Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning AttireDeath Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

29 November 2014

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, until 1 February 2015.

This exhibition explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashion of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Approximately 30 ensembles reveal the impact of high-fashion standards on the sartorial dictates of bereavement rituals as they have evolved over one century. A thematic presentation, it is organised chronologically and features mourning dress from 1815 to 1915, including gowns worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. The calendar of bereavement's evolution and cultural implications is illuminated through women's clothing and accessories, showing the progression of appropriate fabrics from mourning crêpe to corded silks, and the later introduction of colour with shades of grey and mauve.

Death Becomes Her: Gallery View

MoMu Now: Contemporary Fashion from the MoMu CollectionMoMu Now: Contemporary Fashion from the MoMu Collection

28 November 2014

MoMu Now: Contemporary Fashion from the MoMu Collection

Exhibition, MoMu, Antwerp, Belgium, until 4 January 2015.

Showcased at the MoMu is a selection of newly added contemporary silhouettes, masterpieces in the museum’s collection of some 25,000 items, mainly clothing and accessories. In addition to historic pieces, the primary focus is on Belgian designers whose pieces provide stunning examples of excellent craftsmanship, bold concepts, and avant-garde lines. All these elements are part of the central theme of MoMu Now.

Momu Now: Jil Sander, by Raf Simons A/W collection 2009-2010; photo: Willy Vanderperre

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28 November 2014


Exhibition, Design Museum, Ghent, Belgium, until 1 March 2015.

Over the past century, electric light has revolutionised our environment like almost no other medium. It has transformed our cities, created new lifestyles and working conditions, and has become a catalyst of progress for industry, medicine, and communication. Currently, new lighting technologies are bringing about profound changes in the domain of artificial lighting. This development is the subject of Lightopia, the first comprehensive presentation of lighting design, featuring examples from the realms of art, design, architecture, and many other disciplines. Encompassing roughly 300 works, including numerous iconic artefacts, this is an impressive exhibition.

Lightopia: Emil & Clara, from the series Relumine, 2010, by mischer’traxler, © mischer’traxler

Jamaica Biennial 2014Jamaica Biennial 2014

28 November 2014

Jamaica Biennial 2014

Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica, until 15 March 2015.

The 2014 Jamaica Biennial is comprised of three sections: Legacies (works by seniorJamaican artists and those who work more traditionally, whether invited or juried), New Ground (contemporary Jamaican art from both emerging and established artists, whether invited or juried), and Special Projects (a series of smaller self-contained exhibitions by specially invited regional and international artists, as well as a project from a Jamaican artist selected from the call for proposals from Montego Bay), thereby representing the broad array of Jamaican art as well as important works from the region, its diaspora, and relevant international artists.

James Cooper.

The Architectural Image, 1920-1950 Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private CollectionThe Architectural Image, 1920-1950 Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection

27 November 2014

The Architectural Image, 1920-1950 Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection

Exhibition, National Building Museum, Washington D.C., USA

This exhibition presents 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from the period between 1920 and 1950, when architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any similar timespan in history. Included are works by such noteworthy printmakers as Howard Cook, Louis Lozowick, and Charles Turzak. Collectively, these works not only shed light on the dramatic emergence of modernism, but also reveal a certain optimistic spirit that seemed to persist amid the on-going political, economic, and social upheaval of the era. By virtue of their bold patterns, intriguing perspectives, and masterful execution, these images invite the viewer into the captivating realm that lies at the intersection of art and architecture.

The Architectural Image: Home Front (Assembly Line), Jolan Gross-Bettelheim, 1942. Courtesy National Building Museum.

GS-M (Gran Salón – México) Contemporary Illustration FairGS-M (Gran Salón – México) Contemporary Illustration Fair

27 November 2014

GS-M (Gran Salón – México) Contemporary Illustration Fair

Fair, Centro de Cultura Digital Mexico City, Mexico, 28 – 30 November

Gran Salón México is an annual fair dedicated to contemporary Mexican illustration. It is intended as a reference and source of dissemination for the burgeoning world of drawing and illustration in Mexico today, celebrating its first edition in 2014. Along with its annual edition in Mexico, GS-M also serves as the Mexican exponent in international fairs held in different cities. November of 2014 is the very first Center for Digital Culture in the City of Mexico, where in addition to a long list of Mexican illustrators, it features an international guest, who presents their work and gives talks and workshops.

GS-M (Gran Salón – México) Contemporary Illustration Fair: Work by Francisco Villa

Frank GehryFrank Gehry

26 November 2014

Frank Gehry

Exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, until 26 January 2015.

In the 1960s, Gehry mixed with the Californian art scene and became close to several artists, including Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, and Claes Oldenburg. His encounter with the works of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns opened the way to a reconfiguration of his architectural style, and notably he began to introduce the use of poor materials such as cardboard, sheet metal, and industrial wire netting. From then on, all of his projects questioned his own means of expression. This retrospective provides an overall interpretation of his work through models and original drawings, retracing the ..

Frank Gehry, Louis Vuitton Contemporary Art Museum in the Bois de Boulogne (Paris), open to the public since October 2014. Image: Foundation Louis Vuitton.

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Iris Van HerpenIris Van Herpen

26 November 2014

Iris Van Herpen

Exhibition, Design Museum, Holon, Israel, until 7 March 2015

This is a solo exhibition by Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, known for her sophisticated, sculptured garments influenced by 3D printing technology. The designer stands for a reciprocity between craftsmanship and innovation in technique and materials. She creates a modern view on Haute Couture that combines fine handwork techniques with digital technology, forcing fashion to the extreme contradiction between beauty and regeneration. In her unique way, Van Herpen re-evaluates reality to express and underline individuality. She mixes craftsmanship – using old and forgotten te..

Photo: Ingrid Baars, No 6 Studios Capriole, Haute Couture, 2011 | 3D print in polyamide.

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MONS 2015, European Capital of CultureMONS 2015, European Capital of Culture

25 November 2014

MONS 2015, European Capital of Culture

Mons (Belgium) will be the 2015 European Capital of Culture (ECoC), together with the city of Pilsen (Czech Republic). Exhibitions, concerts, performances, parties, digital installations and fashion shows: a large-scale cultural program with more than 200 projects, 17 partner cities, 25 cultural institutions and thousands of participants will be launched from 24 January 2015 on. The ambition is to make an impact that will last long after 2015. These major exhibitions are coming up: “Van Gogh in Borinage, the birth of an artist”, “Hollywood at the Foot of the Slagheap&r..

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The Unfettered Gaze: The Rasch Brothers and their Influences on Modern ArchitectureThe Unfettered Gaze: The Rasch Brothers and their Influences on Modern Architecture

25 November 2014

The Unfettered Gaze: The Rasch Brothers and their Influences on Modern Architecture

Exhibition, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany, until 1 February 2015.

Taking a comprehensive view of the unconventional ideas of architect/ designers Bodo and Heinz Rasch, the exhibition places the work of the brothers in an illuminating relationship with recent architectural history. Their early architectural designs are unique in the history of ideas of the 20th century. In particular, their suspended building constructions, their influence on container architecture, and their visions for pneumatic building shells pointed the way well beyond their time and possibilities. In addition, however, they did a lot to publicise the  New Building movement, taki..

The Unfettered Gaze: bel Haus-Rucker-Co (Zamp Kelp, Laurids Ortner, Manfred Ortner, Klaus Pinter) Oase Nr. 7 / documenta 5, 1972, photo: Brigitte Hellgoth / Archiv Zamp Kelp, Berlin, © VG Bild- Kunst, Bonn 2014

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Nirvana: Les étranges formes du plaisirNirvana: Les étranges formes du plaisir

25 November 2014

Nirvana: Les étranges formes du plaisir

Exhibition, MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland, until 26 April 2015

Nirvana is the first comprehensive exploration of the influence of erotica in design, fashion, and contemporary art. By turns cheeky, luxurious, and mysterious, the exhibition presents the work of some 100 contemporary creators who make use of an iconography connected with sensual pleasure, drawing inspiration from erotic and fetishist literature, and from the images, objects, and garments to which they frequently refer. On show are objects of superior workmanship, many of them rare and inaccessible, made from materials associated with the world of luxury goods and craftsmanship. The exhibi..

Nirvana: Immodesty Jumpsuit, FW 2010 collection, by Rachel Freire; lycra and synthetic textile; photo © Diego Indraccolo

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Just Embarked: DAMnº47Just Embarked: DAMnº47

24 November 2014

Just Embarked: DAMnº47

With: Ai Weiwei / Olafur Eliasson /Åbäke / Nacho Carbonell / René Heyvaert / Martin Mostböck / Cristián Valdés / Álvaro Siza / Industrial Facility / and… much more.

What Love has to do with ItWhat Love has to do with It

24 November 2014

What Love has to do with It

Guto Requena transmits a message

This is a love story of a different sort. The way it works is that we as individuals transfer our emotional data into the object that we wish to possess. Designer Guto Requena has devised a way in which our sensations can be monitored and fed into the making of a given product. Furthermore, we can then print this object ourselves – in the place where we stand, as it were – without any worry as to copyright infringement. DAMn° reckons this truly smacks of 21st century thinking.

3D-printed bowl (top view)

At the OfficeAt the Office

24 November 2014

At the Office

A space for communicative solutions

Until about a decade ago, office furniture was strictly functional. And then, quite suddenly, office design was flooded by home-office trends, in a desperate attempt to restore a sense of warmth to the atmosphere. It is only now that the industry has come to realise that the solution lies in a synthesis of the two. DAMN° takes a look at the new components being developed for working environments, with ergonomic, acoustic, and visual concerns in mind.

großgestalten office

40 x 4040 x 40

24 November 2014

40 x 40

The crafting of waste

Italian designers Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti began collaborating about a year ago. Their favourite material is Carrara marble. But the key to their ingenuity is the use of discarded marble tiles in the design of all sorts of household objects. By employing the latest technology, they are able to achieve simplicity of form, concentrating on gesture to achieve minimal purity.

Piet fruit bowl, by Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti

Optical IllusionOptical Illusion

24 November 2014

Optical Illusion

The lure of LINDBERG eyewear

The rise to fame of LINDBERG eyewear would seem to have come about very naturally, dare we say innocently? Whatever the case, it is inspiring to note that a father and son team, by setting up a business together and doing what they were passionate about doing, proceeded to gain the attention of big-shots around the world, without much effort at all. DAMn° was eager to nestle up to the owners and find out what the story looks like from the inside.

Craftsman at LINDBERG

When the Going gets Tough…When the Going gets Tough…

24 November 2014

When the Going gets Tough…

25/15 Serralves

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto (Portugal) is a diehard friend of the arts. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Foundation & the 15th anniversary of the Museum, there are high hopes for the future, despite current funding concerns. Renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza designed the museum at a time when there was no financial crisis, lest, he imagines, the building may never have come to exist. There is, however, an astute plan in place for ensuring that the museum does not sink asunder. Meanwhile, several impressive exhibitions mark the occasion.

Pritzker prize-winning Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, passionately explaining the current situation of the arts in Portugal. Photo: Veerle Devos

Romancing the ChairRomancing the Chair

24 November 2014

Romancing the Chair

Cristián Valdés exploits limitations

Cristián Valdés became widely known through the design of a single piece of furniture: Silla Valdés, a chair made of laminated wood, steel tubing, and leather. In the nearly 40 years since then, he has continued to produce furniture and architecture – his metier, applying the same basic principles used for that chair. DAMn° speaks with Valdés about his lengthy career, starting with the original chair that made his name.

Marbella House, 2003. Ochoalcubo complex, Puchuncavi, Marbella, Chile Architecture and furniture by Cristián Valdés

Going MobileGoing Mobile

24 November 2014

Going Mobile

Pleasurable temporalities

On the occasion of the publication of a book on portable architecture, DAMn° could not help but delve into its pages and discover the many and various forms of structure that have been constructed for temporary or nomadic use. Although such dwellings are not a new concept, they are perhaps becoming more appreciated these days, as life in the developed world gets more and more complicated.

Open House by artist Matthew Mazzotta and Coleman Center for the Arts, Alabama, US

Tripping the LightTripping the Light

24 November 2014

Tripping the Light

Fantastic happenings in the Ruhr district

In a presentation that focused on light in the urban context, the German district of Ruhr has fantastically illustrated the powerful effect that lighting has on the human being in a city. Through five installations by five artists, the initiative proved that a gesture of light, contrived as a public work of art, could make an enormous difference to the way people experience their everyday outdoor environment. And that this difference is most welcome.

Aeropolis by Plastique Fantastique. Photo: Roman Mensing © Urbane Künste Ruhr

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