Seats of Power

Seats of Power

19.10.2018 – 17.02.2019

Vitra Schaudepot

The origins of the chair can be traced back to the thrones of antiquity and the Middle Ages. To this day many chairs serve as symbol of success and affluence. The exhibition »Seats of Power« shows how close this relationship remains today while offering a modern cultural history of seating - from Mies van der Rohe's fashionable Barcelona Chair (1929) and the chairs appearing in the debate between Kennedy and Nixon (1960) to presentations of power in today's politics. Among the exhibits we find classics including Charles Eames' Lounge Chair (1943 - 1956) as well as rarities such as a throne for Pope John Paul II (1994) or Martino Gamper's Monothrone (2017).

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Image:
Luca Zanier, UN Room XXIV, Geneva, 2013
© Luca Zanier

Seats of Power

Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna

Lake Verea: Paparazza Moderna

02.02.2019 – 07.07.2019

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Mexican artists Francisca Rivero-Lake and Carla Verea portray forgotten or hidden homes designed by renowned modernist architects. They approach these buildings like paparazzi -unannounced and spontaneous - with the aim of capturing them in an unembellished, completely private state. The photographs, taken during quick and restless journeys, portray buildings by exiled architects Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in Lincoln, Massachusetts, or by Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler in Los Angeles. But the exhibition »Paparazza Moderna« not only documents architecture, for it also provides a lively yet poetic look at their builders' private lives.

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Lake Verea shooting the Guy C. Wilson Hause (1939) by R.M. Schindler, Silverlake, California, 2013 (detail)
© Lake Verea

Lake Verea: 
Paparazza Moderna

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 is focusing on 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 was one of the first to realize the material's potential, and his deft use of patents and founding of new companies meant that he would soon become a key figure in tubular steel furniture's future success. The exhibition will present important documents from his bequest 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.

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

Anton Lorenz: 
From Avant-Garde to Industry

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People

30.03.2019 – 08.09.2019

Vitra Design Museum

Indian architect, urban planner, and teacher Balkrishna V. Doshi (born 1927 in Pune, India) ranks among the most influential pioneers of modern Indian architecture. In 2018 he won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Since the 1950s he has created more than 100 buildings for public and cultural institutions as well as housing estates and residences. Doshi achieved international acclaim for his visionary urban planning and housing projects and is known for his dedication in the field of education. His understanding of architecture is strongly influenced by his learnings from Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, with whom he had previously collaborated. Based on their modern design language, he developed his own aesthetic vocabulary to meet local needs and Indian traditions. In spring 2019 the Vitra Design Museum will present the first European retrospective of Doshi's work. A wealth of original material including models, plans, paintings, photos, films, and fullscale replicas will highlight his accomplishments in architecture, urban planning, design, and art.

Image:
Veranda in upper floor, Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad, 1962
© VSF Archives

Balkrishna Doshi:
Architecture for the People