From Silent Movies to Blaxploitation
MoMa, New York
– 30 April 2017
“Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema” focuses on images in silent movies to blaxploitation, Hollywood blockbusters and B-movies and takes a critical look at the part played by society in creating the roles portrayed.
Maison & Objet. So Much More Than a Trade Show
Paris Nord Villepinte
20 – 24 January 2017
“Plus qu’un Salon“ [so much more than a trade show] is the slogan for this year’s Maison et Objet furniture fair, and it holds many promising things in store based on its impressive size. The Maison et Object fair held in Paris Nord Villepinte offers five days to view items of furniture and other design objects displayed over 130,000 square metres, and the opportunity to hear various presentations.
Bike. Design. City29.01.2017 – 30.07.2017
Kabel 1927 – 2016.The History of a Font
Klingspor Museum, Offenbach
– 12 February 2017
“[...] because until then there wasn’t a digital version of Kabel that you could work with properly.” This was Marc Schütz’s justification for his decision in the form interview (form 268, p.78) to develop a completely new font family after initially designing a new version of Kabel.
Design Display #3. Material Research
Following 3D printing and simplicity, the third “Design Display” exhibition in Autostadt in Wolfsburg has taken the theme of material research. As on previous occasions, two objects enter into dialogue. This time, the objects involved are a solar curtain by Petra Blaisse and seaweed objects by Julia Lohmann.
Interior Design in Cologne. imm, Passagen, DQE
16 – 22 January 2017
It’s mid-January and that time of year again in Cologne when everything revolves around interior design. From 16 to 22 January 2017 Cologne isn’t just hosting the international furniture and interior design fair imm with already 1,185 registered exhibitors, but also Passagen, advertising some 180 shows in the city on the subject of design, architecture, and urban context. The multifaceted programme is complemented by the project “Design Quartier Ehrenfeld”, a project that is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The World Without Us
– 5 March 2017
Dortmunder U presents “Die Welt ohne uns” [The World Without Us] a futuristic exhibition envisaging a possible future world: a world where machines, artificial intelligence and non-human forms of life have proved superior to humankind. What would such a world look like?
Advertising Art from Hanover
August Kestner Museum, Hanover
29 January 2017
Bahlsen Leibniz biscuits or Pelikan fountain pens conjure up particular images for many of us. These are brands with a strong and memorable visual presence. August Kestner Museum is now holding an exhibition dedicated to such well-known firms from Hanover, showcasing their successful posters among other advertising paraphernalia.
Obituary Karl Gerstner
André Thomkins, a friend of Karl Gerstner (20 July 1930 - 1 January 2017), once rearranged the letters of the artist’s name to read “Klar, strenger” meaning “clear, stricter”. “Klar, strenger” was also Gerstner’s life motto and is the mark of his graphic work and free art. For Gerstner was not someone who created from the shadows, rather whatever he created could be explained and therefore understood, with all its variables, possibilities and consequences. It was consistent.
– 5 March 2017
The Lenbachhaus describes Thomas Bayrle, the painter, graphic and video artist as “a pioneer of German Pop Art”. An exhibition featuring this Frankfurt-based artist (born 1937) is on show in Munich until the beginning of March 2017. It displays the work of this artist as a homage to the machine.
Transmediale. Art, Culture and Technology
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2 February – 5 March 2017
The title of this year’s Transmediale is “Ever Elusive” highlighting the transient quality of the constantly changing media culture which the project has been dealing with for thirty years. It does not mean that they are seeking a definitive response or making a statement but rather making space for impressions to change.
Francis Kéré. Radically Simple
Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum der TU München
– 26 February 2017
The current exhibition in the Architecture Museum at the TU Munich, – “Francis Kéré. Radically Simple” – showcases work by the architect from Burkina Faso, Francis Kéré. His works range from projects in his home village to those in various African countries as well as China and Germany.
School of Design, St. Gallen
13 January 2017
On 13 January 2017 at 7 pm Felix Pfäffli, Raphael Leutenegger and Daniel Peter from Studio Feixen will talk about their work and views on the design process, as well as about their visions for the future and about their current projects.
Obituary Karl Oskar Blase
Blase was associated with form from its very inception, because his graphics put their stamp on numerous front covers for its first eleven years from 1957 to 1968. Yet Karl Oskar Blase, who was born on 24 March 1925 in Cologne, and died on Tuesday 27 December 2016, was involved with design much earlier than that, and also later.
Good Garment Collective. Workshops
January – March 2017
The Good Garment Collective has made its mark on sustainability and transparency in the fashion industry. The team working in Berlin supports entrepreneurs and designers in textile production processes, and will also be holding workshops focusing on materials, design and the future.
Happy New Year
Dear readers and subscribers, here’s wishing you all the best for 2017.
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100 Beste Plakate
Deadline for submissions: 23 January 2017
The annual competition “100 beste Plakate Deutschland Österreich Schweiz” [100 best posters Germany Austria Switzerland] will be held this year for the 16th time. The eponymous association is considered an important institution in the world of contemporary poster design.
Between Art and Politics
Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin
– 19 January 2017
The woven face of Karl Marx stares out at observers, beside it Russian letters, a lot of red, communist symbols and Berlin – proclaimed as the “Capital of the GDR”. The remarkable exhibition “Between Art and Politics. Tapestries from the GDR 1955–1989 – A Discovery” invites visitors to step into the past at the Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin.
Costumes & Wishes for the 21st Century
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
– 22 January 2017
The theme of the exhibition “Costumes & Wishes for the 21st Century” is transformation through fashion. Fashion can highlight, underline, or hide personal features. It changes and can change the people who follow it.
form Nº 269. Play
An activity that delights both young and old alike throughout their lifetime is play. In his book “Homo ludens”, published back in 1938, Johan Huizinga attributes to play a central role in cultural processes. Whether its sports, the theatre or board games, play is mostly about learning and testing certain forms of action and behaviour, during which playful activity often navigates distraction and discipline, freedom and rules as well as reality and fiction. All of these, we demonstrate in form 269, are aspects that can be designed or exploited for design.
Werner Aisslinger. House of Wonders
Pinakothek der Moderne, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich
– 17 September 2017
The Neue Sammlung (New Collection) in Munich has been offering its visitors new series of exhibitions since 2015: well-known designers are provided with a double-storey hall, as a space they can experiment with and use for their installations. Until September 17, 2017, visitors can marvel at the designer Werner Aisslinger’s visionary concept of living in an exhibition where he explores big data in addition to his original themes.
A Grip on Architecture
Grassi Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig
– 14 May 2017
The Grassi Museum for Applied Art in Leipzig turns its attention to an object that encapsulates the aesthetics of a building designed down to the very last detail: the door handle.
Niki de Saint Phalle and the Theatre. At Last I Found the Treasure
– 12 March 2017
Well-known artists are often defined by their work and consequently reduced to a part of it. Niki de Saint Phalle is famous for her brightly coloured Nanas, which always seem to be dancing. However, she was also involved in theatre and even developed a play herself. Opelvillen Rüsselsheim is for the first time exhibiting the designs for the fantastic and terrifying piece called “ICH” or “I”.
Ceci n’est pas une copie.
Design Between Innovation and Imitation
Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu
– 26 February 2017
It is often difficult to draw a clear line between innovation and imitation. Profiting from the ideas of others is not only forbidden, it is morally wrong. But one idea that resembles another is not always actually a copy. Against this background, this latest exhibition “Ceci n’est pas une copie” looks at nature, the meaning and acceptance of copying.
The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined
Barbican Centre, Art Gallery, London
– 5 February 2017
The word “vulgar” is almost always used pejoratively and we mostly associate it with things we consider either repulsive or even crude. The current exhibition “The Vulgar” at the Barbican Art Gallery is the first to look at this word in the context of fashion – from the renaissance to contemporary design.
No Guts No Glory
Tiefgarage Ebertplatz, Cologne
– 22 January 2017
Striking stripes and colourful shapes, Neon and CMYK. The gallery space Tiefgarage at the Ebertplatz in Cologne is currently showing the work of Marije Vermeulen and Guido Nieuwendijk. Covering large surfaces graphically, the two Dutch artists take their pictures and paintings to the wall with a view to making a big, unusual splash.
Techsage. Design Competition
Submission deadline: 1 March 2017
The “Techsage Design Competition” is linking up with an area of social design that is rarely covered: age. This two-part competition has been organised by the Techsage Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. With the help of the competition, the Center’s challenge is to find innovative, technology-based design solutions for the ageing population.
Gispen Specials. The Customer Is Always Right
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
– 26 February 2017
Furniture by the industrial designer Willem Hendrik Gispen and his company of the same name can still be found in many Dutch homes and offices. The exhibition “Gispen Specials. The Customer Is Always Right” on show in Rotterdam’s largest art museum until 26 February 2017 examines the company’s custom-made products for special customers. For, as the sub-title of the exhibition suggests, they are always right.
Fruit Exhibition. Just juice it!
Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna
27 – 29 January 2017
Palazzo Re Enzo is an old, picturesque building dating from the 13th century that stands in the heart of Bologna. Its spacious rooms are playing host for the fifth time to the “Fruit Exhibition” which, this time, is focusing on photography.
Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich
10 December – 12 February 2017
Who owns a gesture? Can you build your own toaster? What will the future look like? Artists and designers at the exhibition “Touch Deeper” ask these and other questions, such as, how do objects that we interact with change, and how do they change us? In many ways, technology has become an inevitable part of everyday life. We possess smartphones and are developing smart homes. Against this backdrop, at the exhibition, the artists and designers explore and assess the efficiency and intelligence of things. The Exhibition opens at the Lothringer 13 Halle in Munich on 9 December 2016 at 7 pm and continues until 12 February 2017.
Stacking. Ein Prinzip der Moderne
Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen
– 17 April 2017
An exhibition at the foundation Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung in Bremen is currently examining the little-researched area of stacking things. Stacking things is a daily action practised by nearly everyone, it happens repeatedly and is little regarded. The function of stacking offers an outstanding opportunity in the area of design.