Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry

Anton Lorenz: From Avant-Garde to Industry

22.02.2019 – 19.05.2019

Vitra Schaudepot

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the Vitra Design Museum will devote the first exhibition ever to entrepreneur and designer Anton Lorenz. In 1925, Marcel Breuer was the first to use tubular steel to construct furniture at the Bauhaus in a move that would revolutionize modern living. Lorenz however was one of the first to realize the material’s potential, and his deft use of patents and founding of new companies made him a key figure for the global expansion of the modern tubular steel furniture industry. The exhibition will present important documents from the Lorenz archive kept at the Vitra Design Museum, as well as tubular steel furniture by Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and other designers, in a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the avant-garde.

Opening: 21 February 2019, 6:30 pm

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Image:
Katalog DESTA Stahlmöbel, 1931 (Graphics: Otto Rittweger, detail)
© Vitra Design Museum, Anton Lorenz estate

Anton Lorenz: 
From Avant-Garde to Industry

Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna

Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna

02.02.2019 – 07.07.2019

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

In Spring 2019, the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will present the first solo exhibition of Mexican artist duo Lake Verea in a European museum. For their ongoing »Paparazza Moderna« project, they create poetic portraits of single-family houses designed by renowned modernist architects. Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea approach these buildings like paparazzi – unannounced and spontaneous – with the aim of capturing them in an unembellished, private state. Lake Verea’s evocative photographic compositions of buildings by Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Richard Neutra, Rudolf M. Schindler, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Philip Johnson were taken between 2011 and 2018 during their journeys throughout the USA. The exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will show 24 works, including photography and a video. Each of the compositions, which Lake Verea refer to as »architectural portraits«, consists of two to ten photographs. The artists treat the houses as living characters and offer a playful, at times voyeuristic take on the myths that surround the intertwined relationships between some of the great architects of the twentieth century.

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Image:
Lake Verea shooting the »VDL House« (1932)
by Richard Neutra, Silverlake, California
Paparazza Moderna series, 2011–2018 © Lake Verea

Lake Verea: 
Paparazza Moderna

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 of 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 Collection of the Eames Office, or the estates of 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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The Vitra Design Museum Collection – 1800 to the Present

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