Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Better Nature

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Better Nature

20.07.2019 – 24.11.2019

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

British artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg (born in London in 1982) investigates the relationship between nature and the man-made, exploring how this interconnection changes through advances in design and technology. The resulting artworks tell evocative stories that are at once menacing and poetic. From 20 July to 24 November 2019, the Vitra Design Museum Gallery presents a solo exhibition tracing Ginsberg’s journey as an artist and critical designer. Trained in architecture and interaction design, she has been especially interested in the emerging technoscience of »synthetic biology« – the design of living matter. Within this context, Ginsberg has been intrigued by the premise that underpins all approaches to design: the desire to make things »better«. But what exactly does better mean? Better for whom? And who decides? These questions, which are crucial in times of radical technological and scientific advances, are the basis of »Better Nature«.

Opening: 19 July 2019, 6 pm

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Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg with Christina Agapakis of Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. and Sissel Tolaas, Resurrecting the Sublime (digital reconstruction of a lost landscape), 2019
© Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Better Nature

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.

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Angela and Luciana Giussani, Sergio Zaniboni and Saverio Micheloni,
Diabolik (detail), 1974
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Living in a Box: Design and Comics

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

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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