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. Everyday objects played a central role in its dreamlike imagery: they were alienated, ironized, or combined to create curious hybrids. This led to the creation of numerous key works of modern art, from Marcel Duchamp’s »Bicycle Wheel« (1913) to Salvador Dalí’s »Lobster Telephone« (1936). In reverse, Surrealism also exerced a decisive influence on the evolution of design. On 28 September 2019 the Vitra Design Museum will open a major exhibition that offers a comprehensive look at the dialogue between Surrealism and design. For the first time, it will unveil the extent to which Surrealism has influenced design of the past 100 years – from furniture and interiors to graphic design, fashion, and photography. The exhibition will include works by Gae Aulenti, BLESS, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Dunne & Raby, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Ray Eames, Front, Frederick Kiesler, Shiro Kuramata, René Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Isamu Noguchi, Meret Oppenheim, Man Ray, Iris van Herpen, and many others.

Opening: 27 September 2019, 6 pm

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Daniel Streat/Visual Fields, Bocca sofa: © Studio65/Gufram, photo: Jürgen Hans © Vitra Design Museum

Objects of Desire: 
Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

After the Wall: Design since 1989

After the Wall: Design since 1989

26.10.2019 – 23.02.2020

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.

Opening: 25 October 2019, 6:30 pm

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Tejo Remy, You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory, 1991
© Vitra Design Museum, Foto: Jürgen HANS, objektfotograf.ch

After the Wall: Design since 1989

Typology: An Ongoing Study of Everyday Items

Typology: An Ongoing Study of Everyday Items

07.12.2019 – 31.05.2020

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Many objects are not designed by professional designers, but have evolved across the centuries. In 2016 four French product designers – Guillaume Bloget, Raphael Daufresne, Thélonious Goupil, and Guillaume Jandin – began to explore the history of product archetypes, documenting their results in their journal »Typologie«. Their research on wine bottles and cork stoppers has shown that objects, too, are subject to evolution, adapting to their function and local conditions. The exhibition »Typology: An Ongoing Study of Everyday Items« at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery presents this research as well as a new project addressing wooden fruit and vegetable crates.

Opening: 6 December 2019, 6 pm

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Collections Typologie and Anniina Koivu, Typologie – the cork stopper and the wine bottle, 2019 © Francesco Carreda

Typology: An Ongoing Study of Everyday Items

Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors

Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors

08.02.2020 – 23.08.2020

Vitra Design Museum

Our homes are an expression of the way we live, they shape our everyday routines and fundamentally affect our well-being. From February 2020, the Vitra Design Museum will present a major exhibition tracing the evolution of the contemporary private interior. Beginning with present-day issues such as dwindling urban space and the blurring of work-life boundaries, the exhibition takes visitors back in time: to the 1970s fashion for loft living, the shift from formal to informal living in the 1960s, the rise of household appliances in the 1950s, and the introduction of open-space planning in the 1920s. Twenty iconic interiors by architects including Assemble, Lina Bo Bardi, and Josef Frank, artists like Andy Warhol, Roland Penrose, and Lee Miller, as well as interior designers such as Elsie de Wolfe and Cecil Beaton will illustrate this fascinating narrative.

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Brandlhuber + Emde, Burlon, Antivilla, 2010–2015, © Erica Overmeer

Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors