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October

use-less. Slow Fashion Against Waste and Ugly Clothing

Hafenmuseum Speicher IX, Bremen / DE
– 20.10.2019
useless-ausstellung.de 

From an eco-logical and social point of view, the fashion industry is one of the most harmful industries in the world. The “use-less” exhibition, under the prominent patronage of Vivienne Westwood, displays sustainable designs by students on the Fashion Design course at Hanover University of Applied Sciencesand Arts. These designs take account of the urgent need for change within the industry. Based on the presented projects’ approaches to zero waste and visible mending, the exhibition illustrates the textile process from raw material to recycling and invites visitors to participate by means of an interactive design. At the knitting station they learn how wool is processed, and in the Changing Room they can try out with fashion on their own bodies.

Workshops, guided tours and readings are intended to give impetus for questioning one’s own consumption of fashion, which, according to Greenpeace, has doubled in Germany since 2000. The future of the industry will be discussed during two roundtables in October.

Die Besucher sollen den eigenen Modekonsum hinterfragen: Laut Greenpeace hat sich dieser seit dem Jahr 2000 verdoppelt. Impulse hierfür sollen unter anderem Workshops, Führungen und Lesungen geben, in Talk-Runden zu den Themen Nachhaltigkeit und faire Löhne wird im Oktober über die Zukunft der Industrie diskutiert.

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FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 20.10.2019
vam.ac.uk 

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming projects, the current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores our relationship to food. The exhibition presents over 70 projects that take a new look at our food culture and radically rethink our understanding of food production, trade and consumption. In exciting collaborations between artists and designers on the one hand, and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities on the other, a range of answers to a topic of growing global interest emerges. Cheese cultivated from human bacteria, insect sausages, the role of the table and the challenge of feeding the world’s population can all be experienced in many different ways.

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Living in a Box. Design und Comics

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.10.2019
design-museum.de 

“What an uncomfortable chair”, moans Moominpappa from the popular Swedish comic “Moomin”, back in 1958, as he tries out the 1938 Grupo Austral Butterfly Chair.  Moominpapa prefers practical and traditional things. Since comics have become socially relevant, design has taken on the mediating role between the imagined comic world and our everyday lives. From 24 May 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will be presenting this exciting relationship in the exhibition “Living in a Box” at the Vitra Schaudepot using examples of cartoons, graphic novels and complementary design objects. It places the interaction of design and fiction in both a historical and highly topical context in a playful way.

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Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
– 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

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Edge of Now

Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe / DE
– 27.10.2019
zkm.de 

The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany: Verena Friedrich, Yang Jian and Kim Heecheon.

The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany as part of the “Three Rooms” project. This project is a collaboration between the ZKM, the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul and the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai which aims to promote young media artists. Following its launch in Seoul, the exhibition will be on view until 27 October 2019 in atriums 1 and 2 of the Center for Art and Media (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) in Karlsruhe and will then move to Shanghai.

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Nearly Nothing: Jewellery and Vessels Created by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann

Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim / DE
– 03.11.2019
Schmuckmuseum.de 

The works of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are characterised by curved, simple forms. For more than 50 years, their partnership has produced award-winning and trend-setting metal work in silver and gold. A sample of their jewellery, cutlery, vessels and other objects will be exhibited at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim until 3 November. 

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are among the most important goldsmiths today. They have worked in their home town-atelier in Hildesheim since 1970, producing a wide range of works. In the 1980s and 1990s, for example, they designed the cutlery lines “Palladio” and “Passione” for Wilkens; today their focus is gold jewellery, influenced by sculptors such as Richard Serra.

In several of their jewellery pieces, such as the “Nearly Nothing” necklace, they use a technique that dispenses with the need for clasps: the pieces of gold jewellery swing like ribbons around the shape of the wearer, held in place only by tension and curvature. Precision craftsmanship, high quality and well thought-out designs have already earned the pair numerous design awards for their collaborative creations. 

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Game of Drones. Von unbemannten Flugobjekten

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen / DE
– 03.11.2019
zeppelin-museum.de 

By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe.  Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology couched between science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.  

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table talks. Design Students from Berlin and Copenhagen Invite you to Dinner

Kunstgewerbemuseum im Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden / DE
– 03.11.2019
kunstgewerbemuseum.skd.museum 

Baroque-era tables were oftendecorated with groups of figures or porcelain landscapes to stimulate conversation. The term “conversation piece” entered art history in the 18th century as the term for portraits of small groups. At the invitation of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (museum of decorative arts), 22 design students created objects made of porcelain, ceramics and glass that interpret the Baroque tradition with a modern twist. The project is jointly managed by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Under the direction of Barbara Schmidt, Professor of Experimental Design in Berlin, and Martin Kaldahl from the Institute of Architecture and Design at the Royal Danish Academy, the students learned how to make porcelain at the Meissen factory and experimented with glass at the Harzkristall factory in Derenburg. The resulting material experiments and installations can be seen as still lifes in Schloss Pillnitz.

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East Berlin. Half a Capital

Museum Ephraim-Palais, Berlin / DE
– 09.11.2019
ost.berlin 

The Stadtmuseum Berlin is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an exhibition at the Museum Ephraim-Palais on the history and culture of East Berlin, which were influenced to a large extent by design and architecture, such as the buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee, the Television Tower, the World Clock and the Centrum Warenhaus. East Berlin was a centre of consumerism and a showcase for socialism. With models, city maps, photographs, and films, the exhibition illustrates the urban and political life of East Berlin and the way it felt to live in a WBS 70 prefabricated building, furnished with a model 53693 armchair from the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. Alongside these are the Boxer, Wisent, Shanty styles of denims and the only skateboard ever marketed in the GDR by Germina. An accompanying volume of essays with contributions by renowned authors such as Götz Aly, Marion Brasch and Lilli Berlin has been published by Ch. Links Verlag. 

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Minimalism/Maximalism

The Museum at FIT, New York / US
– 16.11.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum/ 

While fashion of the past was characterised by minimalism, a trend towards maximalism has recently become more and more prevalent. In the exhibition “Minimalism/Maximalism”, the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York explores the conflict between these extreme positions that runs through the entire history of fashion. The exhibition begins in the 18th century, marked by an ethos of “more is best” followed by an egalitarian, reserved style. Sober black business suits for men in contrast to ornamental styles and extreme silhouettes for women allow the line in the 19th century to follow along the gender divide. To the present day, the exhibition shows how inextricably linked minimalism and maximalism are.

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Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

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Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin / DE
– 01.12.2019
smb.museum 

African culture served as a source of inspiration for Western fashion designers for a long time. Now, a young generation of African fashion designers is about to break through the supremacy of the “Western fashion system”, through a decolonial self-understanding. African bodies became a central venue for colonial power structures, as a result of falling in line with discipline, regimentation and submitting to Western ideals of beauty. One of the consequences of this was that traditional African hair styles were almost forgotten. Today they are being rediscovered as an expression of shaping creative identity. The curators Claudia Banz, Cornelia Lund and Beatrace Angut Oola have brought together works by African designers and artists from Uganda, Benin and Senegal, who include the themes of fashion and hair in installations and multimedia works. A catalogue of the exhibition with essays and interviews will be published by Kerber Verlag.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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Strange Days – Arno Schmidt and Darmstadt 1955-1958

Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
seltsametage.de  
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SBB CFF FFS

Museum of Design, Zürich / CH
– 05.01.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Stations, trains and posters make the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB, CFF, FFS) a showcase for Swiss design. The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, is devoting an exhibition to this theme for the first time.

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Shaping Everyday Life! Bauhaus Modernism in the GDR

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Eisenhüttenstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
https://www.alltagskultur-ddr.de 

In its centenary year, Bauhaus is running like a leitmotif through Germany. The Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR illuminates the hitherto barely noticed reception of Bauhaus in East Germany, characterised by a slow alignment to the design principles of functionality, longevity and suitability for everyday use. The accusations of formalism and the recollection of supposedly national design traditions stood in opposition to this. The show is devoted to the early products of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, the influence of modern functional designs such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s, and approaches further developed in terms of flexibility and user focus, such as Karl Clauss Dietel’s and Lutz Rudolph’s “open principle”. Using 50 biographies, the exhibition traces the influence of former Bauhaus practitioners such as Mart Stam and Walter Funkat through their teaching activities at East German universities.

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Unilabor – Concrete Poetry

Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / DE
– 12.01.2020
opelvillen.de  

Born in 1925, Eugen Gomringer, the founder of concrete poetry, was last seen in the headlines in autumn 2017. At that time, a misunderstood sense of political correctness led to his poem “avenidas” being over painted, and thereby censored in the public arena despite protests from many cultural initiatives. Gomringer and his Latin American companions have been celebrated in Rüsselsheim since the early 1950s, it amounts to a tribute on the fringe and befitting the poetry that is “designed in letters and sounds, where such media are repeatedly questioned or discovered” (Gomringer). The term “concrete” refers to the art movement of the same name with which Gomringer was and is familiar in many ways: as co-founder of the Bern avant-garde magazine Spirale, but most importantly as secretary to the first HfG Ulm principal, Max Bill. Brazilian poets who pursued similar goals to Gomringer's also visited the HfG, and from time to time there was even talk of relocating the Spirale and leaving Ulm. That was a long time ago, and Brazil, striving for both order and progress under its national flag, was at the time a place of urban utopias, artistic awakening and philosophical reflection – just think of Max Bense's book Brazilian Existence.So it is not surprising then, that there were connections between that huge country and the tiny HfG. For example, the graphic designers and artists Almir Mavignier, Mary Vieira and Alexandre Wollner studied at the HfG, and very early on, for a very short time, Geraldo de Barros, who was associated with subjective photography. In 1954, together with friends, he founded the furniture production company Unilabor. Their products have never before been showcased on a large scale in Europe – this is pioneering work by Opelvillen. Unilabor was attempting modernism in its designs, and went far beyond the fashionable, drawing its inspiration from String or Egon Eiermann. It would be wrong, however, to see Unilabor's furniture merely as an expression of a mid-century zeitgeist. With its unique organisational and working conditions, Unilabor was moving in the direction of cooperative manufacturing and social experimentation. This is also evident in the logo de Barros designed – an intermediate step from Agitprop to the graphics of the Paris May 1968.

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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.

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Silent Stars. Ceramics in film and advertising

Porzellanikum, Selb / DE
– 26.01.2020
porzellanikon.org 

In the “Stille Stars” exhibition, Porzellanikon Selb puts a product category under the spotlight that usually plays a minor role in our everyday lives despite its omnipresence there. This category is ceramic items that are used in commercials ranging from Dr. Oetker to Kellogg’s in order to style the advertised products. They also appear in well-known German films and television series illustrating everyday scenes. The exhibition explores the use and impact of ceramic and porcelain items in media from the 1930s to the present day to reveal their hidden messages and codes. It does not just consider the representation, but the exhibition also provides a glimpse behind the scenes when the production designer on the film “Grüner wird's nicht” discusses the choice of props using film clips.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / 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”.

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Thonet & Design

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

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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Mary Quant

Victoria & Albert Museum , London / GB
– 16.02.2020
vam.ac.uk 

As the creator of the mini skirt, Mary Quant has written herself into the fashion history books of the 20th century, in February 2019 the designer celebrated her 85th birthday. Now the V&A is dedicating an exhibition to her that focuses on the period between 1955 and 1975, the years in which she made her greatest impact. Quant, from her boutique Bazaar, stamped her mark on the fashion of an entire generation and the look of Swinging London with
the mini skirt worn with colourful tights, PVC raincoats and tailored trousers.The museum not only draws on its own resources, the largest public collection of Quant’s pieces, but also launched a nationwide appeal for privately owned clothing. As a result, 35 items have been accepted into the exhibition, and are shown alongside the personal stories and photos of women in their favourite clothes.

 

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Knowledge in Pictures – Information Design Today

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal / DE
– 16.02.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

With Kung Fu, design and robot lizards on the cover of Nature – the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich makes a number of links in its exhibition entitled “Knowledge in Pictures”, which reveals many aspects of current information design. Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw use motion capturing to explore the kung fu tradition of Chinese Hakka culture and make it tangible in an interactive installation. Researchers from HU Berlin have digitised the fossils of a primeval lizard to reproduce its gait on a 3D-printed robot. The requirement in information design is to convey complex facts as clearly as possible, whether it involves the route plan for a circular railway project through the Parisian suburbs (designed as a perfect circle by Integral Ruedi Baur contrary to all geographical conditions), or visually communicating the consequences of climate change for the glaciers by means of virtual reality. Since the objectivity of such design holds an equally great potential for manipulation, it demands its own ethics. The exhibition on Kai Krause’s work “The True Size of Africa”, in which the designer adjusts the distorted representation of the differences in size of continents on the world map, addresses this point.

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November

table talks. Design Students from Berlin and Copenhagen Invite you to Dinner

Kunstgewerbemuseum im Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden / DE
– 03.11.2019
kunstgewerbemuseum.skd.museum 

Baroque-era tables were oftendecorated with groups of figures or porcelain landscapes to stimulate conversation. The term “conversation piece” entered art history in the 18th century as the term for portraits of small groups. At the invitation of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (museum of decorative arts), 22 design students created objects made of porcelain, ceramics and glass that interpret the Baroque tradition with a modern twist. The project is jointly managed by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Under the direction of Barbara Schmidt, Professor of Experimental Design in Berlin, and Martin Kaldahl from the Institute of Architecture and Design at the Royal Danish Academy, the students learned how to make porcelain at the Meissen factory and experimented with glass at the Harzkristall factory in Derenburg. The resulting material experiments and installations can be seen as still lifes in Schloss Pillnitz.

more

Nearly Nothing: Jewellery and Vessels Created by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann

Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim / DE
– 03.11.2019
Schmuckmuseum.de 

The works of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are characterised by curved, simple forms. For more than 50 years, their partnership has produced award-winning and trend-setting metal work in silver and gold. A sample of their jewellery, cutlery, vessels and other objects will be exhibited at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim until 3 November. 

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are among the most important goldsmiths today. They have worked in their home town-atelier in Hildesheim since 1970, producing a wide range of works. In the 1980s and 1990s, for example, they designed the cutlery lines “Palladio” and “Passione” for Wilkens; today their focus is gold jewellery, influenced by sculptors such as Richard Serra.

In several of their jewellery pieces, such as the “Nearly Nothing” necklace, they use a technique that dispenses with the need for clasps: the pieces of gold jewellery swing like ribbons around the shape of the wearer, held in place only by tension and curvature. Precision craftsmanship, high quality and well thought-out designs have already earned the pair numerous design awards for their collaborative creations. 

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Game of Drones. Von unbemannten Flugobjekten

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen / DE
– 03.11.2019
zeppelin-museum.de 

By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe.  Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology couched between science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.  

more

East Berlin. Half a Capital

Museum Ephraim-Palais, Berlin / DE
– 09.11.2019
ost.berlin 

The Stadtmuseum Berlin is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an exhibition at the Museum Ephraim-Palais on the history and culture of East Berlin, which were influenced to a large extent by design and architecture, such as the buildings on Karl-Marx-Allee, the Television Tower, the World Clock and the Centrum Warenhaus. East Berlin was a centre of consumerism and a showcase for socialism. With models, city maps, photographs, and films, the exhibition illustrates the urban and political life of East Berlin and the way it felt to live in a WBS 70 prefabricated building, furnished with a model 53693 armchair from the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. Alongside these are the Boxer, Wisent, Shanty styles of denims and the only skateboard ever marketed in the GDR by Germina. An accompanying volume of essays with contributions by renowned authors such as Götz Aly, Marion Brasch and Lilli Berlin has been published by Ch. Links Verlag. 

more

Minimalism/Maximalism

The Museum at FIT, New York / US
– 16.11.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum/ 

While fashion of the past was characterised by minimalism, a trend towards maximalism has recently become more and more prevalent. In the exhibition “Minimalism/Maximalism”, the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York explores the conflict between these extreme positions that runs through the entire history of fashion. The exhibition begins in the 18th century, marked by an ethos of “more is best” followed by an egalitarian, reserved style. Sober black business suits for men in contrast to ornamental styles and extreme silhouettes for women allow the line in the 19th century to follow along the gender divide. To the present day, the exhibition shows how inextricably linked minimalism and maximalism are.

more

Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

more

Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin / DE
– 01.12.2019
smb.museum 

African culture served as a source of inspiration for Western fashion designers for a long time. Now, a young generation of African fashion designers is about to break through the supremacy of the “Western fashion system”, through a decolonial self-understanding. African bodies became a central venue for colonial power structures, as a result of falling in line with discipline, regimentation and submitting to Western ideals of beauty. One of the consequences of this was that traditional African hair styles were almost forgotten. Today they are being rediscovered as an expression of shaping creative identity. The curators Claudia Banz, Cornelia Lund and Beatrace Angut Oola have brought together works by African designers and artists from Uganda, Benin and Senegal, who include the themes of fashion and hair in installations and multimedia works. A catalogue of the exhibition with essays and interviews will be published by Kerber Verlag.

more

Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

more

Shaping Everyday Life! Bauhaus Modernism in the GDR

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Eisenhüttenstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
https://www.alltagskultur-ddr.de 

In its centenary year, Bauhaus is running like a leitmotif through Germany. The Documentation Centre of Everyday Culture of the GDR illuminates the hitherto barely noticed reception of Bauhaus in East Germany, characterised by a slow alignment to the design principles of functionality, longevity and suitability for everyday use. The accusations of formalism and the recollection of supposedly national design traditions stood in opposition to this. The show is devoted to the early products of the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, the influence of modern functional designs such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s, and approaches further developed in terms of flexibility and user focus, such as Karl Clauss Dietel’s and Lutz Rudolph’s “open principle”. Using 50 biographies, the exhibition traces the influence of former Bauhaus practitioners such as Mart Stam and Walter Funkat through their teaching activities at East German universities.

more

SBB CFF FFS

Museum of Design, Zürich / CH
– 05.01.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Stations, trains and posters make the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB, CFF, FFS) a showcase for Swiss design. The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, is devoting an exhibition to this theme for the first time.

more

Strange Days – Arno Schmidt and Darmstadt 1955-1958

Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt / DE
– 05.01.2020
seltsametage.de  
more

Unilabor – Concrete Poetry

Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / DE
– 12.01.2020
opelvillen.de  

Born in 1925, Eugen Gomringer, the founder of concrete poetry, was last seen in the headlines in autumn 2017. At that time, a misunderstood sense of political correctness led to his poem “avenidas” being over painted, and thereby censored in the public arena despite protests from many cultural initiatives. Gomringer and his Latin American companions have been celebrated in Rüsselsheim since the early 1950s, it amounts to a tribute on the fringe and befitting the poetry that is “designed in letters and sounds, where such media are repeatedly questioned or discovered” (Gomringer). The term “concrete” refers to the art movement of the same name with which Gomringer was and is familiar in many ways: as co-founder of the Bern avant-garde magazine Spirale, but most importantly as secretary to the first HfG Ulm principal, Max Bill. Brazilian poets who pursued similar goals to Gomringer's also visited the HfG, and from time to time there was even talk of relocating the Spirale and leaving Ulm. That was a long time ago, and Brazil, striving for both order and progress under its national flag, was at the time a place of urban utopias, artistic awakening and philosophical reflection – just think of Max Bense's book Brazilian Existence.So it is not surprising then, that there were connections between that huge country and the tiny HfG. For example, the graphic designers and artists Almir Mavignier, Mary Vieira and Alexandre Wollner studied at the HfG, and very early on, for a very short time, Geraldo de Barros, who was associated with subjective photography. In 1954, together with friends, he founded the furniture production company Unilabor. Their products have never before been showcased on a large scale in Europe – this is pioneering work by Opelvillen. Unilabor was attempting modernism in its designs, and went far beyond the fashionable, drawing its inspiration from String or Egon Eiermann. It would be wrong, however, to see Unilabor's furniture merely as an expression of a mid-century zeitgeist. With its unique organisational and working conditions, Unilabor was moving in the direction of cooperative manufacturing and social experimentation. This is also evident in the logo de Barros designed – an intermediate step from Agitprop to the graphics of the Paris May 1968.

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

Silent Stars. Ceramics in film and advertising

Porzellanikum, Selb / DE
– 26.01.2020
porzellanikon.org 

In the “Stille Stars” exhibition, Porzellanikon Selb puts a product category under the spotlight that usually plays a minor role in our everyday lives despite its omnipresence there. This category is ceramic items that are used in commercials ranging from Dr. Oetker to Kellogg’s in order to style the advertised products. They also appear in well-known German films and television series illustrating everyday scenes. The exhibition explores the use and impact of ceramic and porcelain items in media from the 1930s to the present day to reveal their hidden messages and codes. It does not just consider the representation, but the exhibition also provides a glimpse behind the scenes when the production designer on the film “Grüner wird's nicht” discusses the choice of props using film clips.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / 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”.

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Thonet & Design

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

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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Mary Quant

Victoria & Albert Museum , London / GB
– 16.02.2020
vam.ac.uk 

As the creator of the mini skirt, Mary Quant has written herself into the fashion history books of the 20th century, in February 2019 the designer celebrated her 85th birthday. Now the V&A is dedicating an exhibition to her that focuses on the period between 1955 and 1975, the years in which she made her greatest impact. Quant, from her boutique Bazaar, stamped her mark on the fashion of an entire generation and the look of Swinging London with
the mini skirt worn with colourful tights, PVC raincoats and tailored trousers.The museum not only draws on its own resources, the largest public collection of Quant’s pieces, but also launched a nationwide appeal for privately owned clothing. As a result, 35 items have been accepted into the exhibition, and are shown alongside the personal stories and photos of women in their favourite clothes.

 

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Knowledge in Pictures – Information Design Today

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal / DE
– 16.02.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

With Kung Fu, design and robot lizards on the cover of Nature – the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich makes a number of links in its exhibition entitled “Knowledge in Pictures”, which reveals many aspects of current information design. Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw use motion capturing to explore the kung fu tradition of Chinese Hakka culture and make it tangible in an interactive installation. Researchers from HU Berlin have digitised the fossils of a primeval lizard to reproduce its gait on a 3D-printed robot. The requirement in information design is to convey complex facts as clearly as possible, whether it involves the route plan for a circular railway project through the Parisian suburbs (designed as a perfect circle by Integral Ruedi Baur contrary to all geographical conditions), or visually communicating the consequences of climate change for the glaciers by means of virtual reality. Since the objectivity of such design holds an equally great potential for manipulation, it demands its own ethics. The exhibition on Kai Krause’s work “The True Size of Africa”, in which the designer adjusts the distorted representation of the differences in size of continents on the world map, addresses this point.

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