Architecture of Independence

Architecture of Independence

African Modernism
20.02.2015 – 31.05.2015

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

When many countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in the 1960s, experimental and futuristic architecture became a principal means by which the young nations expressed their national identities. The exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery is one of the first presentations of this remarkable period of our more recent architectural history. This exhibition was researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, with a substantial contribution by photographer Iwan Baan. The exhibition documents more than 50 buildings in countries such as Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal, which mirror the forward-looking spirit that was dominant in these countries at the time.

Architecture of Independence

Making Africa

Making Africa

A Continent of Contemporary Design
14.03.2015 – 13.09.2015

Vitra Design Museum

It’s time to move on from talk of the »Dark Continent«. A major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum in spring 2015 sheds new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, »Making Africa« shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning. A central role is played by the new media, which made this shift in perspective possible in the first place. »Making Africa« is developed together with the internationally renowned curator Okwui Enwezor and supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). The exhibition features the objects of Cheik Diallo, eyewear sculptures by Cyrus Kabiru, the photographs of Mário Macilau and Okhai Ojeikere, the architecture of Francis Kéré, the animation art of Robin Rhode and many other creations of designers from different disciplines.

Making Africa