– 12 March 2017
In the films of Israeli director Omer Fast, boundaries are blurred and reality flows into fiction. The stories he tells are graceful, if at times bizarre webs of documentation and fantasy.
Drawing Rooms 2. Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art
– 21 May 2017
In the second part of its exhibition series “Drawing Rooms 2”, the Hamburger Kunsthalle documents the shift of drawing into the third dimension. It describes the phenomenon of the transition of the line from the surface into space as a “breakthrough into space”.
Ein Stilraum zum 85. Geburtstag von Dieter Rams21.05.2017 – 15.10.2017
Object Lessons. The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters
Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin
– 16 January 2017
Learning by head, hand and heart. This was Pestalozzi’s “Idea of Elementary Educuation” which today we understand as the initial all-round approach to education. This is defined through the expansion of education through activities and sensory impressions. Transferring knowledge using materials has been establised since then as a concept in pedagogy. The Werkbundarchiv in Berlin is considering these thoughts in its exhibition “Object Lessons. The Story of Material Education in 8 Chapters”.
(Un)Expected. The Art of Chance
– 19 February 2017
We speak of chance when no reason or explanation can be given when events occur. Over the past century, art has repeatedly confronted the subject of chance and developed methods and processes to trigger chance under defined conditions. Taking a diverse collection consisting of 120 works, the special exhibition “(Un)expected. The Art of Chance” in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart presents the results of this experimental and systematic confrontation.
In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019
– 20 March 2017
“In all my life I have never known such minimisation of the architect’s profession, such disrespect for the entire industry, [...] of architectural achievement.” So speaks Dietmar Steiner in this provocative Podcast, as he talks about the process of design and his feelings as he comes to the end of his directorship of the Architekturzentrum in Vienna, where he has been director since 1993, continuing to the end of 2016. On the occasion of his farewell, the museum is showcasing his impressions on sixty years of international architectural history.
Peter Keetman. Shaping the World
Deichtorhallen, Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
– 12 February 2017
Peter Keetman was born in April 1916 to a well-off family. A hundred years later we have an exhibition in honour of him focusing on his work and aesthetics: “Peter Keetman. Shaping the World”.
The Rhine. The Biography of a European River
- 22 January 2017
The Rhine, whose source is in central Europe in the Alps and which winds 1,232.7 kilometres across Europe to flow into the North Sea, is a river associated with myths and historical events. It is, as Victor Hugo said, a “part of history” - a part of European history. The Bundeskunsthalle Bonn wants to highlight its significance in its exhibition “The Rhine. The biography of a European river.”
German Federal Ecodesign Award. Prizewinners 2016
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Berlin
28 November 2016
Baking, Ironing, Cleaning, Cooking. That bit of household!
Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig
– 9 April 2017
Household chores such as cooking and cleaning are necessary, even if hardly anyone likes doing them. The Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig is now dedicating an exhibition to the appliances and utensils, great and small, which have been developed over time to deal with these duties. The exhibition also traces the social context of the equipment.
Göttlich Golden Genial. Weltformel Goldener Schnitt?
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
– 26 February 2017
Be it painting, music, architecture or nature, the golden ratio is everywhere. Its description of beauty and harmony as a mathematical principle has fascinated people for centuries. It keeps cropping up around us, and hence lends itself to the idea that our creativity and representations are subject to its influence and explains why the golden ratio is also referred to as proportio divina or divine proportion. The Museum für Kommunikation in Berlin explores precisely this supposition in its exhibition “Göttlich Golden Genial” [Godly Golden Genius].
Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection
M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
30 November 2016 – 5 February 2017
M+ is the name of the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong whose emphasis is on art, design, architecture, and moving images of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2012, its exhibitions have been documenting the past, informing the present and shaping the future. The museum building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is already at the planning stage and is expected to be finished by 2019. Until then, the exhibitions can be seen in the M+ pavillion.
Akademie Schloss Solitude. Exhibition and Performance
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
– 18 December 2017
The Akademie Schloss Solitude is a public-law foundation financed by the State of Baden-Württemberg, which mainly awards residential and working scholarships for young artists. The building has a multifaceted history – it was initially a military hospital, then a restaurant, a prison and later a student hall of residence. Since 1990, it has functioned as the living, working and exhibition space for scholarship holders, thereby providing the international art scene an important global network.
Gute Aussichten. New German Photography
– 15 January 2017
Much can be discovered in foreign places and captured by photography. And, after all, strange places can be found everywhere, be they on another continent, on your own doorstep or within yourself. The winners of “Gute Aussichten 2016/2017” have achieved this discovery in very different ways. And if you take the time to look at the strange images, you may discover a feeling of proximity.
Les Suisses de Paris
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
– 19 March 2017
Swiss design is known for its simplicity, elegance and precision. But this type of design is not only found in Switzerland. During the 1950s and 1960s, many Swiss designers took their modern education with them to France. They were not only looking for work but also for artistic freedom and opportunities for development, and Paris seemed to suit these criteria perfectly.
Hot to Cold. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaption
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main
– 12 February 2017
Pragmatic and utopian – that’s how the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels describes his approach, challenging, as he says, current trends in which architecture is often reproduced instead of driving innovation. By contrast, the buildings of the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), founded by him, straddle the line between reality and fantasy and always combine aesthetics with sustainability.
Submission deadline: 2 – 31 January 2017
The Designpreis Halle has been awarded every three years since 2007. This year’s theme is “Time”. Time is something that affects all of us, which is, to some extent, unavoidable, but, for that matter, also opens up ever more diverse and creative ways of exploring the subject.
The Life Fair. New Body Products
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
– 8 January 2017
Work, Sex, Security and Health. “The Life Fair. New Body Products” in Rotterdam touches on all of these themes and takes its visitors on a continuous quest for the optimal person in an optimal world. According to the exhibition website: “As a visitor of The Life Fair you will explore commercial products, services and scenarios that will help you to realise your ideal self.”
– 29 January 2017
Museum Bellerive, Zurich
The Aït Khebbach are a Berber-speaking tribe who live in the Sahara in the south east of Morocco. In this bleak environment, the tribeswomen make carpets and cushions from worn-out textiles, which they use to decorate their mud houses. This handicraft and the associated lifestyle of the weavers is currently being highlighted in “Couleurs Désert”, an exhibition at the Museum Bellerive in Zurich.
Volumes. Independent Art Publishing Fair
25 – 26 November 2016
The founding principle behind Volumes, a non-profit organisation based in Zürich, was to publicise short-run editions and bring them to a larger audience. Volumes holds a book fair every year. This year, the third Volumes Independent Art Publishing Fair will be held in Switzerland once more, offering a platform to local and international artists and publishers.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 23 April 2017
Computer games have been around for over 40 years – to the on-going fascination of people worldwide. Until 23 April 2017 the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe is hosting an exhibition dedicated to digital design: “Game Masters” focuses on the influence, development, history and future of computer games. From Pong to VR glasses, visitors can try out all the games on show.
32nd International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères
Applications close: 25 November 2016
Designed by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, the Villa Noailles complex represents the ideals of the modern age and its time. Today, the villa in Hyères is a cultural monument reminiscent of architectural greats such as Le Corbusier and Bauhaus. It is no longer a home but is used as a centre for art exhibitions, performances and conferences such as the 32nd Festival of Fashion and Photography that will also be held here, in Hyères, from 27 April to 1 May 2017, showcasing up and coming young artists in the worlds of fashion, photography and also, most recently, accessories.
25 – 27 November 2016
In 2016 the Designtage Brandenburg event will take place for the fifth time and offers an insight into the design scene in Brandenburg. It takes place in the Schinkelhalle, which is located in the so-called Schiffbauergasse in Potsdam.
– 8 January 2017
The digital revolution, increasing ecological awareness and a changing comprehension of work cause conventional industrial methods more and more to be questioned. The House for Contemporary Art Z33 is taking these developments as an opportunity to present “Manufactuur 3.0” which is on show until 8 January 2017.
Human Upgrade. Susanna Hertrich & Hannes Wiedemann
– 5 March 2017
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt
For centuries, mankind has been fascinated by the merging of humans and technology and the phenomenon is coming closer to reality today. The developments in this area inspired both the Berlin-based artist Susanna Hertrich (form 266, p. 65) and the photographer Hannes Wiedemann for their work, currently on display in the exhibition at the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt.
Lisbon Architecture Triennale
– 11 December 2016
Lisbon and the surrounding area
Every three years, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is held as one of the most important platforms for debates, discussions and exchanges on topics concerning aspects of architecture and breaks down geographical boundaries and disciplines. The fourth edition of the 67-day long Triennale is taking place in 2016 and welcomes visitors to Lisbon and the surrounding area to consider this year’s topic “The Form of Form”.
Mobile Worlds. On the Migration of Things
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
– September 2018
Whether it is a swiss watch, spaghetti on a plate or a selfie stick – all these things are part of society’s mutability which mingles objects, people, ideas and cultures in it’s movement. Every single one of these objects tells its own story and is often linked with human destinies. The current exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg has put this subject under the spotlight.
– 12 February 2017
Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg
In addition to our skin, clothing is an artificial covering created by people to protect us from the cold, damp, and injury. Just like skin, our clothing allows an interaction between the individual and the environment and can transport hidden inner messages to the outside world. The exhibition, currently running at the Sinclair-Haus in Bad Homburg, focuses on this interrelationship between skin, clothing and the outside world, which is becoming an increasingly relevant topic in contemporary art.
Universal Design Competition 2017
Registration deadline: 31 January 2017
The new Universal Design Competition is aimed at companies, designers, architects, students, universities, research institutes, and schools. Designs for products, architecture, and services can be submitted until 31 January 2017 when they will be evaluated by a panel of experts and a panel of users.
Beziehungskisten. Sociality and Sociability through Things
11 – 12 November 2016
How can objects intervene in social processes and in human interaction? This is a question posed by social design which the product design department at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar dedicates an interdisciplinary conference to, taking place on 11 and 12 November 2016 focusing on sociality and sociability through things.
Lucia Moholy.The English Years
– 27 February 2017
The photographer Lucia Moholy was active in the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau together with her spouse, László Moholy-Nagy, from 1923 to 1928. On account of the portraits she created and the photographs she took of architecture and objects, she came to be regarded as one of the most influential female photographers of the early 20th century. However, the photographic work dating from the period after the Prague-born artist emigrated from Nazi Germany to England is scarcely known. As part of the EMOP Berlin – European Month of Photography, the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin is dedicating a special exhibition to her late work and presenting previously unknown aspects of the artist to the public.
Mies van der Rohe. Collages from MoMA
Ludwig Forum, Aachen
– 12 February 2017
War, revolution and industrialisation did not only characterise magazines and newspapers at the beginning of the 20th century, but also the visual and performing arts. During these years, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important architects of his era, created a variety of collages and photo montages under the additional influence of Dada, constructivism and De Stijl. To mark 130 years since his birth, the Ludwig Forum in Aachen is dedicating a special exhibition to the architect, putting his works with their equivalents from contemporary Modernism in context.
Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design. Summoning the Outdated
– 7 May 2017
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Awazu Kiyoshi, the designer and artist who died in 2009, is known for his surreal compositions that link his magnificently colourful style with traditional Japanese art. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is now dedicating an exhibition to this pioneer of graphic design under the title of “Awazu Kiyoshi Graphic Design. Summoning the Outdated”.
Focus Open 2016
Ludwigsburg Museum, Ludwigsburg
– 20 November 2016
Every year, designers from around the world submit their most innovative product and concept solutions to Focus Open, the international design prize organised by the region of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, to participate in this competition seeking outstanding and future-oriented design. The products by the 68 prizewinners chosen from this year’s 227 submissions are on show at the Ludwigsburg Museum until 20 November 2016.
Deadline: 31 March 2017
The AED association is an initiative founded by a group of Stuttgart-based engineers, architects and designers who run the AED Neuland competition to help foster young talent at the very beginning of their careers. Degree theses, final dissertations, term papers and self-designed projects can all be submitted. Participants should be no older than 28 on the closing date of 31 March 2017.
Die vierte Dimension
Museum für Photographie, Brunswick
– 27 November 2016
Since the invention of photography, teachers of the visual arts have been provided with a medium that transforms three-dimensional objects and spaces into two-dimensional images and, as such, can be used as a teaching aid. This principle of a pure transformation from the three-dimensional into the two-dimensional has become less important with the practice of contemporary photography. With regard to this development, the Museum für Photographie in Brunswick presents three female photographers who resist the physical limits of the image in various ways.
This Was Tomorrow
30 October 2016 – 19 February 2017
“This Is Tomorrow”, the exhibition presented in London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 1956 is considered to be the birth of pop art and it conferred this art movement’s title of founding father on the British painter and graphic artist, Richard Hamilton. Exactly 60 years after this milestone in art history, the exhibition “This Was Tomorrow” taking place at the Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum presents a retrospective multi-media spatial mise en scène, offering a varied and comprehensive insight into Britain’s pop art history.
Le Monde d’Hergé
– 15 January 2017
The French-language comic strip series “The Adventures of Tintin” is one of Europe’s best-known and most important contributions to the genre. A total of 24 comic books written and drawn by the Belgian artist, Hergé, has provided a source of inspiration for many artists including the director Steven Spielberg and the painter Andy Warhol. Until 15 January 2017, the exhibition “Le monde d’Hergé” in the Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne reveals previously unknown aspects of the Belgian illustrator.