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

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

28.09.2019 – 19.01.2020

Vitra Design Museum

Surrealism was one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Many works of Surrealists like Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, Meret Oppenheim, and Man Ray were inspired by everyday objects and explored the world of dreams, emotions, and the unconscious embedded in our material culture. Since the 1930s, Surrealism has had a strong impact on design, from furniture, interiors, and fashion to film and graphic design. In fall 2019 the Vitra Design Museum will devote the first major exhibition to the fascinating creative dialogue between Surrealism and design that continues to this day. »Objects of Desire« will juxtapose surrealist art works with design icons by some of the most prominent artists and designers of the past one hundred years to reveal fascinating parallels and cross-pollination. With works by Gae Aulenti, Björk, Claude Cahun, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Ray Eames, Front Design, Frederick Kiesler, Shiro Kuramata, René Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Isamu Noguchi, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Jerszy Seymour, and many others.

Opening: 27 September 2019, 6 pm

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Studio65, Sofa »Marilyn« (Bocca), 1970, (Gufram)
© Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS, objektfotograf.ch

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

After the Wall: Design since 1989

After the Wall: Design since 1989

25.10.2019 – 08.03.2020

Vitra Schaudepot

The Vitra Design Museum opened on 3 November 1989 – only a few days before the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years later, the Vitra Schaudepot presents »After the Wall: Design since 1989«. The exhibition charts design from the past three decades, examining how it has been shaped by the various cultural, political and technological shifts of the period. A selection of iconic design objects will be juxtaposed with furniture by leading designers including Philippe Starck, Hella Jongerius and Konstantin Grcic. Offering an up-to-date survey of the most recent period in design history, the exhibition will also give visitors a glimpse of its future.

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Marcel Wanders, Knotted Chair, 1995/96
© Vitra Design Museum, photo: Jürgen HANS, objektfotograf.ch

After the Wall: Design since 1989