Specials

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
OPENING (EN) | 23 September 2022
6 pm, Fire Station
7 pm, Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum’s most successful exhibition ever is back – and even more relevant than before. »Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine« shows important strides in robotics and what ethical and social questions it raises. The opening talk, hosted by curator Amelie Klein, gives first insights into the exhibition and its topics. Her guests are the architect and researcher Gilles Retsin (programme director at the University College London’s Architectural Design March), and Ariana Dongus, a media scientist who specialises in labour issues linked to machine intelligence and biometric data. Following the talk, please join us at the Vitra Design Museum to celebrate the exhibition opening.

Free admission, registration: events@design-museum.de

Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis
MITTWOCHSMATINEE (DE) | 12 October 2022
10 am, Vitra Schaudepot

On her guided tour, Susanne Graner, co-curator of the exhibition and Head of Collection and Archive of the Vitra Design Museum, explains the exhibition’s concept, background, and development.

10,00 € per person

The ECAL Manual of Style: How to best teach design today?
OPENING (EN) | 14 October 2022
6 pm, Vitra Design Museum Gallery

The University of Art and Design Lausanne, ECAL, presents »The ECAL Manual of Style« at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery. The exhibition addresses a central question: How to best teach design today? Renowned designers highlight how teaching encourages, pushes, and develops students’ individual creative attitudes into coherent professional forms. Join us to meet the students and their tutors and celebrate the opening with us!

Free admission, registration: events@design-museum.de

5. European Day of Conservation-Restoration – Guided tour with collection conservator Lena Hönig
SPECIAL (DE) | 16 October 2022
1 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

To celebrate the Fifth European Day of Conservation- Restoration, Vitra Design Museum’s collection conservator Lena Hönig takes you on a guided tour of her workshop. Learn about different materials and their conservation and discover what goes on behind the museum’s scenes.

9,00 € per person

Reading the Robots
SPECIAL (DE) | 13. November 2022
3–5 pm, Vitra Design Museum

A true friend, a trusted servant, a superhero that saves the world, or an amusing bunch of scrap: robots in children’s books play many different roles. During this afternoon reading party, visitors big and small can ensconce themselves among the exhibits and listen to a live reading of funny, thoughtful, and informative robot stories for children aged four to ten.

No extra charge for the reading party; admission to the museum is free for children under 12

Umbrella House –  Book Launch and Talk
SPECIAL (EN) | 18 November 2022
6 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

Kazuo Shinohara (1925–2006) has influenced some of today’s greatest architects. His Umbrella House inspired and stimulated architectural discourse in 1960s Japan. In order to safeguard it for posterity, the house, first built in Tokyo in 1961, has now been reconstructed on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. Its opening will be accompanied by a book launch presenting a new publication about Umbrella House created in collaboration by Rolf Fehlbaum, the Vitra Design Museum, and Zurich-based architects Dehli Grolimund.

Free admission, registration: events@design-museum.de

Into the Blue – Cyanotype in the Schaudepot
DROP-IN WORKSHOP (DE/EN) |
3 December 2022
2–6 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

Cyanotype is an early form of photography in which paper is sensitised with an iron solution that turns bright blue when exposed to sunlight. Combined with opaque or translucent objects, the process yields fascinating photograms. The exhibition »Colour Rush!« provides the opportunity to experiment with this technique and create your own pictures or cards.

No extra charge for the workshop.

Into the Blue – Guided Tour and Dinner
SPECIAL (DE) | 3 December 2022
6 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

For her installation »Colour Rush!«, Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis used a completely new approach and sorted the exhibits in the Vitra Design Museum’s collection by colour – a highly visual and instructive experiment. The guided tour introduces the underlying concept, opens up new perspectives, and points out fascinating cross references between periods and styles. Following the tour, a colourful dinner awaits you in the Depot Deli. Before that, you can join the drop-in workshop in the Schaudepot (see above) and experiment with cyanotype printing to create your own Christmas cards or presents.

75,00 € per person

Basel Museums Night
SPECIAL (DE/EN) | 20 January 2023
6 pm – 2 am, Vitra Campus

As part of the Basel Museums Night, a broad array of activities takes place on the Vitra Campus. At the Vitra Design Museum, you can join a guided tour of the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine« or take part in a visit to the »Wunderkammer« to learn more about living with robots. The exhibition »Colour Rush!« set up by Sabine Marcelis in the Vitra Schaudepot offers a unique, colourful experience, and our programme also includes family explorer trails, creative workshops, and much more.