Tip of the Hat!
– 30 October 2016
Head coverings offer protection against the weather and injury and also convey information about cultural, religious and political affiliations. The current exhibition “Tip of the Hat!” in the Wien Museum takes a look at the “social history of the covered head” from 1848 to the present day.
Museum of Design, Schaudepot, Zurich
– 9 October 2016
Pepita, Cola and Milka. To mark the centenary of the birth of the Swiss poster designer, Herbert Leupin, who died in 1999, the Museum of Design in Zurich is dedicating an exhibition to his life’s work. Displayed on 140 square metres of the north wall in the entrance hall of the museum’s Toni-Areal, “Herbert Leupin – Seduction, Wit and Poetry” is on show until 9 October 2016.
Nendo: Invisible Outlines21.05.2017 – 01.10.2017
DASA Exhibition on the World of Work, Dortmund
– 25 September 2016
An exhibition at DASA running until the end of September focuses on the history of the robot, its different areas of use, cultural reception and possible future scenarios.
Hokusai x Manga
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 11 September 2016
Manga, Anima and Cosplay – these are Japanese comics, animated films and "costume play" that did not reach the western world until the end of the 1980s and yet which have enjoyed a long history in Japan. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg takes visitors on a journey back to 1680 to find the roots of Japanese pop culture and to show its development to the present day.
Austrian Design Explosion
– 31 August 2016
The diversity of Austrian design is highlighted in an installation of almost 90 objects that was originally conceived for the Triennale Museum in Milan, and is now touring Europe. The mixture of historical and current works offers the viewer an overview within a small area.
According to Plan?
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Museum in der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin
– 19 March 2017
With the founding of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) after the Second World War, socialism and a planned economy were introduced to the country. This approach continued throughout the 41 years of the state’s existence, and the design of the consumer goods produced did not escape unscathed: a wide range of social, political and economic developments are reflected in them. Until 19 March 2017, the Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland demonstrates the influences under which design in the GDR stood in the exhibition entitled “According to Plan? Industrial Design in the GDR”.
The Frankfurt Art School: Modernism on the Main
- 27 February 2017
The Berlin-based Bauhaus-Archiv looks after the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus art as well as works from movements in the artistic world that developed in parallel and followed on from it. The Frankfurt Art School which was reformed in 1923 belongs to this group and an exhibition dedicated to this movement is now on show until 27 February 2017.
Pioneers of the Comic Strip
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
– 18 September 2016
The history of comics stretches back to the late 19th century. The colourful pictorial stories captured the hearts of millions of loyal readers and determined at times the success and downfall of big-name American newspapers. An exhibition currently running at the Schirn is dedicated to the origins of the comic strip – sometimes unjustly fallen into oblivion – and six of its most important protagonists.
Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art
5 August - 7 November 2016
Dadaism, that evolved a hundred years ago in Zurich around the author Hugo Ball, is today one of the best-known art movements of the 20th century. To mark its centenary, the “Dada Africa” exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie puts this art movement in a “Dialogue with the Other”.
Marie Gudme Leth. Pioneer of Print
Designmuseum Denmark, Copenhagen
– 25 September 2016
The Danish textile designer, Marie Gudme Leth (1895–1997) did not only enjoy commercial success with her designs but also ensured that textile design grew in importance again at a time when functionalism was the order of the day. The Designmuseum Denmark now has on display a selection of her colourful textile prints until 25 September 2016.
Unsettling Green. Focusing on a Colour
Marta Herford, Herford
– 14 August 2016
The many meanings of green in colour psychology and its current functions are the subject of an exhibition that runs until 14 August 2016 in the Lippold-Galerie in the Marta Herford Museum.
BLESS N° 56 Worker’s Delight
Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein
– 9 October 2016
Office work determines the everyday working lives of increasing numbers of people and is strictly regulated by standards and guidelines. The design studio Bless is currently looking at the mechanisms of desk work using interactive installations and objects at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.
Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country
German Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice
– 27 November 2016
Germany has played a leading role in Europe in handling the influx of refugees which has been taking place for some time. As controversial as the topic is from different standpoints, the everyday issues which must be dealt with now are very specific. The German Pavilion at the architecture biennale in Venice is looking to architecture to provide answers for offering new arrivals a home.
Pop Art Fabrics and Fashion
Textiel Museum, Tilburg
– 20 November 2016
After Second World War the pop culture craze spread across vast swathes of the Western world. Symbols of mass consumption were seized upon by art and from there found their way onto the textiles used in clothing and furniture. Up until 20 November 2016 the Textiel Museum in Tilburg is showing the results of this mutual inspiration.
Art for Art:
Frank Neubauer Posters
– 14 October 2016
Institut für Kunstpädagogik, Leipzig
To mark the 75th birthday of Professor Frank Neubauer, who taught at the Institute of Art Education at the University of Leipzig from 1967 to 2006, a collection of his posters for art events are being shown in an exhibition at the Institute’s gallery.
– 31 October 2016
Berlinische Galerie, Museum of Modern Art
“Dreamers, fantasists, visionaries […] that, in the final analysis, is what we want: utopia!” Those were the enthusiastic words of the architect Walter Gropius as he described his vision of architecture. The “Modern Visionaries” exhibition, which will run at the Berlinische Galerie at the Museum of Modern Art until 31 October, reveals the architectural conceptions and drawings of different artists in the early 20th century.
Design Research &
Design Strategy Conference
Elbarkaden Hafencity, Hamburg
22 September 2016
The Design Research and Design Strategy Conference (previously the Design Research Day) is returning to Hamburg for the third time and inviting attendees to learn more about the impact of design research and design strategy on corporate success. Specific case studies will be used in the talks and workshops to illustrate the potential of these two disciplines for contributing towards the advancement of technology, products and services.
Germany versus France. The Struggle for Style 1900–1930
Bröhan Museum, Berlin
– 11 September 2016
The relationship between Germany and France was one of extreme tension well into the 20th century, and not just from a political point of view. The neighbouring countries came increasingly into conflict over matters of design and applied arts, with spats over new residential and living concepts often played out in public. This “struggle for style” between 1900 and 1930 is the subject of an exhibition that will run until 11 September 2016 at the Bröhan Museum in Berlin.
Bella Center, Copenhagen
18–20 August 2016
From 18 to 20 August 2016 the Danish furniture and lifestyle fair Northmodern, formerly known as Design Trade Copenhagen, will see up-and-coming Danish designers, independent design labels, and internationally renowned design firms present new products and trends at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.
100 beste Plakate 15
Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg
20 July – 4 September 2016
The exhibition “100 beste Plakate 15”, which is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, provides an overview of the current poster design scene across German-speaking countries. The final line-up of designs chosen for the competition of the same name can be seen there until 4 September 2016.
Dancing with the Stars
Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains
– 28 August 2016
Since 1976 the Maison d’Ailleurs [House Elsewhere] has preserved the collection of Pierre Versins, who first became interested in science fiction after Second World War and started to collect books and objects relating to the genre. The museum seeks to promote science fiction not only as a part of popular culture but also as crucial component in the aesthetics of modernism, as borne out by its exhibition “Dancing with the Stars”, which will run until 28 August 2016.
Nature and Politics
– 18 September 2016
Tomas Struth is generally ranked as one of the foremost photographic artists of his generation, and his works have taken the medium to particularly expressive levels. The current exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, “Nature and Politics”, is the first show on Struth to be held in a museum space in Berlin.
Bauhaus. It’s All Design
– 14 Aug 2016
The Staatliche Bauhaus founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 was the first German university of design to have the goal of educating designers to participate in social transformation. The current exhibition “Bauhaus. It’s All Design” at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn looks at the influence of Bauhaus on the concept of design and its currency for today’s generation of designers.
The Soil Movement
Transnatural Workspace, Amsterdam
– 26 August 2016
Since the industrial revolution, mankind has been damaging the environment and the entire eco-system. The exhibition series “Regeneration” at the Transnatural Workspace in Amsterdam is dedicated to this problem with its first exhibition on the theme of the Earth which runs until the end of August. The series intends to show how nature and technology have a mutual positive influence on each other and how biological knowledge can be linked meaningfully with practice.
Submission deadline: 15 August 2016
In the interests of supporting new talents in the area of lamp design, offering them a platform and bringing the public closer to design and architecture, the LAMP competition is once again inviting innovative submissions. The theme this year is “cosmic”.
Post Design Festival
16 – 20 August 2016
This five-day Post Design Festival in Copenhagen provides international graphic designers, illustrators and designers from other disciplines with a platform to network and find out about the commercial and ethical aspects of the design scene. From talks, discussions and workshops, students and practising designers will have the opportunity to find out more about products and projects that have been designed not only for supplying a market but have been made to convey a personal expression, a political viewpoint or a social comment.
&: Hilbert & Künzli
– 6 November 2016
In its series entitled “&:”, the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur has been presenting “creative dialogues between partners in the areas of design” since 2009. In its latest exhibition “&: Hilbert & Künzli”, the work of the two Swiss jewellery designers, Therese Hilbert and Otto Künzli, can be seen for the first time in a joint show. The pair have shared their private lives and a studio in Munich since 1975, and yet pursue their own artistic paths.
Hybrid Talks. Visualisation and Sonification
Hybrid Lab, TU Berlin
14 July 2016
Ever since 2011, the Hybrid Talks have been bringing together a selection of speakers to present their knowledge in short presentations about a changing range of themes. In July 2016, the topic revolves around the translation of data into visual and acoustic form.
Were It As If. Bik Van der Pol
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
- 21 August 2016
Within the context of the silver jubilee of the Witte de With art instituition in Rotterdam the Dutch artistic duo Bik Van der Pol is dedicating an exhibition to both the institute’s history and the development of art projects in the city. The pair will be looking into the questions of what can be overlooked and forgotten in the day-to-day operations of a cultural institution and the extent to which co-creators can be responsible for its representation and politics.
New Everything! A Century of New Typography and New Graphic Design in Frankfurt
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
– 14 August 2016
After the 2013 “Frankfurter Zimmer” exhibitions and Ferdinand Kramer’s exhibitions of his design work in 2014, “The New Frankfurt” is under the spotlight of the Frankfurter Museum für Angewandte Kunst for the third time. Using the slogan of “New Everything”, graphics and typography projects from the past century are being presented until 14 August 2016. The aim of these projects was to design a new city and thereby also shape a new society.
Artists’ Posters by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely
– 4 September 2016
The Franco-American, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002), known for her colourful Nana female figures, and the Swiss kinetic artist, Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) first met in Paris in 1955. From this point on, they had a working and romantic relationship for many years that was expressed in joint projects and mutual artistic influence. Apart from this, they jointly designed posters, and the Horst-Janssen-Museum in Oldenburg is displaying around one hundred of these until 4 September 2016.
Zwischen Misthaufen und Himmelreich
WEISSRAUM. Designforum, Tyrol
– 29 July 2016
The development from rural conservative homeland illustration to clear modern objectivity inspired by Swiss graphics once led Gustav E. Sonnewend to provocatively describe the journey as going “from the dung heap to the kingdom of heaven”. This is the title under which the Weissraum Designforum in Tyrol is now showing the work of the 89-year old graphic designer from Austria.
The Social Impact of Design
8 July 2016
Designers, artists, scientists will be discussing and finding out more about various aspects of social design at the third late-night conference on 8 July at Designxport in Hamburg.
Obituary for Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider, director of the Institut für Neue Technische Form (INTEF) [Institute for New Technical Forms] in Darmstadt died on 25 June 2016 in Hanau am Main. Born on 19 August 1946 in the Black Forest town of Waldshut, he first studied architecture in Berlin, and took over the directorship of INTEF in 1975 upon the death of his father, Gotthold Schneider. He worked with the organisation for over 40 years providing exhibitions, readings, concerts, teaching programmes and much more.
15 – 16 July 2016
With its “Crazy Mash-up” fashion show, the State School of Fashion Design in Stuttgart provides space for its final-year students to display their end-of-year projects in the Skatehalle Stuttpark. On 15 and 16 July 2016, the 100-piece collection focusing on collage will be presented to the public.
Submission deadline: 15 September 2016
An overarching “symbol of the future” is being sought to emphasise more strongly the significance of the Ruhr region as a location for science and research. In an open competition, the Regionalverband Ruhr and the Stiftung Mercator are calling for designers and artists to contribute their ideas.