Night Fever

Designing Club Culture
1960 – Today

Nightclubs and discothèques are hotbeds of contemporary culture. Since the twentieth century, they have been centres of the avant-garde that question the established codes of social life and experiment with different realities, merging interior and furniture design, graphics, and art with sound, light, fashion, and special effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk.
»Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today« is the first exhibition to give a comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub, examining its cultural context. Examples range from Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular, from the Palladium in New York designed by Arata Isozaki to more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London. Featuring films and vintage photographs, posters, flyers, and fashion, the exhibition incorporates music, light, and spatial installations to take visitors on a fascinating journey through a world of glamour and subcultures—always in search of the night that never ends.
An exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum and ADAM – Brussels Design Museum.

Space

600 – 1,000 m² / 6,000 – 10,000 sq ft

Curators
Jochen Eisenbrand, Catharine Rossi, Katarina Serulus

Detailed information
Concept
Photos

Exhibition tour
17.03.2018 – 09.09.2018, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
20.11.2018 – 05.05.2019, ADAM Brussels Design Museum, Belgium
07.06.2019 – 06.10.2019, Centro Pecci, Prato, Italy
23.01.2020 – 27.09.2020, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark 
31.10.2020 – 14.02.2021, V&A Dundee, Scotland
26.11.2022 – 26.02.2023, HOTA Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Australia

For further information please contact Cora.Harris@design-museum.de.


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Diskothek Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Gestaltung: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor
Volker Hinz, Grace Jones zum „Confinement“ (Haft) Thema, Area, New York, 1984. © Volker Hinz
Hasse Persson, Calvin Klein Party, 1978. © Hasse Persson
Nachtclub Les Bains Douches, Paris, 1990er Jahre. Gestaltung: Philippe Starck. © Foc Kan
Gianni Arnaudo, Stuhl Aliko für das Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, 1972, Gufram. © Andreas Sütterlin / Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Gianni Arnaudo
#smartmobiledisco Photo: Wilma Leskowitsch and Fabian Fiechter