Gae Aulenti: A Creative Universe

Gae Aulenti: A Creative Universe

29.02.2020 – 11.10.2020

Vitra Schaudepot

Gae Aulenti is one of the most influential architects and designers of the post-war period. As early as the 1960s, her iconic creations – such as her »Locus Solus« series (1964), the »Pipistrello« (1965) and »King Sun« (1967) lamps – played a vital role in Italy’s global dominance within the field of product design. The Italian designer gained international renown for her transformation of a Parisian train station into the Musée d’Orsay (1980–1986). But although Aulenti realized over 700 projects, she is relatively unknown outside her native Italy. The Vitra Design Museum seeks to counteract this undeserved neglect with »Gae Aulenti: A Creative Universe«. The exhibition explores Aulenti’s multifaceted body of work, one that encompasses not only architectural projects and design objects, but also interiors, set and costume design, as well as exhibitions. The Vitra Schaudepot will present roughly 35 items from across her career, complemented by photographs, sketches, and drawings, as well as a slideshow, documentary films, and interviews.

Opening: 28 February 2020, 6:30 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

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Gae Aulenti, Pipistrello, 1965 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Andreas Sütterlin

Gae Aulenti: A Creative Universe

Sea Change: Design Meets the Ocean

Sea Change: Design Meets the Ocean

16.05.2020 – 01.11.2020

Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Not only scientists and activists, but designers, too, are developing strategies to protect and regenerate the health of the oceans. Designer Julia Lohmann has been exploring the material qualities of algae with her »Department of Seaweed« since 2013. Through her work, she demands a rethinking of traditional design approaches in order to find solutions for today’s environmental issues. This is illustrated by an exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery, which includes input from an international network of designers and ocean scientists. »Sea Change« is part of an evolving series that originated as »Critical Tide« at the Design Museum Helsinki in late 2019.

Opening: 15 May 2020, 6 pm, Vitra Design Museum Gallery

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Julia Lohmann, Oki Naganode, 2015 (Earth Matters Exhibition at Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden), photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger

Sea Change: Design Meets the Ocean

SANAA: The Architecture of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

SANAA: The Architecture of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

12.09.2020 – 07.03.2021

Vitra Design Museum

The Japanese architecture studio SANAA, founded by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa in Tokyo in 1995, is one of the most influential architectural practices of our time. Known for the crisp and sheer simplicity of their buildings, SANAA realizes projects with spatial relations that are among the most radical and complex to be found in contemporary architecture. The light appearance of their buildings often hides a complexity developed in close collaboration with highly skilled engineers, almost invisibly pushing the boundaries of technical construction. From September 2020 to March 2021, the Vitra Design Museum will devote a major solo exhibition to these pioneers of architecture. The show will present SANAA’s most important works and give insight into their design ideals and working methods. Exhibits will include models, plans, drawings, furniture, and 1:1 mock-ups, as well as large-format photography and film projections. The exhibition will be curated and designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.

Opening: 11 September 2020, 6 pm

Image:
Office of Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum, Teshima, Japan, 2004-10; Rei Naito, Matrix, 2010 © Fukutake Foundation, photo: Noboru Morikawa

SANAA: The Architecture of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa