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

Opening: 10.02.2017, 6 pm

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

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

Monobloc – A Chair for the World

Monobloc – A Chair for the World

17.03.2017 – 18.06.2017

Schaudepot

It is the most widely used piece of furniture in the world: the cheap stackable white plastic chair. The exhibition tells its story. The idea of making a chair out of a single piece of material has fascinated designers for a long time – from attempts using sheet metal in the 1920s to the legendary Panton Chair (1967) to the white plastic chair, whose rise began in the 1970s, and which can be found in nearly every front yard today. The exhibition also features contemporary works, illustrating how designers and artists engage with the Monobloc design today to address issues of globalisation, consumerism or sustainability.

Opening: 16.03.2017, 6 pm

Monobloc – A Chair for the World

Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit

Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit

13.05.2017 – 20.08.2017

Gallery

In many metropolises of the Arab world, growing urbanisation has resulted in a new cosmopolitan cultural landscape. Baghdad, Dubai, Cairo or Tunis are instances of this development. They provide room for critical debates, subcultures and avant-garde artistic movements. The exhibition critically examines the effects of this transiting process on the cities’ people, architecture and neighbourhoods, both in the region and its diaspora. This project is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the creators of the magazine Brownbook, who have been documenting contemporary urban culture in the Middle East and North Africa for the past ten years.

Opening: 12.05.2017, 6 pm

Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit

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 types of living and forms of participation, and introduces architects of the movement. The exhibition also draws attention to historic predecessors, 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. Featuring works by Buol & Zünd, Dorte Mandrup, Michael Maltzan and Ryue Nishizawa.

Opening: 02.06.2017, 6 pm

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

The World of Charles & Ray Eames

The World of Charles & Ray Eames

30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018

Museum, Gallery, Schaudepot, Fire Station

Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century. They designed innovative furniture and other industrial products, films, books, exhibitions, multi-media installations, interiors and much more. »An Eames Celebration« will present a series of exhibitions and events, that will be the largest exploration of the Eames’s work that has ever been shown in a museum, coinciding with Charles Eames’ 110th birthday. The estate of Charles & Ray Eames – which has been in the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum since 1988 – will be made accessible to the public. The main exhibition »The World of Charles & Ray Eames« in the Gehry building will be at the centre of this Eames season. Conceived as an exhaustive retrospective, it shows the many facets of Charles and Ray Eames’s work and comprises objects from collections all over the world. Exhibition curated and organised by the Barbican Centre, London.

Opening: 29.09.2017, 6 pm

The exhibition »The World of Charles & Ray Eames« is curated and organized by Barbican Centre, London, in collaboration with Eames Office and supported by Terra Foundation.

The World of Charles & Ray Eames