04 March 2015


Exhibition, MAK, Vienna, Austria, until 17 May

The EOOS exhibition lends an insight into the studio’s multi-faceted design practice. The MAK DESIGN LAB, a recent EOOS design project, is both showcase and exhibition, providing the context for this retrospective show laid out in the form of a narrative parcours of exhibits. The focus is on the poetic-analytical creative process and the decidedly reduced design language the studio developed as a team, which moves between the archaic and high-tech, and promotes responsible and sustainable consumption. By exclusively staging this installation, the room normally dedicated to the works of Josef Hoffmann is transformed, underscoring the importance of this current generation of designers as guides to digital modernity.

Exhibition view, MAK DESIGN LAB 2015; design process for the Crosshatch chair, GEIGER & Herman Miller Collection, 2014, © Paul Prader


Decidedly Surreal: The Bindings of Mary Louise ReynoldsDecidedly Surreal: The Bindings of Mary Louise Reynolds

04 March 2015

Decidedly Surreal: The Bindings of Mary Louise Reynolds

Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA, until 23 March.

Mary Louise Reynolds was one of the central figures of the Surrealist movement. She applied her bookbinding skills to the books given to her by such friends as Man Ray, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, André Breton, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dalí, choosing materials that were visually and intellectually surprising: corset stays, broken teacup handles, thermometers, sponge rubber, reptile skins, and kid leather gloves. Duchamp described her bindings as being “marked by a decidedly surrealist approach and an unpredictable fantasy”. This exhibition showcases a selection of these visionary and uniquely surreal artworks.

King Ubu: Play in Five Acts, 1921, by Alfred Jarry; Mary Reynolds Collection, New York; gift of Toni Politeo


Basquiat: The Unknown NotebooksBasquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

03 March 2015

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, 3 April – 23 August.

Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, word play, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The exhibition features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. A selftaught artist with encyclaeopedic and cross-cultural interests, Basquiat was influenced by comics, advertising, children's sketches, pop art, hip-hop,..

Tamra Davis (American, b. 1962). Still from A Conversation with Basquiat, 2006. 23 min., 22 sec. © Tamra Davis. Courtesy of the artist. By permission of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Photo: Jonathan Dorado, Brooklyn Museum


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Lauren Bacall: The LookLauren Bacall: The Look

03 March 2015

Lauren Bacall: The Look

Exhibition, FIT, New York, USA, 3 March – 4 April.

Exclusively celebrating the film and theatre star’s unique style, the exhibition sees Bacall’s own garments take the spotlight, while exploring Bacall’s personal relationships with several of the fashion designers who dressed her. Selections from Bacall’s personal wardrobe, as well as from her film and stage roles, are displayed alongside photographs, magazine pieces, film posters, and archival footage. Approximately one dozen garments have been selected from a collection of 700 that Bacall donated to the museum between 1968 and 1986, including garments by designers Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Norman Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro, with a focus on pieces from the 1960s and 70s.

Dress by Pierre Cardin; Dynel fabric (Cardine), 1968; France; gift of Lauren Bacall


Maison&Objet AsiaMaison&Objet Asia

02 March 2015

Maison&Objet Asia

Upcoming fair, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore, 10 – 13 March.

Dubbed “The new frontier for growth in Asia”, Singapore has been chosen as a strategic hub for the Asean region, to provide uncommon visibility for companies wishing to access the exclusive territories of New Luxury. The newly formed annual trade event provides effective solutions to customers in this region of the world in search of excellence and uniqueness. Some 272 European and Asian exhibitors inaugurated the high-level event last year, showcased across 6000 m², and in 2015, the trade fair expands into an additional hall.

Maison&Objet Asia: OSTRICHPILLOW ®, designed by kawamura-ganjavian for STUDIO BANANA THiNGS


JEWELRY 1970–2015 Bollmann Collection, Fritz MaierhoferJEWELRY 1970–2015 Bollmann Collection, Fritz Maierhofer

01 March 2015

JEWELRY 1970–2015 Bollmann Collection, Fritz Maierhofer

Retrospective exhibition, MAK,Vienna, Austria, until 29 March.

The MAK presents an extensive array of jewellery, lending an overview of the formal aesthetic and material-specific wealth of international contemporary jewellery design. The pieces collected by Austrian couple Heidi and Karl Bollmann comprise of a selection of over 1,000 objects, the works of 206 artists from the US, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea, Vietnam, China, and nearly all European countries, a total of 454 pieces. The second part of this exhibition contains the complete works of Fritz Maierhofer, currently one of the most important international jewellery artists. His jewellery and sculptures from the 1960s to today are on display, all together some 165 objects that are characterised by unusual combinations of materials and an avant-garde concept.

WOLFGANG LIEGLEIN, BROOCH MANGO 2010-2015 Fabric, foam, wood, glass beads Bollmann collection.


Frieder Burda CollectionFrieder Burda Collection

01 March 2015

Frieder Burda Collection

Exhibition, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany, until 8 March

Frieder Burda was not fascinated by cold, analytical paintings, but by works that reflect a torn, rebellious human image and that penetrate deep into the psyche and collective history. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin is presenting a selection of 113 works from the Collection. Featured in the exhibition are drawings, watercolours, and gouaches by Georg Baselitz, Willem de Kooning, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Neo Rauch, and Gerhard Richter, thus lending much insight into a hitherto unknown side of one of G..

Gerhard Richter, 3.5.88, 1988, Collection Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden © Gerhard Richter 2014


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Slavs & Tatars: Mirrors for PrincesSlavs & Tatars: Mirrors for Princes

28 February 2015

Slavs & Tatars: Mirrors for Princes

Exhibition, NYU AD Art Gallery, New York University, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 28 February - 30 May; book launch at Art Dubai, 19 March.

Art collective Slavs and Tatars looks to the medieval genre of advice literature for kings – known as mirrors for princes or fürstenspiegel – as an urgent precedent of critique as hospitality and predecessor to the current obsession with self-help literature. Mirrors for Princes: Both Sides of the Tongue follows a residency at NYU Abu Dhabi and considers governance as self-presentation, a negotiation of competing affinities, conflicting loyalties and dissonant identities.   

Irokez, 17 x 30 x 10, dichroic glass, tinned copper, 2014

slavsandtatars.com damnmagazine.net/en/article/tongue-n-cheek

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Wim WendersWim Wenders

28 February 2015

Wim Wenders

Exhibition, MoMA, New York, USA, 2-17 March.

MoMA’s retrospective of 20 feature films and numerous shorts captures the breadth of Wenders’s career, from his 16mm experimental works of the late 1960s—including Same Player Shoots Again (1968) and Silver City (1969)—to the New York premiere of his most recent film, The Salt of the Earth (2014). Wenders will introduce many of the screenings, and will also take part in an onstage conversation with his longtime collaborator Peter Handke. 

Nastassja Aglaia Kinski in Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders.


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NN-A NN-A NN-A: New Norwegian AbstractionNN-A NN-A NN-A: New Norwegian Abstraction

27 February 2015

NN-A NN-A NN-A: New Norwegian Abstraction

Exhibition, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway, until 3 May

Modernism has always held a strong position in Norwegian art and culture. In recent years, young Norwegian artists have been returning to the mindset and expression of modernism. A particular emphasis is placed on abstract expressionism, minimalism, and concrete art, while also turning into a renewed interest in painting and sculpture. The exhibition focuses on the young generation of artists who are working with a new, abstract expression. They have clear connections with the modernistic inheritance, but at the same time are clearly anchored in their own time and its conceptual terms, techniques, and semantic references.

NN-A NN-A NN-A: Sick Skin, 2014, by Ivan Galuzin; two-component paint on linen canvas, 245 x 186 cm; photo: Vegard Kleven/UKS


Futur ArchaïqueFutur Archaïque

27 February 2015

Futur Archaïque

Exhibition, Grand-Hornu Images, Hornu, Belgium, until 19 April.

The exhibition emphasises the connection that currently exists between the immediate, shortterm or even distant future and the past, the archaic, illustrated here from the perspective of design. Highlighted is how designers create objects that reveal our roots. For all its progress, reason and rationalisation, over time modernity has abandoned the intrinsic value of objects. In some way, design has been emptied of its sense or even its senses. Nowadays, instead of taking a negative attitude towards our roots, brushing them aside or even denying them, we are forced to admit that creators – artists, architects, and designers – are referencing our roots to create innovative objects.

CaCO3 stoneware project, 2014, by Laura Lynn Jansen & Thomas Vailly, © Floor Knaapen


Tracing Confessions: Otobong NkangaTracing Confessions: Otobong Nkanga

26 February 2015

Tracing Confessions: Otobong Nkanga

Exhibition, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, until 18 May

“A species of Land Art for the 21st century”, is how Dieter Roelstraete describes Otobong Nkanga’s blend of drawing, painting, photography, installation, and video; where ‘land’ – such as in the oil-rich Niger Delta of her native Nigeria – is synonymous with natural resources. Landscape, here, is always filtered through the body, storytelling, memory, and the treachery of objects and images. The exhibition relates to the museum’s collection. Other examples in which Nkanga has maximised constrained means are Diaspore (2014) at 14 Rooms in Basel last year, and Contained Measures of Shifting States (2012), her durational performance at Tate Modern’s Tanks in 2012.

Otobong Nkanga: Whose Crisis Is This?, 2013; courtesy of the Artist and Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam


Cool & Collected: Recent AcquisitionsCool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

26 February 2015

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

Exhibition, National Building Museum, Washington D.C., USA, until 25 May.

What do a designer dollhouse and a sheet-metal bending brake have in common? These and many other extraordinary objects in the National Building Museum's collection illustrate the varied ways we can learn from architecture and design. The physical pieces of the world we design and build – from the tools that help create it to the toys that help explain it – inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it. Cool & Collected features a wide range of recent additions, i..

Kaleidoscope Dollhouse, Dolls, and Furniture. Creators: Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelwright. Manufactured by Bozart Toys. Gift of Linda Syverson Guild. Photo by Museum staff.


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2015 Triennial Surround Audience2015 Triennial Surround Audience

25 February 2015

2015 Triennial Surround Audience

Art Triennial, New Museum, New York, USA, 25 February – 24 May.

We are surrounded by a culture replete with impressions of life, whether visual, written, or construed through data. We move through streams of chatter, swipe past pictures of other people’s lives, and frame our own experiences while our digital trails are subtly captured, tracked, and stored. This is a culture in which the radical multimedia environments envisioned by pioneering artists like Nam June Paik and Stan VanDerBeek are being livedout every day, albeit with much more complexity and compromise. With these transformations in mind, Surround Audience explores how artists are currently depicting subjectivity, unpacking complex systems of power, and claiming sites of artistic agency.

Untitled, 2014, by Juliana Huxtable


Design IndabaDesign Indaba

25 February 2015

Design Indaba

Design event, CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa, 27 February – 1 March.

The annual Design Indaba Expo is driven by a passion for innovative work with a strong local flavour. It’s a premier showcase for highend African design, exhibiting the home-grown wares of all creative sectors under one roof, distributing Africa's creative spirit. In parallel is the Design Indaba Conference, one of the world's leading forums on creativity and design, featuring the best of global creativity on one stage. A sterling line-up of international speakers from all corners of the world graces the stage each year, presenting an up-to-the-minute survey on design and innovat..

MoWoza is a mobile phone-based service that helps migrant workers order goods for their family back home, rather than physically transport the goods themselves.


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The end of it all has already happened: Melgaard + MunchThe end of it all has already happened: Melgaard + Munch

24 February 2015

The end of it all has already happened: Melgaard + Munch

Exhibition, Munch Museum Oslo, Norway, until 12 April.

The end of it all has already happened includes audio by Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, the Carpenters, and others. Melgaard apparently said at a press conference that this is a counterbalancing of light and darkness that parallels the bright anguish of Munch’s The Scream (1893–1910). But for Melgaard, who avowedly wants to upend staid perceptions of the older Norwegian, music is just the start. Munch’s paintings hang on wallpaper featuring images of Melgaard’s juicy, chaotic, previous installati..

Untitled, 2009, by Bjarne Melgaard, © Bjarne Melgaard / BONO 2015


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Architecture in the Museum: A Fortieth AnniversaryArchitecture in the Museum: A Fortieth Anniversary

24 February 2015

Architecture in the Museum: A Fortieth Anniversary

Exhibition, Vault Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway, until 26 April.

Since 1975, the Museum of Architecture (now the National Museum – Architecture), has collected, documented, and promoted knowledge about Norwegian architecture. This exhibition describes the museum’s history and activities, while also providing an impression of the period’s architecture.


Koki Tanaka Artist of the Year 2015Koki Tanaka Artist of the Year 2015

23 February 2015

Koki Tanaka Artist of the Year 2015

Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany.

Deutsche Bank honours Koki Tanaka as Artist of the Year 2015. It has been said that Tanaka forces us to see everyday things with new eyes. He represents a new generation of artists who connect their aesthetic concerns to social issues. Koki Tanaka, born 1975 in Tochigi, Japan, lives and works in Los Angeles. He represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. “Koki Tanaka is a savvy mobiliser of collective actions. He encourages sharing among participants to produce a common sense of cooperation and creativity. His work represents an inventive approach toward exploring the question of community building”, explains Hou Hanru, artistic director of the MAXXI in Rome.

Koki Tanaka


Tropisme FestivalTropisme Festival

23 February 2015

Tropisme Festival

Mixed media festival, illusion & macadam, Montpellier, France, 24 February - 15 March.

Concerts, installations, performances, projections, architectural & culinary creations, video games, clubbing, workshops, brainstorms ... And of course EXYZT, which will launch its very last project during the Tropisme Festival. The collectif of artists, architects, builders, designers and botanists got international attention in 2006 for their participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale. For Tropisme, EXYZT created a 'machine for living' which will host exhibitions, salon discussions, film clubs, bedrooms, children's disco, radio tray and&nb..


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The Image as Burden: Marlene DumasThe Image as Burden: Marlene Dumas

23 February 2015

The Image as Burden: Marlene Dumas

Exhibition, Tate Modern, London, UK, until 10 May.

While other painters of her generation lapse into lucrative stylism, Marlene Dumas remains gratifyingly exploratory. Tate Modern’s Dumas retrospective, The Image as Burden is named after a 1993 painting whose starting point was a photograph of actor Robert Taylor carrying Greta Garbo: between the male figure’s nudity and the woman’s blue face, this small canvas conveys a spectrum of associations ranging from classical pietà compositions to suggestions of sexual violence. This work nestles amid a hundred or so others, including early collages, rarely shown drawings, and new paintings.

Marlene Dumas: Helena’s Dream, 2008, © Marlene Dumas; photo: Peter Cox.