Agenda

September

Next Conference

Schmidts Tivoli, Hamburg / DE
– 21.09.2018
nextconf.eu 

“Digital Fix – Fix Digital” is the slogan of this year’s Next Conference, capturing the idea of possibly having to save the digital world from itself. Above all, the distribution of roles between man and machine, and between man and technology is the focus, because often the aim of a digital application is scarcely discernible. For this reason, the two-day conference in Hamburg will consider whether to put mankind back in the driving seat. To achieve this, the organisers are bringing together over 1,500 decision makers, opinion leaders, and creative minds in order to look for interdisciplinary solutions together. The speakers at the event include Andrew Keen, the author of “How to Fix the Future”, the design researcher, Pamela Pavliscak, as well as Rand Hindi, the founder of an AI research lab.

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Schwimmen in Geld

Sckellstraße 12, Dortmund / DE
– 21.09.2018
bigbeautifulbuildings.de 

Using post-war swimming pools, the architect and photographer Richard Schmalöer has set himself the task of illustrating how a high standard of living with a certain degree of decadence developed from the years of crisis. In these swimming pools, he sees a kind of undiscovered post-war building typology, which he wants to make accessible in his photographs, collected over thirteen years. The exhibition “Schwimmen in Geld – Private Indoor Swimming Pools of the German Economic Miracle” is taking place to mark the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 as part of the “Big Beautiful Buildings. When We Built the Future” campaign organised by the Stadt Bau Kultur NRW and TU Dortmund University. The aim of the campaign is to rediscover, or even encounter for the first time, buildings from the 1950s to the 1970s.

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Brand Design

University of West London, London / GB
– 22.09.2018
branddesign2018.net 

A conference on the potential of design looking at the practical and theoretical aspects involved in the process of brand building will be held at the University of West London in co-operation with the London Design Festival 2018. The focus is on networking, mutual inspiration and support, innovative approaches, and a shared learning experience, always with the aim of leading brands positively and sustainably into the future. Amongst the speakers are Marina Willer from the international design consultancy Pentagram, and Orit Gal, economist at Regent’s University London, who deals with research into complex social systems. The ticket price includes dinner on 21 September 2018 and a guided tour of the Beazley Designs of the Year at the London Design Museum the following day.

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Weaving New Worlds

William Morris Gallery, London / GB
– 23.09.2018
wmgallery.org.uk 

The exhibition “Weaving New Worlds” showcases work by 16 international textile artists weaving contemporary stories in tapestry. Tapestries inevitably tell stories through their motifs. In the displayed works, topics of the current zeitgeist are represented in visual form with content ranging from political statements to the beauty of nature. At the same time, the artists use techniques of traditional weaving, such as the traditional method of hand-knotting tapestry, whereby they sometimes push the limits of technical possibilities.

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Ruhrtriennale

Ruhr region / DE
– 23.09.2018
ruhrtriennale.de 

The Ruhrtriennale is a festival of the arts in the Ruhr metropolitan area. It showcases artistic performances from different areas, such as music, acting, dance, and installation. For six weeks at various venues, culture and art are linked with the Ruhr’s industrial architecture. The various events dissolve the boundaries between art forms and are all intended to creatively shape the “in-between time” – a period of social and cultural upheaval.

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Kubricks 2001. 50 Jahre A Space Odyssey

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 23.09.2018
2001.deutsches-filmmuseum.de 

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” has long been a classic in film history. It has influenced the style of countless productions and has lost nothing of its relevance even 50 years after its premiere. Indeed, from today’s perspective, the artificial intelligence HAL appears to be a foretaste of Alexa, Siri, and the likes. To mark this anniversary, the Deutsches Filmmuseum is now making the entire filmic work into a special show with a focus on the props, models, costumes, photographs, and shooting schedules. In addition, the background story to the film and its role as a source of artistic inspiration will be highlighted as well as the utopian visions of the time within the context of modern technology.

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Art Out Loud

Chatsworth House, Bakewell / GB
– 23.09.2018
chatsworth.org 

This will be the fourth year that the “Art Out Loud” festival takes place at Chatsworth House, bringing together speakers from the worlds of design, architecture, and art. Included amongst the contributors are the artist Lubaina Himid, who in 2017 was the first black female artist to win the Turner Prize, and the photographer David Dawson, long-time assistant and friend of the British painter, Lucian Freud. Tickets for individual events can be purchased on the event’s website, as can day tickets that allow visitors to attend three different lectures on Friday and Sunday and four lectures on Saturday.

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Enid Marx. Print, Pattern and Popular Art

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 23.09.2018
houseofillustration.org.uk 

The exhibition entitled “Enid Marx. Print, Pattern and Popular Art” is a major retrospective of the output and lifework of Enid Marx who lived from 1902 to 1998. Alongside great names such as Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, Enid Marx was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Her designs are abstract and geometric and were in their time much in demand for various products and by different types of customer – ranging from the British armed services to the actress Gertrude Lawrence. On the twentieth anniversary of her death, over 150 works are being exhibited, drawn from public and private collections. Over a period of seventy years, Marx created various patterns for textiles, stationery, and other printed media including logos, packaging, and posters. She was one of the first women to be named “Royal Designer for Industry”, in recognition of her designs, and particularly the coverings on London Tube seats, which are still used today.

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Dissident Gardens

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 23.09.2018
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

The garden is a concept where nature and culture clash. As part of the longterm research project entitled “Landscape and Interior” at Het Nieuwe Instituut, the “Dissident Gardens” exhibition looks at the power struggle between the forces of nature and human striving to make the world usable. Included in the themed areas are smart agriculture as a highly technological mechanism to control the countryside, the utopia of colonising Mars, and also the return of nature to public spaces as can be seen in the grounds of Het Nieuwe Instituut in its New Garden, which was laid out in 2015 and deliberately left to itself.

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London Design Festival

London / GB
– 23.09.2018
londondesignfestival.com 

The London Design Festival’s aim is to make the city’s lively world of design accessible. The numerous events include exhibitions, trade fairs, workshops, public tours of studios and ateliers, and much more. Creative people from the areas of graphic design, industrial design, architecture, and textile design, as well as representatives of new media and craft, make the design festival a multidisciplinary event. A special highlight of the festival is the exhibition at the London Design Biennale at Somerset House, where designers from around the world will display interactive installations that illustrate the influence that design has on emotions. It will demonstrate how design pleases, educates, and surprises its viewers and how it challenges us.

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Berlin Design Week

Berlin / DE
– 27.09.2018
berlindesignweek.com 

The entire city is the setting for Berlin Design Week, which is aimed at everyone from professional designers and architects, start-ups and the technology scene to institutions and companies, as well as consumers and the general public interested in design. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and many other events focus primarily on innovations, new approaches, and experimental discussions. Among other things, the intention of the Open Studio Night on 27 September 2018, at which local design studios will provide an insight into their work, is to sharpen the profile of this capital city as a creative hub. The festival State of Design Berlin offers both established and up-and-coming designers a platform to present themselves and their products, while an extensive supporting programme discusses the future of design.

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Nordic Urban Spaces Inspirationen für Stadt und Raum

Nordic Embassies, Berlin / DE
– 28.09.2018
nordischebotschaften.org 

The sustainably designed exhibition “Nordic Urban Spaces” showcases examples of aesthetic urban design and architecture from the Nordic countries. The focus is on the unique combination of “functionality and sustainability, of care and elegance”, while also emphasising a connection to nature. Realised projects will be showcased alongside future ones, as well as a programme of workshops, specialist seminars, and talks on architeture.

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Lost and Found

MAD, Brussels / BE
– 28.09.2018
mad.brussels 

The MAD Lab is a multidisciplinary centre for collaborative design with social, societal, and sustainable approaches, and is also part of MAD Brussels, a platform for fashion and design. Its close cooperation with the end consumer and the way it aspires to sustainable production are particularly evident. This latter theme is the focus of the “Lost and Found” exhibition which aims to give visitors practical examples of how the fifteen designers and design studios working in the MAD Lab tackle Ecodesign. “Lost and Found” is part of Brussels Design September, during which exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and other design, arts, and crafts events take place throughout the city.

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Uncovered

MAD Brussels Fashion and Design Platform, Brussels / BE
– 30.09.2018
mad.brussels 

Brussels-based MAD will be showcasing photographer Pierre Debusschere and some of his most personal projects so far as part of the Summer of Photography biennial. In his works, the Belgian fashion photographer and director generally focuses on topics such as beauty and fashion, largely as portraits, positioning his models in an unusual and often bizarre manner. The essence of his photography is making emotions tangible, by using (digital) techniques, and skilfully making use of colour and light in collages or close-ups.

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Art Déco in Paris. Grafikdesign für eine Elite

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 30.09.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

Art deco is often primarily associated with the design of furniture, interiors, and fashion – but wrongly so, as the exhibition “Art Deco in Paris. Graphic Design for an Elite” in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, which focuses on the graphics from this period, would now like to prove. In Paris, the birthplace of art deco, posters, advertisements, and printed graphics were created in the 1920s, which are considered iconic today and convey the style and zeitgeist of the time. The popularity of the car, the French chanson, haute couture, and cabaret are the major themes embraced and visually expressed by artists such as Cassandre, Charles Loupot, Jean Carlu, and Paul Colin. The exhibition includes approximately 150 items from a collection of Parisian prints acquired by the museum over the past few years.

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Lithuania. London. 1968. The Odyssey of Lithuanian Design

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius / LT
– 30.09.2018
ndg.lt 

The “Lithuania. London. 1968.” exhibition reconstructs the history of a Lithuanian pavilion exhibited in London in 1968 that symbolised success in culture, art, science, and industry. Lithuania’s potential as a contemporary cultural nation was first appreciated when the pavilion was exhibited in 1968 at the Earls Court exhibition and event centre in London as part of a USSR propaganda event. The significance of the pavilion, to which little attention was paid at the time, is now to be demonstrated in this exhibition fifty years later.

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Triennial of Photography Hamburg

Hamburg / DE
– 30.09.2018
phototriennale.de 

Since 1999, every three years, photography has been given a special focus in Hamburg, with viewers having the opportunity to see the world from different perspectives. This year’s event looks at the meaning of the moment you press the button in the process of change. Photographs have the potential to capture a moment, pause time, and initiate change in the observer. The slogan of this year’s seventh edition of the photography festival is “Breaking Point. Searching for Change”. It reflects current ecological, social, political, and economic movements and the current “experience of reality” in times of upheaval. The Triennial of Photography offers a wide range of works from the photographic genre, which can be viewed in various museums, exhibition halls, and galleries and at different art venues across Hamburg.

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Oïphorie: atelier oï

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Zurich / CH
– 30.09.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Atelier Oï, a design practice based in Western Switzerland, combines the disciplines of architecture, product design, and scenography under one roof. In the recently reopened location of the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich in the Ausstellungsstrasse, it now takes up the exhibition hall. Apparently weightless installations made of Japanese paper, fabric bands or strips of wood are supplemented by a presentation of the most significant products that the atelier has created since it was established in 1991. The team around Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond demonstrate their working methods with prototypes, material studies, and videos. Light, movement, (material) experiments, handicrafts, and an interdisciplinary approach all play a central role here.

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Roland Topor. Panoptikum

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
– 30.09.2018
museum-folkwang.de 

The French cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and actor Roland Topor (1938–1997) devoted his work to the core questions posed by the human condition. The exhibition “Roland Topor. Panoptikum” at the Museum Folkwang in Essen showcases the artist’s versatility by looking at his treatment of issues such as the relationship between the sexes, the absurdity of life, and the futility of human endeavour. Topor was primarily known for his exhibitions, book illustrations (“Pinocchio”), film posters (“The Tin Drum”), stage sets, writings, and plays. The drawings that appear as magic lantern projections in the whale’s belly in Federico Fellini’s film “Casanova” (1976) are by Topor.

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Stories of Things. Lithuanian Design 1918–2018

National Gallery of Art, Vilnius / LT
– 30.09.2018
ndg.lt 

To mark the centenary of Lithuania’s (first) independence, the exhibition “Stories of Things” showcases the country’s development of product design, focusing on the links between history, designers, and projects. Lithuania’s complex economic and political circumstances during the 19th and 20th centuries initially made it difficult for the country’s characteristic design to develop. The objects on show reflect the turbulent history of the country, its progress in design as well as its setbacks.

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Das französische Grafikerkollektiv Grapus

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 03.10.2018
broehan-museum.de 

In the wake of the demonstrations in May 1968 in Paris, students at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs founded the Grapus collective in 1970. In the spirit of 1968, they used graphic means – primarily posters – to turn against capitalism, the establishment, and war. As a result, they broke from existing conventions, and worked with collage techniques, handwriting, and deliberately out-of-focus photographs. Their “customers” included the Communist Party, the workers’ union, the Confédération générale du travail, and other social organisations. Alongside “Jablonec 68 – The East-West-Jewelry-Summit”, the exhibition “Grapus – A French Collective of Graphic Designers” forms one of two perspectives in the Bröhan-Museum of the consequences of 1968, juxtaposing a Western and Eastern European viewpoint.

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Alphabet des Lebens – Lernwerkstatt Natur

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch / AT
– 06.10.2018
werkraum.at 

Biomimicry uses nature as a template and transfers processes, structures, and shapes to the field of technology. In its “Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab” exhibition, the Werkraum Bregenzerwald demonstrates that craftsmanship and design can also benefit from these principles which have proven themselves in evolutionary terms. This “Alphabet of Life” is made up of 26 principles of nature, each of which illustrates a biological function and its relevance for design. These are joined by existing biomimicry projects emanating from Europe and the USA. The show, designed as a learning lab, aims primarily to raise awareness that mankind and nature are inseparably linked, that we can learn a lot from nature, and that a respectful approach is a basic prerequisite for solving urgent problems.

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Made in Denmark

Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig / DE
– 07.10.2018
grassimuseum.de 

Scandinavian design is seen as a design direction that originated in the 1950s in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and which is characterised by minimalism, functionality, and cost-effective mass production. The “Made in Denmark” exhibition is devoted exclusively to design objects and brands from Denmark, featuring local designers such as Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen, and Verner Panton. Against this backdrop, it investigates the trends and developments that have informed this timeless design phenomenon. In doing so, it looks not only at art nouveau, but also certain strands of art deco and functionalism. The exhibition also includes a separate section called “Simply Danish”, showcasing the Schwandt jewellery collection.

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Go West! American Illustration

Designforum, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
designaustria.at 

The “Go West!” exhibition at the Designforum Vienna is exhibiting works by 16 illustrators from the US. The aim is to showcase the diversity of styles and creativity offered in the world of US American illustration. The “Go West!” exhibition gives both young and ambitious talents as well as established illustrators the space to present their individual view of the world in at least two works.

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Disappear Here

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London / GB
– 07.10.2018
architecture.com 

Perspective is the basis of our spatial perception of the world. The “Disappear Here” exhibition in the Architecture Gallery at the RIBA looks at how representations of perspective are dealt with from the Renaissance to the present day, and links the disciplines of architecture, art, and mathematics. The key question is how to depict threedimensionality on a flat medium without sacrificing the complexity of real space. The presentation of historical drawings and books is embedded in a space concept designed by the Sam Jacob Studio, that itself plays with the visitor’s orientation and perception. A further highlight is a film that has been specially commissioned for the exhibition and produced in collaboration with Shedworks.

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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 07.10.2018
designmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” was curated in collaboration with the fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa himself, who died in November 2017. Alaïa’s career trajectory from sculptor to fashion designer plays a key role here, together with his fascination with fashion, friendships, and the female body. His design process was dictated far less by the pressing deadlines of international fashion weeks than by his own working rhythm. His clients included Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, and Rihanna. As such, the exhibition is not so much a retrospective as a look at Alaïa’s life story, based on personally selected textiles dating from the early 1980s all the way through to the present day.

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Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne

Hofmobiliendepot, Möbel Museum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
hofmobiliendepot.at 

[Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the Furniture Design of the Viennese Modernity] Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser – all major representatives of modernity. But they have another thing in common: this year marks the centenary of their deaths. A number of Viennese museums are taking the opportunity to theme the year as “Beauty and the Abyss”. In the Hofmobiliendepot, an exhibition is dedicated to the works of Otto Wagner, Josef Hoffmann, and Adolf Loos and their respective stances on the subjects of living and furnishing. Particular attention is paid to the collaboration between the architects themselves, the clients – often their friends, mainly artists, intellectuals or entrepreneurs – and the manufacturers who considerably contributed to the quality of the furniture and interiors with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. On show are various room sets, which do not show the exhibits in isolation, but rather in their overall historical context.

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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills / US
– 07.10.2018
cranbrookartmuseum.org 

Alongside the hippy era, punk was one of the most important and influential movements of the late 20th century. Apart from music, fashion, and art, punk also left its mark on graphic design. Dilettantism, self-marketing, provocation, and breaking from the “beautiful” produced a language of its own, demonstrated by record sleeves, posters, and zines, among other things. This exhibition showcases a rich collection of historical items, categorised by their styles. By showing early works from the 1990s by the US American street artist Shepard Fairey, whose rebellious, politically motivated works demonstrate parallels with punk’s fundamental thoughts, a link is formed to the movement to the present day.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
– 08.10.2018
metmuseum.org 

An exhibition stretching from several rooms of The Met Fifth Avenue to The Met Cloisters will form a bridge between catholic Christianity and the temporal world of fashion. In addition to medieval artworks, forty exhibits will form the core of the show, some of which will leave the Vatican for the first time ever for this event. These will include robes and “accessories” such as rings and papal crowns. Garments from the early 20th century illustrate the mutual interaction of religious art serving as a source of inspiration and, conversely, expressing Christian belief.

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Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon / PT
– 08.10.2018
www.maat.pt 

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which opened in 2016, invited over thirty-five artists and architects to offer critical and creative visions and views on the theme of climate change, provide food for thought, and suggest solutions to current and future environmental problems. The subject of the artistic works is the place of mankind in the Anthropocene age. Parts of the exhibition are made up of both video and sound productions in addition to paintings and installations.

 

 

 

 

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Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton / GB
– 13.10.2018
brightondigitalfestival.co.uk 

The Brighton Digital Festival explores developments and innovations in digital culture with a special focus on Brighton’s innovative digital economy and its vibrant art scene. At the heart of the festival is The Messy Edge conference, which addresses the impact of technology on social, cultural, and political issues. Numerous exhibitions, performances, and hackathons are held across the city, and initiated not only by the organisers themselves, but also by artists, interested people, and Brighton residents.

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Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 14.10.2018
design-museum.de 

Ron Arad, who was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv and has since settled in London, is an industrial designer and architect. He made a practice of defying existing boundaries and prevailing norms through his work. The exhibition “Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!”, which is currently running at the Vitra Design Museum, shows a selection of pieces from the museum’s own collection and aims to provide a broad overview of Arad’s work. The exhibits include early metal furniture from his first studio, including the Rover Chair or the Big Easy armchair. In addition, recent work by the designer will be on display, showcasing the translation of Arad’s experimental approach into serial production.

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Peter Behrens. The Practical and the Ideal

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld / DE
– 14.10.2018
kunstmuseenkrefeld.de 

On the occasion of the 150th birthday of the artist, designer, and architect Peter Behrens, the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld is showing a monographic exhibition of his works for the first time. The exhibition includes 250 works with posters, typography, and photographs, advertising graphics and woodcuts as well as books and catalogues. The exhibition follows Behrens’s path from an art deco artist to a pioneer of modern advertising and industrial design and, based on the correspondence between him and the founding director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Friedrich Deneken, shows his considerable influence on the early development of the museum. His goal was to harmonise “the practical and the ideal” and combine art and lifestyle.

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Shape of Light

Tate Modern, London / GB
– 14.10.2018
tate.org.uk 

The exhibition “Shape of Light. 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art” deals with the intertwined relationship between photography and abstract art. Works by various artists from 1910 to the present illustrate the originality of the photographers’ work and their response to abstract art, alongside which their photographs are displayed in the exhibition space. London’s Tate Gallery for Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art. In “Shape of Light” it presents work by renowned as well as young photographers such as pioneers of photography Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, contemporary artists Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff and “newcomers” such as Antony Cairns and Maya Rochat.

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Mobile Welten

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 14.10.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

“To play an effective role in society, a museum must always be aware of its responsibilities as a cultural and educational institution and seek dialogue with the public.” To this end, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has invited Roger M. Buergel, an exhibition organiser and critic, to work with the institution’s diversity and history. In the exhibition “Mobile Worlds. Or the Museum of Our Transcultural Present”, the working process “On the Migration of Things in Transcultural Societies” takes shape through working with various universities. Existing patterns of thought and museum structures are broken down, revealing the emergence of things and their meaning in society. The exhibition serves as a medium to illustrate the complexity of global interrelationships and, with the help of objects, texts, and images, it creates a three-dimensional collage, enabling visitors to read different interpretations.

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I Am Your Father!

Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains / CH
– 14.10.2018
ailleurs.ch 

The search for the meaning of (one’s own) life has occupied mankind for millennia and has resulted in the creation of ideologies, mythologies, and religions. Nowadays, fiction often takes on this role as the need for fulfilment and a sense of purpose continues to be a theme in modern societies. This argument is illustrated in the exhibition entitled “I Am Your Father!”, taking the example of the contemporary myth of “Star Wars”. The works by 13 international artists who tackle the Star Wars universe in a critical, ironic or experimental way and translate its narrative into current societal topics are being displayed to this end along with exhibits from the museum’s collection. Fans of the iconic epic as well as all those interested in the social influence of antique and modern myths will get their money’s worth.

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European Velo Stops

SG
– 16.10.2018
velostops.beebreeders.com 

The Eurovelo 6 cycle route runs across Europe for 4,400 kilometres stretching from the French Atlantic coast to the Black Sea in Romania. Bee Breeders is now looking for concepts for rest stop cabins along the route that offer cyclists “safe, comfortable, and inviting lodgings” where they can “rest and refuel”. The aim is both to convey the European identity and to find a meaningful and aesthetic language of form. In addition, simple, intelligent, and resource-saving solutions are sought that can be set up and maintained as cost-effectively as possible. Anyone can participate, regardless of their profession. The first prize is 3,000 US dollars.

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Ciao Amico Mio

Etage Projects, Copenhagen / DK
– 19.10.2018
etageprojects.com 

In their solo exhibition “Ciao Amico Mio” held in Copenhagen, the Swiss design duo Kueng Caputo present some of their latest series. Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo focus on combining everyday objects with art, on improvisation and experimentation with form and colour, and linking material adventures with complex craft techniques. The works “The Silo Furniture”, “The Homage Carpets” and “The Granulate Lamps” are on display at Etage Projects.

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Uncanny

Design Museum Holon / IL
– 20.10.2018
dmh.org.il 

Sigmund Freud recognised that mankind detects an eerie feeling as soon as he doubts that a living being is animate or an inanimate object is inanimate. In the 1970s, Masahiro Mori transferred this to the field of robotics using the expression “uncanny valley”. Modern technology blurs these boundaries, making classification increasingly difficult, because animation, virtual reality, and avatars move between reality and an artificial, digital space. Dead material can be made into seemingly living forms and highly developed mechanical devices evoke a feeling of emotional attachment in their users. This exhibition looks at this phenomenon in the areas of space, body, and material using works created by Israeli design students.

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Learn Typesetting and Book Printing

Dresden / DE
– 20.10.2018
verein-fuer-die-schwarze-kunst.de 

To mark the 550th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s death, the Verein für die Schwarze Kunst in Dresden is offering two bursaries in 2018 under the slogan of “Learning typesetting and book printing on the move”. The competition is aimed at young people no older than 30 years who work in the relevant professions as printers or typesetters, are interested in typography and art, are employed as craftspeople, and who want to become acquainted with at least three workshops during two to six months of itinerant work experience. The bursaries are worth 1000 euros each. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2018, although delayed submissions may still be considered. The application should contain general information about the applicant and their background as well as a letter of recommendation from a workshop or a specialist, and mention their motivation and existing knowledge.

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Breda Photo Festival

Breda / NL
– 21.10.2018
bredaphoto.nl 

Under the banner “To Infinity and Beyond” the Breda photography festival explores the forms of change and evolution that lead to continuous advances in technology and science. Over 55 national and international photographers have taken the opportunity to visually capture the dangers and dilemmas of technological progress and the challenges that we already experience in the present as well as those that we are likely to face in the future. New inventions inevitably have two sides to them: What if robots don’t merely simplify our lives, but instead create mass unemployment and financial and social inequality? What happens when machines and knowledge about genetic engineering fall into the wrong hands? If you can change the genes of a mosquito to make the malaria virus disappear, can you also manipulate them to carry a new virus? The Anthropogenic age, where man is the decisive factor in environmental change is simultaneously characterised by infinite possibility and great danger to the environment, humanity, and life itself.

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Handmade Industry

Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo / BR
– 21.10.2018
handmade-industry.com 

“Handmade Industry” is an art and architecture exhibition staged by Atelier Oï of Switzerland, which wants to make the ideas behind its works visible and tangible for the visitor. Founded in 1991 in La Neuveville, Switzerland, by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond, the studio is a multidisciplinary place for creative working and thinking, where materials are experimented with and current ideas of design are replaced with new perspectives. Interdisciplinarity and plurality, two of the studio’s core values, are reflected in the selection and combination of materials, always focusing on conveying to the visitor how the material itself influences, communicates, and relates to the designer.

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Europe's Best Buildings

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 22.10.2018
azw.at 

Every two years, “Europe’s best Buildings” showcases extraordinary European architectural projects that are exemplary in the area of contemporary buildings and reflect visions of construction of the future. The Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture, is presented every two years. In 2017 it was awarded to two residential buildings for the first time: the first prize was awarded to the De Flat Kleiburg in Amsterdam designed by NL Architects in collaboration with XVW Architectuur, and the Emerging Architect Prize was presented to the architecture offices MSA und V+ for the project Navez in Brussels, which comprises five social housing units. The theme of social housing will also be reflected in the exhibition’s lectures and workshops.

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Gotha Vorbildlich! Modellsammlungen um 1800

Ducal Museum, Gotha / DE
– 27.10.2018
stiftungfriedenstein.de 

The exhibition “Gotha Vorbildlich! Modellsammlungen um 1800” [Model Gotha. Model Collections around 1800] looks at various models designed to impart knowledge about a range of subjects, including, art, literature, and science. Models from antiquity and the present day are on display, providing an insight into the aesthetic dimension to the dissemination of knowledge.

 

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Raw Design

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / DE
– 28.10.2018
sfmcd.org 

In addition to many positive developments, technology and digitisation have also led to objects and projects feeling increasingly alien, intangible, and anonymous. A whole series of designers confront this by examining materials characterised by experiment, impartiality, and intuition. As a result, they are different from traditional craftsmen, such as glass-blowers or carpenters, who support traditional and complex techniques. The works on show include algae structures by Julia Lohmann, textiles by Scott Bodenner, and Newspaperwood by Mieke Meijer, a wood substitute made from newsprint.

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Food Is Fiction

Design Museum Den Bosch, ’s-Hertogenbosch / NL
– 28.10.2018
designmuseum.nl 

We do not eat merely to satisfy our appetite, but also to meet a whole raft of social and psychological needs. “You are what you eat” can be understood in this context as a tool for creating a self-image that gives a position in society to consumers, from housewives to hunters and gatherers, at least in their own eyes. Accordingly, supermarkets sell us values such as craft, eroticism, nostalgia, honesty, and patriotism that are inextricably linked to the goods themselves – leading to the exhibition’s approach that “Food Is Fiction”. On display are commercials, packaging, and advertising campaigns which help to create and underpin these (subconscious) associations. Alongside the exhibition is a programme of workshops, lectures, and events.

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The Playground Project

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn / DE
– 28.10.2018
bundeskunsthalle.de 

Consisting of an exhibition and a walk-in playground, “The Playground Project” shows the history, the purpose, and the possibilities offered by playing. It is divided into an indoor and an outdoor area, where art and play meet in different ways. The roof and forecourt of the Bundeskunsthalle have been transformed into a creative playground for all ages by fourteen artists, while an exhibition on the history of playgrounds is on show in the Bundeskunsthalle, which also examines their aesthetics and their influence on the city and its inhabitants.

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Michael Riedel. Graphic Art as Event

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 04.11.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Michael Riedel produced over a thousand sheets in the year between 1994 and 1995 at the Städelschule. These can now be seen in full for the first time in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. The role of artists in an information society needs to be clarified. How does artificial intelligence change the way we produce art? In addition to Riedel’s early work, the exhibition includes current works that deal with similar questions. Again and again, he adopts very different text forms to create graphic motifs from them. In so doing, he processes HTML codes, reports from the internet about his work, and communication networks from his own daily life.

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

The “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition deals less with Frida Kahlo’s art and more with what made her an icon. Visitors obtain an insight into her daily life, the challenges and the physical impairments she had to battle with. The exhibition does not only consider Kahlo’s physical and mental pain as such, but also explores how she transformed it into even more creativity and productivity. Her art is kept in the background of the exhibition, but her clothes, accessories, make-up, and excerpts from her journals are on display.

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The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

A self-driving car, a printer that also works in space, mind-expanding prostheses, and robots: The exhibition “The Future Starts Here” throws the spotlight on the influence design and technology have on the form and development of the future. It focuses on four core topics: the home, the public arena, the Earth and so-called life in the hereafter. The idea is to not only imagine the immediate future but to critically examine it on the basis of ethical and speculative questions that accompany the visitor through the exhibition.

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Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
– 04.11.2018
textielmuseum.nl 

Damask is a textile that allows the creation of figurative patterns using warp and weft yarn. In the past, particularly high quality and shiny materials were used due to the laborious manufacturing process; since the 20th century, cotton has been used primarily for making bed and table linens. Against this background, the exhibition, “Stories. Dutch Design Damask” running at the Textielmuseum from 11 November 2017 to 4 November 2018, displays different work in which telling stories is an important part of design – in terms of insects creeping across the table, clouds hovering threateningly over the plates or serviettes that count calories.

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Design Generations

Art and Design Atomium Museum, Brussels / BE
– 04.11.2018
adamuseum.be 

With the “Design Generations” exhibition, the ADAM in Brussels wants to present the fundamental essence of design. For the exhibition, the exhibited designers were allowed to select an object from the museum’s permanent collection and then put it in context with their own projects. In addition to the past and present design, the future will also be included: the ten designers’ visions of what design could be in the future and where they place themselves and their work in the discourse of future design are projected onto screens in the form of sketches. For the organisers, it is important that design is seen as an important element of society, in which the past, present, and future are mutually dependent and permanently interact with each other.

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Eco-Visionaries

Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel / CH
– 11.11.2018
hek.ch 

The “Eco-Visionaries” exhibition looks at the Anthropocene and the associated challenges from the perspectives of art, new media, and ecology. Art in particular is able to visualise more complex facts making them comprehensible and to evoke viewers’ emotions, prompting them to be proactive and make lasting changes in their own behaviour. The artists demonstrate the influence that humans have on the environment in the Anthropocene age in a creative and individual way, as well as design solutions to challenges such as climate change, resource and food scarcity.

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Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen / DE
– 11.11.2018
kunsthalle-bremen.de 

The exhibition “Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik” [Programmed Art. Early Computer Graphics] displays important works from the field of early computer graphics and sheds light on the connection between art and technology. This year, 2018, marks the fiftieth anniversary of two pivotal exhibitions contributing to computer art being internationally recognised. To mark this occasion and the 80th birthday of Frieder Nake, the pioneer of computer art, the Kunsthalle Bremen is showing numerous works from the Bremen collection dating from 1955 to 1979.

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Machines à Penser

Fondazione Prada, Venedig / IT
– 25.11.2018
fondazioneprade.org 

The exhibition “Machines à Penser” takes as its theme the work of three philosophers, who produced their deepest thoughts whilst in exile or fleeing their homeland. It looks at the relationship between exile, flight, and sanctuary as well as physical and mental places for reflecting, thinking, and intellectual productions. The exhibition focuses on three philosophers Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969), Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) who were driven into exile or needed to flee on account of political circumstances. Their works are arranged on two storeys in the context of contemporary art and architecture, which also use inspiration from the situation of departure or represent spatial notions of it.

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Andreu World

ES
– 30.11.2018
andreuworld.com 

The Spanish furniture manufacturer Andreu World has been holding an annual design competition since 2001 searching for concepts for a chair and/ or a table. In line with the company’s product portfolio, the entrants’ designs should also be made of wood (beech, oak or walnut); other materials, if used at all, such as plastic, glass or metal, should only be included as a supplement. A changing jury of experts from the fields of design, industry, and media judges the entries according to the criteria of production costs, ergonomics, and fulfilment of the desired function. Both professional designers and students can enter. The winner receives a cash prize of 4,000 euros, the runner-up 2,000 euros.

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Ryoji Ikeda

Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 02.12.2018
eyefilm.nl 

Ryoji Ikeda, the visual artist, is known for his audiovisual performances, especially in the field of electronic music. Some of his impressive and immersive image and sound projects are currently on show at the Eye Filmmuseum. He plays with the limits of audible and visual perception and focuses on the use of electronic data and information in music and art. Included in the exhibition are works such as “The Radar” and “Data Tron”, and the project developed especially for the Eye Filmmuseum “Point of no Return”.

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Common Good

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 02.12.2018
maas.museum/powerhouse-museum 

In the context of the Sydney Design Festival 2018, which is taking place this year under the motto of “Call to Action”, the Powerhouse Museum draws our attention to product design that does not intend to achieve high sales, but first and foremost aims to have a positive effect on people and the planet. Various designers and studios, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region, are offered a platform on which to present critical, innovative or thought-provoking works. The intention is to draw attention to the fact that design has the opportunity – and perhaps even the duty – to exert crucial influence on the development of our world (of commodities) and to visualise social, economic or ecological problems and combat them.

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Albert Kapr 100

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig / DE
– 30.12.2018
dnb.de 

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig presents objects from the estate of the influential typographer Albert Kapr, who died in 1995. Kapr is considered one of the most important typographers of the 20th century and was also a lecturer, rector, historian, and author. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) Kapr had a significant influence on the history of typography in Leipzig: he contributed to improving the script taught in schools, was involved in offering national and international book art competitions, and assisted in the preparation of new work on typescripts following the Second World War. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with students of the HGB, who studied Kapr’s text “The Art of Buying Books” and will present their personal selection of books.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.01.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum 

Pink is one of the most disputed colours ever, ranging in hues from magenta to pale pink. Depending on the era and cultural context, pink has connotations of being masculine, feminine or gender-neutral. It can evoke erotism or innocence, emancipation or clichés of traditional roles, and fulfil patriotic purposes in some countries as their national colour. Taking around 80 items, this exhibition provides a journey through the history of this multifaceted colour and intends to open up new perspectives and sweep away entrenched associations. Amongst the fashion creations are works by designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, or Rei Kawakubo. On 19 October 2018, an accompanying symposium will take place which will be live-streamed.

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Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and Counterculture 1967–1970

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 06.01.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Off the beaten tracks the Stedelijk Museum takes a look at the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s using the Dutch capital as an example, as back then it was already a symbol of free thought and action. Using works from its own collection, the exhibition traces the artistic potential of this period, which gave expression to new beginnings, resistance, internationality, and provocation, using not only conventional media but also new platforms such as the street, television, and magazines. The presence of works by female artists testifies to how the role of women changed – in art, too – in a field that had up until then been dominated by men.

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Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona

Opelvillen Rüsselsheim / DE
– 06.01.2019
opelvillen.de 

[The Scent of Images. Works from the colección olorVISUAL] The art collection belonging to the Catalonian parfumier Ernesto Ventós Omedes focuses on the relationship between the senses of sight and smell. For the past 40 years, he has been collecting international paintings, photographs, objects, and video art with which he wants to trigger the sense of a scent – using only memories evoked through sight. At the same time, he creates scents as artworks that create an additional level of perception and are intended to open up a new way of communicating art. The Opelvillen present 55 works from Ventós Omedes’s collection, Olor Visual, in which one of the aims is “to entice some not-yet friends of art and inspire them to appreciate contemporary art”.

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Symbols As Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction’s Insignia

German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library, Leipzig / DE
– 06.01.2019
dnb.de 

The exhibition “Symbols As Weapons” uses the emblem of the Red Army Faction as an example to examine and illustrate the deliberate use of texts, images, symbols, and other media for political provocation and the exercise of power. The exhibition material consists of quotations, words, and images, such as recollections, police files or objects intended to illustrate how “graphic images can become acts of violence”.

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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 06.01.2019
marta-herford.de 

Mankind’s existence was and continues to be closely linked with that of animals. They are an important part of our culture, whether as a source of raw materials, farm or working animals or as a fully integrated member of the family. The fact that our understanding could change towards a more respectful, non-violent interaction with them is demonstrated by trends such as the increasing spread of a vegan lifestyle or the search for alternatives to animal-based materials. Animals also play a part in design. There is a wide range of products for animals and attempts to replace them with artificial or robotic likenesses or to raise ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals through speculative and experimental design. The exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design” presents 40 instances of international designers and artists confronting this theme.

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Bouncing in the Corner

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg / DE
– 13.01.2019
hamburger-kunsthalle.de 

The title of this latest exhibition “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” (originally the title of a group of works by Allen Ruppersberg, an artist from the US) is an invitation to rediscover the contemporary art collection held by the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The three-year presentation is dedicated to different areas of human experience and encounters. After examining the relationship between man and things, as well as between man and man, this year’s title of “Bouncing in the Corner. Die Vermessung des Raums” revolves around the relationship between man and the space surrounding him. As in a theatre play, some works of art appear only in certain scenes, other works stay on stage, but offer different interpretations through new presentation.

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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 20.01.2019
mudac.ch 

The idea of plasticine evokes inescapable memories of childhood for most people. But apart from using it for play and modelling, this colourful material plays another important role: designers and artists continue to use it as a raw material for animation films, models, plastics, and illustrative representations in spite of having new digital alternatives. “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine from the 1950s to the present day. Amongst the exhibits are clips showing well-known representatives of this art form, including “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental filmic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from the context of product design. With this combination, there is something to intrigue everyone from professional designers to schoolchildren.

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Triennale Design Museum Stories. Italian Design

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 20.01.2019
triennale.org 

The Triennale Design Museum’s 2018 annual exhibition looks at the rich history of Italian design from a variety of perspectives: geography, politics, economics, technology, and communications. The exhibition covers topics such as the influence of politics and design on each other or the portrayal and dissemination of design by the media. The total of 180 exhibited works are arranged chronologically and divided into five sections, from 1902 to 1998.

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Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.01.2019
design-museum.de 

“Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface” is the first international solo exhibition by the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She is particularly interested in industrial production and design work processes which is why not only finished products, but also prototypes, photographs, and material samples are on display. She herself describes her work as “Documentary Design” – a creative process in which every work step is documented, and in which not only the finished product but the whole production process plays a part. On display are projects such as “One Sheep Sweater” from 2010, in which she made a jumper from the wool of a single sheep, and “Flax Chair” from 2015, a piece of furniture made from the sustainable material of flax, for which she has already received two design awards.

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Fashioned from Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 27.01.2019
vam.ac.uk 

Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been the source of inspiration and production for clothing and fashion. Prints, cuts and materials are inspired by nature, which are particularly striking in an historical context. For example, the lavishly decorated, floral dresses of the 19th century are presented in the exhibition, shown as they develop through the ages. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to think about the fabrics of fashion and the origins of their clothing. Through industrialisation – mass production and increasing levels of consumerism – a new sustainable awareness developed amongst fashion designers and customers and forms the primary focus of “Fashioned from Nature”. Within the concept of sustainability, the exhibition looks at different types of ecologically aware usage of resources and manufacturing methods, consumption and inequalities in general. As a result, in the fashion industry, there is a lot of potential for innovation that is presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in an informative manner.

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A Modern Life. Tablewares 1930s–1980s

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 27.01.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “A Modern Life” focuses on ceramic tableware illustrative of 20th-century modern lifestyles in shape and colour as well as in terms of how they were marketed. Growing economic power and greater prosperity led to an increasing desire for aesthetic and affordable objects that were both visually appealing and practical. The role of designers also changed: they began to work closely with manufacturers, created diverse products of various material and gave the buyer a say in the working process.

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In Spotlight: Bags

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 03.02.2019
ledermuseum.de 

“Functional, decorative, fashionable” are the buzzwords for the bags selected to give insights into the historical archive as part of the studio format of the Deutsches Ledermuseum’s “Im Fokus” exhibition. The museum is proud of its extensive collection of over 30,000 artefacts drawn from many epochs and regions of leather culture on show in Offenbach/Main in a particularly international light. An historical summary of bag culture with exhibits from several eras is on offer in the “Im Fokus: Taschen. Funktional, schmückend, modisch” [In Spotlight: Bags. Functional, Decorative, Fashionable] exhibition. At the beginning of its existence, the bag was used in a purely functional way – as a container – to transport raw materials and foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, leather pouches and belt bags were developed which were worn mainly by men. Further developments and modifications of the functions and subcategories of bags were strongly marked by fashionable influences, from which today’s models such as briefcases, sports bags, shoulder bags and clutches evolved.

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Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 16.02.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design. The exhibition includes four collections from Broached Commission with an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences. The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design.

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 24.02.2019
vam.ac.uk 

With at least 2.2 billion active gamers around the world, it is hardly a surprise that the Victoria and Albert Museum is making an effort to devote more attention to the gaming culture. Another step in this direction is taken with the exhibition entitled “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” which is primarily concerned with the developments that have taken place over the past decade. The design and technical implementation of games, their role as mediators of socially relevant topics, the creative potential of the gaming community, and the importance of smaller, independent studios are examined in various sections. In addition, a residency programme attached to the exhibition will give a British artist, designer or maker in the area of video games the chance to collaborate with the curators.

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

The period from ‚œ1960ƒ to the present day covers a broad spectrum with regard to textiles. On the basis of their work, two generations of designers and artists spanning half a century encounter one another in the exhibition entitled “Colour and Abstraction. Generations in Dialogue” in the Textielmuseum. The older generation who researches aspects such as colour and abstraction using textiles meets a younger generation who approaches these themes from more of a thematic point of view. The creative process is illustrated using film material, drawings, and patterns. Exhibits include work by Peter Struycken, Lam de Wolf, Bertjan Pot, Formafantasma, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

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Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 17.03.2019
gewerbemuseum.ch 

“Waste may be a promising resource or an unavoidable residue. Waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves a footprint,” says the introduction to the “Times of Waste – The Residue” exhibition. In order to trace the path taken by waste, the exhibition follows a smartphone, tracking its route as it is transported and recycled. This everyday object takes the visitor to very different places, including landfill sites, research laboratories, and repair workshops, and meets the people there. The questions and problems that are brought up in this way demand new solutions and a deeper engagement with the topic. The exhibition has been devised in conjunction with a research project carried out at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basle.

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Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
– 24.03.2019
museenkoeln.de 

For the first time, the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art” is showing almost all of the album covers designed by Andy Warhol, together with the myriad sketches and designs that he did for them. The exhibits also include a range of films and audio clips that contribute to a comprehensive showcasing of the interplay between art and music. Warhol (1928–1987) worked with the medium of records from 1949 onwards, first as a commercial artist mainly designing the covers of jazz LPs, before moving on to design overall concepts for album covers in a range of genres in the 1960s, including “Sticky Fingers” (1971) by The Rolling Stones and the eponymous debut album by The Velvet Underground (1967).

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
22.09.2018 – 06.01.2019
deyoung.famsf.org 

With the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibition, the De Young Museum in San Francisco is the first museum to deal with the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashion and its associated dress code. The exhibition presents locations, fabrics, and styles from around the world and displays various perspectives and religions with the intention of showing how Muslim women define themselves, but also how they can be influenced by fashion. In addition to clothing items from luxury, streetwear, and sport, extracts from social media, personal stories and visions, video and photographic material will be on show in the exhibition.

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4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul / TR
22.09.2018 – 04.11.2018
aschoolofschools.iksv.org 

Since its foundation in 2012, the Istanbul Design Biennial has pursued the aim of bringing the creative industries and the academic world together to initiate dialogues, new ideas, solutions, and collaborations. For 2018, the theme of the fourth edition curated by Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, and Vera Sacchetti is “A School of Schools”. Over a period of six weeks, one “school” each will be located at six locations in the city, and these will view and communicate design in different ways. These include, for example, the Currents School, dealing with the dissemination, hierarchy, and networking of information and topics; the Earth School, focusing on aspects such as nature, the relationship of mankind with its home planet and evolution; and the Unmaking School, looking at creativity, innovation, and future scenarios.

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Mobile Worlds.
On the Migration of Things in Transcultural Societies

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg / DE
23.09.2018 – 30.09.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

Every day a variety of objects, as traded goods or in the luggage of tourists and migrants, moves around the globe in different ways, and objects, people, ideas and, above all, cultures mix with one another and form a part of society’s ability to change. The current exhibition, Mobile Worlds in Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe focuses on this theme and presents an ongoing, continuously developing exhibition which examines the museum’s collection for transculturality. The exhibits here include Persian pottery that attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain, and a coat designed by Alexander McQueen, in which elements of the British Empire and Indian patterns encounter one another. The exhibition is curated by Roger M. Buergel in collaboration with the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt/Main and the Erich-Kästner-Schule in Hamburg, and describes the complex interweaving of object and life worlds through past and current experiences of migration.

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Best of Austrian Design. Staatspreis Design 2017

Weissraum Designforum Tirol, Innsbruck / AT
25.09.2018 – 18.10.2018
weissraum.at 

The Austrian State Design Prize is awarded every two years for outstanding projects in the fields of product design and spatial design. The Weissraum Designforum Tirol is holding an exhibition of some of the nominated and prizewinning products and projects from the 2017 event. The prize recognises creative work that has an impact on social and economic processes and focuses on innovation, sustainability, and inclusiveness. Weissraum put together the exhibition in conjunction with the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, which is responsible for the historical part of the display, which looks at the origins of modern design products and reveals historical objects that are similar to today’s new innovations in terms of concept, production, and design.

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Retune Festival 2018

Berlin / DE
27.09.2018 – 28.09.2018
retunefestival.de 

The Retune Festival, which took place for the first time in 2012, brings together more than 250 creative people to discuss the interfaces between design, art, and technology. They will show how they combine creativity with technology in theory and practice through presentations, workshops, and exhibitions. Various art and design studios throughout Berlin will be open to visitors on 28 September 2018.

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Vienna Design Week

Vienna / AT
28.09.2018 – 07.10.2018
viennadesignweek.at 

The Vienna Design Week aims to inspire the broad public with the design scene in this city, while maintaining a high standard of content and depth. Here, design is not understood as a purely aesthetic medium, but as an important part of everyday life. Formats used in previous years will once again be part of the programme in 2018: the Passionswege, in which Austrian designers and Viennese production companies can work together and experiment free of commercial guidelines; a district of the city highlighted as a focus – this year it is Neubau, Vienna’s seventh district; or Debüt, a platform for two selected universities and their design students. As in 2011, Poland has been selected as the guest country. The “The ABCs of Polish Design” exhibition is dedicated to the past 100 years of design history of this country, amongst other things.

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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
28.09.2018 – 13.01.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) is famous primarily for his opulent castle buildings such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, for which he earned the nickname “the fairy tale king”. Beyond these tourist attractions, his reign also spawned a series of lesser known but none the less important buildings such as the Nuremberg synagogue, the factory buildings in Augsburg’s textile quarter, and the glass halls for furnishing the international electricity exhibition in 1882 in Munich, as well as buildings for education, health, culture, and administration. The occasion for staging the “Palaces and Factories – The Architecture Under King Ludwig II” exhibition is a long overdue extensive analysis of the architecture of Ludwig II, and his role as the founding father of the TU Munich under the name of the New Polytechnic School 150 years ago.

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Give Criticism – Take Criticism

Kampnagel Theatre, Hamburg / DE
29.09.2018 – 29.09.2018
hfbk-hamburg.de 

Forms of criticism, the influence of criticism, and how to deal with criticism, are the central themes of the symposium called “Kritik austeilen – Kritik einstecken” [Give Criticism – Take Criticism]. After all : “If you dish it out you have to be able to take it too!” On 29 September 2018, four participants from the worlds of journalism, art, activism, and politics will talk about their role as social critics and the best way to deal with criticism. The symposium will be moderated by Friedrich von Borries from HFBK Hamburg and Amelie Deuflhard, director of Theater Kampnagel. In addition, students of the HFBK Hamburg have developed an exhibition on responsible criticism, which takes place from 27 September to 6 October 2018 in the Kampnagel foyer.

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October

Das französische Grafikerkollektiv Grapus

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 03.10.2018
broehan-museum.de 

In the wake of the demonstrations in May 1968 in Paris, students at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs founded the Grapus collective in 1970. In the spirit of 1968, they used graphic means – primarily posters – to turn against capitalism, the establishment, and war. As a result, they broke from existing conventions, and worked with collage techniques, handwriting, and deliberately out-of-focus photographs. Their “customers” included the Communist Party, the workers’ union, the Confédération générale du travail, and other social organisations. Alongside “Jablonec 68 – The East-West-Jewelry-Summit”, the exhibition “Grapus – A French Collective of Graphic Designers” forms one of two perspectives in the Bröhan-Museum of the consequences of 1968, juxtaposing a Western and Eastern European viewpoint.

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Alphabet des Lebens – Lernwerkstatt Natur

Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Andelsbuch / AT
– 06.10.2018
werkraum.at 

Biomimicry uses nature as a template and transfers processes, structures, and shapes to the field of technology. In its “Alphabet of Life – Nature’s Learning Lab” exhibition, the Werkraum Bregenzerwald demonstrates that craftsmanship and design can also benefit from these principles which have proven themselves in evolutionary terms. This “Alphabet of Life” is made up of 26 principles of nature, each of which illustrates a biological function and its relevance for design. These are joined by existing biomimicry projects emanating from Europe and the USA. The show, designed as a learning lab, aims primarily to raise awareness that mankind and nature are inseparably linked, that we can learn a lot from nature, and that a respectful approach is a basic prerequisite for solving urgent problems.

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Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos und das Möbeldesign der Wiener Moderne

Hofmobiliendepot, Möbel Museum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
hofmobiliendepot.at 

[Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the Furniture Design of the Viennese Modernity] Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser – all major representatives of modernity. But they have another thing in common: this year marks the centenary of their deaths. A number of Viennese museums are taking the opportunity to theme the year as “Beauty and the Abyss”. In the Hofmobiliendepot, an exhibition is dedicated to the works of Otto Wagner, Josef Hoffmann, and Adolf Loos and their respective stances on the subjects of living and furnishing. Particular attention is paid to the collaboration between the architects themselves, the clients – often their friends, mainly artists, intellectuals or entrepreneurs – and the manufacturers who considerably contributed to the quality of the furniture and interiors with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. On show are various room sets, which do not show the exhibits in isolation, but rather in their overall historical context.

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Go West! American Illustration

Designforum, Vienna / AT
– 07.10.2018
designaustria.at 

The “Go West!” exhibition at the Designforum Vienna is exhibiting works by 16 illustrators from the US. The aim is to showcase the diversity of styles and creativity offered in the world of US American illustration. The “Go West!” exhibition gives both young and ambitious talents as well as established illustrators the space to present their individual view of the world in at least two works.

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Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills / US
– 07.10.2018
cranbrookartmuseum.org 

Alongside the hippy era, punk was one of the most important and influential movements of the late 20th century. Apart from music, fashion, and art, punk also left its mark on graphic design. Dilettantism, self-marketing, provocation, and breaking from the “beautiful” produced a language of its own, demonstrated by record sleeves, posters, and zines, among other things. This exhibition showcases a rich collection of historical items, categorised by their styles. By showing early works from the 1990s by the US American street artist Shepard Fairey, whose rebellious, politically motivated works demonstrate parallels with punk’s fundamental thoughts, a link is formed to the movement to the present day.

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Disappear Here

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London / GB
– 07.10.2018
architecture.com 

Perspective is the basis of our spatial perception of the world. The “Disappear Here” exhibition in the Architecture Gallery at the RIBA looks at how representations of perspective are dealt with from the Renaissance to the present day, and links the disciplines of architecture, art, and mathematics. The key question is how to depict threedimensionality on a flat medium without sacrificing the complexity of real space. The presentation of historical drawings and books is embedded in a space concept designed by the Sam Jacob Studio, that itself plays with the visitor’s orientation and perception. A further highlight is a film that has been specially commissioned for the exhibition and produced in collaboration with Shedworks.

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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 07.10.2018
designmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier” was curated in collaboration with the fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa himself, who died in November 2017. Alaïa’s career trajectory from sculptor to fashion designer plays a key role here, together with his fascination with fashion, friendships, and the female body. His design process was dictated far less by the pressing deadlines of international fashion weeks than by his own working rhythm. His clients included Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, and Rihanna. As such, the exhibition is not so much a retrospective as a look at Alaïa’s life story, based on personally selected textiles dating from the early 1980s all the way through to the present day.

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Made in Denmark

Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig / DE
– 07.10.2018
grassimuseum.de 

Scandinavian design is seen as a design direction that originated in the 1950s in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, and which is characterised by minimalism, functionality, and cost-effective mass production. The “Made in Denmark” exhibition is devoted exclusively to design objects and brands from Denmark, featuring local designers such as Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen, and Verner Panton. Against this backdrop, it investigates the trends and developments that have informed this timeless design phenomenon. In doing so, it looks not only at art nouveau, but also certain strands of art deco and functionalism. The exhibition also includes a separate section called “Simply Danish”, showcasing the Schwandt jewellery collection.

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Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene

Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon / PT
– 08.10.2018
www.maat.pt 

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which opened in 2016, invited over thirty-five artists and architects to offer critical and creative visions and views on the theme of climate change, provide food for thought, and suggest solutions to current and future environmental problems. The subject of the artistic works is the place of mankind in the Anthropocene age. Parts of the exhibition are made up of both video and sound productions in addition to paintings and installations.

 

 

 

 

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
– 08.10.2018
metmuseum.org 

An exhibition stretching from several rooms of The Met Fifth Avenue to The Met Cloisters will form a bridge between catholic Christianity and the temporal world of fashion. In addition to medieval artworks, forty exhibits will form the core of the show, some of which will leave the Vatican for the first time ever for this event. These will include robes and “accessories” such as rings and papal crowns. Garments from the early 20th century illustrate the mutual interaction of religious art serving as a source of inspiration and, conversely, expressing Christian belief.

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Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton / GB
– 13.10.2018
brightondigitalfestival.co.uk 

The Brighton Digital Festival explores developments and innovations in digital culture with a special focus on Brighton’s innovative digital economy and its vibrant art scene. At the heart of the festival is The Messy Edge conference, which addresses the impact of technology on social, cultural, and political issues. Numerous exhibitions, performances, and hackathons are held across the city, and initiated not only by the organisers themselves, but also by artists, interested people, and Brighton residents.

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I Am Your Father!

Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains / CH
– 14.10.2018
ailleurs.ch 

The search for the meaning of (one’s own) life has occupied mankind for millennia and has resulted in the creation of ideologies, mythologies, and religions. Nowadays, fiction often takes on this role as the need for fulfilment and a sense of purpose continues to be a theme in modern societies. This argument is illustrated in the exhibition entitled “I Am Your Father!”, taking the example of the contemporary myth of “Star Wars”. The works by 13 international artists who tackle the Star Wars universe in a critical, ironic or experimental way and translate its narrative into current societal topics are being displayed to this end along with exhibits from the museum’s collection. Fans of the iconic epic as well as all those interested in the social influence of antique and modern myths will get their money’s worth.

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Mobile Welten

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
– 14.10.2018
mkg-hamburg.de 

“To play an effective role in society, a museum must always be aware of its responsibilities as a cultural and educational institution and seek dialogue with the public.” To this end, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg has invited Roger M. Buergel, an exhibition organiser and critic, to work with the institution’s diversity and history. In the exhibition “Mobile Worlds. Or the Museum of Our Transcultural Present”, the working process “On the Migration of Things in Transcultural Societies” takes shape through working with various universities. Existing patterns of thought and museum structures are broken down, revealing the emergence of things and their meaning in society. The exhibition serves as a medium to illustrate the complexity of global interrelationships and, with the help of objects, texts, and images, it creates a three-dimensional collage, enabling visitors to read different interpretations.

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Peter Behrens. The Practical and the Ideal

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld / DE
– 14.10.2018
kunstmuseenkrefeld.de 

On the occasion of the 150th birthday of the artist, designer, and architect Peter Behrens, the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld is showing a monographic exhibition of his works for the first time. The exhibition includes 250 works with posters, typography, and photographs, advertising graphics and woodcuts as well as books and catalogues. The exhibition follows Behrens’s path from an art deco artist to a pioneer of modern advertising and industrial design and, based on the correspondence between him and the founding director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Friedrich Deneken, shows his considerable influence on the early development of the museum. His goal was to harmonise “the practical and the ideal” and combine art and lifestyle.

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Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 14.10.2018
design-museum.de 

Ron Arad, who was born in 1951 in Tel Aviv and has since settled in London, is an industrial designer and architect. He made a practice of defying existing boundaries and prevailing norms through his work. The exhibition “Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!”, which is currently running at the Vitra Design Museum, shows a selection of pieces from the museum’s own collection and aims to provide a broad overview of Arad’s work. The exhibits include early metal furniture from his first studio, including the Rover Chair or the Big Easy armchair. In addition, recent work by the designer will be on display, showcasing the translation of Arad’s experimental approach into serial production.

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Shape of Light

Tate Modern, London / GB
– 14.10.2018
tate.org.uk 

The exhibition “Shape of Light. 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art” deals with the intertwined relationship between photography and abstract art. Works by various artists from 1910 to the present illustrate the originality of the photographers’ work and their response to abstract art, alongside which their photographs are displayed in the exhibition space. London’s Tate Gallery for Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art. In “Shape of Light” it presents work by renowned as well as young photographers such as pioneers of photography Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, contemporary artists Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff and “newcomers” such as Antony Cairns and Maya Rochat.

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European Velo Stops

SG
– 16.10.2018
velostops.beebreeders.com 

The Eurovelo 6 cycle route runs across Europe for 4,400 kilometres stretching from the French Atlantic coast to the Black Sea in Romania. Bee Breeders is now looking for concepts for rest stop cabins along the route that offer cyclists “safe, comfortable, and inviting lodgings” where they can “rest and refuel”. The aim is both to convey the European identity and to find a meaningful and aesthetic language of form. In addition, simple, intelligent, and resource-saving solutions are sought that can be set up and maintained as cost-effectively as possible. Anyone can participate, regardless of their profession. The first prize is 3,000 US dollars.

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Ciao Amico Mio

Etage Projects, Copenhagen / DK
– 19.10.2018
etageprojects.com 

In their solo exhibition “Ciao Amico Mio” held in Copenhagen, the Swiss design duo Kueng Caputo present some of their latest series. Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo focus on combining everyday objects with art, on improvisation and experimentation with form and colour, and linking material adventures with complex craft techniques. The works “The Silo Furniture”, “The Homage Carpets” and “The Granulate Lamps” are on display at Etage Projects.

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Learn Typesetting and Book Printing

Dresden / DE
– 20.10.2018
verein-fuer-die-schwarze-kunst.de 

To mark the 550th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s death, the Verein für die Schwarze Kunst in Dresden is offering two bursaries in 2018 under the slogan of “Learning typesetting and book printing on the move”. The competition is aimed at young people no older than 30 years who work in the relevant professions as printers or typesetters, are interested in typography and art, are employed as craftspeople, and who want to become acquainted with at least three workshops during two to six months of itinerant work experience. The bursaries are worth 1000 euros each. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2018, although delayed submissions may still be considered. The application should contain general information about the applicant and their background as well as a letter of recommendation from a workshop or a specialist, and mention their motivation and existing knowledge.

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Uncanny

Design Museum Holon / IL
– 20.10.2018
dmh.org.il 

Sigmund Freud recognised that mankind detects an eerie feeling as soon as he doubts that a living being is animate or an inanimate object is inanimate. In the 1970s, Masahiro Mori transferred this to the field of robotics using the expression “uncanny valley”. Modern technology blurs these boundaries, making classification increasingly difficult, because animation, virtual reality, and avatars move between reality and an artificial, digital space. Dead material can be made into seemingly living forms and highly developed mechanical devices evoke a feeling of emotional attachment in their users. This exhibition looks at this phenomenon in the areas of space, body, and material using works created by Israeli design students.

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Breda Photo Festival

Breda / NL
– 21.10.2018
bredaphoto.nl 

Under the banner “To Infinity and Beyond” the Breda photography festival explores the forms of change and evolution that lead to continuous advances in technology and science. Over 55 national and international photographers have taken the opportunity to visually capture the dangers and dilemmas of technological progress and the challenges that we already experience in the present as well as those that we are likely to face in the future. New inventions inevitably have two sides to them: What if robots don’t merely simplify our lives, but instead create mass unemployment and financial and social inequality? What happens when machines and knowledge about genetic engineering fall into the wrong hands? If you can change the genes of a mosquito to make the malaria virus disappear, can you also manipulate them to carry a new virus? The Anthropogenic age, where man is the decisive factor in environmental change is simultaneously characterised by infinite possibility and great danger to the environment, humanity, and life itself.

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Handmade Industry

Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo / BR
– 21.10.2018
handmade-industry.com 

“Handmade Industry” is an art and architecture exhibition staged by Atelier Oï of Switzerland, which wants to make the ideas behind its works visible and tangible for the visitor. Founded in 1991 in La Neuveville, Switzerland, by Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis, and Patrick Reymond, the studio is a multidisciplinary place for creative working and thinking, where materials are experimented with and current ideas of design are replaced with new perspectives. Interdisciplinarity and plurality, two of the studio’s core values, are reflected in the selection and combination of materials, always focusing on conveying to the visitor how the material itself influences, communicates, and relates to the designer.

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Europe's Best Buildings

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 22.10.2018
azw.at 

Every two years, “Europe’s best Buildings” showcases extraordinary European architectural projects that are exemplary in the area of contemporary buildings and reflect visions of construction of the future. The Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union’s prize for contemporary architecture, is presented every two years. In 2017 it was awarded to two residential buildings for the first time: the first prize was awarded to the De Flat Kleiburg in Amsterdam designed by NL Architects in collaboration with XVW Architectuur, and the Emerging Architect Prize was presented to the architecture offices MSA und V+ for the project Navez in Brussels, which comprises five social housing units. The theme of social housing will also be reflected in the exhibition’s lectures and workshops.

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Gotha Vorbildlich! Modellsammlungen um 1800

Ducal Museum, Gotha / DE
– 27.10.2018
stiftungfriedenstein.de 

The exhibition “Gotha Vorbildlich! Modellsammlungen um 1800” [Model Gotha. Model Collections around 1800] looks at various models designed to impart knowledge about a range of subjects, including, art, literature, and science. Models from antiquity and the present day are on display, providing an insight into the aesthetic dimension to the dissemination of knowledge.

 

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Raw Design

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / DE
– 28.10.2018
sfmcd.org 

In addition to many positive developments, technology and digitisation have also led to objects and projects feeling increasingly alien, intangible, and anonymous. A whole series of designers confront this by examining materials characterised by experiment, impartiality, and intuition. As a result, they are different from traditional craftsmen, such as glass-blowers or carpenters, who support traditional and complex techniques. The works on show include algae structures by Julia Lohmann, textiles by Scott Bodenner, and Newspaperwood by Mieke Meijer, a wood substitute made from newsprint.

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Food Is Fiction

Design Museum Den Bosch, ’s-Hertogenbosch / NL
– 28.10.2018
designmuseum.nl 

We do not eat merely to satisfy our appetite, but also to meet a whole raft of social and psychological needs. “You are what you eat” can be understood in this context as a tool for creating a self-image that gives a position in society to consumers, from housewives to hunters and gatherers, at least in their own eyes. Accordingly, supermarkets sell us values such as craft, eroticism, nostalgia, honesty, and patriotism that are inextricably linked to the goods themselves – leading to the exhibition’s approach that “Food Is Fiction”. On display are commercials, packaging, and advertising campaigns which help to create and underpin these (subconscious) associations. Alongside the exhibition is a programme of workshops, lectures, and events.

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The Playground Project

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn / DE
– 28.10.2018
bundeskunsthalle.de 

Consisting of an exhibition and a walk-in playground, “The Playground Project” shows the history, the purpose, and the possibilities offered by playing. It is divided into an indoor and an outdoor area, where art and play meet in different ways. The roof and forecourt of the Bundeskunsthalle have been transformed into a creative playground for all ages by fourteen artists, while an exhibition on the history of playgrounds is on show in the Bundeskunsthalle, which also examines their aesthetics and their influence on the city and its inhabitants.

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The Future Starts Here

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

A self-driving car, a printer that also works in space, mind-expanding prostheses, and robots: The exhibition “The Future Starts Here” throws the spotlight on the influence design and technology have on the form and development of the future. It focuses on four core topics: the home, the public arena, the Earth and so-called life in the hereafter. The idea is to not only imagine the immediate future but to critically examine it on the basis of ethical and speculative questions that accompany the visitor through the exhibition.

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Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
– 04.11.2018
textielmuseum.nl 

Damask is a textile that allows the creation of figurative patterns using warp and weft yarn. In the past, particularly high quality and shiny materials were used due to the laborious manufacturing process; since the 20th century, cotton has been used primarily for making bed and table linens. Against this background, the exhibition, “Stories. Dutch Design Damask” running at the Textielmuseum from 11 November 2017 to 4 November 2018, displays different work in which telling stories is an important part of design – in terms of insects creeping across the table, clouds hovering threateningly over the plates or serviettes that count calories.

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Design Generations

Art and Design Atomium Museum, Brussels / BE
– 04.11.2018
adamuseum.be 

With the “Design Generations” exhibition, the ADAM in Brussels wants to present the fundamental essence of design. For the exhibition, the exhibited designers were allowed to select an object from the museum’s permanent collection and then put it in context with their own projects. In addition to the past and present design, the future will also be included: the ten designers’ visions of what design could be in the future and where they place themselves and their work in the discourse of future design are projected onto screens in the form of sketches. For the organisers, it is important that design is seen as an important element of society, in which the past, present, and future are mutually dependent and permanently interact with each other.

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 04.11.2018
vam.uk 

The “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up” exhibition deals less with Frida Kahlo’s art and more with what made her an icon. Visitors obtain an insight into her daily life, the challenges and the physical impairments she had to battle with. The exhibition does not only consider Kahlo’s physical and mental pain as such, but also explores how she transformed it into even more creativity and productivity. Her art is kept in the background of the exhibition, but her clothes, accessories, make-up, and excerpts from her journals are on display.

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Michael Riedel. Graphic Art as Event

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 04.11.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Michael Riedel produced over a thousand sheets in the year between 1994 and 1995 at the Städelschule. These can now be seen in full for the first time in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. The role of artists in an information society needs to be clarified. How does artificial intelligence change the way we produce art? In addition to Riedel’s early work, the exhibition includes current works that deal with similar questions. Again and again, he adopts very different text forms to create graphic motifs from them. In so doing, he processes HTML codes, reports from the internet about his work, and communication networks from his own daily life.

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Eco-Visionaries

Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel, Basel / CH
– 11.11.2018
hek.ch 

The “Eco-Visionaries” exhibition looks at the Anthropocene and the associated challenges from the perspectives of art, new media, and ecology. Art in particular is able to visualise more complex facts making them comprehensible and to evoke viewers’ emotions, prompting them to be proactive and make lasting changes in their own behaviour. The artists demonstrate the influence that humans have on the environment in the Anthropocene age in a creative and individual way, as well as design solutions to challenges such as climate change, resource and food scarcity.

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Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen / DE
– 11.11.2018
kunsthalle-bremen.de 

The exhibition “Programmierte Kunst. Frühe Computergraphik” [Programmed Art. Early Computer Graphics] displays important works from the field of early computer graphics and sheds light on the connection between art and technology. This year, 2018, marks the fiftieth anniversary of two pivotal exhibitions contributing to computer art being internationally recognised. To mark this occasion and the 80th birthday of Frieder Nake, the pioneer of computer art, the Kunsthalle Bremen is showing numerous works from the Bremen collection dating from 1955 to 1979.

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Machines à Penser

Fondazione Prada, Venedig / IT
– 25.11.2018
fondazioneprade.org 

The exhibition “Machines à Penser” takes as its theme the work of three philosophers, who produced their deepest thoughts whilst in exile or fleeing their homeland. It looks at the relationship between exile, flight, and sanctuary as well as physical and mental places for reflecting, thinking, and intellectual productions. The exhibition focuses on three philosophers Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969), Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) who were driven into exile or needed to flee on account of political circumstances. Their works are arranged on two storeys in the context of contemporary art and architecture, which also use inspiration from the situation of departure or represent spatial notions of it.

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Andreu World

ES
– 30.11.2018
andreuworld.com 

The Spanish furniture manufacturer Andreu World has been holding an annual design competition since 2001 searching for concepts for a chair and/ or a table. In line with the company’s product portfolio, the entrants’ designs should also be made of wood (beech, oak or walnut); other materials, if used at all, such as plastic, glass or metal, should only be included as a supplement. A changing jury of experts from the fields of design, industry, and media judges the entries according to the criteria of production costs, ergonomics, and fulfilment of the desired function. Both professional designers and students can enter. The winner receives a cash prize of 4,000 euros, the runner-up 2,000 euros.

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Ryoji Ikeda

Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam / NL
– 02.12.2018
eyefilm.nl 

Ryoji Ikeda, the visual artist, is known for his audiovisual performances, especially in the field of electronic music. Some of his impressive and immersive image and sound projects are currently on show at the Eye Filmmuseum. He plays with the limits of audible and visual perception and focuses on the use of electronic data and information in music and art. Included in the exhibition are works such as “The Radar” and “Data Tron”, and the project developed especially for the Eye Filmmuseum “Point of no Return”.

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Common Good

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney / AU
– 02.12.2018
maas.museum/powerhouse-museum 

In the context of the Sydney Design Festival 2018, which is taking place this year under the motto of “Call to Action”, the Powerhouse Museum draws our attention to product design that does not intend to achieve high sales, but first and foremost aims to have a positive effect on people and the planet. Various designers and studios, primarily from the Asia-Pacific region, are offered a platform on which to present critical, innovative or thought-provoking works. The intention is to draw attention to the fact that design has the opportunity – and perhaps even the duty – to exert crucial influence on the development of our world (of commodities) and to visualise social, economic or ecological problems and combat them.

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Albert Kapr 100

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Leipzig / DE
– 30.12.2018
dnb.de 

On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig presents objects from the estate of the influential typographer Albert Kapr, who died in 1995. Kapr is considered one of the most important typographers of the 20th century and was also a lecturer, rector, historian, and author. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) Kapr had a significant influence on the history of typography in Leipzig: he contributed to improving the script taught in schools, was involved in offering national and international book art competitions, and assisted in the preparation of new work on typescripts following the Second World War. The exhibition was developed in collaboration with students of the HGB, who studied Kapr’s text “The Art of Buying Books” and will present their personal selection of books.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.01.2019
fitnyc.edu/museum 

Pink is one of the most disputed colours ever, ranging in hues from magenta to pale pink. Depending on the era and cultural context, pink has connotations of being masculine, feminine or gender-neutral. It can evoke erotism or innocence, emancipation or clichés of traditional roles, and fulfil patriotic purposes in some countries as their national colour. Taking around 80 items, this exhibition provides a journey through the history of this multifaceted colour and intends to open up new perspectives and sweep away entrenched associations. Amongst the fashion creations are works by designers including Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, or Rei Kawakubo. On 19 October 2018, an accompanying symposium will take place which will be live-streamed.

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Der Duft der Bilder – Werke der colección olorVISUAL, Barcelona

Opelvillen Rüsselsheim / DE
– 06.01.2019
opelvillen.de 

[The Scent of Images. Works from the colección olorVISUAL] The art collection belonging to the Catalonian parfumier Ernesto Ventós Omedes focuses on the relationship between the senses of sight and smell. For the past 40 years, he has been collecting international paintings, photographs, objects, and video art with which he wants to trigger the sense of a scent – using only memories evoked through sight. At the same time, he creates scents as artworks that create an additional level of perception and are intended to open up a new way of communicating art. The Opelvillen present 55 works from Ventós Omedes’s collection, Olor Visual, in which one of the aims is “to entice some not-yet friends of art and inspire them to appreciate contemporary art”.

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Amsterdam, the Magic Center. Art and Counterculture 1967–1970

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / NL
– 06.01.2019
stedelijk.nl 

Off the beaten tracks the Stedelijk Museum takes a look at the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s using the Dutch capital as an example, as back then it was already a symbol of free thought and action. Using works from its own collection, the exhibition traces the artistic potential of this period, which gave expression to new beginnings, resistance, internationality, and provocation, using not only conventional media but also new platforms such as the street, television, and magazines. The presence of works by female artists testifies to how the role of women changed – in art, too – in a field that had up until then been dominated by men.

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Kreaturen nach Maß. Tiere und Gegenwartsdesign

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 06.01.2019
marta-herford.de 

Mankind’s existence was and continues to be closely linked with that of animals. They are an important part of our culture, whether as a source of raw materials, farm or working animals or as a fully integrated member of the family. The fact that our understanding could change towards a more respectful, non-violent interaction with them is demonstrated by trends such as the increasing spread of a vegan lifestyle or the search for alternatives to animal-based materials. Animals also play a part in design. There is a wide range of products for animals and attempts to replace them with artificial or robotic likenesses or to raise ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals through speculative and experimental design. The exhibition “Creatures Made to Measure. Animals and Contemporary Design” presents 40 instances of international designers and artists confronting this theme.

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Symbols As Weapons. By the Example of the Red Army Faction’s Insignia

German Museum of Books and Writing, German National Library, Leipzig / DE
– 06.01.2019
dnb.de 

The exhibition “Symbols As Weapons” uses the emblem of the Red Army Faction as an example to examine and illustrate the deliberate use of texts, images, symbols, and other media for political provocation and the exercise of power. The exhibition material consists of quotations, words, and images, such as recollections, police files or objects intended to illustrate how “graphic images can become acts of violence”.

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Bouncing in the Corner

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg / DE
– 13.01.2019
hamburger-kunsthalle.de 

The title of this latest exhibition “Honey, I Rearranged the Collection” (originally the title of a group of works by Allen Ruppersberg, an artist from the US) is an invitation to rediscover the contemporary art collection held by the Hamburger Kunsthalle. The three-year presentation is dedicated to different areas of human experience and encounters. After examining the relationship between man and things, as well as between man and man, this year’s title of “Bouncing in the Corner. Die Vermessung des Raums” revolves around the relationship between man and the space surrounding him. As in a theatre play, some works of art appear only in certain scenes, other works stay on stage, but offer different interpretations through new presentation.

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Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.01.2019
design-museum.de 

“Christien Meindertsma. Beyond the Surface” is the first international solo exhibition by the Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. She is particularly interested in industrial production and design work processes which is why not only finished products, but also prototypes, photographs, and material samples are on display. She herself describes her work as “Documentary Design” – a creative process in which every work step is documented, and in which not only the finished product but the whole production process plays a part. On display are projects such as “One Sheep Sweater” from 2010, in which she made a jumper from the wool of a single sheep, and “Flax Chair” from 2015, a piece of furniture made from the sustainable material of flax, for which she has already received two design awards.

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Plot in Plastilin

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 20.01.2019
mudac.ch 

The idea of plasticine evokes inescapable memories of childhood for most people. But apart from using it for play and modelling, this colourful material plays another important role: designers and artists continue to use it as a raw material for animation films, models, plastics, and illustrative representations in spite of having new digital alternatives. “Plot in Plastilin” follows the history of plasticine from the 1950s to the present day. Amongst the exhibits are clips showing well-known representatives of this art form, including “Shaun the Sheep” and “Pingu”, as well as experimental filmic works, music videos, objects, installations, and models from the context of product design. With this combination, there is something to intrigue everyone from professional designers to schoolchildren.

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Triennale Design Museum Stories. Italian Design

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 20.01.2019
triennale.org 

The Triennale Design Museum’s 2018 annual exhibition looks at the rich history of Italian design from a variety of perspectives: geography, politics, economics, technology, and communications. The exhibition covers topics such as the influence of politics and design on each other or the portrayal and dissemination of design by the media. The total of 180 exhibited works are arranged chronologically and divided into five sections, from 1902 to 1998.

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Fashioned from Nature

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 27.01.2019
vam.ac.uk 

Since the beginning of mankind, nature has been the source of inspiration and production for clothing and fashion. Prints, cuts and materials are inspired by nature, which are particularly striking in an historical context. For example, the lavishly decorated, floral dresses of the 19th century are presented in the exhibition, shown as they develop through the ages. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to think about the fabrics of fashion and the origins of their clothing. Through industrialisation – mass production and increasing levels of consumerism – a new sustainable awareness developed amongst fashion designers and customers and forms the primary focus of “Fashioned from Nature”. Within the concept of sustainability, the exhibition looks at different types of ecologically aware usage of resources and manufacturing methods, consumption and inequalities in general. As a result, in the fashion industry, there is a lot of potential for innovation that is presented in the Victoria and Albert Museum in an informative manner.

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A Modern Life. Tablewares 1930s–1980s

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 27.01.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “A Modern Life” focuses on ceramic tableware illustrative of 20th-century modern lifestyles in shape and colour as well as in terms of how they were marketed. Growing economic power and greater prosperity led to an increasing desire for aesthetic and affordable objects that were both visually appealing and practical. The role of designers also changed: they began to work closely with manufacturers, created diverse products of various material and gave the buyer a say in the working process.

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In Spotlight: Bags

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach / DE
– 03.02.2019
ledermuseum.de 

“Functional, decorative, fashionable” are the buzzwords for the bags selected to give insights into the historical archive as part of the studio format of the Deutsches Ledermuseum’s “Im Fokus” exhibition. The museum is proud of its extensive collection of over 30,000 artefacts drawn from many epochs and regions of leather culture on show in Offenbach/Main in a particularly international light. An historical summary of bag culture with exhibits from several eras is on offer in the “Im Fokus: Taschen. Funktional, schmückend, modisch” [In Spotlight: Bags. Functional, Decorative, Fashionable] exhibition. At the beginning of its existence, the bag was used in a purely functional way – as a container – to transport raw materials and foodstuff. In the Middle Ages, leather pouches and belt bags were developed which were worn mainly by men. Further developments and modifications of the functions and subcategories of bags were strongly marked by fashionable influences, from which today’s models such as briefcases, sports bags, shoulder bags and clutches evolved.

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Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / AU
– 16.02.2019
ngv.au 

The exhibition “Design Storytellers” shows works by renowned designers reflecting the development of Australian design. The exhibition includes four collections from Broached Commission with an umbrella theme of globalisation and its consequences. The exhibition will feature works by both Australian and international designers to provide an exceptional and comprehensive view of the origins of Australian design.

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Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 24.02.2019
vam.ac.uk 

With at least 2.2 billion active gamers around the world, it is hardly a surprise that the Victoria and Albert Museum is making an effort to devote more attention to the gaming culture. Another step in this direction is taken with the exhibition entitled “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt” which is primarily concerned with the developments that have taken place over the past decade. The design and technical implementation of games, their role as mediators of socially relevant topics, the creative potential of the gaming community, and the importance of smaller, independent studios are examined in various sections. In addition, a residency programme attached to the exhibition will give a British artist, designer or maker in the area of video games the chance to collaborate with the curators.

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Colour and Abstraction

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / NL
– 03.03.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

The period from ‚œ1960ƒ to the present day covers a broad spectrum with regard to textiles. On the basis of their work, two generations of designers and artists spanning half a century encounter one another in the exhibition entitled “Colour and Abstraction. Generations in Dialogue” in the Textielmuseum. The older generation who researches aspects such as colour and abstraction using textiles meets a younger generation who approaches these themes from more of a thematic point of view. The creative process is illustrated using film material, drawings, and patterns. Exhibits include work by Peter Struycken, Lam de Wolf, Bertjan Pot, Formafantasma, and Rafaël Rozendaal.

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Times of Waste − Was übrig bleibt

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 17.03.2019
gewerbemuseum.ch 

“Waste may be a promising resource or an unavoidable residue. Waste is political and social, but above all unavoidable. Waste never disappears completely and always leaves a footprint,” says the introduction to the “Times of Waste – The Residue” exhibition. In order to trace the path taken by waste, the exhibition follows a smartphone, tracking its route as it is transported and recycled. This everyday object takes the visitor to very different places, including landfill sites, research laboratories, and repair workshops, and meets the people there. The questions and problems that are brought up in this way demand new solutions and a deeper engagement with the topic. The exhibition has been devised in conjunction with a research project carried out at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basle.

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Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art

Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln / DE
– 24.03.2019
museenkoeln.de 

For the first time, the exhibition “Andy Warhol. Pop Goes Art” is showing almost all of the album covers designed by Andy Warhol, together with the myriad sketches and designs that he did for them. The exhibits also include a range of films and audio clips that contribute to a comprehensive showcasing of the interplay between art and music. Warhol (1928–1987) worked with the medium of records from 1949 onwards, first as a commercial artist mainly designing the covers of jazz LPs, before moving on to design overall concepts for album covers in a range of genres in the 1960s, including “Sticky Fingers” (1971) by The Rolling Stones and the eponymous debut album by The Velvet Underground (1967).

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

De Young Museum, San Francisco / US
22.09.2018 – 06.01.2019
deyoung.famsf.org 

With the “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” exhibition, the De Young Museum in San Francisco is the first museum to deal with the complex and diverse nature of Muslim fashion and its associated dress code. The exhibition presents locations, fabrics, and styles from around the world and displays various perspectives and religions with the intention of showing how Muslim women define themselves, but also how they can be influenced by fashion. In addition to clothing items from luxury, streetwear, and sport, extracts from social media, personal stories and visions, video and photographic material will be on show in the exhibition.

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4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul / TR
22.09.2018 – 04.11.2018
aschoolofschools.iksv.org 

Since its foundation in 2012, the Istanbul Design Biennial has pursued the aim of bringing the creative industries and the academic world together to initiate dialogues, new ideas, solutions, and collaborations. For 2018, the theme of the fourth edition curated by Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, and Vera Sacchetti is “A School of Schools”. Over a period of six weeks, one “school” each will be located at six locations in the city, and these will view and communicate design in different ways. These include, for example, the Currents School, dealing with the dissemination, hierarchy, and networking of information and topics; the Earth School, focusing on aspects such as nature, the relationship of mankind with its home planet and evolution; and the Unmaking School, looking at creativity, innovation, and future scenarios.

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Best of Austrian Design. Staatspreis Design 2017

Weissraum Designforum Tirol, Innsbruck / AT
25.09.2018 – 18.10.2018
weissraum.at 

The Austrian State Design Prize is awarded every two years for outstanding projects in the fields of product design and spatial design. The Weissraum Designforum Tirol is holding an exhibition of some of the nominated and prizewinning products and projects from the 2017 event. The prize recognises creative work that has an impact on social and economic processes and focuses on innovation, sustainability, and inclusiveness. Weissraum put together the exhibition in conjunction with the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, which is responsible for the historical part of the display, which looks at the origins of modern design products and reveals historical objects that are similar to today’s new innovations in terms of concept, production, and design.

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Vienna Design Week

Vienna / AT
28.09.2018 – 07.10.2018
viennadesignweek.at 

The Vienna Design Week aims to inspire the broad public with the design scene in this city, while maintaining a high standard of content and depth. Here, design is not understood as a purely aesthetic medium, but as an important part of everyday life. Formats used in previous years will once again be part of the programme in 2018: the Passionswege, in which Austrian designers and Viennese production companies can work together and experiment free of commercial guidelines; a district of the city highlighted as a focus – this year it is Neubau, Vienna’s seventh district; or Debüt, a platform for two selected universities and their design students. As in 2011, Poland has been selected as the guest country. The “The ABCs of Polish Design” exhibition is dedicated to the past 100 years of design history of this country, amongst other things.

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Königsschlösser und Fabriken – Ludwig II. und die Architektur

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
28.09.2018 – 13.01.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) is famous primarily for his opulent castle buildings such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, for which he earned the nickname “the fairy tale king”. Beyond these tourist attractions, his reign also spawned a series of lesser known but none the less important buildings such as the Nuremberg synagogue, the factory buildings in Augsburg’s textile quarter, and the glass halls for furnishing the international electricity exhibition in 1882 in Munich, as well as buildings for education, health, culture, and administration. The occasion for staging the “Palaces and Factories – The Architecture Under King Ludwig II” exhibition is a long overdue extensive analysis of the architecture of Ludwig II, and his role as the founding father of the TU Munich under the name of the New Polytechnic School 150 years ago.

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BITS

Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort, Hua Hin / TH
05.10.2018 – 07.10.2018
bitscon.asia 

The Bangkok International Typographic Symposium (BITS) is the “first and the only typographic and type design festival in South East Asia” to bring designers and interested parties together for the eighth time to discuss new developments in typography and its fields of application. This year, the event will take place in the coastal town of Hua Hin, bringing an informal approach to the programme: lectures will take place on the beach, and discussions in the swimming pool. Despite the deliberately relaxed atmosphere (shorts and swimwear are indicated as the dress code), the level of content will not be inferior to previous events. Speakers include the graphic designer and author Chawanat Suwan, the typographer and co-founder of The Font Bureau, David Berlow, and Tan Sueh Li, font and graphic designer and founder of the Huruf educational platform.

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IFRA World Publishing Expo

Fairground Berlin, Berlin / DE
09.10.2018 – 11.10.2018
ifra-expo.com 

IFRA World Publishing Expo aims to “explore all facets of print production from creating content to production and distribution” and is therefore aimed at all professionals and decision-makers in the industry. In addition to the exhibitor area, the start-up park is specifically dedicated to technological developments such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and automated content generation. New companies are given the opportunity to present their products in short pitches and network during speed dating. The Digital Advertising pavilion shines a spotlight on new methods of brand communication and advertising. Visitors can also take part in tours to printing works and publishing houses in the Berlin area.

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Frankfurter Book Fair

Fairground Frankfurt/Main, Frankfurt/Main / DE
10.10.2018 – 14.10.2018
buchmesse.de 

This year, the Frankfurt Book Fair is celebrating its 70th birthday at which Georgia will be the guest country of honour. As a trading centre for publishing, technology, and the creative industries as well as a major cultural event with around 275,000 visitors a year, the fair is one of the most important meeting places for the industry in the world. New features include the Frankfurt Pavilion, a temporary building designed by the architectural firm Schneider and Schumacher, which is to serve as a central venue for events, exchange, and the Bookfest, which was founded in 2017. The Arts+ area in hall 4.1 will once again host developments in literature, culture, and creativity in the face of new technological possibilities and bring together stakeholders such as designers, politicians, economists, and representatives of cultural institutions with the aim to initiate discussions and to create synergies. Once again this year, form will be represented; you will find us in The Arts+ area at booth M83.

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UX-Day

Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim / DE
10.10.2018 – 12.10.2018
ux-day.de 

For over ten years now, the UX-Day has been bringing together a wide audience in Mannheim to consider topics such as digital strategy, marketing, industry 4.0, e-commerce, technology, user experience, social media, and usability. An important part of the event is the UX-Day conference, at which user-experience experts provide input and food for thought to encourage visitors to take a look beyond their own specialist area. The speakers are drawn from industry and business as well as from research. The conference will be complemented by workshops, and four masterclasses in the C-Hub creative business centre entitled “Gamification”, “Creativity”, “Data Visualization”, and “UI Animation Next Level” will emphasise different focal points within the field of user experience. The UX-Day is supplemented by a street-food market and networking opportunities.

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Forecast Festival 2018

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin / DE
12.10.2018 – 13.10.2018
forecast-platform.com 

As a platform for knowledge exchange, and within the framework of a five-month collaboration, Forecast offers young creative minds working with established mentors the opportunity to transform their ideas into projects that are then made accessible to a broad public at the Forecast Festival. The themes include Invasive Design, Moving Image, Looking, Living Matter, Composition, and Beyond Radio. Also part of the festival is the conference “Housing the Human”. This initiative, which resulted from a collaboration between five European institutions and organisations, presents current research approaches and scenarios on the topic of life on earth in the future.

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68. Pop und Protest

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
18.10.2018 – 17.03.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The 1968 movement was a time in which people all around the world rebelled and began to fight back vociferously against existing structures using various cultural means, from music to fashion to cinema critical of society and a new interest in (public) discussions. They fought for freedom, peace, equal rights, and acceptance – values that are being discussed again today. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) has brought together 200 objects from its own collection and loans, including artworks, photographs, fashion, posters, and products to illustrate the mood of this period. The Spiegel canteen, finalised by Verner Panton for Spiegel publishing house in 1969 and transferred to the MKG in 2012, forms the centrepiece of the exhibition.

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Biennale Interieur

Kortrijk / BE
18.10.2018 – 22.10.2018
interieur.be 

The first edition of the Biennale Interieur 50 years ago took place in the spirit of the 1968 movement. Back then, people wanted to rebel against the established idea of good design, break new ground, and involve the general public. Since then, the event has become a permanent fixture in the design landscape. In 2018, the event will be reduced to five days and more attention will be paid to the topics of business and entrepreneurship. Once again, the main venue is the Xpo congress centre. This year’s scenography was created by Studio Verter and is inspired by the basic functional principles of the urban space. The Biennale’s programme continues in the centre of Kortrijk, with a special venue being a former hospital. Again this year, The Floor Is Yours serves as a platform for young designers, new studios, collaborations, and universities.

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Push Conference

Alte Kongresshalle, Munich / DE
19.10.2018 – 20.10.2018
http://push-conference.com/2018/ 

The Push Conference is a platform for international designers, developers, and user experience (UX) professionals and is primarily dedicated to UX design and interaction design. A range of lectures, discussions, and an interactive exhibition will cover current design-related topics, with opportunities to exchange inspirations and innovative ideas, alongside a chance to see presentations on new developments in the field of interaction design. Customer-centred design and its implications, the combination of design with values related to our times, and concrete suggestions to enhance designers’ creativity and productivity are just some of the topics covered at the conference. Speakers include Josh Clark, director of Big Medium, Designer Signe Roswall, and Cynthia Savard Saucier, UX Director at Shopify.

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Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti Archi-Designer

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
19.10.2018 – 10.02.2019
madparis.fr 

Primarily, Gio Ponti (1891–1979) left his mark on modern architecture in Italy, but he was also involved in international projects. His work with colours, surfaces, and fine structures ranged from the design of buildings to interior design and product and furniture design, earning him the moniker of “archi-designer” in the exhibition’s title. By co-founding the magazine Domus and teaching at the Politecnico di Milano, he ensured that his ideas reached a wide audience. This exhibition chronologically follows the six decades of his work, and is also organised according to discipline. Amongst the exhibits on show are drawings, models, photographs, and films. “Tutto Ponti” is also intended to raise awareness in France for the importance of Gio Ponti’s standing in architectural and design history.

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Dutch Design Week

Eindhoven / NL
20.10.2018 – 28.10.2018
ddw.nl 

Every October, the Dutch Design Week attracts over 300,000 visitors to Eindhoven – more people than the city has inhabitants. The future of the design discipline, innovation, experimentation, and collaboration are the primary focus of attention. The Dutch Design Week offers young and up-and-coming designers a platform to make new contacts and present their work to a wide audience. Throughout the city there are over 100 separate events, including exhibitions, award ceremonies, readings, networking events, debates, and parties, which invite visitors to explore the potential of design and creative processes. According to the organisers, more than 2,500 designers take part, making the event “the biggest design event in Northern Europe”.

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Orgatec

Fairground Cologne, Cologne / DE
23.10.2018 – 27.10.2018
orgatec.de 

As the “leading trade fair for the modern working world”, Orgatec is the contact point for all sectors involved in the furnishing and equipping of offices and properties. It is aimed at manufacturers, architects, interior designers, designers, traders, investors, and representatives of the real estate industry. The organisers claim not only to show products, but also to make a contribution to the working culture of the future. In various formats and areas, there will be discussions about promoting well-being and creativity through designing the working environment as well as new developments in technology and digitisation. The question of how the working world can protect and positively influence the health of its employees will also be examined. For the first time in 2018, the Start-up Corner will offer a presentation platform for start-ups from the architecture and construction industries.

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Milano Design Film Festival

Anteo Palazzo del Cinema, Milan / IT
25.10.2018 – 28.10.2018
milanodesignfilmfestival.com 

For the past six years every autumn, the Milano Design Film Festival has transformed the Anteo Palazzo del Cinema in the heart of Milan into a four-day meeting place for enthusiasts of architecture and design. During this time, around 50 screenings provide an insight into the current cinematic examination of this topic. The aim is to provide a stage for films that are not included in the programmes of major cinemas. This year, the festival’s main theme is “Fast-Changing”. The conflict between future vision and history, technology and tradition, digitisation and materiality is considered, culminating in the questions: “What to keep, what to change, how to recycle, what to destroy?”

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Vision Plus México

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico City / MX
29.10.2018 – 31.10.2018
iiidspace.net 

The Vision Plus conference focuses on the influence of information design on the development and experience of cities. International professionals, students, and teachers will come together at the conference to discuss innovative approaches and skills in information design, as well as solutions to problems such as climate change, urban mobility, traffic risks, and disaster management. Since 1995, the International Institute for Information Design has been organising international symposia under the banner of Vision Plus. The global network of designers and organisations is committed to optimising information technology and business processes in education, science, and everyday life.

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