visitors can also experience physically for the first time in the current exhibition of the newly opened VR gallery. Using VR glasses and controllers, visitors can explore a five-storey building showcasing work by one artist on each level.

more

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

Somerset House, London / GB
– 03.03.2019
somersethouse.org.uk 

About 70 years ago, the first Peanuts picture story by Charles M. Schulz, the US American cartoonist, was published and, since then, the comic series has delighted millions of readers around the world and exerted a clear (and lasting) influence on art and culture. In the everyday adventures of a group of children featuring the notorious walking disaster area that is Charlie Brown, there are always more profound themes such as war, equality or racism. In addition, the characters with their individual fears, problems, and relationships offer many opportunities for identification. This exhibition now presents a mixture of historical originals from Schulze’s estate and objects inspired by the Peanuts – including the silver Snoopy, which NASA took on a journey to the moon and back – as well as contemporary artworks.

more

Feast for the Eyes

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 03.03.2019
foam.org 

The permanent availability of smartphone cameras and social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat have ensured that food today no longer only means consuming nutrition, but also constitutes an important part of one’s public self-portrayal. “Feast for the Eyes” looks at the history of food photography and includes art and photojournalism as well as commercial and scientific photography. The section “Still Life” is dedicated to the classical representation of food in painting, “Around the Table” looks at cultural and ritual aspects and “Playing With Food” shows what happens when humour is added. In addition to the photographs themselves, there are also cookbooks on display that provide further historical overview.

more

Against Invisibility

Japanisches Palais, Dresden / DE
– 03.03.2019
kunstgewerbemuseum.skd.museum 

For the first time, the exhibition entitled “Against Invisibility – Women Designers at the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau 1898 to 1938” focuses exclusively on the women who worked at the Deutsche Werkstätten in the early 20th century. They worked in 27 areas of the design profession, including graphics, furniture, textile, and interiors. Despite their work in design and teaching as well as taking part in competitions and exhibitions successfully, they have been forgotten. This exhibition wants to counteract this by not only showing over 270 works, but also by looking at the trajectory of these women’s lives through letters, photographs, and testimonies.  

more

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.

more

Cultural Dialogue Between East and Western Asia

Gallery Damdam, Berlin / DE
– 04.03.2019
kulturkorea.org 

Working in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Institute in Berlin, the Korean Cultural Centre will be showing calligraphic penmanship from East and Western Asia. The exhibition will reference the history of artistic interaction between Korea and Iran, which were linked to a network created by the Silk Road. The relationship between the two countries is shaped by this connection to the present day.

more

BICeBé 2019. International Call for Poster Design

– 08.03.2019
bicebebolivia.com 

The Biennial of Poster Bolivia (BICeBé) has been a presentation platform for graphic design from Bolivia and its southern neighbours since 2009. The programme includes an international congress, lectures, exhibitions, a symposium on design education, and workshops held by partnering universities. However, the highlight remains the poster competition, to which students, graphic designers, photographers, visual artists, and producers of graphic content are invited to submit entries. Submissions can be made in the categories of cultural posters, social posters, advertising or commercial posters. In addition, unpublished posters on “The Era of Disinformation” and GIFs on “Women’s Empowerment” are sought. Depending on the category, the winners will be awarded prizes between 1,000 and 5,000 US dollars.

more

Abram Games: A Record of Britain’s Social History

Rochester Institute of Technology University Gallery / US
– 09.03.2019
rit.edu 

The University Gallery of the Rochester Institute of Technology is showcasing a selection from the life’s work of the British graphic designer Abram Games, created over a period of sixty years. Using an extremely reduced visual language he designed political (propaganda) posters, stamps, and book covers. The exhibition features some fifty exhibits and is one of few presentations of Games’ achievements in the United States.

more

Hautnah. Die Filmkostüme von Barbara Baum

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 10.03.2019
deutsches-filminstitut.de 

[Up Close. Film Costumes by Barbara Baum] Barbara Baum is one of Germany’s most renowned costume designers and can look back on almost 50 years of collaboration with international directors and producers. Baum’s repertoire includes particularly elaborate, historical costumes for films such as “Catherine the Great” (1995) and “Buddenbrooks” (2008). Among other things, the exhibition documents the process of creation “from the first reading of the script to historical research and on to the initial sketches and the exciting moment of the first fitting with the actors”. In her work, the designer is guided above all by the choice of cloth. The exhibition uses the tactile qualities of this material, supplemented by audio material, and information in Braille, to offer also an experience to blind and visually impaired people.

more

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 10.03.2019
design-museum.de 

Designed simultaneously as “a retrospective and a themed exhibition”, the Vitra Design Museum sheds light on the life and work, influence and visions of the industrial designer and author Victor Papanek, as well as on the relationship between design and complex, global problems in general. Above all, Papanek laid a foundation for critical, social, and ecological thinking and action in the field of design, particularly through publications such as “Design for the Real World” (1971) and “Design for Human Scale” (1983). A media installation based on his theses immerses the visitor in his thought processes. Also on display are objects from his estate that have never been shown before, such as notebooks, letters, furniture, and slides. 20 projects by contemporary designers who reflect and develop Papanek’s approaches build a bridge to the present day.

more

Raphaela Vogel

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 11.03.2019
berlinischegalerie.de 

For ten years now, Videoart at Midnight, a screening of video art every month on a Friday, has been taking place at the Babylon cinema in Berlin. To mark this anniversary, the Berlinische Galerie is now dedicating a solo exhibition to video artist Raphaela Vogel (born 1988). Vogel graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main in 2014 and now lives in Amsterdam. She always takes the leading role herself in her videos and exposes her body to observation by camera drones. Among other things, she deals with the conflict between femininity and “often male-defined technology”. In the context of the exhibition, the video projections are framed by peculiar objects, such as a Dixi urinal or a revolving crane. As a result, Vogel allows viewers to be immersed in her very own, seemingly post-apocalyptic world.

more

Josef Frank

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 17.03.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In a retrospective, the Designmuseo in Helsinki looks at the work of designer and architect Josef Frank (1885–1967). After studying and obtaining his doctorate in Vienna, teaching at the city’s School of Arts and Crafts and co-founding the Vienna Werkbund, he fled to Sweden to escape the Nazis. There, he became famous for his furniture and textile designs, amongst others for Svenskt Tenn. In addition, his aim was to have a positive influence on people’s lives through design, architecture, and urban planning. The show examines his principles and visions using numerous exhibits, which come from collections in Sweden and Austria.

more

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

Grassi Museum for Applied Arts, Leipzig / DE
– 17.03.2019
grassimuseum.de 

The problem of affordable and liveable housing is becoming increasingly acute, especially in cities, where rents are rising. Previous housing construction projects have only partially addressed the situation. The exhibition “Together! The New Architecture of the Collective” presents solutions against a background of historical and contemporary projects on collective living. With an approach akin to research, the exhibition reflects the human need for community, while acknowledging the importance of privacy.

more

Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 17.03.2019
gewerbemuseum.ch 

“Waste may be a promising resource or an unavoidable residue. Waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves a footprint,” says the introduction to the “Times of Waste – The Residue” exhibition. In order to trace the path taken by waste, the exhibition follows a smartphone, tracking its route as it is transported and recycled. This everyday object takes the visitor to very different places, including landfill sites, research laboratories, and repair workshops, and meets the people there. The questions and problems that are brought up in this way demand new solutions and a deeper engagement with the topic. The exhibition has been devised in conjunction with a research project carried out at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basle.

more

68. Pop und Protest

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 17.03.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The 1968 movement was a time in which people all around the world rebelled and began to fight back vociferously against existing structures using various cultural means, from music to fashion to cinema critical of society and a new interest in (public) discussions. They fought for freedom, peace, equal rights, and acceptance – values that are being discussed again today. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has brought together 200 objects from its own collection and loans, including artworks, photographs, fashion, posters, and products to illustrate the mood of this period. The Spiegel canteen, finalised by Verner Panton for Spiegel publishing house in 1969 and transferred to the MKG in 2012, forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

more

65+ Design History and Stories. The Institute for New Technical Form

Institut für Neue Technische Form, Darmstadt / DE
– 17.03.2019
institut-fuer-neue-technische-form.de 

On 18 November 2018 at 12 noon, an exhibition taking stock of 65 years of design will open at 11 Friedensplatz in Darmstadt. That is how long INTEF, as it is commonly known, has existed. In the heart of the city, it wants to offer a showcase for the world of products from art nouveau to the present day and thus promote and present design independently and confidently. If you consider that the 65 exhibition stations are but a glimpse into the history of INTEF’s work, and you also take into account that the Schneider Collection, available to INTEF, is so extensive that the materials could furnish several design museums, and finally also that there are still numerous archives and warehouses full of stuff, then you can only hope that this exhibition won’t just take stock, but will actually mark a turning point for Darmstadt’s design and exhibition policy.

more

Downtown Denise Scott Brown

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 18.03.2019
azw.at 

The Architekturzentrum Wien is dedicating the first comprehensive retrospective to Denise Scott Brown, an urban planner, architect, teacher, and author born in 1931 whose work has only just been rediscovered. Scott Brown has had a great influence on architecture from the 1960s, both practically and theoretically, but great appreciation for their joint work was attributed mainly to her partner and husband, Robert Venturi. With photographic documentation as well as architectural and urban planning projects on all five continents, the designer advocated an undogmatic formal language and targeted interventions in existing structures. The exhibition includes objects, photographs, plans, collages, quotations, and videos and is itself designed as a kind of urban setting.

more

Playing with Scale:
 How Designers Use Set Models

Olivier Theatre, Wolfson Gallery, London / GB
– 23.03.2019
nationaltheatre.org.uk 

Taking the Jocelyn Herbert Archive as a starting point, the exhibition “Playing with Scale” presents five sets from the National Theatre London. Jocelyn Herbert (1917–2003) is a stage designer known for her laconic, but also atmospherically dense style. Two current productions by the stage designers Anthony Ward (“Exit the King”) and Hildegard Bechtler (“Antony & Cleopatra”) will also be in the spotlight. According to exhibition curator Eleanor Margolies, the exhibition also focuses on how stage sets can function as an “exquisite miniature world” in the preliminary rehearsal process, and as a starting point for a creative and democratic exchange between the various actors and trades involved in the production. The exhibits include built models as well as first sketch attempts and everything up to and including 3D models.

more

Le Monde de Tardi

Basel / CH
– 24.03.2019
cartoonmuseum.ch 

The Cartoonmuseum Basel is currently holding a retrospective with over 200 original drawings by comic artist Jacques Tardi, whose clever visuals have left their mark on generations of comic artists. With sometimes frightening directness, Tardi’s line drawings confront the reader with the cruel reality of war or grab our attention with the solution to a new case for private detective Nestor Burma. The highlights of the exhibition are originals from the recently published volume three of the series “Stalag II B”.

more

Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
– 24.03.2019
museenkoeln.de 

For the first time, the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art” is showing almost all of the album covers designed by Andy Warhol, together with the myriad sketches and designs that he did for them. The exhibits also include a range of films and audio clips that contribute to a comprehensive showcasing of the interplay between art and music. Warhol (1928–1987) worked with the medium of records from 1949 onwards, first as a commercial artist mainly designing the covers of jazz LPs, before moving on to design overall concepts for album covers in a range of genres in the 1960s, including “Sticky Fingers” (1971) by The Rolling Stones and the eponymous debut album by The Velvet Underground (1967).

more

Home Futures

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 24.03.2019
designmuseum.org 

The question of how we will live in the future has occupied designers down the ages. But what happens to these visions when the future has been reached from that earlier point of view? The “Home Futures” exhibition displays futuristic designs from the 20th century created by designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Superstudio, and Enzo Mari and juxtaposes them with current developments. Scenarios and questions – relevant back then and now – are divided into subject areas and approaches to solutions are presented, such as living in limited space, modern nomadism, minimalism, and smart homes. The exhibition was created in co-operation with the IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden and will also be on show there after it closes in London.

more

AED Neuland

– 31.03.2019
aed-stuttgart.de/neuland 

Every year, wishing to promote students and designers under the age of 28 who are at the beginning of their careers, the AED association awards the AED Neuland prize. The criteria, according to which an interdisciplinary panel evaluates the work, focus on the level of innovation, sustainability, functionality, economic usability, and aesthetics as well as demonstrating a clear benefit for people and society. Participants can submit entries in the following categories: architecture and engineering, exhibition design and interior design, product design, communication design, interaction design. The winner of each category will receive a prize money of 2,000 euros. Together with other nominated submissions, the winning projects will be presented in a touring exhibition and a publication.

more

Digital Imaginaries. Africas in Production

ZKM, Karlsruhe / DE
– 31.03.2019
zkm.de 

The topics of digitisation and digital transformation are major drivers for companies, governments, and societies worldwide. Following exhibitions, workshops, and events in Senegal and South Africa, the exhibition and research project “Digital Imaginaries” is currently showcasing contemporary works by African artists in Karlsruhe that address the “contradictory diversity of digital phenomena in African”. The works shown in the exhibition point to the African stories, practices, and realities that come to bear in this context and aim to inspire reflection on what an emancipated digital future can look like without necessarily conforming to market-oriented interests and post-colonial hegemony.

more

Back Side – Fashion from Behind

Fashion and Lace Museum, Brussels / BE
– 31.03.2019
fashionandlacemuseum.brussels 

Our back makes up a large area of our body – and yet it still eludes our own field of vision and often our consciousness. The exhibition “Back Side – Fashion from Behind” has assembled 70 creations that show how fashion design has dealt with the back in different ways. Whether as a sassy revealing, a place for statements and motifs, silhouettes forming lacing or straps for heavy loads, the back can set the scene and be used and interpreted in many ways. With works by labels and designers such as Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Raf Simons, and Balmain, the show provides an overview of this potential for creativity from the 18th century to the present day.

more

Brutally Modern. Buildings and Lifestyle in the 60s and 70s

Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig / DE
– 31.03.2019
3landesmuseen.de 

With its exhibition entitled “Brutally Modern. Buildings and Lifestyle in the 60s and 70s”, pointing to regional buildings from this period as an example, the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum highlights the dilemma of dealing with post-war modernist buildings. Where some see concrete monsters that should be torn down, others see architectural pearls that need to be protected.

more

Sagmeister and Walsh. Beauty

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 31.03.2019
mak.at 

With a large-scale, interactive exhibition, Stefan Sagmeister – this time together with Jessica Walsh – is now dedicating himself after happiness to another grand theme of human culture: beauty. To prove that beauty is more than pure superficiality, various installations and objects invite visitors to examine the different facets of this concept: from digital experiments on symmetry to experiencing sound, colour, and scent through the senses to the question of what makes one person attractive to another. The topic areas, “What Is Beauty?”, “The History of Beauty”, “In the Eye of the Beholder”, “Experience Beauty”, and “Transforming Beauty” will be rounded off by “The Beauty Archive” curated by Sagmeister and Walsh, presenting a selection of “particularly beautiful” exhibits from the museum’s collection.

more

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York / US
– 31.03.2019
cooperhewitt.org 

The exhibition “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” looks at mobility in the future and presents 40 projects on relevant technologies. How are we going to move? How will we transport goods? How will mobility services develop? In addition to contemporary projects, such as the immersive sound work “Sound of the Future City” by the engineering firm Arup, historical works from the museum’s collection can also be seen.

more

Depatriarchise Design. Labs

Basel / CH
– 06.04.2019
depatriarchisedesign.com 

From February to April, the feminist research platform Depatriarchise Design is organising a three-part workshop series on the political in artefacts and design. The aim is to link theory and practice through interactive formats and thus have a lasting influence on the question of gender relations in design. Through dialogue and personal expression, the workshops will question traditional ways of teaching, learning, producing, and exhibiting design from an intersectional feminist perspective.

more

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / UM
– 14.04.2019
whitney.org 

Nowadays, programmed systems are an everyday thing for us, but their influence on art can be traced back to the 1960s. This exhibition is divided into two sections: “Rule, Instruction, Algorithm” deals with the question of how images and objects can be generated based on systems and specifications; “Signal, Sequence, Resolution” focuses on works that manipulate (television) images using code. One highlight is the work “Fin de Siècle II” by Nam June Paik presented between the two areas, which is on public display again for the first time after six years of restoration work. Also, the augmented reality artwork “Unexpected Growth” by Tamiko Thiel simulating the flooding of New York, will celebrate its premiere here.

more

Frankfurt Modernism. 1919–1933

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 14.04.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The exhibition “Frankfurt Modernism” showcases artefacts from Frankfurt during the Weimar Republic, and is the first attempt to comprehensively reappraise this epoch in terms of design history – approaching the claim of that time of designing the city anew both aesthetically and socially. Given the 600 or so exhibits that have been announced, we should be prepared to see all sorts of things.

more

Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg Advancement Award for Essays in Design Criticism 2019

– 15.04.2019
bf-preis.de 

There is little consensus even among those involved in design discourse about exactly how to define the concept of design, making it all the more important to encourage writing on content and style. Developed in honour of the industrial designer Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg, responsible for major contributions to the professionalisation of the design discipline in Germany, the Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg Advancement Award for Essays in Design Criticism 2019 is being held for the eighth time to support design students and graduates in their theoretical work. The Swiss publisher Niggli Verlag will publish the winning text as an independent book in the series “bf-preis. Designkritische Texte”.

more

West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995

LACMA, Los Angeles / US
– 21.04.2019
lacma.org 

For many generations, California has been a place of aspiration and a symbol of freedom, liberality, and individual development. This was also true of graphic design in the second half of the 20th century. During this period, many designers increasingly emancipated themselves from the generally valid and rigid rules of modernism, which were upheld primarily by the established scene in New York. Spurred on further by the new opportunities offered by rapidly advancing technological progress, the West Coast forged its own path, both in practice and theory. As part of its Graphic Design Initiative, which aims to gradually build up a comprehensive graphic design collection, the LACMA sheds light on the period between 1975 and 1995 by means of posters and publications.

more

Einfach gut. Design aus Dänemark

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2019
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

[Simply Good. Design from Denmark] When it comes to Danish design, most people probably think of wellknown mid-century classics. This exhibition wants to prove that this country has much more to offer. Although the exhibits include furniture and lighting by Finn Juhl, Verner Panton, and Nanna Ditzel, these are complemented by new interpretations of craftsmanship and projects that see design as a tool for tackling major global problems. As a result, the curators want to leave behind the purely nostalgic perspective and raise questions about sustainability, social perception, and the image of Danish design. The exhibition was shown in Berlin back in 2017 and has been extended and adapted for the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus.

more

Get Out and Vote! Posters for Germany’s First Democratic Elections

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg / DE
– 22.04.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The first democratic elections took place in Germany 100 years ago. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is reviving associated election campaigns from the past by showcasing posters and other printed matter from this period. The exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg aims to remind visitors that as a form of government democracy was not always a given and had to be defended.

more

Koloman Moser

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 22.04.2019
mak.at 

Almost no one other than Koloman Moser (1868–1918) lived up to the ideal of the universal artist held in high esteem by the Vienna Secession; his work extends from painting to the design of furniture, objects, and interiors to stage design and fashion. This retrospective to mark the centenary of his death looks at his extensive oeuvre in chronological order and, at the same time, includes those who blazed a trail and accompanied him on his path. Arranged in stages of his life, beginning with Vienna as a source of inspiration and concluding with Moser’s final return to painting, the “Koloman Moser. Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann” exhibition presents 600 exhibits, many of which have previously never been accessible to the public.

more

Dea Trier Mørch. Into the World

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 28.04.2019
louisiana.dk 

Driven by her own experiences, the Danish author and artist Dea Trier Mørch wrote the novel “Vinterbørn” [Winter’s Child] in 1976. This publication made her well-known all over Europe. The Louisana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk is showcasing the linocuts she created on the basis of her novel. The sensitive yet abstract depiction of human physicality in her work is utterly convincing. What is more, they provide a female view of environments such as a maternity ward. The exhibition shows around ninety works by the artist.

more

The Secret Life of Textiles: The Milton Sonday Archive

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York / US
– 05.05.2019
metmuseum.org 

Milton Sonday is famous for his technical drawings of handmade fabrics. Following the transfer of his archive to the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition “The Secret Life of Textiles” presents an initial selection of his studies on the structure of lace fabrics, the wide range of embroideries and the diversity of woven patterns. In collaboration with Sonday, the Antonio Ratti Textile Center has already sighted the first part of the donated archive, but the cataloguing of his entire life’s work is ongoing.

more

Cultural Threads

Textiel Museum, Tilburg / NL
– 12.05.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

In the exhibition “Cultural Threads”, textiles serve as mediators and witnesses of sociopolitical connections in a world whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. Stories are discovered and told, relationships are revealed, identities are shaped, and perspectives for the future are opened up. In addition to works by international textile artists such as Hana Miletić, Otobong Nkanga, Aiko Tezuka, and Mary Sibande, new works have been created especially for the exhibition in the Textiel Lab. Eylem Aladogan, for example, uses textiles from the Ottoman Empire to examine her Turkish origins and the political situation there under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while Vincent Vulsma, using sculptures, tackles the historical role of fabrics and indigo in the slave trade.

more

Corita Kent. Power Up

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 12.05.2019
houseofillustration.org.uk 

First nun, then artist and activist: Corita Kent turned pop art into protest. Using the striking aesthetics of the advertising world in her silk-screen prints, which at first glance looked like harmless packaging, Kent was in fact highlighting social problems such as sexism, racism, and war. With seventy silk-screen prints, the exhibition aims to illustrate the development of Kent’s work.

more

Not My Thing. Gender in Design

HfG Archiv, Ulm / DE
– 19.05.2019
museumulm.de 

Gender identities are changing: people are increasingly rejecting conventional notions of how a woman or man should be and look. The perpetuation of stereotypes connected to biological sex can operate via our designed environment, which includes clothing, advertising, and objects, and since these are always linked to constructed worlds, you might say that design has a significant role to play. Using examples and works from the fields of design research, product design, the fashion world, and art, the exhibition explores the question of what it means to be gender-specific, gender-sensitive or gender-blind in design.

more

Call. We Publish

– 15.06.2019
wir-publizieren.ch 

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

more

100 Prozent Wolle

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

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

more

Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

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

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

more

Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

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

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

more

Politics of Design, Design of Politics

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

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

more

111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

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

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

more

Reflex Bauhaus

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

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

more

Die neue Heimat (1950–1982). A Social Democratic Utopia and Its Buildings

Architecture Museum of the TU Munich / DE
28.02.2019 – 19.05.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Taken over and renamed by the National Socialists and after the Second World War then run by the German Confederation of Trade Unions, the non-state housing construction group Neue Heimat was considered to be one of the most relevant construction companies in post-war Europe. It was responsible for the construction of more than 400,000 residential, municipal, and commercial buildings, some of which still exist today. Using examples such as the Neue Vahr in Bremen with the residential tower designed by Alvar Aalto, or the overflow city of Neuperlach in Munich, the largest housing project in Europe of its time planned for 80,000 residents, the exhibition analyses the buildings and projects of Neue Heimat and supports these with photographs, film productions, planning materials, and original models.

more

March

Summer Camp 2019 – Echt kommunikativ?

Schader-Forum, Darmstadt / DE
– 01.03.2019
schader-stiftung.de 

Until the beginning of March, it is still possible to apply for the summer camp (held in German) taking place from 15 to 18 August 2019 at the Schader-Forum in Darmstadt. This year’s focus will be on interpersonal communication that takes place in public spaces, taking into account what they are used for. The aim of the four-day programme is to develop a dialogue project. Applications are open to students nearing the end of their degree, young academics at doctoral level and young professionals with a maximum of three years’ experience in their careers.

more

Virtual Natives – Sculpture

Roehrs and Boetsch, Zurich / CH
– 02.03.2019
roehrsboetsch.com 

The art gallery Roehrs and Boetsch recently opened a virtual gallery for virtual art and aims to promote developments in this direction. The starting point for the project were works by the artists Banz and Bowinkel, in particular their three-dimensional simulations of motion sequences as two-dimensional prints, which visitors can also experience physically for the first time in the current exhibition of the newly opened VR gallery. Using VR glasses and controllers, visitors can explore a five-storey building showcasing work by one artist on each level.

more

Bodyscan – Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences

Eres-Stiftung, Munich / DE
– 02.03.2019
eres-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Bodyscan – Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences” at the foundation Eres-Stiftung in Munich showcases perspectives on the human body from the Renaissance to the present day. With over 50 exhibits from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to contemporary art and the latest imaging techniques, the exhibition explores the question of how technical and artistic methods of representation shape our body images. Contributions from media as diverse as woodcut, sculpture, painting, photography, film, and computer animation make for a comprehensive contribution to the foundation’s mission of linking art and science.

more

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

Somerset House, London / GB
– 03.03.2019
somersethouse.org.uk 

About 70 years ago, the first Peanuts picture story by Charles M. Schulz, the US American cartoonist, was published and, since then, the comic series has delighted millions of readers around the world and exerted a clear (and lasting) influence on art and culture. In the everyday adventures of a group of children featuring the notorious walking disaster area that is Charlie Brown, there are always more profound themes such as war, equality or racism. In addition, the characters with their individual fears, problems, and relationships offer many opportunities for identification. This exhibition now presents a mixture of historical originals from Schulze’s estate and objects inspired by the Peanuts – including the silver Snoopy, which NASA took on a journey to the moon and back – as well as contemporary artworks.

more

Feast for the Eyes

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 03.03.2019
foam.org 

The permanent availability of smartphone cameras and social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat have ensured that food today no longer only means consuming nutrition, but also constitutes an important part of one’s public self-portrayal. “Feast for the Eyes” looks at the history of food photography and includes art and photojournalism as well as commercial and scientific photography. The section “Still Life” is dedicated to the classical representation of food in painting, “Around the Table” looks at cultural and ritual aspects and “Playing With Food” shows what happens when humour is added. In addition to the photographs themselves, there are also cookbooks on display that provide further historical overview.

more

Against Invisibility

Japanisches Palais, Dresden / DE
– 03.03.2019
kunstgewerbemuseum.skd.museum 

For the first time, the exhibition entitled “Against Invisibility – Women Designers at the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau 1898 to 1938” focuses exclusively on the women who worked at the Deutsche Werkstätten in the early 20th century. They worked in 27 areas of the design profession, including graphics, furniture, textile, and interiors. Despite their work in design and teaching as well as taking part in competitions and exhibitions successfully, they have been forgotten. This exhibition wants to counteract this by not only showing over 270 works, but also by looking at the trajectory of these women’s lives through letters, photographs, and testimonies.  

more

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.

more

Cultural Dialogue Between East and Western Asia

Gallery Damdam, Berlin / DE
– 04.03.2019
kulturkorea.org 

Working in cooperation with the Iranian Cultural Institute in Berlin, the Korean Cultural Centre will be showing calligraphic penmanship from East and Western Asia. The exhibition will reference the history of artistic interaction between Korea and Iran, which were linked to a network created by the Silk Road. The relationship between the two countries is shaped by this connection to the present day.

more

BICeBé 2019. International Call for Poster Design

– 08.03.2019
bicebebolivia.com 

The Biennial of Poster Bolivia (BICeBé) has been a presentation platform for graphic design from Bolivia and its southern neighbours since 2009. The programme includes an international congress, lectures, exhibitions, a symposium on design education, and workshops held by partnering universities. However, the highlight remains the poster competition, to which students, graphic designers, photographers, visual artists, and producers of graphic content are invited to submit entries. Submissions can be made in the categories of cultural posters, social posters, advertising or commercial posters. In addition, unpublished posters on “The Era of Disinformation” and GIFs on “Women’s Empowerment” are sought. Depending on the category, the winners will be awarded prizes between 1,000 and 5,000 US dollars.

more

Abram Games: A Record of Britain’s Social History

Rochester Institute of Technology University Gallery / US
– 09.03.2019
rit.edu 

The University Gallery of the Rochester Institute of Technology is showcasing a selection from the life’s work of the British graphic designer Abram Games, created over a period of sixty years. Using an extremely reduced visual language he designed political (propaganda) posters, stamps, and book covers. The exhibition features some fifty exhibits and is one of few presentations of Games’ achievements in the United States.

more

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 10.03.2019
design-museum.de 

Designed simultaneously as “a retrospective and a themed exhibition”, the Vitra Design Museum sheds light on the life and work, influence and visions of the industrial designer and author Victor Papanek, as well as on the relationship between design and complex, global problems in general. Above all, Papanek laid a foundation for critical, social, and ecological thinking and action in the field of design, particularly through publications such as “Design for the Real World” (1971) and “Design for Human Scale” (1983). A media installation based on his theses immerses the visitor in his thought processes. Also on display are objects from his estate that have never been shown before, such as notebooks, letters, furniture, and slides. 20 projects by contemporary designers who reflect and develop Papanek’s approaches build a bridge to the present day.

more

Hautnah. Die Filmkostüme von Barbara Baum

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 10.03.2019
deutsches-filminstitut.de 

[Up Close. Film Costumes by Barbara Baum] Barbara Baum is one of Germany’s most renowned costume designers and can look back on almost 50 years of collaboration with international directors and producers. Baum’s repertoire includes particularly elaborate, historical costumes for films such as “Catherine the Great” (1995) and “Buddenbrooks” (2008). Among other things, the exhibition documents the process of creation “from the first reading of the script to historical research and on to the initial sketches and the exciting moment of the first fitting with the actors”. In her work, the designer is guided above all by the choice of cloth. The exhibition uses the tactile qualities of this material, supplemented by audio material, and information in Braille, to offer also an experience to blind and visually impaired people.

more

Raphaela Vogel

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 11.03.2019
berlinischegalerie.de 

For ten years now, Videoart at Midnight, a screening of video art every month on a Friday, has been taking place at the Babylon cinema in Berlin. To mark this anniversary, the Berlinische Galerie is now dedicating a solo exhibition to video artist Raphaela Vogel (born 1988). Vogel graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main in 2014 and now lives in Amsterdam. She always takes the leading role herself in her videos and exposes her body to observation by camera drones. Among other things, she deals with the conflict between femininity and “often male-defined technology”. In the context of the exhibition, the video projections are framed by peculiar objects, such as a Dixi urinal or a revolving crane. As a result, Vogel allows viewers to be immersed in her very own, seemingly post-apocalyptic world.

more

Josef Frank

Designmuseo, Helsinki / FI
– 17.03.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In a retrospective, the Designmuseo in Helsinki looks at the work of designer and architect Josef Frank (1885–1967). After studying and obtaining his doctorate in Vienna, teaching at the city’s School of Arts and Crafts and co-founding the Vienna Werkbund, he fled to Sweden to escape the Nazis. There, he became famous for his furniture and textile designs, amongst others for Svenskt Tenn. In addition, his aim was to have a positive influence on people’s lives through design, architecture, and urban planning. The show examines his principles and visions using numerous exhibits, which come from collections in Sweden and Austria.

more

68. Pop und Protest

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 17.03.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The 1968 movement was a time in which people all around the world rebelled and began to fight back vociferously against existing structures using various cultural means, from music to fashion to cinema critical of society and a new interest in (public) discussions. They fought for freedom, peace, equal rights, and acceptance – values that are being discussed again today. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has brought together 200 objects from its own collection and loans, including artworks, photographs, fashion, posters, and products to illustrate the mood of this period. The Spiegel canteen, finalised by Verner Panton for Spiegel publishing house in 1969 and transferred to the MKG in 2012, forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

more

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

Grassi Museum for Applied Arts, Leipzig / DE
– 17.03.2019
grassimuseum.de 

The problem of affordable and liveable housing is becoming increasingly acute, especially in cities, where rents are rising. Previous housing construction projects have only partially addressed the situation. The exhibition “Together! The New Architecture of the Collective” presents solutions against a background of historical and contemporary projects on collective living. With an approach akin to research, the exhibition reflects the human need for community, while acknowledging the importance of privacy.

more

Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 17.03.2019
gewerbemuseum.ch 

“Waste may be a promising resource or an unavoidable residue. Waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves a footprint,” says the introduction to the “Times of Waste – The Residue” exhibition. In order to trace the path taken by waste, the exhibition follows a smartphone, tracking its route as it is transported and recycled. This everyday object takes the visitor to very different places, including landfill sites, research laboratories, and repair workshops, and meets the people there. The questions and problems that are brought up in this way demand new solutions and a deeper engagement with the topic. The exhibition has been devised in conjunction with a research project carried out at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basle.

more

65+ Design History and Stories. The Institute for New Technical Form

Institut für Neue Technische Form, Darmstadt / DE
– 17.03.2019
institut-fuer-neue-technische-form.de 

On 18 November 2018 at 12 noon, an exhibition taking stock of 65 years of design will open at 11 Friedensplatz in Darmstadt. That is how long INTEF, as it is commonly known, has existed. In the heart of the city, it wants to offer a showcase for the world of products from art nouveau to the present day and thus promote and present design independently and confidently. If you consider that the 65 exhibition stations are but a glimpse into the history of INTEF’s work, and you also take into account that the Schneider Collection, available to INTEF, is so extensive that the materials could furnish several design museums, and finally also that there are still numerous archives and warehouses full of stuff, then you can only hope that this exhibition won’t just take stock, but will actually mark a turning point for Darmstadt’s design and exhibition policy.

more

Downtown Denise Scott Brown

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 18.03.2019
azw.at 

The Architekturzentrum Wien is dedicating the first comprehensive retrospective to Denise Scott Brown, an urban planner, architect, teacher, and author born in 1931 whose work has only just been rediscovered. Scott Brown has had a great influence on architecture from the 1960s, both practically and theoretically, but great appreciation for their joint work was attributed mainly to her partner and husband, Robert Venturi. With photographic documentation as well as architectural and urban planning projects on all five continents, the designer advocated an undogmatic formal language and targeted interventions in existing structures. The exhibition includes objects, photographs, plans, collages, quotations, and videos and is itself designed as a kind of urban setting.

more

Playing with Scale:
 How Designers Use Set Models

Olivier Theatre, Wolfson Gallery, London / GB
– 23.03.2019
nationaltheatre.org.uk 

Taking the Jocelyn Herbert Archive as a starting point, the exhibition “Playing with Scale” presents five sets from the National Theatre London. Jocelyn Herbert (1917–2003) is a stage designer known for her laconic, but also atmospherically dense style. Two current productions by the stage designers Anthony Ward (“Exit the King”) and Hildegard Bechtler (“Antony & Cleopatra”) will also be in the spotlight. According to exhibition curator Eleanor Margolies, the exhibition also focuses on how stage sets can function as an “exquisite miniature world” in the preliminary rehearsal process, and as a starting point for a creative and democratic exchange between the various actors and trades involved in the production. The exhibits include built models as well as first sketch attempts and everything up to and including 3D models.

more

Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
– 24.03.2019
museenkoeln.de 

For the first time, the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art” is showing almost all of the album covers designed by Andy Warhol, together with the myriad sketches and designs that he did for them. The exhibits also include a range of films and audio clips that contribute to a comprehensive showcasing of the interplay between art and music. Warhol (1928–1987) worked with the medium of records from 1949 onwards, first as a commercial artist mainly designing the covers of jazz LPs, before moving on to design overall concepts for album covers in a range of genres in the 1960s, including “Sticky Fingers” (1971) by The Rolling Stones and the eponymous debut album by The Velvet Underground (1967).

more

Home Futures

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 24.03.2019
designmuseum.org 

The question of how we will live in the future has occupied designers down the ages. But what happens to these visions when the future has been reached from that earlier point of view? The “Home Futures” exhibition displays futuristic designs from the 20th century created by designers such as Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Superstudio, and Enzo Mari and juxtaposes them with current developments. Scenarios and questions – relevant back then and now – are divided into subject areas and approaches to solutions are presented, such as living in limited space, modern nomadism, minimalism, and smart homes. The exhibition was created in co-operation with the IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden and will also be on show there after it closes in London.

more

Le Monde de Tardi

Basel / CH
– 24.03.2019
cartoonmuseum.ch 

The Cartoonmuseum Basel is currently holding a retrospective with over 200 original drawings by comic artist Jacques Tardi, whose clever visuals have left their mark on generations of comic artists. With sometimes frightening directness, Tardi’s line drawings confront the reader with the cruel reality of war or grab our attention with the solution to a new case for private detective Nestor Burma. The highlights of the exhibition are originals from the recently published volume three of the series “Stalag II B”.

more

AED Neuland

– 31.03.2019
aed-stuttgart.de/neuland 

Every year, wishing to promote students and designers under the age of 28 who are at the beginning of their careers, the AED association awards the AED Neuland prize. The criteria, according to which an interdisciplinary panel evaluates the work, focus on the level of innovation, sustainability, functionality, economic usability, and aesthetics as well as demonstrating a clear benefit for people and society. Participants can submit entries in the following categories: architecture and engineering, exhibition design and interior design, product design, communication design, interaction design. The winner of each category will receive a prize money of 2,000 euros. Together with other nominated submissions, the winning projects will be presented in a touring exhibition and a publication.

more

Back Side – Fashion from Behind

Fashion and Lace Museum, Brussels / BE
– 31.03.2019
fashionandlacemuseum.brussels 

Our back makes up a large area of our body – and yet it still eludes our own field of vision and often our consciousness. The exhibition “Back Side – Fashion from Behind” has assembled 70 creations that show how fashion design has dealt with the back in different ways. Whether as a sassy revealing, a place for statements and motifs, silhouettes forming lacing or straps for heavy loads, the back can set the scene and be used and interpreted in many ways. With works by labels and designers such as Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Raf Simons, and Balmain, the show provides an overview of this potential for creativity from the 18th century to the present day.

more

Sagmeister and Walsh. Beauty

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 31.03.2019
mak.at 

With a large-scale, interactive exhibition, Stefan Sagmeister – this time together with Jessica Walsh – is now dedicating himself after happiness to another grand theme of human culture: beauty. To prove that beauty is more than pure superficiality, various installations and objects invite visitors to examine the different facets of this concept: from digital experiments on symmetry to experiencing sound, colour, and scent through the senses to the question of what makes one person attractive to another. The topic areas, “What Is Beauty?”, “The History of Beauty”, “In the Eye of the Beholder”, “Experience Beauty”, and “Transforming Beauty” will be rounded off by “The Beauty Archive” curated by Sagmeister and Walsh, presenting a selection of “particularly beautiful” exhibits from the museum’s collection.

more

Digital Imaginaries. Africas in Production

ZKM, Karlsruhe / DE
– 31.03.2019
zkm.de 

The topics of digitisation and digital transformation are major drivers for companies, governments, and societies worldwide. Following exhibitions, workshops, and events in Senegal and South Africa, the exhibition and research project “Digital Imaginaries” is currently showcasing contemporary works by African artists in Karlsruhe that address the “contradictory diversity of digital phenomena in African”. The works shown in the exhibition point to the African stories, practices, and realities that come to bear in this context and aim to inspire reflection on what an emancipated digital future can look like without necessarily conforming to market-oriented interests and post-colonial hegemony.

more

Brutally Modern. Buildings and Lifestyle in the 60s and 70s

Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig / DE
– 31.03.2019
3landesmuseen.de 

With its exhibition entitled “Brutally Modern. Buildings and Lifestyle in the 60s and 70s”, pointing to regional buildings from this period as an example, the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum highlights the dilemma of dealing with post-war modernist buildings. Where some see concrete monsters that should be torn down, others see architectural pearls that need to be protected.

more

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York / US
– 31.03.2019
cooperhewitt.org 

The exhibition “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” looks at mobility in the future and presents 40 projects on relevant technologies. How are we going to move? How will we transport goods? How will mobility services develop? In addition to contemporary projects, such as the immersive sound work “Sound of the Future City” by the engineering firm Arup, historical works from the museum’s collection can also be seen.

more

Depatriarchise Design. Labs

Basel / CH
– 06.04.2019
depatriarchisedesign.com 

From February to April, the feminist research platform Depatriarchise Design is organising a three-part workshop series on the political in artefacts and design. The aim is to link theory and practice through interactive formats and thus have a lasting influence on the question of gender relations in design. Through dialogue and personal expression, the workshops will question traditional ways of teaching, learning, producing, and exhibiting design from an intersectional feminist perspective.

more

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / UM
– 14.04.2019
whitney.org 

Nowadays, programmed systems are an everyday thing for us, but their influence on art can be traced back to the 1960s. This exhibition is divided into two sections: “Rule, Instruction, Algorithm” deals with the question of how images and objects can be generated based on systems and specifications; “Signal, Sequence, Resolution” focuses on works that manipulate (television) images using code. One highlight is the work “Fin de Siècle II” by Nam June Paik presented between the two areas, which is on public display again for the first time after six years of restoration work. Also, the augmented reality artwork “Unexpected Growth” by Tamiko Thiel simulating the flooding of New York, will celebrate its premiere here.

more

Frankfurt Modernism. 1919–1933

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 14.04.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The exhibition “Frankfurt Modernism” showcases artefacts from Frankfurt during the Weimar Republic, and is the first attempt to comprehensively reappraise this epoch in terms of design history – approaching the claim of that time of designing the city anew both aesthetically and socially. Given the 600 or so exhibits that have been announced, we should be prepared to see all sorts of things.

more

Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg Advancement Award for Essays in Design Criticism 2019

– 15.04.2019
bf-preis.de 

There is little consensus even among those involved in design discourse about exactly how to define the concept of design, making it all the more important to encourage writing on content and style. Developed in honour of the industrial designer Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg, responsible for major contributions to the professionalisation of the design discipline in Germany, the Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg Advancement Award for Essays in Design Criticism 2019 is being held for the eighth time to support design students and graduates in their theoretical work. The Swiss publisher Niggli Verlag will publish the winning text as an independent book in the series “bf-preis. Designkritische Texte”.

more

West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995

LACMA, Los Angeles / US
– 21.04.2019
lacma.org 

For many generations, California has been a place of aspiration and a symbol of freedom, liberality, and individual development. This was also true of graphic design in the second half of the 20th century. During this period, many designers increasingly emancipated themselves from the generally valid and rigid rules of modernism, which were upheld primarily by the established scene in New York. Spurred on further by the new opportunities offered by rapidly advancing technological progress, the West Coast forged its own path, both in practice and theory. As part of its Graphic Design Initiative, which aims to gradually build up a comprehensive graphic design collection, the LACMA sheds light on the period between 1975 and 1995 by means of posters and publications.

more

Get Out and Vote! Posters for Germany’s First Democratic Elections

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg / DE
– 22.04.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The first democratic elections took place in Germany 100 years ago. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is reviving associated election campaigns from the past by showcasing posters and other printed matter from this period. The exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg aims to remind visitors that as a form of government democracy was not always a given and had to be defended.

more

Koloman Moser

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 22.04.2019
mak.at 

Almost no one other than Koloman Moser (1868–1918) lived up to the ideal of the universal artist held in high esteem by the Vienna Secession; his work extends from painting to the design of furniture, objects, and interiors to stage design and fashion. This retrospective to mark the centenary of his death looks at his extensive oeuvre in chronological order and, at the same time, includes those who blazed a trail and accompanied him on his path. Arranged in stages of his life, beginning with Vienna as a source of inspiration and concluding with Moser’s final return to painting, the “Koloman Moser. Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann” exhibition presents 600 exhibits, many of which have previously never been accessible to the public.

more

Einfach gut. Design aus Dänemark

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2019
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

[Simply Good. Design from Denmark] When it comes to Danish design, most people probably think of wellknown mid-century classics. This exhibition wants to prove that this country has much more to offer. Although the exhibits include furniture and lighting by Finn Juhl, Verner Panton, and Nanna Ditzel, these are complemented by new interpretations of craftsmanship and projects that see design as a tool for tackling major global problems. As a result, the curators want to leave behind the purely nostalgic perspective and raise questions about sustainability, social perception, and the image of Danish design. The exhibition was shown in Berlin back in 2017 and has been extended and adapted for the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus.

more

Dea Trier Mørch. Into the World

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 28.04.2019
louisiana.dk 

Driven by her own experiences, the Danish author and artist Dea Trier Mørch wrote the novel “Vinterbørn” [Winter’s Child] in 1976. This publication made her well-known all over Europe. The Louisana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk is showcasing the linocuts she created on the basis of her novel. The sensitive yet abstract depiction of human physicality in her work is utterly convincing. What is more, they provide a female view of environments such as a maternity ward. The exhibition shows around ninety works by the artist.

more

The Secret Life of Textiles: The Milton Sonday Archive

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York / US
– 05.05.2019
metmuseum.org 

Milton Sonday is famous for his technical drawings of handmade fabrics. Following the transfer of his archive to the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition “The Secret Life of Textiles” presents an initial selection of his studies on the structure of lace fabrics, the wide range of embroideries and the diversity of woven patterns. In collaboration with Sonday, the Antonio Ratti Textile Center has already sighted the first part of the donated archive, but the cataloguing of his entire life’s work is ongoing.

more

Cultural Threads

Textiel Museum, Tilburg / NL
– 12.05.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

In the exhibition “Cultural Threads”, textiles serve as mediators and witnesses of sociopolitical connections in a world whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. Stories are discovered and told, relationships are revealed, identities are shaped, and perspectives for the future are opened up. In addition to works by international textile artists such as Hana Miletić, Otobong Nkanga, Aiko Tezuka, and Mary Sibande, new works have been created especially for the exhibition in the Textiel Lab. Eylem Aladogan, for example, uses textiles from the Ottoman Empire to examine her Turkish origins and the political situation there under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while Vincent Vulsma, using sculptures, tackles the historical role of fabrics and indigo in the slave trade.

more

Corita Kent. Power Up

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 12.05.2019
houseofillustration.org.uk 

First nun, then artist and activist: Corita Kent turned pop art into protest. Using the striking aesthetics of the advertising world in her silk-screen prints, which at first glance looked like harmless packaging, Kent was in fact highlighting social problems such as sexism, racism, and war. With seventy silk-screen prints, the exhibition aims to illustrate the development of Kent’s work.

more

Not My Thing. Gender in Design

HfG Archiv, Ulm / DE
– 19.05.2019
museumulm.de 

Gender identities are changing: people are increasingly rejecting conventional notions of how a woman or man should be and look. The perpetuation of stereotypes connected to biological sex can operate via our designed environment, which includes clothing, advertising, and objects, and since these are always linked to constructed worlds, you might say that design has a significant role to play. Using examples and works from the fields of design research, product design, the fashion world, and art, the exhibition explores the question of what it means to be gender-specific, gender-sensitive or gender-blind in design.

more

Call. We Publish

– 15.06.2019
wir-publizieren.ch 

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

more

100 Prozent Wolle

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

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

more

Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

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

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

more

Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

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

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

more

Politics of Design, Design of Politics

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

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

more

111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

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

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

more

Reflex Bauhaus

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

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

more

Die neue Heimat (1950–1982). A Social Democratic Utopia and Its Buildings

Architecture Museum of the TU Munich / DE
28.02.2019 – 19.05.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Taken over and renamed by the National Socialists and after the Second World War then run by the German Confederation of Trade Unions, the non-state housing construction group Neue Heimat was considered to be one of the most relevant construction companies in post-war Europe. It was responsible for the construction of more than 400,000 residential, municipal, and commercial buildings, some of which still exist today. Using examples such as the Neue Vahr in Bremen with the residential tower designed by Alvar Aalto, or the overflow city of Neuperlach in Munich, the largest housing project in Europe of its time planned for 80,000 residents, the exhibition analyses the buildings and projects of Neue Heimat and supports these with photographs, film productions, planning materials, and original models.

more

International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

St Petersburg University / RU
01.03.2019 – 03.03.2019
designprinciplesandpractices.com 

Since 2007, this conference series has been making a guest appearance at an international university with changing topics and is dedicated to the four core themes of internationality, interdisciplinarity, inclusivity, and interactivity. Theorists and practitioners from the design disciplines are each called upon to participate in a call for papers. This year at St Petersburg University everything revolves around “Design and Context”. Against this background, design is viewed in historical, current, and future contexts, asking why designers prefer to take on some tasks and why they tend to avoid others. From a context perspective, design is also seen as a tool and a product that changes depending on the context in which it is used.

more

Symposium. Postprodukt

Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten / AT
07.03.2019 – 07.03.2019
ndu.ac.at 

The New Design University’s design programme in Manual and Material Culture invites to engage in an international dialogue on design. The starting point is the initiative Postprodukt, an amalgamation of various design studios aiming to strengthen the link between design theory and research, and resulting in contributions to current debates in design discourse.

more

Meta Marathon 2019. Robotics

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf / DE
15.03.2019 – 17.03.2019
metamarathon.net 

For 42 hours, the technology festival Meta Marathon will turn the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf into a kind of research institute, taking a close look at the development, interaction with and future of robotics – overnight accommodation is on site so that participants can engage with the topic around the clock. Automated processes in everyday life are already prevalent and will probably play an even more important role in the future. Accordingly, it is important to consider the possible effects and consequences of their increasing use.

more

Shop

Nº 281
Design and Archives

form Design Magazine


Aws4 request&x amz signedheaders=host&x amz signature=7d9a5e87245d9d402a25781adc698b23e08fdb7a8cec4ea1d747f5f5437dc636 Order now

Contact

Verlag form GmbH & Co. KG
Wildunger Straße 8
60487 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

T +49 69 153 269 430
F +49 69 153 269 431
form@form.de

Subscription Service

Questions to your subscription invoice, to our subscription program or a change of address?

T +49 69 153 269 438
F +49 69 153 269 439
leserservice@form.de

Newsletter

Sign up now and get access to exclusive ticket draws, monthly news about the magazine as well as information on exciting design events and publications.

Sign up

Design Magazine
Established 1957

 

 
form.de