Agenda

December

Albert Kapr 100

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig / DE
– 30.12.2018
dnb.de 

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig presents objects from the estate of the influential typographer Albert Kapr, who died in 1995. Kapr is considered one of the most important typographers of the 20th century and was also a lecturer, rector, historian, and author. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) Kapr had a significant influence on the history of typography in Leipzig: he contributed to improving the script taught in schools, was involved in offering national and international book art competitions, and assisted in the preparation of new work on typescripts following the Second World War. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with students of the HGB, who studied Kapr’s text “The Art of Buying Books” and will present their personal selection of books.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

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

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

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.01.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum 

Pink is one of the most disputed colours ever, ranging in hues from magenta to pale pink. Depending on the era and cultural context, pink has connotations of being masculine, feminine or gender-neutral. It can evoke erotism or innocence, emancipation or clichés of traditional roles, and fulfil patriotic purposes in some countries as their national colour. Taking around 80 items, this exhibition provides a journey through the history of this multifaceted colour and intends to open up new perspectives and sweep away entrenched associations. Amongst the fashion creations are works by designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, or Rei Kawakubo. On 19 October 2018, an accompanying symposium will take place which will be live-streamed.

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Symbols As Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction’s Insignia

German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library, Leipzig / DE
– 06.01.2019
dnb.de 

The exhibition “Symbols As Weapons” uses the emblem of the Red Army Faction as an example to examine and illustrate the deliberate use of texts, images, symbols, and other media for political provocation and the exercise of power. The exhibition material consists of quotations, words, and images, such as recollections, police files or objects intended to illustrate how “graphic images can become acts of violence”.

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Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and Counterculture 1967–1970

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 06.01.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Off the beaten tracks the Stedelijk Museum takes a look at the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s using the Dutch capital as an example, as back then it was already a symbol of free thought and action. Using works from its own collection, the exhibition traces the artistic potential of this period, which gave expression to new beginnings, resistance, internationality, and provocation, using not only conventional media but also new platforms such as the street, television, and magazines. The presence of works by female artists testifies to how the role of women changed – in art, too – in a field that had up until then been dominated by men.

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Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona

Opelvillen Rüsselsheim / DE
– 06.01.2019
opelvillen.de 

[The Scent of Images. Works from the colección olorVISUAL] The art collection belonging to the Catalonian parfumier Ernesto Ventós Omedes focuses on the relationship between the senses of sight and smell. For the past 40 years, he has been collecting international paintings, photographs, objects, and video art with which he wants to trigger the sense of a scent – using only memories evoked through sight. At the same time, he creates scents as artworks that create an additional level of perception and are intended to open up a new way of communicating art. The Opelvillen present 55 works from Ventós Omedes’s collection, Olor Visual, in which one of the aims is “to entice some not-yet friends of art and inspire them to appreciate contemporary art”.

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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 06.01.2019
marta-herford.de 

Mankind’s existence was and continues to be closely linked with that of animals. They are an important part of our culture, whether as a source of raw materials, farm or working animals or as a fully integrated member of the family. The fact that our understanding could change towards a more respectful, non-violent interaction with them is demonstrated by trends such as the increasing spread of a vegan lifestyle or the search for alternatives to animal-based materials. Animals also play a part in design. There is a wide range of products for animals and attempts to replace them with artificial or robotic likenesses or to raise ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals through speculative and experimental design. The exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design” presents 40 instances of international designers and artists confronting this theme.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
– 06.01.2019
deyoung.famsf.org 

With the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibition, the De Young Museum in San Francisco is the first museum to deal with the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashion and its associated dress code. The exhibition presents locations, fabrics, and styles from around the world and displays various perspectives and religions with the intention of showing how Muslim women define themselves, but also how they can be influenced by fashion. In addition to clothing items from luxury, streetwear, and sport, extracts from social media, personal stories and visions, video and photographic material will be on show in the exhibition.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 13.01.2019
ludwigforum.de 

The pattern and decoration movement developed in the USA in the 1970s as one of the last art movements of the 20th century. It combines patchwork and decorative patterns with a political-emancipatory approach. The exhibition uses the collection of the Ludwig Forum Aachen, which is unique in Europe, to present an alternative to existing, male-dominated understandings of art. Against this background, the exhibition showcases mosaics, textile collages, paintings and graphics as well as room installations and video performances.

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Victor Vasarely. Im Labyrinth der Moderne

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
– 13.01.2019
staedelmuseum.de 

Victor Vasarely (1906–1997) was a French painter and graphic artist who emigrated from Hungary to Paris in the 1930s. He is one of the co-founders of Op art and also played a central role in French post-war art. His inspiration came, among other things, from the teachings of the Bauhaus in the 1920s. The current exhibition, “Victor Vasarely. In the Labyrinth of Modernism” at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum, encompasses six decades of his creative output and aims to illustrate how the artist did not only create dizzying optical effects, but also repeatedly attempted to make the viewer part of his works of art.

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Bouncing in the Corner

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

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

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Hybrid Tbilisi

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 13.01.2019
dam-online.de 

Tbilisi is not only the capital of Georgia, this year’s guest country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, but is also celebrated as a new hotspot for nightlife, culture, and tourism – the next Berlin, right in the heart of the Caucasus. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum is now dedicating an exhibition to the city which primarily focuses on the contrasts to be found there. These are expressed, amongst other things, in its architecture. In Tbilisi, the remains of Soviet brutalism, perhaps the best-known being the Ministry of Transportation, meet new, ambitious construction projects where East and West exert their influence. Running alongside the exhibition will be a Georgian film evening and an architectural evening in the museum, with participants from offices from both Tbilisi and Berlin.

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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 13.01.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) is famous primarily for his opulent castle buildings such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, for which he earned the nickname “the fairy tale king”. Beyond these tourist attractions, his reign also spawned a series of lesser known but none the less important buildings such as the Nuremberg synagogue, the factory buildings in Augsburg’s textile quarter, and the glass halls for furnishing the international electricity exhibition in 1882 in Munich, as well as buildings for education, health, culture, and administration. The occasion for staging the “Palaces and Factories – The Architecture Under King Ludwig II” exhibition is a long overdue extensive analysis of the architecture of Ludwig II, and his role as the founding father of the TU Munich under the name of the New Polytechnic School 150 years ago.

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Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

DE
– 13.01.2019
 

“Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color”, an exhibition currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, explores the phenomenon of colour and how it has influenced the work of artists, designers, and scientists since the beginning of time. The exhibits include over 190 objects (dating from Antiquity to the present day) drawn from the Cooper Hewitt collection and the Smithsonian Libraries. 

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12 Shelves

The Aram Gallery, London / GB
– 19.01.2019
thearamgallery.org 

You cannot ignore a shelf – that could well be the message of this independently curated exhibition at The Aram Gallery. Young designers, selected for their joy of experimentation, exhibit finished shelves and prototypes. A shelf can be freestanding or hung on its own – the exhibition undoubtedly proves that. However, this type of furniture stands out because it invites the user to individually fill the furniture in order to fulfil its purpose and completeness. The exhibition does not claim to provide a comprehensive overview of the current shelf landscape. Rather, it is about giving new impulses an adequate framework and showing that a shelf can be much more than a mere storage solution.

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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 20.01.2019
mudac.ch 

The idea of plasticine evokes inescapable memories of childhood for most people. But apart from using it for play and modelling, this colourful material plays another important role: designers and artists continue to use it as a raw material for animation films, models, plastics, and illustrative representations in spite of having new digital alternatives. “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine from the 1950s to the present day. Amongst the exhibits are clips showing well-known representatives of this art form, including “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental filmic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from the context of product design. With this combination, there is something to intrigue everyone from professional designers to schoolchildren.

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Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.01.2019
design-museum.de 

“Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface” is the first international solo exhibition by the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She is particularly interested in industrial production and design work processes which is why not only finished products, but also prototypes, photographs, and material samples are on display. She herself describes her work as “Documentary Design” – a creative process in which every work step is documented, and in which not only the finished product but the whole production process plays a part. On display are projects such as “One Sheep Sweater” from 2010, in which she made a jumper from the wool of a single sheep, and “Flax Chair” from 2015, a piece of furniture made from the sustainable material of flax, for which she has already received two design awards.

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Triennale Design Museum Stories. Italian Design

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 20.01.2019
triennale.org 

The Triennale Design Museum’s 2018 annual exhibition looks at the rich history of Italian design from a variety of perspectives: geography, politics, economics, technology, and communications. The exhibition covers topics such as the influence of politics and design on each other or the portrayal and dissemination of design by the media. The total of 180 exhibited works are arranged chronologically and divided into five sections, from 1902 to 1998.

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Ralf Ziervogel – As If

Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburg / DE
– 27.01.2019
deichtorhallen.de 

Born in 1975, the artist Ralf Ziervogel quickly acquired international fame after his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work mainly revolves around human bodies, which intertwine to produce monochrome, filigree, and dynamic drawings. The artist depicts the bodies in a drastic way, deformed, tortured or ecstatically distorted. In another series, which he began in 2014, he combines blurred body prints in black gouache with a layer of handwritten text. The exhibition in the Falckenberg Collection is the largest solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist to date and, in addition to his graphic works, presents installations, sculptures, and videos. Apart from the first Sunday of each month, visitors are required to register in advance.

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A Modern Life. Tablewares 1930s–1980s

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 27.01.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “A Modern Life” focuses on ceramic tableware illustrative of 20th-century modern lifestyles in shape and colour as well as in terms of how they were marketed. Growing economic power and greater prosperity led to an increasing desire for aesthetic and affordable objects that were both visually appealing and practical. The role of designers also changed: they began to work closely with manufacturers, created diverse products of various material and gave the buyer a say in the working process.

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Fashioned from Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 27.01.2019
vam.ac.uk 

Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been the source of inspiration and production for clothing and fashion. Prints, cuts and materials are inspired by nature, which are particularly striking in an historical context. For example, the lavishly decorated, floral dresses of the 19th century are presented in the exhibition, shown as they develop through the ages. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to think about the fabrics of fashion and the origins of their clothing. Through industrialisation – mass production and increasing levels of consumerism – a new sustainable awareness developed amongst fashion designers and customers and forms the primary focus of “Fashioned from Nature”. Within the concept of sustainability, the exhibition looks at different types of ecologically aware usage of resources and manufacturing methods, consumption and inequalities in general. As a result, in the fashion industry, there is a lot of potential for innovation that is presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in an informative manner.

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Human non Human

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 27.01.2019
maas.museum 

After two years of preparation, the question of what defines and constitutes humans has now resulted in an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Various disciplines are taken into account, including architecture, design, and film as well as biotechnology, robotics, and chemistry. Each of the four artists dedicate himself to an elementary part of human life – food, work, sex, and belief – and implements his perspective and vision for the future in the form of installations. For example, Lindsay Kelley looks at the relationship between food and technology and the fear of impending food shortages using cakes made of ballistic gel and perforated by gun shots – a material that mimics the nature of the human body during military exercises, while Maria Fernanda Cardoso considers the beauty, seduction, and manipulative power of plants.

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In Spotlight: Bags

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 03.02.2019
ledermuseum.de 

“Functional, decorative, fashionable” are the buzzwords for the bags selected to give insights into the historical archive as part of the studio format of the Deutsches Ledermuseum’s “Im Fokus” exhibition. The museum is proud of its extensive collection of over 30,000 artefacts drawn from many epochs and regions of leather culture on show in Offenbach/Main in a particularly international light. An historical summary of bag culture with exhibits from several eras is on offer in the “Im Fokus: Taschen. Funktional, schmückend, modisch” [In Spotlight: Bags. Functional, Decorative, Fashionable] exhibition. At the beginning of its existence, the bag was used in a purely functional way – as a container – to transport raw materials and foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, leather pouches and belt bags were developed which were worn mainly by men. Further developments and modifications of the functions and subcategories of bags were strongly marked by fashionable influences, from which today’s models such as briefcases, sports bags, shoulder bags and clutches evolved.

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Social Design

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 03.02.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The world is facing a multitude of challenges that affect us humans, the environment, and our interaction. Various selected projects by international designers and initiatives show the contribution that design can make, for example in the context of housing and urban development, in supporting business start-ups, integrating refugees, promoting culture and education, and maintaining biological diversity. The exhibition “Social Design” aims not only to give an overview of existing approaches, but also wishes to encourage a deeper examination of the topic with workshops, excursions, and talks and to act as an incentive for people to become involved themselves. The results of visitor interactions will be published on the museum’s website during the course of the show with the aim of constantly expanding the exhibition.

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Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
– 10.02.2019
madparis.fr 

Primarily, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) left his mark on modern architecture in Italy, but he was also involved in international projects. His work with colours, surfaces, and fine structures ranged from the design of buildings to interior design and product and furniture design, earning him the moniker of “archi-designer” in the exhibition’s title. By co-founding the magazine Domus and teaching at the Politecnico di Milano, he ensured that his ideas reached a wide audience. This exhibition chronologically follows the six decades of his work, and is also organised according to discipline. Amongst the exhibits on show are drawings, models, photographs, and films. “Tutto Ponti” is also intended to raise awareness in France for the importance of Gio Ponti’s standing in architectural and design history.

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Lace and Status

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / CH
– 10.02.2019
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen, one of Switzerland’s still remaining textile centres, is exhibiting its collection of historical lace in “Lace and Status” until February 2019. The history of lace is related and follows the developments of its techniques and courtly fashions from the beginning of the 15th to the end of the 18th century. Lace is a patterned textile made of yarn, or yarn and fabric and is distinguished by its openwork. The technique was developed mainly by women who made the lace at home.  Starting in Italy, it soon influenced the clothing of all the upper classes in Europe. This not only gave it importance in economic terms but also on a sociocultural level.

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Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 16.02.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design. The exhibition includes four collections from Broached Commission with an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences. The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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100 Prozent Wolle

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

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

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

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

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

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January

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.01.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum 

Pink is one of the most disputed colours ever, ranging in hues from magenta to pale pink. Depending on the era and cultural context, pink has connotations of being masculine, feminine or gender-neutral. It can evoke erotism or innocence, emancipation or clichés of traditional roles, and fulfil patriotic purposes in some countries as their national colour. Taking around 80 items, this exhibition provides a journey through the history of this multifaceted colour and intends to open up new perspectives and sweep away entrenched associations. Amongst the fashion creations are works by designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, or Rei Kawakubo. On 19 October 2018, an accompanying symposium will take place which will be live-streamed.

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Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona

Opelvillen Rüsselsheim / DE
– 06.01.2019
opelvillen.de 

[The Scent of Images. Works from the colección olorVISUAL] The art collection belonging to the Catalonian parfumier Ernesto Ventós Omedes focuses on the relationship between the senses of sight and smell. For the past 40 years, he has been collecting international paintings, photographs, objects, and video art with which he wants to trigger the sense of a scent – using only memories evoked through sight. At the same time, he creates scents as artworks that create an additional level of perception and are intended to open up a new way of communicating art. The Opelvillen present 55 works from Ventós Omedes’s collection, Olor Visual, in which one of the aims is “to entice some not-yet friends of art and inspire them to appreciate contemporary art”.

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Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and Counterculture 1967–1970

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 06.01.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Off the beaten tracks the Stedelijk Museum takes a look at the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s using the Dutch capital as an example, as back then it was already a symbol of free thought and action. Using works from its own collection, the exhibition traces the artistic potential of this period, which gave expression to new beginnings, resistance, internationality, and provocation, using not only conventional media but also new platforms such as the street, television, and magazines. The presence of works by female artists testifies to how the role of women changed – in art, too – in a field that had up until then been dominated by men.

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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 06.01.2019
marta-herford.de 

Mankind’s existence was and continues to be closely linked with that of animals. They are an important part of our culture, whether as a source of raw materials, farm or working animals or as a fully integrated member of the family. The fact that our understanding could change towards a more respectful, non-violent interaction with them is demonstrated by trends such as the increasing spread of a vegan lifestyle or the search for alternatives to animal-based materials. Animals also play a part in design. There is a wide range of products for animals and attempts to replace them with artificial or robotic likenesses or to raise ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals through speculative and experimental design. The exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design” presents 40 instances of international designers and artists confronting this theme.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
– 06.01.2019
deyoung.famsf.org 

With the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibition, the De Young Museum in San Francisco is the first museum to deal with the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashion and its associated dress code. The exhibition presents locations, fabrics, and styles from around the world and displays various perspectives and religions with the intention of showing how Muslim women define themselves, but also how they can be influenced by fashion. In addition to clothing items from luxury, streetwear, and sport, extracts from social media, personal stories and visions, video and photographic material will be on show in the exhibition.

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Symbols As Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction’s Insignia

German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library, Leipzig / DE
– 06.01.2019
dnb.de 

The exhibition “Symbols As Weapons” uses the emblem of the Red Army Faction as an example to examine and illustrate the deliberate use of texts, images, symbols, and other media for political provocation and the exercise of power. The exhibition material consists of quotations, words, and images, such as recollections, police files or objects intended to illustrate how “graphic images can become acts of violence”.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
– 13.01.2019
ludwigforum.de 

The pattern and decoration movement developed in the USA in the 1970s as one of the last art movements of the 20th century. It combines patchwork and decorative patterns with a political-emancipatory approach. The exhibition uses the collection of the Ludwig Forum Aachen, which is unique in Europe, to present an alternative to existing, male-dominated understandings of art. Against this background, the exhibition showcases mosaics, textile collages, paintings and graphics as well as room installations and video performances.

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Victor Vasarely. Im Labyrinth der Moderne

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
– 13.01.2019
staedelmuseum.de 

Victor Vasarely (1906–1997) was a French painter and graphic artist who emigrated from Hungary to Paris in the 1930s. He is one of the co-founders of Op art and also played a central role in French post-war art. His inspiration came, among other things, from the teachings of the Bauhaus in the 1920s. The current exhibition, “Victor Vasarely. In the Labyrinth of Modernism” at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum, encompasses six decades of his creative output and aims to illustrate how the artist did not only create dizzying optical effects, but also repeatedly attempted to make the viewer part of his works of art.

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Bouncing in the Corner

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

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

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Hybrid Tbilisi

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 13.01.2019
dam-online.de 

Tbilisi is not only the capital of Georgia, this year’s guest country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, but is also celebrated as a new hotspot for nightlife, culture, and tourism – the next Berlin, right in the heart of the Caucasus. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum is now dedicating an exhibition to the city which primarily focuses on the contrasts to be found there. These are expressed, amongst other things, in its architecture. In Tbilisi, the remains of Soviet brutalism, perhaps the best-known being the Ministry of Transportation, meet new, ambitious construction projects where East and West exert their influence. Running alongside the exhibition will be a Georgian film evening and an architectural evening in the museum, with participants from offices from both Tbilisi and Berlin.

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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
– 13.01.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) is famous primarily for his opulent castle buildings such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, for which he earned the nickname “the fairy tale king”. Beyond these tourist attractions, his reign also spawned a series of lesser known but none the less important buildings such as the Nuremberg synagogue, the factory buildings in Augsburg’s textile quarter, and the glass halls for furnishing the international electricity exhibition in 1882 in Munich, as well as buildings for education, health, culture, and administration. The occasion for staging the “Palaces and Factories – The Architecture Under King Ludwig II” exhibition is a long overdue extensive analysis of the architecture of Ludwig II, and his role as the founding father of the TU Munich under the name of the New Polytechnic School 150 years ago.

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Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

DE
– 13.01.2019
 

“Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color”, an exhibition currently on view at the Cooper Hewitt, explores the phenomenon of colour and how it has influenced the work of artists, designers, and scientists since the beginning of time. The exhibits include over 190 objects (dating from Antiquity to the present day) drawn from the Cooper Hewitt collection and the Smithsonian Libraries. 

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12 Shelves

The Aram Gallery, London / GB
– 19.01.2019
thearamgallery.org 

You cannot ignore a shelf – that could well be the message of this independently curated exhibition at The Aram Gallery. Young designers, selected for their joy of experimentation, exhibit finished shelves and prototypes. A shelf can be freestanding or hung on its own – the exhibition undoubtedly proves that. However, this type of furniture stands out because it invites the user to individually fill the furniture in order to fulfil its purpose and completeness. The exhibition does not claim to provide a comprehensive overview of the current shelf landscape. Rather, it is about giving new impulses an adequate framework and showing that a shelf can be much more than a mere storage solution.

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Triennale Design Museum Stories. Italian Design

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 20.01.2019
triennale.org 

The Triennale Design Museum’s 2018 annual exhibition looks at the rich history of Italian design from a variety of perspectives: geography, politics, economics, technology, and communications. The exhibition covers topics such as the influence of politics and design on each other or the portrayal and dissemination of design by the media. The total of 180 exhibited works are arranged chronologically and divided into five sections, from 1902 to 1998.

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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 20.01.2019
mudac.ch 

The idea of plasticine evokes inescapable memories of childhood for most people. But apart from using it for play and modelling, this colourful material plays another important role: designers and artists continue to use it as a raw material for animation films, models, plastics, and illustrative representations in spite of having new digital alternatives. “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine from the 1950s to the present day. Amongst the exhibits are clips showing well-known representatives of this art form, including “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental filmic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from the context of product design. With this combination, there is something to intrigue everyone from professional designers to schoolchildren.

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Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.01.2019
design-museum.de 

“Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface” is the first international solo exhibition by the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She is particularly interested in industrial production and design work processes which is why not only finished products, but also prototypes, photographs, and material samples are on display. She herself describes her work as “Documentary Design” – a creative process in which every work step is documented, and in which not only the finished product but the whole production process plays a part. On display are projects such as “One Sheep Sweater” from 2010, in which she made a jumper from the wool of a single sheep, and “Flax Chair” from 2015, a piece of furniture made from the sustainable material of flax, for which she has already received two design awards.

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Human non Human

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 27.01.2019
maas.museum 

After two years of preparation, the question of what defines and constitutes humans has now resulted in an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. Various disciplines are taken into account, including architecture, design, and film as well as biotechnology, robotics, and chemistry. Each of the four artists dedicate himself to an elementary part of human life – food, work, sex, and belief – and implements his perspective and vision for the future in the form of installations. For example, Lindsay Kelley looks at the relationship between food and technology and the fear of impending food shortages using cakes made of ballistic gel and perforated by gun shots – a material that mimics the nature of the human body during military exercises, while Maria Fernanda Cardoso considers the beauty, seduction, and manipulative power of plants.

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Fashioned from Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 27.01.2019
vam.ac.uk 

Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been the source of inspiration and production for clothing and fashion. Prints, cuts and materials are inspired by nature, which are particularly striking in an historical context. For example, the lavishly decorated, floral dresses of the 19th century are presented in the exhibition, shown as they develop through the ages. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to think about the fabrics of fashion and the origins of their clothing. Through industrialisation – mass production and increasing levels of consumerism – a new sustainable awareness developed amongst fashion designers and customers and forms the primary focus of “Fashioned from Nature”. Within the concept of sustainability, the exhibition looks at different types of ecologically aware usage of resources and manufacturing methods, consumption and inequalities in general. As a result, in the fashion industry, there is a lot of potential for innovation that is presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in an informative manner.

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A Modern Life. Tablewares 1930s–1980s

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 27.01.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “A Modern Life” focuses on ceramic tableware illustrative of 20th-century modern lifestyles in shape and colour as well as in terms of how they were marketed. Growing economic power and greater prosperity led to an increasing desire for aesthetic and affordable objects that were both visually appealing and practical. The role of designers also changed: they began to work closely with manufacturers, created diverse products of various material and gave the buyer a say in the working process.

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Ralf Ziervogel – As If

Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburg / DE
– 27.01.2019
deichtorhallen.de 

Born in 1975, the artist Ralf Ziervogel quickly acquired international fame after his studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. His work mainly revolves around human bodies, which intertwine to produce monochrome, filigree, and dynamic drawings. The artist depicts the bodies in a drastic way, deformed, tortured or ecstatically distorted. In another series, which he began in 2014, he combines blurred body prints in black gouache with a layer of handwritten text. The exhibition in the Falckenberg Collection is the largest solo exhibition of the Berlin-based artist to date and, in addition to his graphic works, presents installations, sculptures, and videos. Apart from the first Sunday of each month, visitors are required to register in advance.

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Social Design

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 03.02.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch 

The world is facing a multitude of challenges that affect us humans, the environment, and our interaction. Various selected projects by international designers and initiatives show the contribution that design can make, for example in the context of housing and urban development, in supporting business start-ups, integrating refugees, promoting culture and education, and maintaining biological diversity. The exhibition “Social Design” aims not only to give an overview of existing approaches, but also wishes to encourage a deeper examination of the topic with workshops, excursions, and talks and to act as an incentive for people to become involved themselves. The results of visitor interactions will be published on the museum’s website during the course of the show with the aim of constantly expanding the exhibition.

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In Spotlight: Bags

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 03.02.2019
ledermuseum.de 

“Functional, decorative, fashionable” are the buzzwords for the bags selected to give insights into the historical archive as part of the studio format of the Deutsches Ledermuseum’s “Im Fokus” exhibition. The museum is proud of its extensive collection of over 30,000 artefacts drawn from many epochs and regions of leather culture on show in Offenbach/Main in a particularly international light. An historical summary of bag culture with exhibits from several eras is on offer in the “Im Fokus: Taschen. Funktional, schmückend, modisch” [In Spotlight: Bags. Functional, Decorative, Fashionable] exhibition. At the beginning of its existence, the bag was used in a purely functional way – as a container – to transport raw materials and foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, leather pouches and belt bags were developed which were worn mainly by men. Further developments and modifications of the functions and subcategories of bags were strongly marked by fashionable influences, from which today’s models such as briefcases, sports bags, shoulder bags and clutches evolved.

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Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
– 10.02.2019
madparis.fr 

Primarily, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) left his mark on modern architecture in Italy, but he was also involved in international projects. His work with colours, surfaces, and fine structures ranged from the design of buildings to interior design and product and furniture design, earning him the moniker of “archi-designer” in the exhibition’s title. By co-founding the magazine Domus and teaching at the Politecnico di Milano, he ensured that his ideas reached a wide audience. This exhibition chronologically follows the six decades of his work, and is also organised according to discipline. Amongst the exhibits on show are drawings, models, photographs, and films. “Tutto Ponti” is also intended to raise awareness in France for the importance of Gio Ponti’s standing in architectural and design history.

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Lace and Status

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / CH
– 10.02.2019
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen, one of Switzerland’s still remaining textile centres, is exhibiting its collection of historical lace in “Lace and Status” until February 2019. The history of lace is related and follows the developments of its techniques and courtly fashions from the beginning of the 15th to the end of the 18th century. Lace is a patterned textile made of yarn, or yarn and fabric and is distinguished by its openwork. The technique was developed mainly by women who made the lace at home.  Starting in Italy, it soon influenced the clothing of all the upper classes in Europe. This not only gave it importance in economic terms but also on a sociocultural level.

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Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 16.02.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design. The exhibition includes four collections from Broached Commission with an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences. The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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100 Prozent Wolle

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

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

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

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

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

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