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January

The Hobbyist. Hobbies, Photography and the Hobby of Photography

Fotomuseum, Winterhur / DE
– 28.01.2018
fotomuseum.ch 

The exhibition “The Hobbyist” takes a look at hobby culture and photography, and both amateur cultures and professionalism. It shows hobbies and hobbyists captured through photographs and, using the example of photography, explores the interface between amateur and professional. Accompanying the exhibition are various events, which expand some aspects. A conversation with Nicolas Vermot-Petit-Outhenin including a demonstration on Drones as a Hobby is planned for November 12, 2017. December 2 includes a screening of amateur films and on 10 December visitors can see Lithoplane in 3D printing in collaboration with Fab Lab Winti.

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Beazley Designs of the Year

The Design Museum, London / GB
– 28.01.2018
designmuseum.org 

For the tenth time in its history, the Design Museum in London will be again presenting a selection of last year’s innovative designs in the “Beazley Designs of the Year” exhibition in 2017. The exhibition comprises 60 international projects in the areas of architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product, and transport. The public has the opportunity to vote for their favourites until January 2018. A panel of renowned academics, critics, and designers will choose the winners from this selection. Themes such as activism and protest are particularly prominent in the projects this year, with references to President Trump and the Brexit referendum, for instance.

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Echoes. 100 Years in Finnish Design and Architecture

Felleshus, The Nordic Embassies, Berlin / DE
– 28.01.2018
echoes100.com 

Having visited Warsaw, Bratislava, Budapest, and Prague, the exhibition “Echoes. 100 Years in Finnish Design and Architecture” is currently on show at the Felleshus in Berlin. In terms of content, it deals with the aesthetic history of architecture and design in Finland using a selection of classic Finnish examples from these areas, as well as less well-known works ranging from the time of the country’s declaration of independence a century ago to the present day. The Finnish approach to design is influenced by the country’s remote location and its harsh natural conditions and is inspired by particularly simple forms of expression as well as by innovative and practical approaches to solving the challenges of everyday life.

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Items: Is Fashion Modern?

MoMA, New York / US
– 28.01.2018
moma.org 

The exhibition entitled “Items: Is Fashion Modern?” examines the past, present, and future of 111 different items of clothing and accessories, which all have or had, a large influence on the world of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibits include items such as Levi’s 501, the Breton shirt, and the little black dress, as well as historically and culturally important clothes such as the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippa, and the keffiyeh. In addition, designers, engineers, and producers are invited to react to the various exhibits with new materials, approaches, and techniques to take the discussion into the present and future.

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Sitterwerk Orphan Papers

Sitterwerk, St. Gallen / CH
– 28.01.2018
sitterwerk.ch 

The art library is characterised by its dynamic order. Every book can be captured digitally, allowing for permanent inventory. This means that no book in the library has a fixed location and the arrangement of the books adapts itself to the users; this is part of the innovative achievement of this system and also increases the likelihood of serendipitous discoveries.

In addition, a new form of the inventory catalogue, has been created, making it possible to see online what books are where, thereby supporting new forms of use. Since the majority of the books come from personal collections, it is not unusual when browsing, to repeatedly stumble upon notes made during reading and research by the original owners. In the exhibition, the Geneva-based artist and publisher Izet Sheshivari creates a platform for these archived musings. This exhibition reveals the intuitive networking of users and information in libraries.

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Basquiat. Boom for Real

Barbican Art Gallery, London / GB
– 28.01.2018
barbican.org.uk 

In the 1980s an artist who dared to think differently enriched the New York art scene with new outlooks and perspectives. Born in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat used a wide range of media for artistic expression, with words and symbols playing a central role in his work. An exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery in London showcases the outstanding work of this artist who died at the age of 27. The Barbican Centre is the largest cultural and conference centre in London, which houses a conservatory with over 2,000 different tropical plants alongside theatres, cinemas, exhibition rooms and the Art Gallery within its brutalist architectural structure.

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Onomatopee in Autumn

Onomatopee, Eindhoven / NL
– 30.01.2018
onomatopee.net 

Onomatopee is an artist-run space in Eindhoven, which identifies as a space and partner for everyone who engages with the design of our environment. By being neither a classical gallery, nor a commercial publisher, it gives the team the freedom to redefine both. Over the next few months they will hold different exhibitions and activities such as “The Parts and the Sum” by Studio Mieke Meijer and “Sense & Sensibility” by Mandy Roos.

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Only Chairs? Children’s Chairs from Sammlung Neuwald

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 04.02.2018
dnstdm.de 

In contrast to chairs for adults, chairs for children are a relatively new invention dating from the 17th century. As industrialisation progressed, designers began to consider the specific requirements of children’s chairs. Even today, children’s chairs pose a challenge for designers to successfully combine ergonomics, hygiene and fun in one piece of furniture. The development of designing children’s chairs from the Biedermeier age onwards is the theme of an exhibition held by Die Neue Sammlung in Munich which has been staged as part of a research project in co-operation with the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich.

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Gute Aussichten 2017/2018

NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf / DE
– 04.02.2018
nrw-forum.de 

The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is the home of the photography competition’s touring exhibition entitled Gute Aussichten – Junge Deutsche Fotografie. The eight prize-winning projects are by students at German universities of art and photography. The competition and exhibition aim to display the quality of up-and-coming German photographers’ work.

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Revolution in Rotgelbblau

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 04.02.2018
marta-herford.de 

A large number of the objects in the Rietveld collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht represent the historical core of the exhibition “Revolution in Red-Yellow-Blue. Gerrit Rietveld and Contemporary Art”. To mark the anniversary of De Stijl in the Netherlands, the Marta Herford Museum is also showing a number of contributions by various architects and designers, who still take advantage of abstraction, the use of basic colours, and a clear geometric order. All this could be found already a century ago in the designs by Gerrit Rietveld, architect and designer, who was one of the most influential members of the De Stijl collective at the time.

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PLAY UP! Queens, Pixel Monsters and Dragon Slayers

MAKK, Cologne / DE
– 04.02.2018
makk.de 

The “Play up! Queens, Pixel Monsters and Dragon Slayers” exhibition looks at the phenomenon of playing (form 269). New spaces of possibility for the players are created using various actors such as avatars, dolls or playing pieces with particular abilities and characteristics. With this in mind, in addition to a cultural positioning, the exhibition focuses on a detailed presentation of historical developments. The exhibits include masks, dolls, figures, boards, screenshots, trailers, props, and text- books in order to show new perspectives and give insights into various games in six different areas. Not only different formats of games are discussed, but also negative phenomena that can be part and parcel of the game, such as the ecstasy of playing or excess.

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Ralph Schraivogel

Le Signe Centre national du graphisme , Chaumont / FR
– 04.02.2018
centrenationaldugraphisme.fr 

The graphic designer Ralph Schraivogel has been captivating the international graphic design scene with experimental poster designs since the 1990s. Until 4 February 2018, Le Signe Centre national du graphisme in Chaumont will be exhibiting 65 posters from their own collection, giving an insight into the range of Schraivogel's graphic design oeuvre. Sketches from the designer's private archive are included in the exhibition. Jean Schneider is responsible for the scenography of the exhibition and the exhibition graphics are by Dutch designer Richard Niessen.

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North: Fashioning Identity

Somerset House, London / GB
– 04.02.2018
somersethouse.org.uk 

The exhibition “North: Fashioning Identity” in the Eastwing Galleries of Somerset House in London explores elements of North English identity and visual representation. It showcases contemporary fashion, photography and art, alongside photojournalism and documentary films, with a view to decoding collective perceptions of a culture that still has an influence on cultural identity. On 25 January 2018, Somerset House invites you to an exclusive screening of a film by artist Nick Hartley and a subsequent conversation with Vanley Burke. Visitors to the exhibition can also take advantage of free guided tours that are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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In Case of Emergency

Science Gallery Dublin, Dublin / IE
– 11.02.2018
dublin.sciencegallery.com 

The Science Gallery Dublin is tackling the topic of global catastrophe risks in its current exhibition "In Case of Emergency” within the context of the increasing dramatisation of apocalyptic scenarios in the media and the associated fascination with this subject. The connection between artists and scientists in various interdisciplinary projects is highlighted and the innovative potential of this constellation is emphasised. In addition to information about the exhibited projects on the gallery’s website, visitors will also find four informative essays about the relationship between humans and catastrophe.

 

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Play Parade.

Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 11.02.2018
design-museum.de 

On 9 September, the Vitra Design Museum is launching its first exhibition specially designed for children. At the centre is the artistic exploration undertaken by Ray and Charles Eames with play as a creative activity. Ray and Charles saw toys on an equal footing with everyday objects, so they should not be designed with less care than furniture or other products used every day. The exhibition is therefore not aimed primarily at children but at visitors of all ages.

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The Come Up. Charles Jeffrey

Now Gallery, London / GB
– 11.02.2018
nowgallery.co.uk 

Entering the Now Gallery could be equated with entering Charles Jeffrey's creative mind. The creative provocateur is known for his flamboyant designs apart from any normativity and has created the setting for noise and racket in the gallery for a period of three months. While circulating around the iconic illustrations by the Glaswegian designer, visitors can encourage their creative alter ego to be unleashed through the interactive structure of the exhibition.

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Finders Keepers. The Life of Things

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 11.02.2018
finderskeepers.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Products define our everyday lives: we design them, manufacture them, buy them, use them, forget them or sell them again. Then there are the people who collect objects, from knives to carpet beaters to roof tiles and pens to staircases. The exhibition is curated by the makers of the MacGuffin magazine who want to bring visitors in closer contact with the world of collectors and collecting. To achieve this, they have assembled numerous objects from different collections. The aim is not only to show the diversity of the collected objects, but also to reveal the underlying strategies that are applied.

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Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
– 11.02.2018
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

Wim Wenders’ collection of Polaroids is an extension of his work, showing an intimate and immediate side of his life. In the exhibition, Polaroids taken between the early 1970s and the mid 1980s are displayed together with excerpts from his films. The photographs show unprocessed snapshots of his life, and also elements of his work. The exhibition shows a selection of 200 photographs from several thousand photographs. Audio guidance is possible using your own smartphone. Polaroid workshops are also available as part of the exhibition.

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ECAL – Ten Years in Renens

Gallery l’elac, Renens / CH
– 16.02.2018
ecal.ch 

This year, ECAL has reason to celebrate: the University of Renens has been at its current premises of a renovated textile factory for exactly ten years. Lecturers and students are celebrating this anniversary with an exhibition of the best student projects from this period, in all design disciplines. On the basis of 300 selected exhibits, visitors can follow the development of the school to its current status as an internationally recognised art and design college.

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Ikkō Tanaka. Posters from Japan

Neues Museum, Nuremberg / DE
– 18.02.2018
nmn.de 

The Neues Museum in Nuremberg is currently dedicating an exhibition to the iconic Japanese designer, Ikkō Tanaka. During his lifetime, Tanaka designed logos, design concepts for books, exhibitions and complete brand identities. The posters that Tanaka developed for dance and theatre performances and exhibitions continue to be remembered as particularly influential. In his posters, Japanese aesthetics find an abstract expression in colour and form which is characteristic of Tanaka’s work. Using selected examples, the exhibition provides an overview of Ikkō Tanaka’s poster designs and presents the designer’s particular aesthetic. The exhibition runs until 18 February 2018.

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Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989

Ludwig Forum, Aachen / DE
– 18.02.2018
ludwigforum.de 

Art can mirror a culture and also convey a sense of time and place. The exhibition “Kunst x Kuba” (Art x Cuba) at the Ludwig Forum, showcases some 150 Cuban works of art, making it the largest exhibition of Cuban art in Germany to date. The artworks give visitors a sense of the Cuban way of life in the last 30 years.

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Daylight and Objects – Exhibition of Daniel Rybakken

The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg / SE
– 18.02.2018
rohsska.se 

Daniel Rybakken is this year’s winner of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, which was launched in 1994 to promote research and development. Rybakken is a designer of lights and furniture who has already won various awards. The development of his projects is particularly characterised by precision. In doing so, he tackles questions such as what light does to the human subconscious mind, how daylight influences us and our environment, and how light can alter the sense of space. In this instance, design is not simply the end product that the consumer can buy in a shop, but for the designer rather includes the entire development process to which Rybakken also attaches great importance in his exhibition.

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Never Ending Stories

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg / DE
– 18.02.2018
kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de 

For the first time, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents extensive and cross-disciplinary research on the phenomenon of the endless loop in its exhibition entitled “Never Ending Stories”. Amongst the exhibits from areas as diverse as art, film, architecture, music, literature, and cultural history are works by Thomas Alva Edison, Joseph Beuys, James Joyce, and Kraftwerk. The phenomenon of the loop has been an important topos in cultural his- tory, alchemy, and philosophy since ancient times. Hence, the exhibition is dedicated to its theme taking different perspectives in terms of form, content, space, and time: from ancient Egyptian symbols (such as the serpent that bites its own tail) to contemporary multimedia installations, always with a particular element that can range from trance to dream to trauma.

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Bundespreis Ecodesign

MIK , Ludwigsburg / DE
– 18.02.2018
mik-ludwigsburg.de 

The German Federal Ecodesign Award focuses on the development of concepts and products that are designed in such a way that they have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, while remaining innovative. Various aspects come into play here, including the production cycle, the operating life, recycling options, the method of production and the materials of which the product is made. The Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (IDZ) has held this competition every year since 2012 to celebrate innovation in the field of sustainability, provide backing for the winners and draw attention to environmentally friendly design. The competition is split into Product, Service, Concept and Emerging Talent categories. The winners are represented in a travelling exhibition.

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From Belgium with Light

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu / BE
– 25.02.2018
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The exhibition “From Belgium with Light. Belgians (Almost) Invented Light …”, that will be on show from 19 November 2017 to 25 February 2018 at Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, is dedicated to the skills of Belgian designers in the lighting industry. The expansion of companies such as Schréder in the 1980s or the founding of brands like Modular, Kréon, Wever and Ducré or Delta Light and Dark opened up new opportunities to Belgian designers in this field. The following decades have helped the Belgian industry to achieve international success, as the current exhibition shows with the help of technically efficient, innovative, and emotional lighting concepts and products.

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Adolf Loos – Private Spaces

Museu del Disseny de Barcenlona, Barcelona / ES
– 25.02.2018
ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny 

The exhibition “Adolf Loos – Private Spaces” held in the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is the first time that the work of this architect will be presented in Spain. Loos (1870–1933) was not only a practitioner, but also an architecture critic and is considered to be a pioneer of modern architecture. The exhibition focuses on the aesthetic revolution led by Loos: around the turn of the 20th century he rebelled against the Vienna Secession, an association of visual artists, with his demand for cost-effectiveness in architecture and design. The exhibition describes the literary, architectural, and philosophical context of the early 20th century in Vienna and, against this background, displays around a hundred objects and designs by Loos.

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100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
mak.at 

[100 Best Posters 16] The MAK in Vienna is once again showcasing the winners of the “100 beste Plakate” competition from 18 October 2017 to 25 February 2018. This year’s jury included Alain Le Quernec from Quimper in France, Eva Dranaz from Vienna, Markus Dreßen from Leipzig, Stefan Guzy from Berlin, and Martin Woodtli from Zurich. They have selected the 100 posters and poster series from a total of 2,116 submissions by 632 entrants. Of the winners, 52 come from Switzerland, 46 from Germany, and two from Austria. Benjamin Buchegger of Atelier Beton and Studio Ortner Schinko are responsible for the designs from Austria. A catalogue by the same name has been published by the Kettler Verlag to accompany the exhibition.

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Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Museum of Arts and Design, New York / US
– 25.02.2018
madmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York is currently showing a selection of interactive installations, immersive worlds, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. In a world full of visual information, the medium of sound provides a sensory experience allowing reorientation to take place in space and amongst people. The exhibits are curated and related projects and objects designed by contemporary designers, artists, and performers. They perceive sound as a material that is physically produced and creates encounters by means of electronic circuits, radio waves, and resonant bodies that are not only audible but can also be felt.

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Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia / US
– 04.03.2018
philamuseum.org 

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola first studied architecture, amongst other universities at the Politecnico di Milano, from where she graduated with a PhD. In 2001, she founded her own studio and has been working since then for companies such as B&B Italia, Moroso, and Hansgrohe. She is known for her innovative and contemporary designs, and particularly for the link between art and industry demonstrated in her work ranging from product design to interior design to architecture. This latest exhibition, “Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry” currently on show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, displays a selection of furniture and designs and demonstrates the process from the initial concept to the final idea, as well as personal sources of inspiration for her work.

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Tiere

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg / DE
– 04.03.2018
tiere.mkg-hamburg.de 

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is focusing on animals for a period of four months. The themes it is tackling are respect for animals and the relationship between animals and humans which will be looked at using representations of animals in art. More than 200 international loans show animal illustrations in various media and, on a visual level, invite visitors to develop their own thoughts on how to deal with animals and to think about where they stand. The exhibition pleads for an “animal turn”, in which “the relationship between animals and humans must be renegotiated” and “animals should finally get their rights” – because their subjective feelings, their individuality and vulnerability demand respect.

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Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz / FR
– 05.03.2018
centrepompidou-metz.fr 

Caught between modern capitalism and tradition, the exhibition currently running at the Centre Pompidou-Metz navigates Japan’s quest for its own cultural identity looking back over the past fifty years. In the 1970s, Japanese culture began to break away from the Western model and refocused on its own cultural heritage and its position in an international context. The exhibition gives an overview of contemporary Japanese art, performance, video art and fashion. It pursues the aim of correcting the reductive Western view of Japan and to illustrate the contemporary cultural landscape as a genuine Japanese characteristic.

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Frau Architekt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 08.03.2018
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “Frau Architekt. Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture” which is on show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum until 8 March 2018, focuses on women being admitted to study architecture at technical universities. Architecture is still a man’s world today, but it has at least been experiencing a change at universities for some years now. It is becoming more common to find even more women than men amongst the students. However, it will be several years before this trend reaches the entire field, especially in terms of leading positions in industry and academia. The exhibition looks at this phenomenon and traces historical developments in addition to current ones.

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From Life

Royal Academy of Arts, London / GB
– 11.03.2018
royalacademy.org.uk 

Life drawing classes have a long tradition in art. For a long time, such classes were an essential part of any artistic education – as was the case at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The current exhibition “From Life” looks back on the school’s 250-year history and explores the past and the future of drawing “from life”. The exhibited works illuminate the historical practice while simultaneously taking a look at the future and the role of technological progress and its effects on drawing.

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Joel Meyerowitz. Why Color?

C/O Berlin , Berlin / DE
– 11.03.2018
co-berlin.org 

As a pioneer of Street and New Colour Photography, Joel Meyerowitz continues to influence the history of colour photography to this day. In the 1960s, when colour photography was almost exclusively used in advertising, Meyerowitz began photographing exclusively in colour using Kodachrome films. He thus broke with the pervasive diktat of the black and white of art photography and photojournalism. His purposeful colour compositions lend the sometimes curious everyday moments of his motifs an effective intensity and liveliness. For the first time in Germany, the retrospective at C/O Berlin is showcasing works by Joel Meyerowitz from different creative periods since 1962, in both black-and-white and colour.

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Artisti all’Opera

Museo di Roma, Rome / IT
– 11.03.2018
museodiroma.it 

The current exhibition at the Museo di Roma looks back on successful collaborations between visual artists and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma since its foundation in the late 19th century. The opera house’s collaboration with visual artists soon became a distinguishing feature of its productions – a tradition the current director of the house, Carlo Fuortes, hopes to revive. The exhibition includes works of art, drawings and costumes created through such collaborations. They reflect the history of the opera house and also make it possible to trace trends in 20th-century art.

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Rick Owens. Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 25.03.2018
triennale.org 

Released from existing design conventions, Rick Owens presents the past two decades of his creative work in his self-curated retrospective “Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman” in the Curve Gallery at the Palazzo della Triennale in Milan. Amongst over one hundred exhibits are furniture, runway videos and curious objects in addition to garments and accessories. Creating a contrast with Owens’ elegant designs is a black sculptural shape, guiding the visitor, which winds its way like an intestine through the entire length of the gallery space. The exhibition is on show until 25 March 2018.

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / DE
– 02.04.2018
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen will be holding an exhibition on the use and possibilities of technical textiles until 2 April 2018. The vision of this exhibition is to raise awareness about these textiles among a broad public, to explain them and to explore their possible applications.

The supporting programme includes a range of talks and lectures, each with a different focus. Experts will present the history of functional textiles and future-oriented innovations as well as discussing influences on fashion and aesthetic change. Workshops on the development of participants’ own product ideas and a creative debate are also scheduled. A special feature is the guided tours behind the scenes of Empa, the interdisciplinary research institute of the Department of Materials Science and Technology Development at the ETH Zurich, where you can get an insight into current research.

 

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Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery

Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim / DE
– 02.04.2018
schmuckmuseum.de 

Grey is a reserved colour whereas pink demands attention. The exhibition “Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery” uses this contrast to display jewellery from different eras. The various gradations of grey between black and white combined with different materials have been used to evoke different emotions. Thus, according to the curators, mourning jewellery in iron expresses reserve, diamond jewellery a sophisticated understatement, and jewellery in the Bauhaus tradition demonstrates rationality. Grey is primarily the colour of modernism and inspires contemporary artists such as Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Katja Prins, and Ruudt Peters. By contrast, pink often wants to shock its audience and within the exhibition it plays its part by putting the sober grey items of jewellery centre stage.

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SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 02.04.2018
dam-online.de 

The “SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters!” exhibition on show in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main has been organised in conjunction with the Wüstenrot Foundation and, for the first time, takes a worldwide overview of brutalist architecture between 1953 and 1979. At the same time, the title of the show is also intended to convey that brutalist architecture is threatened by demolition and redesign. The website sosbrutalism.org provides an overview of more than 1.000 brutalist buildings and gives information about how much danger an object is in. Currently, there are 108 buildings under the threat of immediate destruction. In addition, the exhibition intends to highlight regional priority areas in the UK, the US, Israel, Japan, and South America.

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Form follows Rule

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 04.04.2018
azw.at 

In creating buildings, not only architects do have an influence on design, but laws, regulations, and standards are also of great importance when considering the whole project. This latest exhibition “Form Follows Rule” makes space for this and looks at the legal subtext governing architecture and urban development. The show displays case studies as well as historic and international comparisons and specifies definitions, which are intended to make clear as to how the existing regulations have an influence on our built environment. The current situation is examined through interviews with architects, project developers, experts, and representatives of authorities, and points out the existing complexity and inconsistencies, as well as the scope for interpretation. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage a broad, social debate to discuss which rules are necessary and what kind of statement national regulations can make about a country.

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Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age

MoMA, New York / US
– 08.04.2018
moma.org 

The “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989” exhibition at the MoMA brings together works of art created using computers or computer-aided thinking, as well as examples of computer and component design. The exhibits include artworks, design objects, and architectural designs, which attempt to show how computers change aesthetics and hierarchies, and explore how they have influenced our professional lives and social relationships. Against this background, both photographers and architects have recognised the opportunities offered by these technologies for reconfiguring human communities and the built environment.

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
– 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

This year, Ferrari marks the 70th anniversary of its existence, which began with the launch of its first eponymous car in 1947. The “Ferrari: Under the Skin” exhibition with unique cars and unpublished documents gives visitors an insight into the otherwise rather reserved world of car design. The exhibits include both early designs and rare models as well as personal documents from Enzo Ferrari’s archive. In addition to the objects on show, there are various displays of the developments in manufacturing and engineering and in the company’s racing tradition, which is not only known for its innovative streak, but is also associated with a certain glamour.

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Ästhetik der Veränderung

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 15.04.2018
mak.at 

Working in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition “Aesthetics of Change”, which runs from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 looks at the 150-year history of the university. Back in 1867, the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry set up a school – the forerunner of today’s university – with the aim of making Austrian arts and crafts internationally competitive. The exhibition does not only explain the history of the institution, but also focuses on the future using various scenarios. Member of the board of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, who is also an professor emeritus at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is the curator of the exhibition.

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Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design

Wilhelm Wangenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2018
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Welt aus Glas” [World of Glass] looks at transparency as a characteristic of design. The exhibition intends to demonstrate our fascination for transparent objects and follows the separate strands of the term’s development. Exhibits are on show from various areas, for example, the inflatable chair for Zanotta from the 1960s to the German Pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1958 by Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf to the Sneaker Clear FF Silver by Sebastian Thies.

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
– 30.04.2018
dmh.org.il 

Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress and film-maker. The Design Museum Holon is now launching a retrospective of a very special kind. The wardrobe of this celebrity, who died at the age of 51 from cancer, will be on show. Amongst the curators of this exhibition is her brother. Her fashion has the function of an archive: clothes that she wore to various events or in films are displayed using video art and sound installations.

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.05.2018
fitnyc.edu 

Bodies and fashion are two cultural constructs that have acquired different characteristics throughout history. Taking a look back at the complex history of the “ideal body”, the FIT’s museum in New York highlights the relationship between body and fashion and the extent to which they have impacted each other. Starting from the 18th century, a time in which it was common to shape a body using a corset and krinoline, the exhibition follows changing ideals of the body through the centuries to the present day. The timeline concludes with designs by Becca McCharen-Tran and Christian Siriano, two designers, who, in their designs, challenge the conventions of a fashion industry that uses body-negative shapes.

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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 06.05.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Jil Sander, whose real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander, is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main is now staging the first solo show in a museum dedicated to her under the title of “Jil Sander”. Spacious multimedia installations reflect her influence on aesthetics, material, and form – not only in fashion, but also in product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. In addition to a high level of quality, Sanders’ work is particularly notable for its modernity, which for her means highlighting people’s personalities and helping individuals to find their own strengths.

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Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 20.05.2018
sfmcd.org 

In the exhibition entitled “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” running from 20 January to 20 May 2018, visitors are invited to consider the question posed by Loeser: If the furniture we sit on every day was different, would our lives be different, too? The exhibition displays the results of the designer’s investigation of unconventional furniture forms which began in the early 1980s with a series of folding chairs. His designs always create opportunities for interaction – between a person and an object, but also between people. With this in mind, Loeser wants his work to inspire people to break away from their habits and to be playful with their environment and other people. The exhibits include about 20 pieces of furniture, most of which have been made recently, as well as framed artworks.

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Design Studio

Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich / DE
– 15.07.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In opening the Design Studio, the Museum of Design is launching an extraordinary place for conveying basic questions of design, where the processes of the discipline take centre stage. Quick sketches can convey the idea entirely without a word being spoken, and models help to test out certain parameters. The Design Studio explains the decisions that have to be made within a design process using sample design projects.

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Open Codes

Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 05.08.2018
open-codes.zkm.de 

Codes are part of our everyday lives as they can be found in children’s toys or traffic light circuits. Lots of systems and parts of our reality are based on a language that follows logic. To provide an understanding of this language, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe is staging “Open Codes”. An extensive accompanying programme aims to stimulate and support the exhibition, and looks at the interfaces and tracks of the digital world. Many workshops are on offer providing an insight into specific areas and digital tools. Amongst other things, a conference on digital sovereignity will take place on 2 November 2017.

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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

For their exhibition “Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg. Beyond the New”, the eponymous subjects of the show have developed a site-specific installation for the Paternoster hall in the Pinakothek der Moderne. In so doing, they are continuing the format introduced two years ago. The product designer and the design theorist collaborated on the manifesto “Beyond the New. A Search for Ideals in Design” already in 2015, which is directed against an industry that promotes the new solely for reasons of commercial success. In this current installation, too, they propound their belief that the potential of new production capabilities are often only developed when industry sets free and opens up to experimental challenges.

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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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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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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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February

PLAY UP! Queens, Pixel Monsters and Dragon Slayers

MAKK, Cologne / DE
– 04.02.2018
makk.de 

The “Play up! Queens, Pixel Monsters and Dragon Slayers” exhibition looks at the phenomenon of playing (form 269). New spaces of possibility for the players are created using various actors such as avatars, dolls or playing pieces with particular abilities and characteristics. With this in mind, in addition to a cultural positioning, the exhibition focuses on a detailed presentation of historical developments. The exhibits include masks, dolls, figures, boards, screenshots, trailers, props, and text- books in order to show new perspectives and give insights into various games in six different areas. Not only different formats of games are discussed, but also negative phenomena that can be part and parcel of the game, such as the ecstasy of playing or excess.

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Revolution in Rotgelbblau

Marta Herford Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Herford / DE
– 04.02.2018
marta-herford.de 

A large number of the objects in the Rietveld collection of the Centraal Museum Utrecht represent the historical core of the exhibition “Revolution in Red-Yellow-Blue. Gerrit Rietveld and Contemporary Art”. To mark the anniversary of De Stijl in the Netherlands, the Marta Herford Museum is also showing a number of contributions by various architects and designers, who still take advantage of abstraction, the use of basic colours, and a clear geometric order. All this could be found already a century ago in the designs by Gerrit Rietveld, architect and designer, who was one of the most influential members of the De Stijl collective at the time.

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Gute Aussichten 2017/2018

NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf / DE
– 04.02.2018
nrw-forum.de 

The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is the home of the photography competition’s touring exhibition entitled Gute Aussichten – Junge Deutsche Fotografie. The eight prize-winning projects are by students at German universities of art and photography. The competition and exhibition aim to display the quality of up-and-coming German photographers’ work.

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North: Fashioning Identity

Somerset House, London / GB
– 04.02.2018
somersethouse.org.uk 

The exhibition “North: Fashioning Identity” in the Eastwing Galleries of Somerset House in London explores elements of North English identity and visual representation. It showcases contemporary fashion, photography and art, alongside photojournalism and documentary films, with a view to decoding collective perceptions of a culture that still has an influence on cultural identity. On 25 January 2018, Somerset House invites you to an exclusive screening of a film by artist Nick Hartley and a subsequent conversation with Vanley Burke. Visitors to the exhibition can also take advantage of free guided tours that are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Only Chairs? Children’s Chairs from Sammlung Neuwald

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 04.02.2018
dnstdm.de 

In contrast to chairs for adults, chairs for children are a relatively new invention dating from the 17th century. As industrialisation progressed, designers began to consider the specific requirements of children’s chairs. Even today, children’s chairs pose a challenge for designers to successfully combine ergonomics, hygiene and fun in one piece of furniture. The development of designing children’s chairs from the Biedermeier age onwards is the theme of an exhibition held by Die Neue Sammlung in Munich which has been staged as part of a research project in co-operation with the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich.

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Ralph Schraivogel

Le Signe Centre national du graphisme , Chaumont / FR
– 04.02.2018
centrenationaldugraphisme.fr 

The graphic designer Ralph Schraivogel has been captivating the international graphic design scene with experimental poster designs since the 1990s. Until 4 February 2018, Le Signe Centre national du graphisme in Chaumont will be exhibiting 65 posters from their own collection, giving an insight into the range of Schraivogel's graphic design oeuvre. Sketches from the designer's private archive are included in the exhibition. Jean Schneider is responsible for the scenography of the exhibition and the exhibition graphics are by Dutch designer Richard Niessen.

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Play Parade.

Vitra Design Museum Gallery, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 11.02.2018
design-museum.de 

On 9 September, the Vitra Design Museum is launching its first exhibition specially designed for children. At the centre is the artistic exploration undertaken by Ray and Charles Eames with play as a creative activity. Ray and Charles saw toys on an equal footing with everyday objects, so they should not be designed with less care than furniture or other products used every day. The exhibition is therefore not aimed primarily at children but at visitors of all ages.

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The Come Up. Charles Jeffrey

Now Gallery, London / GB
– 11.02.2018
nowgallery.co.uk 

Entering the Now Gallery could be equated with entering Charles Jeffrey's creative mind. The creative provocateur is known for his flamboyant designs apart from any normativity and has created the setting for noise and racket in the gallery for a period of three months. While circulating around the iconic illustrations by the Glaswegian designer, visitors can encourage their creative alter ego to be unleashed through the interactive structure of the exhibition.

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Finders Keepers. The Life of Things

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam / NL
– 11.02.2018
finderskeepers.hetnieuweinstituut.nl 

Products define our everyday lives: we design them, manufacture them, buy them, use them, forget them or sell them again. Then there are the people who collect objects, from knives to carpet beaters to roof tiles and pens to staircases. The exhibition is curated by the makers of the MacGuffin magazine who want to bring visitors in closer contact with the world of collectors and collecting. To achieve this, they have assembled numerous objects from different collections. The aim is not only to show the diversity of the collected objects, but also to reveal the underlying strategies that are applied.

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In Case of Emergency

Science Gallery Dublin, Dublin / IE
– 11.02.2018
dublin.sciencegallery.com 

The Science Gallery Dublin is tackling the topic of global catastrophe risks in its current exhibition "In Case of Emergency” within the context of the increasing dramatisation of apocalyptic scenarios in the media and the associated fascination with this subject. The connection between artists and scientists in various interdisciplinary projects is highlighted and the innovative potential of this constellation is emphasised. In addition to information about the exhibited projects on the gallery’s website, visitors will also find four informative essays about the relationship between humans and catastrophe.

 

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Instant Stories. Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

The Photographers’ Gallery, London / GB
– 11.02.2018
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 

Wim Wenders’ collection of Polaroids is an extension of his work, showing an intimate and immediate side of his life. In the exhibition, Polaroids taken between the early 1970s and the mid 1980s are displayed together with excerpts from his films. The photographs show unprocessed snapshots of his life, and also elements of his work. The exhibition shows a selection of 200 photographs from several thousand photographs. Audio guidance is possible using your own smartphone. Polaroid workshops are also available as part of the exhibition.

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ECAL – Ten Years in Renens

Gallery l’elac, Renens / CH
– 16.02.2018
ecal.ch 

This year, ECAL has reason to celebrate: the University of Renens has been at its current premises of a renovated textile factory for exactly ten years. Lecturers and students are celebrating this anniversary with an exhibition of the best student projects from this period, in all design disciplines. On the basis of 300 selected exhibits, visitors can follow the development of the school to its current status as an internationally recognised art and design college.

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Ikkō Tanaka. Posters from Japan

Neues Museum, Nuremberg / DE
– 18.02.2018
nmn.de 

The Neues Museum in Nuremberg is currently dedicating an exhibition to the iconic Japanese designer, Ikkō Tanaka. During his lifetime, Tanaka designed logos, design concepts for books, exhibitions and complete brand identities. The posters that Tanaka developed for dance and theatre performances and exhibitions continue to be remembered as particularly influential. In his posters, Japanese aesthetics find an abstract expression in colour and form which is characteristic of Tanaka’s work. Using selected examples, the exhibition provides an overview of Ikkō Tanaka’s poster designs and presents the designer’s particular aesthetic. The exhibition runs until 18 February 2018.

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Never Ending Stories

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg / DE
– 18.02.2018
kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de 

For the first time, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents extensive and cross-disciplinary research on the phenomenon of the endless loop in its exhibition entitled “Never Ending Stories”. Amongst the exhibits from areas as diverse as art, film, architecture, music, literature, and cultural history are works by Thomas Alva Edison, Joseph Beuys, James Joyce, and Kraftwerk. The phenomenon of the loop has been an important topos in cultural his- tory, alchemy, and philosophy since ancient times. Hence, the exhibition is dedicated to its theme taking different perspectives in terms of form, content, space, and time: from ancient Egyptian symbols (such as the serpent that bites its own tail) to contemporary multimedia installations, always with a particular element that can range from trance to dream to trauma.

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Bundespreis Ecodesign

MIK , Ludwigsburg / DE
– 18.02.2018
mik-ludwigsburg.de 

The German Federal Ecodesign Award focuses on the development of concepts and products that are designed in such a way that they have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, while remaining innovative. Various aspects come into play here, including the production cycle, the operating life, recycling options, the method of production and the materials of which the product is made. The Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin (IDZ) has held this competition every year since 2012 to celebrate innovation in the field of sustainability, provide backing for the winners and draw attention to environmentally friendly design. The competition is split into Product, Service, Concept and Emerging Talent categories. The winners are represented in a travelling exhibition.

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Daylight and Objects – Exhibition of Daniel Rybakken

The Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg / SE
– 18.02.2018
rohsska.se 

Daniel Rybakken is this year’s winner of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, which was launched in 1994 to promote research and development. Rybakken is a designer of lights and furniture who has already won various awards. The development of his projects is particularly characterised by precision. In doing so, he tackles questions such as what light does to the human subconscious mind, how daylight influences us and our environment, and how light can alter the sense of space. In this instance, design is not simply the end product that the consumer can buy in a shop, but for the designer rather includes the entire development process to which Rybakken also attaches great importance in his exhibition.

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Kunst x Kuba. Zeitgenössische Positionen seit 1989

Ludwig Forum, Aachen / DE
– 18.02.2018
ludwigforum.de 

Art can mirror a culture and also convey a sense of time and place. The exhibition “Kunst x Kuba” (Art x Cuba) at the Ludwig Forum, showcases some 150 Cuban works of art, making it the largest exhibition of Cuban art in Germany to date. The artworks give visitors a sense of the Cuban way of life in the last 30 years.

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From Belgium with Light

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu / BE
– 25.02.2018
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The exhibition “From Belgium with Light. Belgians (Almost) Invented Light …”, that will be on show from 19 November 2017 to 25 February 2018 at Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, is dedicated to the skills of Belgian designers in the lighting industry. The expansion of companies such as Schréder in the 1980s or the founding of brands like Modular, Kréon, Wever and Ducré or Delta Light and Dark opened up new opportunities to Belgian designers in this field. The following decades have helped the Belgian industry to achieve international success, as the current exhibition shows with the help of technically efficient, innovative, and emotional lighting concepts and products.

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100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
mak.at 

[100 Best Posters 16] The MAK in Vienna is once again showcasing the winners of the “100 beste Plakate” competition from 18 October 2017 to 25 February 2018. This year’s jury included Alain Le Quernec from Quimper in France, Eva Dranaz from Vienna, Markus Dreßen from Leipzig, Stefan Guzy from Berlin, and Martin Woodtli from Zurich. They have selected the 100 posters and poster series from a total of 2,116 submissions by 632 entrants. Of the winners, 52 come from Switzerland, 46 from Germany, and two from Austria. Benjamin Buchegger of Atelier Beton and Studio Ortner Schinko are responsible for the designs from Austria. A catalogue by the same name has been published by the Kettler Verlag to accompany the exhibition.

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Adolf Loos – Private Spaces

Museu del Disseny de Barcenlona, Barcelona / ES
– 25.02.2018
ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny 

The exhibition “Adolf Loos – Private Spaces” held in the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is the first time that the work of this architect will be presented in Spain. Loos (1870–1933) was not only a practitioner, but also an architecture critic and is considered to be a pioneer of modern architecture. The exhibition focuses on the aesthetic revolution led by Loos: around the turn of the 20th century he rebelled against the Vienna Secession, an association of visual artists, with his demand for cost-effectiveness in architecture and design. The exhibition describes the literary, architectural, and philosophical context of the early 20th century in Vienna and, against this background, displays around a hundred objects and designs by Loos.

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Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Museum of Arts and Design, New York / US
– 25.02.2018
madmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York is currently showing a selection of interactive installations, immersive worlds, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. In a world full of visual information, the medium of sound provides a sensory experience allowing reorientation to take place in space and amongst people. The exhibits are curated and related projects and objects designed by contemporary designers, artists, and performers. They perceive sound as a material that is physically produced and creates encounters by means of electronic circuits, radio waves, and resonant bodies that are not only audible but can also be felt.

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Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia / US
– 04.03.2018
philamuseum.org 

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola first studied architecture, amongst other universities at the Politecnico di Milano, from where she graduated with a PhD. In 2001, she founded her own studio and has been working since then for companies such as B&B Italia, Moroso, and Hansgrohe. She is known for her innovative and contemporary designs, and particularly for the link between art and industry demonstrated in her work ranging from product design to interior design to architecture. This latest exhibition, “Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry” currently on show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, displays a selection of furniture and designs and demonstrates the process from the initial concept to the final idea, as well as personal sources of inspiration for her work.

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Tiere

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg / DE
– 04.03.2018
tiere.mkg-hamburg.de 

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is focusing on animals for a period of four months. The themes it is tackling are respect for animals and the relationship between animals and humans which will be looked at using representations of animals in art. More than 200 international loans show animal illustrations in various media and, on a visual level, invite visitors to develop their own thoughts on how to deal with animals and to think about where they stand. The exhibition pleads for an “animal turn”, in which “the relationship between animals and humans must be renegotiated” and “animals should finally get their rights” – because their subjective feelings, their individuality and vulnerability demand respect.

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Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz / FR
– 05.03.2018
centrepompidou-metz.fr 

Caught between modern capitalism and tradition, the exhibition currently running at the Centre Pompidou-Metz navigates Japan’s quest for its own cultural identity looking back over the past fifty years. In the 1970s, Japanese culture began to break away from the Western model and refocused on its own cultural heritage and its position in an international context. The exhibition gives an overview of contemporary Japanese art, performance, video art and fashion. It pursues the aim of correcting the reductive Western view of Japan and to illustrate the contemporary cultural landscape as a genuine Japanese characteristic.

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Frau Architekt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 08.03.2018
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “Frau Architekt. Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture” which is on show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum until 8 March 2018, focuses on women being admitted to study architecture at technical universities. Architecture is still a man’s world today, but it has at least been experiencing a change at universities for some years now. It is becoming more common to find even more women than men amongst the students. However, it will be several years before this trend reaches the entire field, especially in terms of leading positions in industry and academia. The exhibition looks at this phenomenon and traces historical developments in addition to current ones.

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Joel Meyerowitz. Why Color?

C/O Berlin , Berlin / DE
– 11.03.2018
co-berlin.org 

As a pioneer of Street and New Colour Photography, Joel Meyerowitz continues to influence the history of colour photography to this day. In the 1960s, when colour photography was almost exclusively used in advertising, Meyerowitz began photographing exclusively in colour using Kodachrome films. He thus broke with the pervasive diktat of the black and white of art photography and photojournalism. His purposeful colour compositions lend the sometimes curious everyday moments of his motifs an effective intensity and liveliness. For the first time in Germany, the retrospective at C/O Berlin is showcasing works by Joel Meyerowitz from different creative periods since 1962, in both black-and-white and colour.

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From Life

Royal Academy of Arts, London / GB
– 11.03.2018
royalacademy.org.uk 

Life drawing classes have a long tradition in art. For a long time, such classes were an essential part of any artistic education – as was the case at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The current exhibition “From Life” looks back on the school’s 250-year history and explores the past and the future of drawing “from life”. The exhibited works illuminate the historical practice while simultaneously taking a look at the future and the role of technological progress and its effects on drawing.

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Artisti all’Opera

Museo di Roma, Rome / IT
– 11.03.2018
museodiroma.it 

The current exhibition at the Museo di Roma looks back on successful collaborations between visual artists and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma since its foundation in the late 19th century. The opera house’s collaboration with visual artists soon became a distinguishing feature of its productions – a tradition the current director of the house, Carlo Fuortes, hopes to revive. The exhibition includes works of art, drawings and costumes created through such collaborations. They reflect the history of the opera house and also make it possible to trace trends in 20th-century art.

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Rick Owens. Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 25.03.2018
triennale.org 

Released from existing design conventions, Rick Owens presents the past two decades of his creative work in his self-curated retrospective “Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman” in the Curve Gallery at the Palazzo della Triennale in Milan. Amongst over one hundred exhibits are furniture, runway videos and curious objects in addition to garments and accessories. Creating a contrast with Owens’ elegant designs is a black sculptural shape, guiding the visitor, which winds its way like an intestine through the entire length of the gallery space. The exhibition is on show until 25 March 2018.

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / DE
– 02.04.2018
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen will be holding an exhibition on the use and possibilities of technical textiles until 2 April 2018. The vision of this exhibition is to raise awareness about these textiles among a broad public, to explain them and to explore their possible applications.

The supporting programme includes a range of talks and lectures, each with a different focus. Experts will present the history of functional textiles and future-oriented innovations as well as discussing influences on fashion and aesthetic change. Workshops on the development of participants’ own product ideas and a creative debate are also scheduled. A special feature is the guided tours behind the scenes of Empa, the interdisciplinary research institute of the Department of Materials Science and Technology Development at the ETH Zurich, where you can get an insight into current research.

 

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Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery

Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim / DE
– 02.04.2018
schmuckmuseum.de 

Grey is a reserved colour whereas pink demands attention. The exhibition “Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery” uses this contrast to display jewellery from different eras. The various gradations of grey between black and white combined with different materials have been used to evoke different emotions. Thus, according to the curators, mourning jewellery in iron expresses reserve, diamond jewellery a sophisticated understatement, and jewellery in the Bauhaus tradition demonstrates rationality. Grey is primarily the colour of modernism and inspires contemporary artists such as Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Katja Prins, and Ruudt Peters. By contrast, pink often wants to shock its audience and within the exhibition it plays its part by putting the sober grey items of jewellery centre stage.

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SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 02.04.2018
dam-online.de 

The “SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters!” exhibition on show in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main has been organised in conjunction with the Wüstenrot Foundation and, for the first time, takes a worldwide overview of brutalist architecture between 1953 and 1979. At the same time, the title of the show is also intended to convey that brutalist architecture is threatened by demolition and redesign. The website sosbrutalism.org provides an overview of more than 1.000 brutalist buildings and gives information about how much danger an object is in. Currently, there are 108 buildings under the threat of immediate destruction. In addition, the exhibition intends to highlight regional priority areas in the UK, the US, Israel, Japan, and South America.

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Form follows Rule

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 04.04.2018
azw.at 

In creating buildings, not only architects do have an influence on design, but laws, regulations, and standards are also of great importance when considering the whole project. This latest exhibition “Form Follows Rule” makes space for this and looks at the legal subtext governing architecture and urban development. The show displays case studies as well as historic and international comparisons and specifies definitions, which are intended to make clear as to how the existing regulations have an influence on our built environment. The current situation is examined through interviews with architects, project developers, experts, and representatives of authorities, and points out the existing complexity and inconsistencies, as well as the scope for interpretation. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage a broad, social debate to discuss which rules are necessary and what kind of statement national regulations can make about a country.

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Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age

MoMA, New York / US
– 08.04.2018
moma.org 

The “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989” exhibition at the MoMA brings together works of art created using computers or computer-aided thinking, as well as examples of computer and component design. The exhibits include artworks, design objects, and architectural designs, which attempt to show how computers change aesthetics and hierarchies, and explore how they have influenced our professional lives and social relationships. Against this background, both photographers and architects have recognised the opportunities offered by these technologies for reconfiguring human communities and the built environment.

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Ästhetik der Veränderung

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 15.04.2018
mak.at 

Working in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition “Aesthetics of Change”, which runs from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 looks at the 150-year history of the university. Back in 1867, the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry set up a school – the forerunner of today’s university – with the aim of making Austrian arts and crafts internationally competitive. The exhibition does not only explain the history of the institution, but also focuses on the future using various scenarios. Member of the board of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, who is also an professor emeritus at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is the curator of the exhibition.

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
– 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

This year, Ferrari marks the 70th anniversary of its existence, which began with the launch of its first eponymous car in 1947. The “Ferrari: Under the Skin” exhibition with unique cars and unpublished documents gives visitors an insight into the otherwise rather reserved world of car design. The exhibits include both early designs and rare models as well as personal documents from Enzo Ferrari’s archive. In addition to the objects on show, there are various displays of the developments in manufacturing and engineering and in the company’s racing tradition, which is not only known for its innovative streak, but is also associated with a certain glamour.

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Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design

Wilhelm Wangenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2018
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Welt aus Glas” [World of Glass] looks at transparency as a characteristic of design. The exhibition intends to demonstrate our fascination for transparent objects and follows the separate strands of the term’s development. Exhibits are on show from various areas, for example, the inflatable chair for Zanotta from the 1960s to the German Pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1958 by Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf to the Sneaker Clear FF Silver by Sebastian Thies.

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
– 30.04.2018
dmh.org.il 

Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress and film-maker. The Design Museum Holon is now launching a retrospective of a very special kind. The wardrobe of this celebrity, who died at the age of 51 from cancer, will be on show. Amongst the curators of this exhibition is her brother. Her fashion has the function of an archive: clothes that she wore to various events or in films are displayed using video art and sound installations.

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.05.2018
fitnyc.edu 

Bodies and fashion are two cultural constructs that have acquired different characteristics throughout history. Taking a look back at the complex history of the “ideal body”, the FIT’s museum in New York highlights the relationship between body and fashion and the extent to which they have impacted each other. Starting from the 18th century, a time in which it was common to shape a body using a corset and krinoline, the exhibition follows changing ideals of the body through the centuries to the present day. The timeline concludes with designs by Becca McCharen-Tran and Christian Siriano, two designers, who, in their designs, challenge the conventions of a fashion industry that uses body-negative shapes.

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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 06.05.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Jil Sander, whose real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander, is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main is now staging the first solo show in a museum dedicated to her under the title of “Jil Sander”. Spacious multimedia installations reflect her influence on aesthetics, material, and form – not only in fashion, but also in product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. In addition to a high level of quality, Sanders’ work is particularly notable for its modernity, which for her means highlighting people’s personalities and helping individuals to find their own strengths.

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Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 20.05.2018
sfmcd.org 

In the exhibition entitled “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” running from 20 January to 20 May 2018, visitors are invited to consider the question posed by Loeser: If the furniture we sit on every day was different, would our lives be different, too? The exhibition displays the results of the designer’s investigation of unconventional furniture forms which began in the early 1980s with a series of folding chairs. His designs always create opportunities for interaction – between a person and an object, but also between people. With this in mind, Loeser wants his work to inspire people to break away from their habits and to be playful with their environment and other people. The exhibits include about 20 pieces of furniture, most of which have been made recently, as well as framed artworks.

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Design Studio

Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich / DE
– 15.07.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In opening the Design Studio, the Museum of Design is launching an extraordinary place for conveying basic questions of design, where the processes of the discipline take centre stage. Quick sketches can convey the idea entirely without a word being spoken, and models help to test out certain parameters. The Design Studio explains the decisions that have to be made within a design process using sample design projects.

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Open Codes

Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 05.08.2018
open-codes.zkm.de 

Codes are part of our everyday lives as they can be found in children’s toys or traffic light circuits. Lots of systems and parts of our reality are based on a language that follows logic. To provide an understanding of this language, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe is staging “Open Codes”. An extensive accompanying programme aims to stimulate and support the exhibition, and looks at the interfaces and tracks of the digital world. Many workshops are on offer providing an insight into specific areas and digital tools. Amongst other things, a conference on digital sovereignity will take place on 2 November 2017.

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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

For their exhibition “Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg. Beyond the New”, the eponymous subjects of the show have developed a site-specific installation for the Paternoster hall in the Pinakothek der Moderne. In so doing, they are continuing the format introduced two years ago. The product designer and the design theorist collaborated on the manifesto “Beyond the New. A Search for Ideals in Design” already in 2015, which is directed against an industry that promotes the new solely for reasons of commercial success. In this current installation, too, they propound their belief that the potential of new production capabilities are often only developed when industry sets free and opens up to experimental challenges.

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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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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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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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