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 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

Opening: 02.06.2017, 6 pm

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

Together! The New Architecture of the Collective

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 Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was one of the most influential yet unconventional personalities in 20th-century design. He gained renown with products such as the legendary »Valentine« typewriter (1969) for Olivetti, and as head of the creative collective Memphis, whose work revolutionized the realm of design in the 1980s. This exhibition highlights the multifaceted talents and activities of a great designer who did not view form and function as constraints, but rather as an opportunity to pose existential questions and explore the fundamental nature of human existence.

Opening: 13.07.2017, 6 pm

Ettore Sottsass. Rebel and Poet

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