Food Shaping Kyoto

Food Shaping Kyoto

07.06.2019 – 17.06.2019

Buckminster Fuller Dome, Vitra Campus

During this year’s Art Basel, the Vitra Design Museum presents the exhibition »Food Shaping Kyoto« in collaboration with Basel-based architects Shadi Rahbaran & Manuel Herz and the KYOTO Design Lab. Running from June 7 to 17 2019, the show visualizes the results of research and workshops conducted since 2015 in Kyoto, one of the most vibrant centres of food culture worldwide. Its distinctive environment and history illustrate how food has shaped the city’s culture and design, its physical fabric and architecture. »Food Shaping Kyoto« sheds light on the territorial dimensions of cities and the networks of material flow into which they are tied, questioning classical notions of a rural/urban divide: How does a city feed itself? How is food produced and distributed within in a city? And how are cities shaped by these dynamics? The exhibition includes video projections as well as installations specifically designed and built for the presentation in the unique space of the Buckminster Fuller Dome.

Opening and Food Performance: 09 June, 4 pm

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Nishiki Market, photo: Manuel Herz/Shadi Rahbaran

Food Shaping Kyoto

Living in a Box: Design and Comics

Living in a Box: Design and Comics

24.05.2019 – 20.10.2019

Vitra Schaudepot

Pow! Bang! Ka-boom! With the exhibition »Living in a Box: Design and Comics« at the Vitra Schaudepot, the Vitra Design Museum is taking a fresh look at its collection by exploring the world of comics and their relationship to design. Iconic furniture features prominently in comics such as »The Adventures of Tintin«, »Peanuts« and »Diabolik«, while at the same time countless designers have taken inspiration from comics to create pieces informed by stories of superhuman strength, lightning speed and razor-sharp irony.

Opening: 23 May 2019, 6:30 pm

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Angela and Luciana Giussani, Sergio Zaniboni and Saverio Micheloni,
Diabolik (detail), 1974
© Astorina srl

 

 

Living in a Box: Design and Comics

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

Lake Verea: 
Paparazza Moderna

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

30.03.2019 – 08.09.2019

Vitra Design Museum

With the exhibition »Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People«, the Vitra Design Museum presents the first international retrospective about the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi (born 1927, Pune, India) outside of Asia. The renowned architect and urban planner is seen as the most important pioneer of modern architecture of his home country. During over 60 years of practice, Doshi has realized around 100 projects, including pioneering buildings like the Indian »Institute of Management« (1977,1992), his own architectural studio »Sangath« (1980), and the low-cost housing project »Aranya« (1989). Inspired by working with masters like Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Doshi adopted elements of modern architecture and adapted them to local culture, traditions, resources, and nature itself. The exhibition will present numerous key projects realized between 1958 and 2014, ranging from entire cities and town planning projects to large public buildings, from private residences to interiors. Exhibits will include a wealth of original works such as drawings, models, and art works from Doshi’s archive and studio, but also photography, film footage, and several full-scale installations. An extensive timeline will give an overview of the architect’s career from 1947 until today, attesting to his close relationships with other influential architects and visionaries such as Le Corbusier and Christopher Alexander.

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Balkrishna Doshi, Sangath Architect’s Studio, Ahmedabad, 1980
© Iwan Baan 2018

Balkrishna Doshi:
Architecture for the People

The Vitra Design Museum Collection

The Vitra Design Museum Collection

Permanent exhibition

Vitra Schaudepot

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