The Brutalist Playground

The Brutalist Playground

14.01.2017 – 16.04.2017

Gallery

Brutalist architecture is a controversial movement that originated in Britain shortly after World War II, bringing rise to expressive structures made of raw, massive materials with an uncompromisingly rugged aesthetic. Throughout the entire country, large residential complexes were erected, primarily in concrete. Some of these estates featured unconventionally designed play areas, which this exhibition rediscovers. Archival materials of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have been used to recreate »Brutalist«’ playgrounds – hybrid architectural installations and walk-through sculptures. The exhibition was developed by RIBA, the architectural collective Assemble (winner of the 2015 Turner Prize), and artist Simon Terrill.

Opening: 13.01.2017, 6pm

The Brutalist Playground

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.

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

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

03.06.2017 – 10.09.2017

Museum

This exhibition will examine a crucial trend in contemporary housing that has recently emerged internationally: dwelling space is created by carving out new urban commons and sharing ideas. The exhibition will contextualize this new phenomenon by introducing its historical hinterland, from utopian housing developments of the 19th century to the protest movements against housing shortage and real estate speculation in the 1980s.


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 (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988) 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. In autumn 2017, the Vitra Design Museum will present a major retrospective on the Eames’ work. The exhibition »The World of Charles & Ray Eames« will highlight the work of the legendary couple in all its different fields. Parallel to this retrospective, the museum will present further exhibitions and events that will extend the view on the work of Charles & Ray Eames and give insight into the Eames’ object estate which is kept in the Vitra Design Museum since 1988. The result will be the largest exploration of the Eames’s work that has ever been shown in a museum, coinciding with Charles Eames’ 110th birthday.

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