Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

24.09.2022 – 05.03.2023

Vitra Design Museum 

Science fiction becomes reality: Robotics has begun to shape our everyday lives. Examples range from delivery drones and disability robots to internet bots and the race for the latest humanoids among global tech giants. The 2017 exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine« has been the Vitra Design Museum’s most successful exhibition ever. At the end of its world tour, an updated version will now come to Weil am Rhein to present the great strides that have been made in robotics in the past few years. It will also address the risks involved, however, given that elections and public opinion have become the target for manipulation by algorithms and artificial intelligence. Next to robots used in the home, in industry, or in healthcare, the exhibition presents media installations, computer games, and examples from literature and film. It shows how the robotics boom is changing our lives – and how design is changing robotics.

An exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum, coproduced by the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, and the Design Museum Gent

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Image: »Robot Morph«, 2016 © Christoph Niemann

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis

Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis

14.05.2022 – 14.05.2023

Vitra Schaudepot

The annual presentation at the Vitra Schaudepot reveals the collection of the Vitra Design Museum in a fresh light every year. The new focus topic, which will be on display from May 2022 to May 2023, is wholly devoted to colour. Following an invitation from the Vitra Design Museum, Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis has transformed the Schaudepot in one simple, sweeping gesture by sorting its roughly four hundred exhibits by colour. The installation shows the collection from new perspectives and produces fascinating cross-references between periods and styles, at the same time providing visitors with an overwhelming immersive experience. The presentation is complemented by historical and contemporary objects and documents from the museum archives that illustrate how designers from different eras approached the subject.

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Photo: Bettina Matthiessen

Colour Rush! An Installation by Sabine Marcelis

The ECAL Manual of Style: How to best teach design today?

The ECAL Manual of Style: How to best teach design today?

15.10.2022 – 16.04.2023

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

»How to best teach design today?« – The ECAL /University of Art and Design Lausanne put this question to a number of renowned designers and critics. Their answers reveal the unique approach to teaching pursued at one of Switzerland’s leading design schools, where individual style is not only encouraged, but rigorously pushed to develop into its most coherent form. Curated by ECAL director Alexis Georgacopoulos and designer and writer Jonathan Olivares, the exhibition surveys a selection of groundbreaking projects by students and their tutors. Their findings are also presented in a publication.

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Image: © ECAL/Santiago Martinez

The ECAL Manual of Style: How to best teach design today?

Barragán Gallery

Barragán Gallery

Vitra Schaudepot

Luis Barragán (1902–1988) is widely regarded as the most important Mexican architect of the twentieth century. Since 1996, the architect’s professional estate has been in the care of the Barragan Foundation, located in Birsfelden, near Basel in Switzerland. Over the past two decades, a small team of researchers under the leadership of architectural historian Federica Zanco has systematically evaluated and catalogued the archival documents. As part of a newly established partnership between the Barragan Foundation and the Vitra Design Museum, this material has moved to new premises on the Vitra Campus. The Barragán Archive is now located in close proximity to the Vitra Schaudepot. This includes a state-of-the-art repository for the documents, a study room for visiting researchers, and the Barragán Gallery, a thematic exhibition space. The gallery show presents drawings, photographs and other material from the Barragán Archive, together with biographical details and an illustrated chronology of modern architecture in Mexico. This ensemble of documents and supplementary information illuminates Barragán’s life and work in a larger context.

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Image: Rooftop terrace of Luis Barragán’s residence at 14 Calle Francisco Ramírez (Mexico City, 1948), photograph taken by Armando Salas Portugal in the 1960s. © Barragan Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Barragán Gallery

Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer

Visitors can experience the Wunderkammer exclusively as part of a public guided tour. Registration here.

Another attraction on the Vitra Campus, the »Wunderkammer« presents spellbinding mise-en-scènes featuring more than one thousand action figures from the collection of Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman Emeritus of Vitra. This  includes robots, space toys, comic book characters, folk art, and advertising, often created by anonymous artists and designers. The majority of these objects were made after the Second World War and bear all the marks of their  period’s optimistic faith in the future. All of them are products of a pop culture that still fascinates millions of children and grown-ups today.

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Image: Objects from the Rolf Fehlbaum collection at the Wunderkammer,
photo: Bettina Matthiessen

 

Wunderkammer