Robert Stadler: Back in 5 minRobert Stadler: Back in 5 min

23 September 2014

Robert Stadler: Back in 5 min

Design Event, MAK DESIGN SALON #03 MAK Vienna, Austria.

Back in 5 min by Paris-based designer Robert Stadler plays on the easy transformability of the Biedermeier interior by means of light pieces of furniture, which – depending on the situation at hand – can be grouped into functional islands to permit uses such as eating, reading or music-making in the same room. Stadler reinterprets the simple furniture typologies of traditional rustic rooms to create object-groups consisting of ‘working furniture’ like stools and benches, which contrast with the villa’s fundamentally bourgeois and opulent leisure idyll. Thi..

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Ming, 50 years that changed ChinaMing, 50 years that changed China

22 September 2014

Ming, 50 years that changed China

Exhibition, The British Museum, London, UK, until 5 January 2015.

This major exhibition explores a golden age in China’s history. Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made. Featured are a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures, an..

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Bologna Water DesignBologna Water Design

21 September 2014

Bologna Water Design

Design event, Ospedale dei Bastardini Zola Predosa, Bologna, Italy, 22-27 September.

Taking place at the same time as the CERSAIE fair and for the third year in a row, Water Design Bologna presents an exhibition entirely dedicated to water: new installations and projects target a audience qualified in the sector through a journey of excellence encompassing surfaces and baths, the out-of-doors and food, and project knowledge and sustainability. Unfolding in a space of over 5,000 m2 are projects created by the top companies in the sector, by internationally renowned architects and designers, by a selection of young talent, and by the best Italian design schools

ONCE UPON A WATER, installation by Alhambretto Design Studio and CIICAI.

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Sebastião Salgado: GenesisSebastião Salgado: Genesis

21 September 2014

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis

Exhibition, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, until 11 January 2015.

Genesis is the third long-term series on global issues by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado, following Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000). The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples – raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change. ICP is the first American venue of this momentous exhibition.

Iceberg between Paulet Island and the South Shetland Islands on the Antarctic Channel. At sea level, earlier flotation levels are clearly visible where the ice has been polished by the ocean’s constant movement. High above, a shape resembling a castle tow

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Disobedient ObjectsDisobedient Objects

20 September 2014

Disobedient Objects

Exhibition, The Porter Gallery, V&A, London, UK, until 1 February 2015.

The first exhibition to explore the powerful rôle that objects play in grassroots movements for social change, it demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity. Disobedient Objects showcases collective creativity that defies standard definitions of art and design. The exhibition focuses on the period from the late-1970s to the present, a time that has brought a new cycle of global social struggles and new technologies. An extensive range of objects from all over the world are on display, from Chilean folk art textiles that document political violence, to ..

Guerrilla Girls, photo © George Lange

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The Ultimate Capital is the SunThe Ultimate Capital is the Sun

20 September 2014

The Ultimate Capital is the Sun

Exhibition about Metabolism in Contemporary Art, Politics, Philosophy and Science, nGbK, Berlin, Germany, 20 September - 16 November.

The Greek word metabolē originally meant ‘to change’ and, literally, to throw over.  In times of worldwide human-made transformations, climate change, and ecological awareness, expanding and exploding the notion of metabolism seems to be crucial to understanding present and future politics. The exhibition investigates the understanding of ‘metabolism’ in contemporary art, in dialogue with philosophical and scientific research beyond Eurocentric rationalisation. Biological metabolism is a process that constitutes living beings in continuous exchange with their environment. Bringing together artists, philosophers, scientists and curators, various grounds of metabolism are explored, with no desire to establish a centre of gravity.

Georg Baselitz – Back then, in between, and todayGeorg Baselitz – Back then, in between, and today

19 September 2014

Georg Baselitz – Back then, in between, and today

Exhibition, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany, 19 September 2014 - 1 February 2015.

The critical reflection of his own work against a new temporal background has always been a defining feature in the art of Georg Baselitz. In the past decade, the interpretation of programmatic works has assumed a more dominant rôle. Baselitz appropriates the significant features of the original versions using a very different formal approach. The previous effect of the powerful ductus of saturated opaque paint opposes the lucid transparency of paint drippings in the Remix series, which seem to liquefy the motifs and graphically dissolve them. The ease of this approach liberates t..

Georg Baselitz, Yellow Song, 2013, © Georg Baselitz, 2014; photo by Jochen Littkemann; courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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Elmgreen & Dragset - BiographyElmgreen & Dragset - Biography

19 September 2014

Elmgreen & Dragset - Biography

Exhibition, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19 September 2014 - 04 January 2015.

The entire ground floor of the museum has been remodeled for this exhibition, altering the way visitors and staff interact with the space. Featured are over 50 works from the artist duo’s nearly 20-year career, with some of their best known works shown alongside new, site-specific commissions, including Welcome, a full scale Airstream caravan crushed by a giant Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Also on show for the first time is a smaller bronze sculpture depicting a Rolex watch; called The Achievement, it has been re-cast using bronze from the artists’ own Eckersberg Medal, one of..

Elmgreen & Dragset: Caravan Las Vegas (working title), 2014; rendering: Nils Grarup, © Elmgreen & Dragset.

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BIO 50, 24th Biennial of DesignBIO 50, 24th Biennial of Design

18 September 2014

BIO 50, 24th Biennial of Design

Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana, Slovenia, 18 September - 7 December.

On its 50th anniversary, BIO embraces this opportunity to build upon its own tradition and history, advancing into an experimental, collaborative territory where design is employed and implemented as a tool to question and transform ideas about industrial production, public and private space, and pre-established systems and networks. Engaging designers and multidisciplinary agents from Slovenia and abroad, BIO 50 has created 11 teams to work on a wide and comprehensive range of topics that resonate with local and global demands. Team mentors guide participants in the creation of one or more projects that are developed and implemented during the Biennial.

Waiting Room Project, designed by Oloop; photo by Kristjan Jarni

Designers in ResidenceDesigners in Residence

18 September 2014

Designers in Residence

Exhibition, Design Museum London, UK, until 8 March 2015.

This annual exhibition, which celebrates new and emerging design talent, features designers selected by a distinguished panel. This year’s theme is ‘disruption’, a term whose meaning is dependent on the context. Conventionally considered a bad thing – difficult pupils, bad neighbours, ill-considered town planning – it is now the most sought-after quality in a new product, having completely overtaken the previously well regarded term ‘sustainable’, and its slightly more current synonym, resilient. Disruptive innovation interrupts established ways of thinking, diverges from traditional practices, and proposes new, unexpected ideas. Here, the multiple possibilities expressed by the concept of disruption and the disruptive have been reflected upon and explored.

100 Percent Design100 Percent Design

17 September 2014

100 Percent Design

Design fair, Earl’s Court, London, UK, 17-20 September.

100% Design occupies a special place in the UK design industry's heart. First staged in 1995 inside a tent off the Kings Road, the show has gone on to become the benchmark event for the promotion of design products and activities in London. Through different editions, 100% Design has continued to excel, easily outsizing any other design event in the country. Now, for the 20th edition, the mood is both celebratory and resolutely fixed on the future, when it will continue its traditional rôle to support design in the UK and beyond as it continues to define London's design agenda.

Solid Spin Lamp by Johanna Tammsalu)

Jean-Jacques Lebel, The Highest of All the Arts is InsurrectionJean-Jacques Lebel, The Highest of All the Arts is Insurrection

17 September 2014

Jean-Jacques Lebel, The Highest of All the Arts is Insurrection

Exhibition, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany, until 9 November.

On show is a large-scale retrospective of installation works by Jean-Jacques Lebel − one of the first artists to shock the international public in the early 1960s with his Happenings. The French artist intends that his actions, installations, sculptures, objects, paintings, and videos are revolts, artistic actions being directed at injustice, against the terror of war and psychiatry, and against the self-inflicted immaturity of a restrictive culture. This exhibition provides a deep insight into Lebel’s multiform work − an artist intimately connected with the poets and ..

Jean-Jacques Lebel. Die höchste Kunst ist der Aufstand (The highest of All the Arts is Insurrection); video, 120 minutes; dedicated to the Divine Marquis, 3rd festival of free expression, 1996.

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Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014

16 September 2014

Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014

Exhibition at TENT, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK, 18-21 September .

After its exhibition held at Triennale di Milano during the Milan Design Week 2014, ‘Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft 2014’ is introduced to London. The craft artists will demonstrate how traditional materials of ceramic, metal, mother-of-pearl, Korean Paper and textiles can be transformed through the senses of freedom and mastery into modern objects of retrained beauty.    

Pebbles, Lacquered and inlaid with Mother-of-pearl by Hwang Sam-yong. Photography by Park U-jin.

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Berlin Art WeekBerlin Art Week

15 September 2014

Berlin Art Week

Art fair, Various venues, Berlin, Germany, 16-21 September.

The third Berlin Art Week runs for six days, with art lovers and connoisseurs from all over the world gathering in the city to discover current developments in contemporary art and to share experiences and ideas. The art fairs abc (Art Berlin Contemporary) and Preview Berlin are presenting both young and established galleries, showing works by artists from around the world. With a rich programme of exhibitions, featuring numerous openings, lectures, discussions, performances, screenings, and other special events, the Art Week’s partners, the city museums and other art institutions..

Exotica… and 4 other cases of the self; Self portrait with skull, Marina Abramovic, 2005; courtesy of Marina Abramovic and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; photo by Paolo Canevari.

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14 September 2014


Fashion fair, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, USA, 14-16 Sep.

Tmrw is a promotional international fashion event and a popular business show that will be featuring various traditional and contemporary designer materials and contemporary fashion concepts. This event will allow a group of talented newcomers of the fashion industry, leading designers and trade professionals to uphold their brands, products and services to international market. Tmrw allows fresh and potential future organizations to make a significant footprint on this international business forum. Domestic and leading trade exhibitors will showcase various quality products and customer services in front of world-class visitors.

Horst: Photographer of StyleHorst: Photographer of Style

14 September 2014

Horst: Photographer of Style

Exhibition, V&A London, UK, until 4 January 2015.

Horst P. Horst (1906–1999) was one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. In his illustrious career, he traversed the worlds of art, fashion, theatre, and high society and was one of Vogue’s star photographers. Presenting his most iconic fashion images, this definitive retrospective exhibition also explores Horst’s less well-known work, alongside his creative process, influences, and legacy as a master photographer.

Salvador Dalí’s costumes for Leonid Massine's ballet Bacchanale, 1939, © Condé Nast/Horst Estate.

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Unsettled LandscapesUnsettled Landscapes

13 September 2014

Unsettled Landscapes

Biennial exhibition series, SITE, Santa Fe, NM, USA, until 11 January 2015.

With Unsettled Landscapes, connections are built from Santa Fe to the rest of the Americas, exploring untold stories and perspectives, and linking the past and the present. Having first been Native American land, then a Spanish Kingdom, a Mexican Province, and an American Territory, all before statehood, New Mexico is a rich microcosm of the Americas. The chosen artists represent multiple generations and regions throughout the Western Hemisphere, with new and existing works, 13 new commissions, and several off­-site installations, as well as key works from previous decades. It shows how themes of landscape, territory, and trade affect artworks from every corner of the Americas.

Perímetros (Ceiba) / Perimeters (Ceiba), by Johanna Calle; drawing on found blank notary sheets, representing the Ceiba trees native to Mesoamerica.

The London Design FestivalThe London Design Festival

13 September 2014

The London Design Festival

Design festival, Multiple venues, London, UK, 13-21 September.

The London Design Festival is an international exhibition plus a festival, a cultural and a commercial fair, and it lasts for nine days. The programme ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, from installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views and parties. The majority of these are free of charge, enabling visitors to participate, listen, learn, commission and make purchases. And then there are the Partner events. From established businesses to emerging practices, from entrepreneurs to educators, from manufacturers to retailer..

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12 September 2014


Design fair, Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland, until 14 September.

The largest furniture, interior decoration and design fair in Finland, Habitare’s theme for 2014 is Claim Your Space! It is a theme that inspires, encourages, and even provokes people to redefine spaces, whether at home or in the workplace, whether private or communal. The exhibition itself is designed by COMPANY, namely Aamu Song and Johan Olin, a designer-producer duo. The five-day event occupies a well-established position in the Finnish design scene, as the fair dates back to 1970. In 2014, the general public and professionals are brought together to celebrate design..

Kenno cardboard chair, by Heikki Ruoho; photo by Kalle Kataila.

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Urban Nomad, an installation by Yohji Yamamoto & Torsten NeelandUrban Nomad, an installation by Yohji Yamamoto & Torsten Neeland

11 September 2014

Urban Nomad, an installation by Yohji Yamamoto & Torsten Neeland

Installation during the London Design Festival, Yohji Yamamoto shop, London, UK, 13-21 September.

Urban Nomad is an installation built around a collection of products for both the retail and the living environment. It reminds us of the profound affection we have for objects in today’s transient lifestyles in the ephemeral digital world we all live in. Yamamoto and Neeland share a love of restraint, a subtle beauty based on simplicity and austerity. Y’s is a brand that stands for integrity: wearing Y’s clothes is a statement in itself, not one of ‘fashion’ necessarily but an understanding of timelessness and a mindfulness of the origin and the context of..

These photos taken in the Yohji Yamamoto environment illustrate the interaction between Torsten Neeland and Yohji Yamamoto’s creations.

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