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April

Einfach gut. Design aus Dänemark

Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2019
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

[Simply Good. Design from Denmark] When it comes to Danish design, most people probably think of wellknown mid-century classics. This exhibition wants to prove that this country has much more to offer. Although the exhibits include furniture and lighting by Finn Juhl, Verner Panton, and Nanna Ditzel, these are complemented by new interpretations of craftsmanship and projects that see design as a tool for tackling major global problems. As a result, the curators want to leave behind the purely nostalgic perspective and raise questions about sustainability, social perception, and the image of Danish design. The exhibition was shown in Berlin back in 2017 and has been extended and adapted for the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus.

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Get Out and Vote! Posters for Germany’s First Democratic Elections

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg / DE
– 22.04.2019
mkg-hamburg.de 

The first democratic elections took place in Germany 100 years ago. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is reviving associated election campaigns from the past by showcasing posters and other printed matter from this period. The exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg aims to remind visitors that as a form of government democracy was not always a given and had to be defended.

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Koloman Moser

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 22.04.2019
mak.at 

Almost no one other than Koloman Moser (1868–1918) lived up to the ideal of the universal artist held in high esteem by the Vienna Secession; his work extends from painting to the design of furniture, objects, and interiors to stage design and fashion. This retrospective to mark the centenary of his death looks at his extensive oeuvre in chronological order and, at the same time, includes those who blazed a trail and accompanied him on his path. Arranged in stages of his life, beginning with Vienna as a source of inspiration and concluding with Moser’s final return to painting, the “Koloman Moser. Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann” exhibition presents 600 exhibits, many of which have previously never been accessible to the public.

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Dea Trier Mørch. Into the World

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 28.04.2019
louisiana.dk 

Driven by her own experiences, the Danish author and artist Dea Trier Mørch wrote the novel “Vinterbørn” [Winter’s Child] in 1976. This publication made her well-known all over Europe. The Louisana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk is showcasing the linocuts she created on the basis of her novel. The sensitive yet abstract depiction of human physicality in her work is utterly convincing. What is more, they provide a female view of environments such as a maternity ward. The exhibition shows around ninety works by the artist.

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Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can't be bothered

RMIT Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne / AU
– 04.05.2019
designhub.rmit.edu.au 

The retrospective “Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can't be bothered”, now available to view at the RMIT Design Hub, illuminates the variability of her work, which constantly changes between wearable and unwearable, conforming and offensive, masterful and amateurish. It creates a dialogue between the tried and tested, tradition and history on the one hand, and current social and political positions on the other.

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From Arts and Crafts to the Bauhaus. Art and Design – A New Unity

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 05.05.2019
broehan-museum.de 

The subject of the Bauhaus centenary in 2019 is on everyone’s lips. Against this backdrop, the Bröhan- Museum in Berlin is also marking the occasion by staging an exhibition entitled “From Arts and Crafts to the Bauhaus. Art and Design – A New Unity!” The main aim is to clear up existing myths surrounding the Bauhaus and to classify them in terms of design history. In this respect, the exhibition presents not only the background to Bauhaus, but also places it in the context of European modernism – from Arts and Crafts to the Glasgow School, Viennese Art Nouveau, the German Association of Craftsmen, to Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau. There are more than 300 exhibits including furniture, graphics, metal art, ceramics, and paintings from over 50 years of design history.

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Paula, Emil, Willi and Eddy: Hans Traxler for Children

Wilhelm Busch – German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing, Hanover / DE
– 05.05.2019
karikatur-museum.de 

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of cartoonist, children’s book author and co-founder of the satirical magazine “Titanic”, Hans Traxler, this exhibition presents more than 100 of his works for children. Traxler was honoured with the Göttinger Elch, the Deutscher Karikaturenpreis and the Wilhelm-Busch Prize, alongside other prizes for his life’s work. The exhibition showcases his first children’s book “Fünf Hunde erben eine Million” (Five Dogs Inherit a Million) from 1979, his illustrations of children’s books on great poets and thinkers and his most recent works.

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The Secret Life of Textiles: The Milton Sonday Archive

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York / US
– 05.05.2019
metmuseum.org 

Milton Sonday is famous for his technical drawings of handmade fabrics. Following the transfer of his archive to the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition “The Secret Life of Textiles” presents an initial selection of his studies on the structure of lace fabrics, the wide range of embroideries and the diversity of woven patterns. In collaboration with Sonday, the Antonio Ratti Textile Center has already sighted the first part of the donated archive, but the cataloguing of his entire life’s work is ongoing.

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Cultural Threads

Textiel Museum, Tilburg / NL
– 12.05.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

In the exhibition “Cultural Threads”, textiles serve as mediators and witnesses of sociopolitical connections in a world whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. Stories are discovered and told, relationships are revealed, identities are shaped, and perspectives for the future are opened up. In addition to works by international textile artists such as Hana Miletić, Otobong Nkanga, Aiko Tezuka, and Mary Sibande, new works have been created especially for the exhibition in the Textiel Lab. Eylem Aladogan, for example, uses textiles from the Ottoman Empire to examine her Turkish origins and the political situation there under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while Vincent Vulsma, using sculptures, tackles the historical role of fabrics and indigo in the slave trade.

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Corita Kent. Power Up

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 12.05.2019
houseofillustration.org.uk 

First nun, then artist and activist: Corita Kent turned pop art into protest. Using the striking aesthetics of the advertising world in her silk-screen prints, which at first glance looked like harmless packaging, Kent was in fact highlighting social problems such as sexism, racism, and war. With seventy silk-screen prints, the exhibition aims to illustrate the development of Kent’s work.

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Zoo Mockba. Toy Animals from the Soviet Union – 1950 until 1980

Me Collectors Room Berlin / DE
– 13.05.2019
me-berlin.com 

In the “Zoo Mockba. Toy Animals from the Soviet Union – 1950 until 1980” exhibition, the Me Collectors Room in Berlin has over 100 figures by eleven different artists on show. These are a sample selection of toy animals from the Soviet Union from the period between 1950 and 1980. Since there was no toy industry of its own in Russia during the tsar’s era, toys had to be obtained from Germany and France, but only if one had sufficient financial means. Otherwise, it was a case of playing with toys made by hand from wood or clay. The first industrially manufactured toys came onto the market from the 1930s. At the beginning of the 1950s, graduates of the Leningrad Art Academy found the freedom they needed in the toy industry to try out new things and develop their own language of design.

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Not My Thing. Gender in Design

HfG Archiv, Ulm / DE
– 19.05.2019
museumulm.de 

Gender identities are changing: people are increasingly rejecting conventional notions of how a woman or man should be and look. The perpetuation of stereotypes connected to biological sex can operate via our designed environment, which includes clothing, advertising, and objects, and since these are always linked to constructed worlds, you might say that design has a significant role to play. Using examples and works from the fields of design research, product design, the fashion world, and art, the exhibition explores the question of what it means to be gender-specific, gender-sensitive or gender-blind in design.

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Anton Lorenz. Von der Avantgarde zur Industrie

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 19.05.2019
design-museum.de 

We might wonder why the Vitra Design Museum has treated the estate of the entrepreneur and designer Anton so cautiously, though it has been included there since the founding phase of what is probably Germany’s best-known design museum. But we can also rejoice in the fact that now – Bauhaus celebrations are also taking place here – insights are being granted in the Weiler Schaudepot into this man’s work, albeit out of which Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, in line with product and propaganda requirements of the time created designs.

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Die neue Heimat (1950–1982). A Social Democratic Utopia and Its Buildings

Architecture Museum of the TU Munich / DE
– 19.05.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Taken over and renamed by the National Socialists and after the Second World War then run by the German Confederation of Trade Unions, the non-state housing construction group Neue Heimat was considered to be one of the most relevant construction companies in post-war Europe. It was responsible for the construction of more than 400,000 residential, municipal, and commercial buildings, some of which still exist today. Using examples such as the Neue Vahr in Bremen with the residential tower designed by Alvar Aalto, or the overflow city of Neuperlach in Munich, the largest housing project in Europe of its time planned for 80,000 residents, the exhibition analyses the buildings and projects of Neue Heimat and supports these with photographs, film productions, planning materials, and original models.

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The Blind Spot. Women Designers of the Bauhaus and today

Designhaus Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt / DE
– 26.05.2019
hessendesign.de 

The occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus demands a specially nuanced view of the design school. Accordingly, and against the background of current women’s rights movements, Hessen Design is addressing the role of women at the Bauhaus. Although the art school proclaimed itself as having an egalitarian approach, the reality was different. The exhibition showcases the work of women from six creative areas of the art school. As a counterpart, it features six contemporary designers, thereby creating an arc to the present situation and looking beyond into the future. With this exhibition, the Mathildenhöhe Designhaus aims to illustrate the social impact of design and make an active contribution to the cultural diversity of the Rhine-Main region and Hesse.

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Glass-oriented Design

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu / BE
– 26.05.2019
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin summed up the ambivalent transparency of glass as follows: “Glass is, in general, the enemy of secrets.” Against this background, the exhibition “Glass-oriented Design” showcases a series of experiments using the material of glass that various designers have developed together with the glass manufacturer CIRVA (Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastique). The exhibition displays objects and constructions that Andrea Branzi developed between 2001 and 2008 for CIRVA and that deal with the relationship between everyday objects, nature, and architecture. The research work by Sylvain Willenz and the lighting project by Normal Studio provide a contrast by using the material from a formal and technical point of view.

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The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics

New Museum, New York / US
– 26.05.2019
newmuseum.org 

The Rhizome Initiative for the Conservation of Digital Art and Culture, based at the New Museum in New York, presents selected net art works based on its two-year online exhibition “Net Art Anthology”. The aim is to reveal the processes of archiving work with artistic practice on the Internet. For two years, Rhizome has been publishing regular posts on individual art projects from different decades on a specially created website. The idea is that this project will illustrate the history of digital art since the 1980s and sketch a possible canon. Some projects take place or have taken place exclusively in virtual space, others are and have been expanded offline.

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Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 16.06.2019
mudac.ch 

The “Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers” exhibition at the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne puts the spotlight on the work of perfumers and their creative process. Issues of inspiration, working methods, but also a saturated market are dealt with taking 13 perfumers and their working environment as examples. With this selection of perfumers, the exhibition aims to generate the greatest possible diversity by showcasing men and women, established and young perfumers, as well as major brands and individuals. Interviews will also give visitors a deeper insight into the thoughts and work of the perfumers, who include Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Isabelle Doyen, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vero Kern, Patricia de Nicolaï, and Lorenzo Villoresi.

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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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Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality

Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen / DE
– 30.06.2019
ludwigforum.de 

Ever since ancient times, artists have looked for new techniques and methods to influence and mislead the perception of viewers; in the age of digital image processing it is now hardly possible to distinguish between reality and fiction. The exhibition “Lust der Täuschung. Von antiker Kunst bis zur Virtual Reality” in times of fake news is an extremely explosive contribution to current discourse, showing a whole range of aesthetic forms of play used to create illusion and simulation. Among the exhibits are over a hundred works from the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, immersive and interactive media art, augmented and virtual reality, applied art, and design.

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Material Domestication

The Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 14.07.2019
sfmcd.org 

Six contemporary artists will present their work and their handling of materials in the “Material Domestication” exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. The exhib- ition is to be seen as examining materiality, technique, and one’s own skills and is primarily devoted to slow and repetitive production techniques such as handicrafts, knitting, weaving, and other historical methods of processing textiles. As these handicraft techniques are still usually associated with women, the exhibition aims to support the discourseon the (ir)relevance of gender roles in contemporary crafts and to promote a more neutral perspective.

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Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt / DE
– 01.09.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

As studies have shown many times, having friends is a basic human need, because loneliness makes you ill (↗ form 280, p. 70). The exhibition “Like You! Friendship – Digital and Analogue” asks what constitutes friendship and, above all, what changes digital media and means of communication are causing in this respect. Arranged into sections entitled “Making Friends”, “Having Friends”, and “Losing Friends” this special kind of interpersonal relationship is examined throughout all eras. The “discovery table” then offers the possibility of interacting and exchanging information with one another, either analogously or digitally, from using messages sent by note to those sent by robots. The supporting programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops, and film screenings is aimed at both adults and children.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

MUMOK, Vienna / AT
– 08.09.2019
mumok.at 

Varying Adolf Loos’ maxim “ornament and crime”, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna will present the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As Promise”. With exhibits from the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it is one of the largest exhibitions on the US movement of the same name in German-speaking countries since the 1980s. The exhibits include mosaics, textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner. The works are united by their striving to integrate colour, variety of forms, and emotion into art again and therefore are also to be understood as a deliberate alternative to the purism of 1960s art.

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Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/ Rhine / DE
– 08.09.2019
design-museum.de 

For the first time, the “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for People” retrospective held at the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on
the complete works by the architect and urban planner Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927). Doshi was the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018. In India he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, whose design principles, however, he does not simply adopt wholesale, but al- ways interprets them for the given cultural context. The exhibition brings together his most significant works from the period 1958 to 2014, including projects involving the planning of entire cities or settlements as well as designs for universities, government and administrative buildings, private houses, and interiors. His work will be illustrated with drawings, models, photographs, film material, and various walk-in installations; additionally his relationships with colleagues such as Le Corbusier or Christopher Alexander.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The market for “Modest Fashion” is booming worldwide and is influencing the fashion industry more than ever before. The phenomenon of contemporary Muslim fashions has been given a dedicated show of the same name. The content of the show was developed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and is now being presented for the first time in Europe at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. The exhibition, which sees itself as providing a snapshot of Muslim fashion, thus initiates not merely an aesthetic but also a socio-political discourse. Individual style and young fashion serve as an impetus for talking about tradition and politics, cultural identity, gender understanding and personal freedoms.

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden / DE
– 18.09.2019
dhmd.de 

The sun enables and influences life on earth like nothing else. It is the energy source, rhythm generator, and centre of our planetary system – and has not yet been completely researched, not by far. No wonder, therefore, that mankind has always had a special relationship with this star. The “Shine on Me. The Sun and Us” exhibition is dedicated to the sun and the many facets of its scientific and cultural significance. Divided into seven areas, its role is examined as a deity, timer, symbol, emitter of light, health factor, energy source, and star. From ancient rituals to modern technology, this covers a broad spectrum of human history. The topic is made more accessible to both children and adults with an accompanying programme of lectures, discussions, readings, and guided tours.

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Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

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Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

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May

Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can't be bothered

RMIT Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne / AU
– 04.05.2019
designhub.rmit.edu.au 

The retrospective “Lisa Walker: She wants to go to her bedroom but she can't be bothered”, now available to view at the RMIT Design Hub, illuminates the variability of her work, which constantly changes between wearable and unwearable, conforming and offensive, masterful and amateurish. It creates a dialogue between the tried and tested, tradition and history on the one hand, and current social and political positions on the other.

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From Arts and Crafts to the Bauhaus. Art and Design – A New Unity

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 05.05.2019
broehan-museum.de 

The subject of the Bauhaus centenary in 2019 is on everyone’s lips. Against this backdrop, the Bröhan- Museum in Berlin is also marking the occasion by staging an exhibition entitled “From Arts and Crafts to the Bauhaus. Art and Design – A New Unity!” The main aim is to clear up existing myths surrounding the Bauhaus and to classify them in terms of design history. In this respect, the exhibition presents not only the background to Bauhaus, but also places it in the context of European modernism – from Arts and Crafts to the Glasgow School, Viennese Art Nouveau, the German Association of Craftsmen, to Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau. There are more than 300 exhibits including furniture, graphics, metal art, ceramics, and paintings from over 50 years of design history.

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Paula, Emil, Willi and Eddy: Hans Traxler for Children

Wilhelm Busch – German Museum for Caricature and the Art of Drawing, Hanover / DE
– 05.05.2019
karikatur-museum.de 

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of cartoonist, children’s book author and co-founder of the satirical magazine “Titanic”, Hans Traxler, this exhibition presents more than 100 of his works for children. Traxler was honoured with the Göttinger Elch, the Deutscher Karikaturenpreis and the Wilhelm-Busch Prize, alongside other prizes for his life’s work. The exhibition showcases his first children’s book “Fünf Hunde erben eine Million” (Five Dogs Inherit a Million) from 1979, his illustrations of children’s books on great poets and thinkers and his most recent works.

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The Secret Life of Textiles: The Milton Sonday Archive

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York / US
– 05.05.2019
metmuseum.org 

Milton Sonday is famous for his technical drawings of handmade fabrics. Following the transfer of his archive to the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition “The Secret Life of Textiles” presents an initial selection of his studies on the structure of lace fabrics, the wide range of embroideries and the diversity of woven patterns. In collaboration with Sonday, the Antonio Ratti Textile Center has already sighted the first part of the donated archive, but the cataloguing of his entire life’s work is ongoing.

more

Cultural Threads

Textiel Museum, Tilburg / NL
– 12.05.2019
textielmuseum.nl 

In the exhibition “Cultural Threads”, textiles serve as mediators and witnesses of sociopolitical connections in a world whose boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred. Stories are discovered and told, relationships are revealed, identities are shaped, and perspectives for the future are opened up. In addition to works by international textile artists such as Hana Miletić, Otobong Nkanga, Aiko Tezuka, and Mary Sibande, new works have been created especially for the exhibition in the Textiel Lab. Eylem Aladogan, for example, uses textiles from the Ottoman Empire to examine her Turkish origins and the political situation there under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while Vincent Vulsma, using sculptures, tackles the historical role of fabrics and indigo in the slave trade.

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Corita Kent. Power Up

House of Illustration, London / GB
– 12.05.2019
houseofillustration.org.uk 

First nun, then artist and activist: Corita Kent turned pop art into protest. Using the striking aesthetics of the advertising world in her silk-screen prints, which at first glance looked like harmless packaging, Kent was in fact highlighting social problems such as sexism, racism, and war. With seventy silk-screen prints, the exhibition aims to illustrate the development of Kent’s work.

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Zoo Mockba. Toy Animals from the Soviet Union – 1950 until 1980

Me Collectors Room Berlin / DE
– 13.05.2019
me-berlin.com 

In the “Zoo Mockba. Toy Animals from the Soviet Union – 1950 until 1980” exhibition, the Me Collectors Room in Berlin has over 100 figures by eleven different artists on show. These are a sample selection of toy animals from the Soviet Union from the period between 1950 and 1980. Since there was no toy industry of its own in Russia during the tsar’s era, toys had to be obtained from Germany and France, but only if one had sufficient financial means. Otherwise, it was a case of playing with toys made by hand from wood or clay. The first industrially manufactured toys came onto the market from the 1930s. At the beginning of the 1950s, graduates of the Leningrad Art Academy found the freedom they needed in the toy industry to try out new things and develop their own language of design.

more

Not My Thing. Gender in Design

HfG Archiv, Ulm / DE
– 19.05.2019
museumulm.de 

Gender identities are changing: people are increasingly rejecting conventional notions of how a woman or man should be and look. The perpetuation of stereotypes connected to biological sex can operate via our designed environment, which includes clothing, advertising, and objects, and since these are always linked to constructed worlds, you might say that design has a significant role to play. Using examples and works from the fields of design research, product design, the fashion world, and art, the exhibition explores the question of what it means to be gender-specific, gender-sensitive or gender-blind in design.

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Die neue Heimat (1950–1982). A Social Democratic Utopia and Its Buildings

Architecture Museum of the TU Munich / DE
– 19.05.2019
architekturmuseum.de 

Taken over and renamed by the National Socialists and after the Second World War then run by the German Confederation of Trade Unions, the non-state housing construction group Neue Heimat was considered to be one of the most relevant construction companies in post-war Europe. It was responsible for the construction of more than 400,000 residential, municipal, and commercial buildings, some of which still exist today. Using examples such as the Neue Vahr in Bremen with the residential tower designed by Alvar Aalto, or the overflow city of Neuperlach in Munich, the largest housing project in Europe of its time planned for 80,000 residents, the exhibition analyses the buildings and projects of Neue Heimat and supports these with photographs, film productions, planning materials, and original models.

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Anton Lorenz. Von der Avantgarde zur Industrie

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 19.05.2019
design-museum.de 

We might wonder why the Vitra Design Museum has treated the estate of the entrepreneur and designer Anton so cautiously, though it has been included there since the founding phase of what is probably Germany’s best-known design museum. But we can also rejoice in the fact that now – Bauhaus celebrations are also taking place here – insights are being granted in the Weiler Schaudepot into this man’s work, albeit out of which Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann, in line with product and propaganda requirements of the time created designs.

more

The Blind Spot. Women Designers of the Bauhaus and today

Designhaus Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt / DE
– 26.05.2019
hessendesign.de 

The occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus demands a specially nuanced view of the design school. Accordingly, and against the background of current women’s rights movements, Hessen Design is addressing the role of women at the Bauhaus. Although the art school proclaimed itself as having an egalitarian approach, the reality was different. The exhibition showcases the work of women from six creative areas of the art school. As a counterpart, it features six contemporary designers, thereby creating an arc to the present situation and looking beyond into the future. With this exhibition, the Mathildenhöhe Designhaus aims to illustrate the social impact of design and make an active contribution to the cultural diversity of the Rhine-Main region and Hesse.

more

Glass-oriented Design

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu / BE
– 26.05.2019
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The cultural critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin summed up the ambivalent transparency of glass as follows: “Glass is, in general, the enemy of secrets.” Against this background, the exhibition “Glass-oriented Design” showcases a series of experiments using the material of glass that various designers have developed together with the glass manufacturer CIRVA (Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastique). The exhibition displays objects and constructions that Andrea Branzi developed between 2001 and 2008 for CIRVA and that deal with the relationship between everyday objects, nature, and architecture. The research work by Sylvain Willenz and the lighting project by Normal Studio provide a contrast by using the material from a formal and technical point of view.

more

The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics

New Museum, New York / US
– 26.05.2019
newmuseum.org 

The Rhizome Initiative for the Conservation of Digital Art and Culture, based at the New Museum in New York, presents selected net art works based on its two-year online exhibition “Net Art Anthology”. The aim is to reveal the processes of archiving work with artistic practice on the Internet. For two years, Rhizome has been publishing regular posts on individual art projects from different decades on a specially created website. The idea is that this project will illustrate the history of digital art since the 1980s and sketch a possible canon. Some projects take place or have taken place exclusively in virtual space, others are and have been expanded offline.

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Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
– 16.06.2019
mudac.ch 

The “Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers” exhibition at the Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC) in Lausanne puts the spotlight on the work of perfumers and their creative process. Issues of inspiration, working methods, but also a saturated market are dealt with taking 13 perfumers and their working environment as examples. With this selection of perfumers, the exhibition aims to generate the greatest possible diversity by showcasing men and women, established and young perfumers, as well as major brands and individuals. Interviews will also give visitors a deeper insight into the thoughts and work of the perfumers, who include Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, Isabelle Doyen, Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vero Kern, Patricia de Nicolaï, and Lorenzo Villoresi.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
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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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Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality

Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen / DE
– 30.06.2019
ludwigforum.de 

Ever since ancient times, artists have looked for new techniques and methods to influence and mislead the perception of viewers; in the age of digital image processing it is now hardly possible to distinguish between reality and fiction. The exhibition “Lust der Täuschung. Von antiker Kunst bis zur Virtual Reality” in times of fake news is an extremely explosive contribution to current discourse, showing a whole range of aesthetic forms of play used to create illusion and simulation. Among the exhibits are over a hundred works from the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, immersive and interactive media art, augmented and virtual reality, applied art, and design.

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Material Domestication

The Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 14.07.2019
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Six contemporary artists will present their work and their handling of materials in the “Material Domestication” exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. The exhib- ition is to be seen as examining materiality, technique, and one’s own skills and is primarily devoted to slow and repetitive production techniques such as handicrafts, knitting, weaving, and other historical methods of processing textiles. As these handicraft techniques are still usually associated with women, the exhibition aims to support the discourseon the (ir)relevance of gender roles in contemporary crafts and to promote a more neutral perspective.

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Like you! Freundschaft digital und analog

Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt / DE
– 01.09.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

As studies have shown many times, having friends is a basic human need, because loneliness makes you ill (↗ form 280, p. 70). The exhibition “Like You! Friendship – Digital and Analogue” asks what constitutes friendship and, above all, what changes digital media and means of communication are causing in this respect. Arranged into sections entitled “Making Friends”, “Having Friends”, and “Losing Friends” this special kind of interpersonal relationship is examined throughout all eras. The “discovery table” then offers the possibility of interacting and exchanging information with one another, either analogously or digitally, from using messages sent by note to those sent by robots. The supporting programme of guided tours, discussions, workshops, and film screenings is aimed at both adults and children.

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Pattern and Decoration. Ornament als Versprechen

MUMOK, Vienna / AT
– 08.09.2019
mumok.at 

Varying Adolf Loos’ maxim “ornament and crime”, the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna will present the exhibition “Pattern and Decoration. Ornament As Promise”. With exhibits from the collection of Peter and Irene Ludwig, it is one of the largest exhibitions on the US movement of the same name in German-speaking countries since the 1980s. The exhibits include mosaics, textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner. The works are united by their striving to integrate colour, variety of forms, and emotion into art again and therefore are also to be understood as a deliberate alternative to the purism of 1960s art.

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Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Vitra Design Museum, Weil/ Rhine / DE
– 08.09.2019
design-museum.de 

For the first time, the “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for People” retrospective held at the Vitra Design Museum presents an exhibition on
the complete works by the architect and urban planner Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927). Doshi was the first Indian to be awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2018. In India he is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture, whose design principles, however, he does not simply adopt wholesale, but al- ways interprets them for the given cultural context. The exhibition brings together his most significant works from the period 1958 to 2014, including projects involving the planning of entire cities or settlements as well as designs for universities, government and administrative buildings, private houses, and interiors. His work will be illustrated with drawings, models, photographs, film material, and various walk-in installations; additionally his relationships with colleagues such as Le Corbusier or Christopher Alexander.

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 15.09.2019
museumangewandtekunst.de 

The market for “Modest Fashion” is booming worldwide and is influencing the fashion industry more than ever before. The phenomenon of contemporary Muslim fashions has been given a dedicated show of the same name. The content of the show was developed at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and is now being presented for the first time in Europe at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. The exhibition, which sees itself as providing a snapshot of Muslim fashion, thus initiates not merely an aesthetic but also a socio-political discourse. Individual style and young fashion serve as an impetus for talking about tradition and politics, cultural identity, gender understanding and personal freedoms.

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Shine on Me. Wir und die Sonne

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden / DE
– 18.09.2019
dhmd.de 

The sun enables and influences life on earth like nothing else. It is the energy source, rhythm generator, and centre of our planetary system – and has not yet been completely researched, not by far. No wonder, therefore, that mankind has always had a special relationship with this star. The “Shine on Me. The Sun and Us” exhibition is dedicated to the sun and the many facets of its scientific and cultural significance. Divided into seven areas, its role is examined as a deity, timer, symbol, emitter of light, health factor, energy source, and star. From ancient rituals to modern technology, this covers a broad spectrum of human history. The topic is made more accessible to both children and adults with an accompanying programme of lectures, discussions, readings, and guided tours.

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Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

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Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

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Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

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111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

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Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
17.05.2019 – 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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Neuhaus

Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam / NL
19.05.2019 – 15.09.2019
hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

In the Netherlands, too, various institutions are jumping on the bandwagon of the Bauhaus centenary. Against this background, this spring the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam will be- come the “Neuhaus”, an ever-evolving learning environment that is explicitly dedicated to “other” knowledge for a period of five months. As a result, it will not be a glorification of Bauhaus, but rather a translation of the spirit of that time into the present day. The Institute sees “Neuhaus” as an opportunity to generate new, different know- ledge and thus, at its best, to escape the often destructive status quo. Interested parties will have the opportunity to apply as “Neuhäusler” via a call for auditions and to actively contribute to the programme.

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Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
28.05.2019 – 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

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