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, BLESS, 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

Image:
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

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.

Image:
Marcel Wanders, Knotted Chair, 1995/96
© Vitra Design Museum, photo: 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.

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

Typology: An Ongoing Study of Everyday Items