Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

03.06.2017 – 10.09.2017

Museum

The scarcity and expense of housing is continually on the rise. In recent years, new forms of communal living and building have emerged all over the world in response to this challenge. The exhibition presents the most innovative examples, illustrates new living typologies and forms of participation, and introduces architects of the movement, including ON Design Partners, pool Architekten, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter as well as ifau – institute for applied urbanism, Jesko Fezer and Heide & von Beckerath. »Together! The New Architecture of the Collective« also draws attention to precursors of the present trend, from utopian settlements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to social housing projects in the 1920s, to protest movements from the 1960s to the 1980s, when the inhabitants of many major cities sought alternatives to housing shortages and real estate speculation. The exhibition features a secret revolution in contemporary architecture, examining the social and economic ideals that serve as its foundation. More

An exhibition of Vitra Design Museum, curated by Ilka and Andreas Ruby and EM2N.

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

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. Registration: info(at)design-museum.de, max. 10 participants.

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

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

Ettore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet

Ettore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet

14.07.2017 – 24.09.2017

Schaudepot

This year he would have celebrated his 100th birthday: the Austro-Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007), one of the most influential and unconventional figures in twentieth-century design. He gained renown with his designs for the office equipment manufacturer Olivetti, for his poetic, minimalist sculptural objects, and as the leading figure of the Memphis design collective in the 1980s. Over the course of his long career, Sottsass moved between disciplines, leaving behind a fascinating oeuvre that is represented by many objects in the collection of the Vitra Design Museum. The Vitra Schaudepot exhibition presents an overview of approximately 30 of his furniture designs, consumer products, photographs and writings. It pays tribute to an extraordinary designer who did not regard form and function as constraints, but rather viewed design as an opportunity to explore the nature of human existence. More

Opening: 13.07.2017, 6:30 pm

Ettore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet

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