09 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Design fair, Marina Bay Sands, Expo and Convention Center, Singapore 10-13 March.
The organisers of Maison&Objet have set up an Asian edition of their show. More than 150 exhibitors showcase the different types of products and design sectors present at the M&O Paris show. This new annual event for professionals, held in conjunction with other major events in the furnishings field, is a first step in the show’s international development strategy, targeting markets with high growth potential.
09 March 2014 / DAMn°43
New Architecture! Modern Architecture in Images and Books
upcoming exhibition, Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin, Germany, 12 March – 10 June.
Art historian and architectural journalist Walter Müller-Wulckow was one of the most influential writers on the architectural avant-garde in Germany. His four books on modern architecture and housing, published in the ‘Blue Books’ series between 1925 and 1932, became bestsellers. Letters, photographs, plans, and sketches from Müller-Wulckow’s estate illustrate the upheavals and fresh starts in architecture that took place from 1900 to 1930. The exhibition places his books on New Architecture in the context of the architectural journalism of the period and examines the ways in which architecture was conveyed in book publications, via numerous architectural photographs.
08 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Korean Contemporary Design. Kang Myungsun, Bae Sehwa, Bahk Jong-Sun, and Lee Hun Chung.
exhibition, Edward Tyler Nahem gallery, New York, until 04 April.
Exhibited here are cutting edge furniture and objects from four top Korean contemporary designers. Each draws immense inspiration from nature, as well as embracing their cultural tradition, as seen in the forms and textures of their works. Kang Myungsun harmoniously combines age‐old techniques and unique materials to create practical objects that address modern concerns. Bae Sehwa’s use of wood relates directly to the influence of nature in his work. Bahk Jong‐Sun wooden creations often resemble whimsical structures or otherworldly creatures that emanate light from their spider‐like frames. Devoted to Korean ceramic design techniques, Lee Hun Chung strives to find a balance of tradition and modernity in his works.
08 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Drawing on Holl
Exhibition, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art, UK, until 23 March.
This exhibition illuminates the design process through which the Reid Building, a striking addition to Glasgow’s cityscape, came into being. Staged in the Mackintosh Building, the show explores the architectural dialogue between these two significant buildings. Prints of the watercolour paintings created by Steven Holl Architects demonstrate the evolving design of the Reid Building. Watercolour sketches are used to investigate and visualise the architectural form, appearance, and spatial qualities of the interiors, particularly the sources and the interplay of light that are a central feature of the Reid Building, as they are for the world famous Mackintosh Building opposite which it is sited.
07 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century
Exhibition, Octagonal gallery CCA, Montréal, Canada, until 25 May 2014.
In the 19th century, the East represented the realm of exoticism, fantasy and mystery. Literature and painting in particular used the lands beyond Europe as canvases for fertile explorations of the unknown and unlimited boundaries for imagination. By the latter half of the century, however, several pioneer photographers travelled to the Middle East and North Africa, bringing back to Europe and North America images that captured the idea of the exotic. Whether in search of Nile temples, the Holy Land or Berber costumes; whether amateurs or pilgrims; whether part of scientific missions or..
07 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Design & Architecture Films
Event,Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, until 30 March.
In the Bay Area is a large community of designers, architects, and professionals in related fields like urban planning. This series presents 12 new films about various aspects of these disciplines, appealing to anyone interested in how and why we make and build things. Come and discover lost urban waterways, a boho movie title designer, Japanese handmade porcelain, New York’s High Line project, Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, and much more. Design Is One kicks off the Design & Architecture Films Showcase, which takes place over the entire month of March. ..
06 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Aase Texmon Rygh - Modernism Forever!
Exhibition, Nasjonalmuseet Oslo, Norway 07 March – 28 September.
Aase Texmon Rygh is one of the most important pioneers in modern Norwegian sculpture. She found her artistic vision early, remaining faithful to it throughout her career. With exceptionally strong determination, she arrived at a simplified and abstract form of visual expression at a time when naturalistic sculpture still had a dominant place in Norway. Her Möbius sculptures, for which she is well known, are series of works characterised by a highly simplified and condensed form of expression based on the mathematical Möbius shape, a formal principle that emerged after many years of experimenting with a narrow group of motifs. Rygh subscribes to the principle of less is more; nothing is left to chance and great attention is given to the properties of the material.
05 March 2014 / DAMn°43
The Armory Show
Art fair, Piers 92 & 94 New York, 6 - 9 March 2014.
The Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair and one of the most important annual art events in New York, is devoted to showcasing the most important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. In its 15 years, the fair has become an international institution, combining a selection of the world’s leading galleries with an exceptional programme of arts events and exhibitions throughout New York during what is celebrated as Armory Arts Week. Contemporary art can be found on Pier 94, while Modern art, primarily masterworks of the 20th century, is exhibited o..
03 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Michaël Borremans - As sweet as it gets
Exhibition, Bozar Brussels, Belgium, until 03 August.
Michaël Borremans made his international breakthrough in the late 1990s with a varied body of work (drawings, paintings, and films) that laid bare the deceptive nature of representation and the absurdity of existence in a suggestive, ironic way. He has been known to make personal references to historic paintings by, among others, Velázquez, Goya, and Manet, and he also frequently alludes to literature, photography, and film. His focus on the power of the imagination makes this subversive visual idiom especially engaging. This exhibition, containing 100 works, presents a fasc..
02 March 2014 / DAMn°43
What Is a Photograph?
Exhitibion, International Center of Photography, New York, until 04 May.
What Is a Photograph? explores the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically, and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself – from the rôle of light, colour, and composition to materiality and the subject. The exhibition brings together these artists who have reinvented photography.
01 March 2014 / DAMn°43
Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF)
Fair, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 04 – 08 March.
Each year, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) attracts more than 6000 buyers from over 140 countries to Kuala Lumpur. High quality, dependable, creative, aesthetic, and trustworthy – these are just some of the ways buyers describe Malaysian manufacturers. With a proven track record, MIFF has become the premier meeting place for industry players. World-class design in office furniture, home furniture, and wooden furniture makes it a one-stop exhibition – from fittings to furnishing materials, the choices are wide-ranging. A further lure is provided by the location: Malaysia is a beautiful country that alternates between undulating landscapes, white beaches, and tropical forests.
28 February 2014 / DAMn°43
A Terrible Beauty, Edward Burtynsky
Exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, 1 March – 26 May.
Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky is internationally renowned for his captivating images of natural and manmade landscapes that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris. This exhibition is a focused survey of photographs the artist produced between 1983 and 2013, and represents all key bodies of his work, such as early series of homestead and railway line photographs shot in British Columbia, a documentation of the extraordinary growth and transformation of China in the past decade, and a new, ground-breaking internationa..
27 February 2014 / DAMn°43
El Hotel Eléctrico – Rooms Available
exhibition, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium, until 11 May.
When does animation become art? What remains of animation when it leaves the cinema or TV screen, and manifests itself in other spaces? El Hotel Eléctrico – Rooms Available sets out in search of the many expressions of the phenomenon of ‘animation’ in a broader sense, starting with the medium in its earliest form, at the time when this artistic practice was not yet constrained by the conventions and clichés of the film industry. Conceived as a visual essay, the exhibition is a space-related experience. Animation here is understood as entering a force..
27 February 2014 / DAMn°43
Richard Jackson Ain’t Painting a Pain
exhibition, SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 1 March–1 June.
Since the early 1970s, Richard Jackson has been radicalising painting, following such predecessors as Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns. His inventive and exuberant way of working extends painting to include performance and sculptural dimensions. Jackson adopts a serious approach to ‘action painting’, producing gigantic site-specific murals and space-filling environments, and over the last few years he has also being creating anthropomorphic ‘painting machines’.
24 February 2014 / DAMn°43
Il Me Faut Tout Oublier
Exhibition Berlinde De Bruyckere & Philippe Vandenberg, La Maison Rouge Paris, France, until 11 May.
This exhibition gathers together the work of two Belgian artists of different generations: sculptor Berlinde de Bruyckere and painter Philippe Vandenberg. For the presentation, Berlinde de Bruyckere has selected paintings and drawings by Philippe Vandenberg that echo her own work, thereby introducing an intense dialogue between the two. An imposing sculpture of wax and rags, specially made by her for La Maison Rouge, follows on from the work she showed in the Belgian Pavilion at the last Venice Biennale.
24 February 2014 / DAMn°43
David Lynch: The Factory Photographs
Exhibition, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, until 30 March.
"I love industry. Pipes. I love fluid and smoke. I love man-made things. I like to see people hard at work, and I like to see sludge and man-made waste." Thus spoke David Lynch. Anyone familiar with Lynch’s enigmatic visual language will identify similarities between this series of photographs and his iconic films. Featuring the black and white interiors and exteriors of industrial structures, the exhibition exudes his unique cinematic style through dark and brooding images. Shot in various locations, including Germany, Poland, New York, New Jersey and England,..
23 February 2014 by Joerg Zimmermann
Salone del Mobile with EuroCucina
International brands are coming back to Milan, 8 April – 13 April 2014
Some 1,400 exhibitors are expected to show their latest furniture and design solutions at Salone del Mobile in Milan. For the 53rd edition, Cosmit President Claudio Luti is confident that again over 300,000 visitors from 160 different countries will be attracted to the Milan Fairground. From 8th to 13th of April, the fair ground in Rho also sees the EuroCucina, the International Kitchen Furniture exhibition, that every two years sets a benchmark for the global kitchen industry. This year, the prestigious SaloneSatellite, dedicated to young designers under 35, shares Pavilions 13-15 with..
23 February 2014 / DAMn°43
Mary Reid Kelley, Working Objects and Videos.
Exhibition, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York, until 13 April.
Mary Reid Kelley's visually rich and intellectually stimulating video art converses with history. Fusing techniques of live performance and stop-motion animation, she creates poignant characters who declaim in droll verse, blending Homer and Cindy Sherman. This is the first museum exhibition devoted to the finely crafted and researched costumes, objects, and drawings that the artist creates for her videos in collaboration with Patrick Kelley. These working objects reveal her mastery of the contemporary impulse to work across and synthesise art media. A winner of the Rome Prize, Reid Kelley is widely lauded by critics and curators alike. Her visually rich and stimulating videos appeal to diverse audiences of cutting-edge contemporary art as well as world history and literature.
22 February 2014 by Joerg Zimmermann
A long way for sustainable design
Ambiente 2014: the success story continued
To be honest, after visiting Ambiente you are helpless due to the multiplicity of perspectives under which one could discuss the leading international trade fair for the consumer-goods sector. It’s easy to just look on the numbers: more exhibitors (4,724) from more different countries (89) presenting their products on 329,300 square meters. With this result, Ambiente has beaten the record levels from last year. “Ambiente continues on its successful course and private consumption remains the economic driving force in Germany”, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Manag..
22 February 2014 / DAMn°43
Exhibition, MUDAC Lausanne, Switzerland, until 16 November.
Mudac's latest contemporary glass art exhibition, Living Glass, presents a broad selection of works and installations by today's glass creators of various different nationalities – Swiss, European, American, and Asian. Bearing witness to the very idea of glass art, the pieces on show range from sculpture to edition design, each translating the museum-conservation team's open and on-going approach, assisted and supported by the patron of the collection.