Versatility and Innovation. On the Death of Richard Sapper
Fortunately, this innovative designer, Richard Sapper will always live on. This is because, before his death on New Year’s Eve 2015, he designed and developed so many iconic products, concepts and ideas that he will never be forgotten.
Ode to Dutch Fashion
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
– 7 February 2016
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag owns one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of fashion design. Moreover, in recent years designers such as Iris van Herpen, Viktor and Rolf or Jan Taminiau have helped to establish Dutch fashion as a fixture on the international scene. The exhibition “Ode to Dutch Fashion” follows the development of fashion design in the Netherlands over recent decades until 7 February.
Biennial of Design Ljubljana25.05.2017 – 29.10.2017
Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt
– 28 February 2016
The exhibition “Surfaces. Adolf Fleischmann – Grenzgänger zwischen Kunst und Medizin” [Surfaces. Adolf Fleischmann – Cross-border Commuter between Art and Medicine] is the first collaboration between the Museum für Konkrete Kunst and the Deutsches Medizinhistorisches Museum in Ingolstadt. The exhibition does not only showcase the art of Adolf Fleischmann for the first time but also displays his medical work with which he financed his livelihood as an artist.
Architecture in War and Peace
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
15 January 2016
Since it opened in 1984, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) has epitomised the sentiment expressed by Heinrich Klotz, the architecture historian responsible for the concept of the museum and also its founding director, that “the idea of a place for exhibitions and collections is as necessary to architecture as a centre for discussion.” It should be both “a museum for current debate” and “interpret the story of architecture in historic flashbacks”. Wolfgang Voigt has been the Deputy Director of DAM since 1997, and he will be bid farewell on 15 January 2016 within the context of a symposium.
New-York Historical Society, Museum
– 17 April 2016
Silicon Valley is currently one of the most important hubs in the high-tech and IT industry. But where did the computer revolution actually begin? The Museum of the New-York Historical Society has asked this question and is discussing the development and history of the digital age in the 1960s in New York in an exhibition currently on show.
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
– June 2016
Seeing men wearing high heels seems odd to most people and causes them to cast surreptitious glances towards the wearer. But this was not always so. An exhibition currently running at the Bata Shoe Museum demonstrates this by presenting the history of men’s shoes with heels from their beginnings in the early 17th century to the present day.
Leipziger Typotage 2016
Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig
22 – 24 April 2016
On 23 April 2016, the twenty-second edition of the Leipziger Typotage will focus on seven presentations highlighting the latest in typeface design and typography and will examine its past, present and future. Technological progress has driven social, political and economic developments forward at a considerable pace and these have also left their mark on typeface design.
Ladislav Sutnar.Recommended by Heimann and Schwantes
César Manrique.Recommended byRelvão Kellermann
Rechnitz, and The Merchants Contracts. Recommended bySimon Donger
Radical Disco. Recommended byAdam Štěch
Werkstatt Gießen. Recommended byMareike Gast
Chen Kuen Lee. Recommended byJörg Stürzebecher
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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.