Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

11.02.2017 – 14.05.2017

Museum

Science fiction becomes reality: robotics has been finding its way into our lives for a number of years now. Examples range from transport drones and intelligent sensors to the debate around Industry 4.0. In the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum will thoroughly examine the current robotics boom for the first time. The exhibition will present a variety of exhibits, including examples of robots from homes, industry or medicine, but also media installations, computer games and examples from film and literature. It will demonstrate how robotics is changing our lives today – and how design is changing robotics. At the same time, it broadens our view of the ethical and political issues associated with robotics today. The show features more than 150 exhibits including works by Bruce Sterling, Douglas Coupland, Joris Laarman, Carlo Ratti, Dunne & Raby, and Philip Beesley. More

The exhibition is realised in cooperation with MAK Vienna and Design museum Gent.

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Visitors can experience the Black Box exclusively as part of a public guided tour.

The Vitra Campus has a new exhibition space: in one of the houses at the southern entrance, a Black Box has been installed which holds the collection of international toy robots belonging to Vitra Chairman Emeritus Rolf Fehlbaum. The presentation encompasses robots and figures of astronauts from the years 1937 to 1968. Many of them bear witness to the technological optimism of an age, when robotics and space travel were still largely fiction. Some of the selected objects are shown with the original packaging, which is often no less spectacular than the artefacts themselves. A number of the robots are seen in motion on video screens, while others are exhibited on turntable displays. The staging of the objects draws the viewer into a dark, minimalist dream world. The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with Fifo Stricker, Rolf Fehlbaum’s friend and fellow collector. Dieter Thiel designed the architecture of the Black Box, and the scenography was developed together with French designer Ronan Bouroullec. More

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Monobloc – A Chair for the World

Monobloc – A Chair for the World

17.03.2017 – 09.07.2017

Schaudepot

It is the most widely used piece of furniture in the world: the white plastic chair. As the quintessential example of a mass consumer product, the Monobloc chair can be found wherever there is a need for cheap seating – be it in European gardens, African cafés or Asian restaurants. The exhibition »Monobloc – A Chair for the World«, 17 March to 18 June 2017, tells the story of this ubiquitous and little researched everyday item. Based on 20 objects, the show examines the history and the cultural connotations of a chair that has put its mark upon the world. »Monobloc« is the third temporary exhibition in the Schaudepot, built in 2016 and designed by Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron. More

Monobloc – A Chair for the World

Elytra Filament Pavilion

Elytra Filament Pavilion

10.02.2017 – 10.09.2017

With the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum presents a major exhibition that examines the current boom in robotics. It shows the variety of forms that robotics takes today and at the same time broadens our awareness of the associated ethical, social, and political issues. Outside the museum, the »Elytra Filament Pavilion« complements this exhibition. The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart. After its premiere at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, it is now on view on the Vitra Campus. More

Elytra Filament Pavilion

The Brutalist Playground

The Brutalist Playground

14.01.2017 – 30.04.2017

Gallery

Brutalist architecture is a controversial movement that originated in Britain shortly after World War II, bringing rise to expressive structures made of raw materials with an uncompromisingly rugged aesthetic. Throughout the country, preeminent architects erected large residential complexes, primarily in concrete, some of which featured unconventional play designs. For this exhibition the architectural collective Assemble (winner of the 2015 Turner Prize) and artist Simon Terrill have used archival material from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to recreate now demolished »Brutalist« playgrounds in hybrid architectural installations and walk-through sculptures for adults and children. The exhibition was originally commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). More

Opening: 13.01.2017, 6 pm

The Brutalist Playground

The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

Schaudepot

The Schaudepot was initiated with the goal of making the constantly growing collection of the Vitra Design Museum more accessible to the public. The cornerstone for the collection was laid by the museum’s founder Rolf Fehlbaum. In the 1980s he assembled a collection of furniture, which he transferred to the Vitra Design Museum upon its founding in 1989. Ever since, the collection has been expanded by the museum’s directors Alexander von Vegesack (1989 to 2010) and Mateo Kries and Marc Zehntner (since 2011) together with Rolf Fehlbaum and now numbers among the largest of its kind.
Today the collection of the Vitra Design Museum encompasses a total of around 20 000 objects. The core is formed by the furniture holdings, with some 7000 pieces covering almost all important epochs and protagonists of design from 1800 to the present. A second focal point is the lighting collection, which contains more than 1000 objects by such designers as Gino Sarfatti, Achille Castiglioni, Serge Mouille or Ingo Maurer. Further holdings include electrical appliances, architectural models and textiles as well as objects of everyday use. The museum’s archive comprises about 100 000 units, including several significant estates, such as those of Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. The goal of the collection is to document the past and present of the interior and foster research in a broader context. More

The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017)

Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017)

25.03.2017 – 03.09.2017

Fire Station

»Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017)« is opening on 24 March 2017 in the Fire Station on the Vitra Campus. The exhibition provides an overview of the diverse cultural and commercial activities of Vitra and offers insights into the company’s history. This show is an expanded presentation of the exhibition mounted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA) in 2014. By combining a variety of media, »Project Vitra« also reflects the project-like character of the company through its compositional structure: a lively collage of products and objects, historical materials, photographs, drawings, graphics, films and models.

Project Vitra – Design, Architecture, Communications (1950–2017)

24 STOPS. Rehberger-Weg

24 STOPS. Rehberger-Weg

The Rehberger-Weg, which is around five kilometers long, links two countries, two municipalities, two cultural institutions – and countless stories. The path runs between Weil am Rhein and Riehen, between the Fondation Beyeler and the Vitra  Campus. Guided by «24 Stops», 24 waymarkers created by the artist Tobias Rehberger, walkers can explore a uniquely diverse natural and cultural landscape. The Rehberger-Weg and its waymarkers therefore provide an opportunity to get to know both the history and stories of the surroundings and its inhabitants and to tell them again, as well as encouraging an excursion into nature.

NEW: «24 Stops» shuttle service between the Vitra Campus and the Fondation Beyeler daily at 11 am & 3 pm, starting November 19th.

Departure point on the Vitra Campus: «Bell» by Tobias Rehberger. 6 Euros per person, children free. Pay (cash/debit or credit card) on the «24 Stops» shuttle. There is no minimum number of passengers.

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24 STOPS. Rehberger-Weg