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The Grand Stitch
The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg
– 13 March 2016
Little stitches tell big stories. The Röhsska Museum in Gotheburg is holding the exhibition “The Grand Stitch - Embroidery as Vision and Witness” showcasing the spectrum of contemporary embroidery using the work of seventeen artists.
East and West: USA
Neues Museum, Nuremberg
The Neues Museum in Nuremberg completes its East-West trilogy, that has been running since January 2015, by focusing on the USA. In the third part, visitors can view design objects from the “land of endless opportunities” that have had a considerable influence on design and taste around the world for decades.
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
– 18 January 2016
Urbo Kune means “shared city” in Esperanto and is the name of a project by the Austrian architectural theorist Jan Tabor and Sven Hartberger, director of the Klangforum Wien, which will take the form of an urban opera accompanied by music, talks and the presentation of utopias “to improve the world” in May 2015. An eponymous exhibition at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague looks at an experimental project by a group of Czech and Slovakian architecture students.
Furniture in Mimicry
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
– 3 July 2016
Although it is a widely known fact that most of the clothes made for the US and European fashion markets are manufactured cheaply, under horrendous working conditions and for below-subsistence-level wages in China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia, there has been no let-up in the demand for cheaply and quickly produced garments over the recent years. From December an exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden gives an insight into the “dark side of fashion”.
Zenith – Die Kulturhalle, Munich
16 – 17 January 2016
A two-day fair by and for crafters and tinkerers has been taking place in Munich since 2013. Make Munich offers a varied programme once again this year consisting of product presentations, workshops, lectures and other events that take into account the popularity of DIY.
form N° 263. Design and Energy
Scarely anything else is as essential for human existence and is simultaneously taken for granted as energy. Daily actions such as cooking, heating and telephoning are inextricably linked with it – but where energy comes from is usually hidden from the consumer as it is usually behind a socket outlet or the heating thermostat. But the ever-present consequences of our energy consumption are not so hidden, as these manifest themselves in environmental damage, health risks, political conflicts and even wars. The complex contexts in which our dealings with energy are woven and in which design also plays a significant role are the subject of the Focus section in form 263.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Toledo Museum of Art
– 28 February 2016
Sneakers have long been popular as footwear, not just in the area of sports. They have become a staple of the fashion industry and are featured in the wardrobes of millions of people around the world, irrespective or age, gender and background. An exhibition, currently on show at the Toledo Museum of Art, tells the story of these shoes from their very beginnings in the 19th century up to the present day.
The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Barbican Art Gallery, London
– 14 February 2016
Anyone enquiring about notable designers of the 20th century will most likely hear about this married duo: Charles and Ray Eames. Well-known for their furniture designs, the Eameses have also been active in other areas, making a considerable contribution to the design world of the post-war era. For the first time in over 15 years in Britain, London’s Barbican Art Gallery is running a major exhibition dedicated to the lifework of these designers.
Elements of Art and Science
Ars Electronica Center Linz
Initially, art and science appear to be opposites. However, on closer inspection the two disciplines reveal that they share many parallels that can mean inspiration, new forms of expression and access for both. In an exhibition cuurently running, the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, has gathered together a wide range of projects that meet at this interface and lend scientific themes a new presence.
Berührt – Verführt
Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt
– 28 August 2016
Advertising is unavoidable. We encounter it every day in obvious and subtle ways and its aim is to move us, and in the best situation, to tempt us to buy. With “Berührt – Verführt. Werbekampagnen, die Geschichte machten” [Moved – Tempted. Advertising campaigns that made history] the Museum für Kommunikation is looking at this phenomenon and is showing around 50 successful campaigns from the past 70 years.
Kitchens and Invaders
Triennale Design Museum, Milan
– 21 February 2016
For a long time now, technical helpers large and small, have been a part of our everyday lives. The Triennale Design Museum focuses on the showcase of the kitchen and looks at the development of machines that support us in this context using historic and current examples of design.
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
– 7 May 2016
Jeans are primarily robust and hardwearing – two characteristics that have presumably contributed to the fashion industry not being able to imagine itself without this cotton fabric. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is currently staging an exhibition focusing on the history and development of jeans from the 19th century until the present day.
Philippe Apeloig.Using Type
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
- 24 January 2016
In the exhibition “Philippe Apeloig – Using Type”, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam provides an overview of this Paris-based French graphic designer’s work and after whom the show is named.
Pixar.The Design of Story
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
– 7 August 2016
This year, two films have been brought out by the Pixar studios: Brave and Inside Out. Caroline Baumann, the director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York believes that because of this, it is a good time to take a glimpse behind the scenes at this animation studio.
The Art of the Brick.DC Comics
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
– 1 May 2016
Since November, the Powerhouse Museum has been marking the influence of superheroes and baddies found in DC Comics published in America. For this touring exhibition, the artist Nathan Saway has developed sculptures constructed from the plastic bricks produced by the Danish toy manufacturer, Lego, and can be viewed until 1 May 2016.
William Forsythe. The Fact of Matter
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
– 31 January 2016
The life and works of William Forsythe have been interwoven with the city of Frankfurt for over 30 years, which is why it is no surprise therefore that the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) in the city is dedicating an exhibition to this world-renowned and multi-award-winning choreographer. His “Choreographic Objects” can be experienced until 31 January 2016 in “The Fact of Matter” alongside major works in the MMK’s collection.
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich – Schaudepot
– 10 January 2016
Animations and digital images are so omnipresent nowadays that we hardly notice them anymore. Pixels dominate our visual perception in every day situations and not just in fictitious contexts. In its “Animated Wonderworlds” exhibition, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich presents us with a view of digital media that penetrates our lives and and takes us at the same time into miraculous and factual worlds of images.
Lines, Surfaces, Spaces. The Buildings of Ferdinand Kramer at DAM
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt/Main
– 1 May 2016
After almost a quarter of a century, an exhibition is being staged again in Frankfurt on the architecture of Ferdinand Kramer (1898–1985). Particular attention has been given this time to Kramer’s wooden buildings designed when he was in exile in America between 1938 and 1952 and the residential designs made after the Second World War, and the focus is Kramer’s main work, the planning and implementation of the buildings for Frankfurt University between 1952 and 1967.
Grounded Visions. Artistic Research into Environmental Issues
ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology
– 23 March 2016
Climate change, water pollution, animal species dying out and agricultural challenges are all topics for which specific solutions must be found. One way of doing this is to bring together research groups consisting of different specialist disciplines – and to integrate designers and artists, too. Since 2004, the PhD programme Z-node at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts has been giving artists the opportunity to work together with scientists.
Designers in Residence 2015. Migration
Design Museum, London
– 31 March 2016
The results of the Designers in Residence programme 2015 are on show in the London Design Museum’s own exhibition spaces until 31 March 2016. The theme of this year’s residency is “migration”, with which not only the four selected young designers have been concerned but which also points to the Design Museum’s imminent move to its new premises next year.
Look!Fashion Designers from A to Z
Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK)
- 28 February 2016
Since September this year, the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK) has offered an insight into its collection of European fashion. The special exhibition, “Look!”, displays newly acquired exhibits of recent years allowing visitors to gain an overview of fashion design from the 1960s to the present.
– 6 March 2016
Are machines on the best path to becoming intelligent “beings”? And if so, what opportunities and threats does this pose for humanity? An exhibition at Dortmunder U is focusing on this question using both historic and current examples.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
– 20 March 2016
Frank Gehry is one of the most famous and influential architects of our time. A retrospective covering not only all of his work but also its impact on architecture, urban planning and community life can be seen in his adopted home city, Los Angeles, until March of next year.
Federal Award. Ecodesign 2015
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin
23 November 2015
For the fourth time, the Federal Ecodesign Award is honouring products, concepts and services that stand out on account of their high level of compatibility with the environment and high-quality design. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Environment Agency has awarded the Federal Ecodesign Award in conjunction with the International Design Centre Berlin annually since 2012, with the aim of supporting ecological design and improving awareness amongst the general public.
Städelschule and Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
24 November 2015
What do people in western Europe know about art and culture in and from Lithuania? Not very much, even if photographic history acknowledges the photo documentary “Wilna – ein Ghetto im Osten” [Vilnius – An Eastern Ghetto] by the Bauhaus disciple Moshe Vorobeichic or references are made in connection with the Soviet avantgarde to Gustav Klucis, the constructivist and photomontage artist, celebrated by Stalin and yet executed by his regime. But this is not enough, and so issue 264 of form (to be published on 9 February 2016) will put an emphasis on the southernmost Baltic republic.
Die Entdeckung der Dinge. Photography and Design
Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen
– 3 April 2016
Wilhelm Wagenfeld was born in Bremen in 1900. Teachers in this major product designer’s life included László Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus where he designed the lamps MT8 in a metal version and MT9 in a glass version. Marketed under the name “Wagenfeld” or “Bauhaus” lamp, this table lamp with its half-dome of glass became known as one his most famous designs.
Ich kenne kein Weekend. René Block
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
– 24 January 2016
The gallery owner, curator and exhibition organiser René Block was one of the key figures behind the explosion of West Berlin’s contemporary art scene in the 1970s. Block opened his first gallery in Schöneberg in 1964 with the exhibition “Neodada, Pop, Décollage, Kapitalistischer Realismus”. In conjunction with the Berlinische Galerie and the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, the Neue Berliner Kunstverein is now devoting an exhibition to him, entitled “Ich kenne kein Weekend. The Archive and Collection of René Block”, which will run until 24 January 2016.