Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

29.09.2018 – 10.03.2019

Vitra Design Museum

With the exhibition »Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design«, running from 29 September to 10 March 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first large retrospective focussing on the designer, author, and activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). Papanek was one of the twentieth century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design beginning in the 1960s. His key work, »Design for the Real World« (1971), remains the most widely read book about design ever published. In it, Papanek makes a plea for inclusion, social justice, and sustainability – themes of greater relevance for today’s design than ever before. The exhibition includes high-value exhibits such as drawings, objects, films, manuscripts, and prints, some of which have never before been presented. These are complimented by works of Papanek’s contemporaries from the 1960s to 1980s, including George Nelson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, or the radical design initiative »Global Tools«. Contemporary works from the areas of critical and social design provide insight into Papanek’s lasting impact.

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Key visual for the exhibition
»Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design« by Daniel Streat, Visual Fields
© Vitra Design Museum, 2018 

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

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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John F. Kennedy sitting on Wegner's »JH501« (1949-50) during a televised debate between the US presidential candidates, 1960
Courtesy Hans J Wegners Tegnestue

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 entrepreneurand designer Anton Lorenz. In 1925, Marcel Breuer was the first to use tubular steel to construct furnitureat the Bauhaus in a move that would revolutionize modern living. Lorenz was one of the first to realizethe material's potential, and his deft use of patents and founding of new companies meant that hewould soon become a key figure in tubular steel furniture's future success. The exhibition will present importantdocuments 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.

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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.

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Veranda in upper floor, Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad, 1962
© VSF, photo Vinay Panjwani - India

Balkrishna Doshi:
Architecture for the People