Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

08.06.2018 – 14.10.2018

Vitra Schaudepot

From ready-made armchairs constructed from old car seats to innovative carbon fibre furniture: Ron Arad’s works have never adhered to conventional boundaries. The exhibition provides a survey of his oeuvre, featuring spectacular objects from the collection. These include early pieces of metal furniture created at his first studio, such as the Rover Chair and Big Easy, but also newer models resulting from the translation of Arad’s experimental approach into serial production. The exhibition conveys the boundless energy of his works, while simultaneously revealing surprisingly functional details – a combination that distinguishes Arad as one of the most important designers of the past decades.

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Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!

Bas Princen. Image and Architecture

Bas Princen. Image and Architecture

24.02.2018 – 05.08.2018

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

In his widely acclaimed photographs, Dutch artist Bas Princen portrays architecture and urban landscapes. His current works examine the unique features and details of architecture from across the centuries and the role that images have always played in it. His experiments with photography and architecture intermingle the characteristics of these media and blur the boundaries between them. Thus the large-scale close-ups in the exhibition »Image and Architecture« represent architecture while themselves becoming architectural objects. The motifs vary from Renaissance tapestries and nineteenth-century steel constructions to buildings by Le Corbusier. A special technique of printing and framing lends these pictures a spatial and material presence that extends far beyond the traditional understanding of photographic images.

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Bas Princen. Image and Architecture

Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today

Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today

17.03.2018 – 09.09.2018

Museum

Nightclubs and discothèques are hotbeds of contemporary culture. Since the 20th 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.

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Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today

Vitra Schaudepot: The Vitra Design Museum Collection

Vitra Schaudepot: The Vitra Design Museum Collection

At the Vitra Schaudepot, which is designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Vitra Design Museum presents key objects from its extensive collection, creating one the largest permanent exhibitions and research sites on contemporary furniture design. Today the collection of the Vitra Design Museum encompasses a total of around 20 000 objects, with some 7000 pieces of furniture, more than 1000 lighting objects and numerous archives, as well as the estates of such designers as Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard. Although the main museum building by Frank Gehry (1989) was originally conceived to house the collection, the museum utilises the space to stage major temporary exhibitions. The construction of the Schaudepot allows for a permanent presentation of the collection, while offering a diverse educational programme.

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Vitra Schaudepot: The Vitra Design Museum Collection

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities

Visitors can experience the Black Box exclusively as part of a public guided tour. Registration: info(at)design-museum.de, max. 10 participants.

The Vitra Campus has a exhibition space: in one of the houses at the southern entrance, a Black Box has been installed which holds the collection of international toy robots belonging to Vitra Chairman Emeritus Rolf Fehlbaum. The presentation encompasses robots and figures of astronauts from the years 1937 to 1968. Many of them bear witness to the technological optimism of an age, when robotics and space travel were still largely fiction. Some of the selected objects are shown with the original packaging, which is often no less spectacular than the artefacts themselves. A number of the robots are seen in motion on video screens, while others are exhibited on turntable displays. The staging of the objects draws the viewer into a dark, minimalist dream world. The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with Fifo Stricker, Rolf Fehlbaum’s friend and fellow collector. Dieter Thiel designed the architecture of the Black Box, and the scenography was developed together with French designer Ronan Bouroullec.

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Black Box. A Cabinet of Robotic Curiosities