Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto

Second Nature
27.09.2014 – 01.03.2015

Vitra Design Museum

The architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was one of the most important proponents of organic design in the twentieth century. His architecture continues to captivate with its natural materials and sculptural, curved forms. For the Paimio Sanatorium, Aalto designed the first wooden cantilevered chair in 1932 while his Savoy Vase (1936) remains a quintessential symbol of Finnish design. The exhibition provides comprehensive insights into Aalto’s oeuvre, presenting his most significant buildings, furniture and lighting designs and exploring the inspirations that shaped his work. Key themes are Aalto’s dialogue with important artists such as Hans Arp, Alexander Calder and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, his extensive international collaborations and activities, his investigations of rational architecture as well as his constant concern for the human factor in design.

 

 

Alvar Aalto

Source Material

Source Material

24.10.2014 – 08.02.2015

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

The exhibition »Source Material« presents objects and keepsakes that have had a pivotal effect on the work of 65 creative minds from the fields of architecture, art, cuisine, design, fashion, film, and music. Found within the contributors’ everyday working or living environments, these objects represent stepping stones for the creative mind. »Source Material« is an exploration of how the creative process is informed by the legacy of material culture, but also an affirmation of the potential of an object to reflect and nurture the human spirit. On display are objects by Thomas Demand, Naoto Fukasawa, Inga Sempé, David Chipperfield and many others. The exhibition is organised by Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and Marco Velardi.

Source Material

Architecture of Independence

Architecture of Independence

African Modernism
20.02.2015 – 22.05.2015

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