2018 best exhibitions and events. THE FUTURE STARTS HERE @ V&A, London. Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene - Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2015.

2018 best exhibitions and events. THE FUTURE STARTS HERE @ V&A, London. Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene – Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, © 2015.

2018 – New year means time to look forward. Check your travel plans and make sure to visit these brilliant exhibitions and biennials exploring innovative paths in architecture and design, from club culture to video games from political propaganda to the state of the art of Japanese architecture and US-Mexico frontier jewellery.


Freespace – 16th International Architecture Exhibition

Venice Biennale. 26.05.2018-25.11.2018.

Freespace, Venice Biennale 2018 - Photo by Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia.

Freespace, Venice Biennale 2018 – Photo by Andrea Avezzù. Courtesy la Biennale di Venezia.

The world’s most influential design event takes over Venice from the end of May focusing on the public space as “the architecture’s chance to provide free and additional spatial gifts even in the most challenging conditions”. Said to Archipanic Grafton Architects’ Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, curators of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. “FREESPACE will describe a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself.” Read more…


Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – today

@ Vitra Design Museum. 17.03.2018 – 09.09.2018.

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design/ Studio65. Photo/ © Paolo Mussat Sartor

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design by Studio65. Photo: © Paolo Mussat Sartor.

Vitra Design Museum hosts  the first exhibition to give a comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub, the iconic space where contemporary culture and avant-garde merge with interiors and furniture, graphics, art and sound but also light, fashion and special effects. From Italian clubs of the 1960s to Andy Warhol’s legendary Studio 54 but also from Arata Isozaki’s Palladium in New York and the OMA’s more recent concepts for the Ministry of Sound in London.


Japan in Architecture

Mori Art Cencter, Roppongi, Tokyo. 25.04.2018-19.09.2018.

Sunset on Tokyo from the Mori Observation Tower - Photo by Ajith Kumar CC

Sunset on Tokyo from the Mori Observation Tower – Photo by Ajith Kumar, CC.

How ancient traditions and contemporary creativity contributed to shape Japan? In the 150 years following the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the Mori Art Center presents a major exhibition featuring works by Tange Kenzo to Taniguchi Yoshio, Ando Tadao, Kuma Kengo, Sejima Kazuyo.


“The Future Starts Here” + “Videogames”

@ Victoria & Albert Museum, London. From 12.05.2018.

Masdar City, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city, Foster + Partners. Photography by Eteienne Malapert, 2006 by Etienne Malapert, The city of Possibilities, Ecal.

THE FUTURE STARTS HERE – Masdar City, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city, Foster + Partners. Photography by Eteienne Malapert, 2006 by Etienne Malapert, The city of Possibilities, Ecal.

This year Victoria & Albert Museum will presents two major exhibitions exploring the forefront of creativity. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, The Future Starts Here exhibition (12.05.2018-undisclosed) will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

VIDEOGAMES @ Victoria & Albert Museum - Courtesy of V&A.

VIDEOGAMES @ Victoria & Albert Museum – Courtesy of V&A.

Videogames (8.09.2018 – 24.02.2019) will explore the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s until now investigating ground-breaking contemporary design work, creative and rebellious player communities and the political conversations that define this movement.


Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008 – 2018

@ London Design Museum. 28.03.18 – 12.08.18.

Hope Nope @ London Design Museum 2018 - Image Andy McArthur.

Hope Nope @ London Design Museum 2018 – Image Andy McArthur.

From the 2008 crisis to the Arab springs but also 2016 US elections, Brexit and rising populisms across the globe. In the past 10 years the world has become more polarized, also with the help of social media.  At London Design Museum, Hope to Nope will explore the diverse methods that have been used to construct and communicate political messages. As traditional media rubs shoulders with the hash-tag and the meme, never has graphic design been more critical in giving everyone a political voice.


Heavenly Bodies

MET 5th Avenue and MET Cloisters, New York. 10.05.2017-08.10.2018.

HEAVENLY BODIES @ MET Museum. Evening Coat, Cristobal Balenciaga, Autumn 1954 - Courtesy of MET Museum.

HEAVENLY BODIES @ MET Museum. Evening Coat, Cristobal Balenciaga, Autumn 1954 – Courtesy of MET Museum.

MET Museum’s Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition explores the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination. Papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in The Met’s Medieval and Byzantine galleries and at The Met Cloisters alongside religious artworks, to provide an interpretative context for fashion’s engagement with Catholicism.


A school of schools – 4th Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul. 22.09.2018-04.11.2018.

Istanbul Map Blueprint 1901 - Courtesy of Keiym Bayer Archieve.

Istanbul Map Blueprint 1901 – Courtesy of Keiym Bayer Archieve.

Curated by Jan Boelen, the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial will reinvent its format into a productive process-orientated platform for researching, experimenting and learning. Eight main themes will indicate some of the dominant frames through which the world is learned today. A dedicated section will focus on the Mediterranean microcosm as a hub of contemporary globalisation including issues such as migration and multicultural exchange between different cultures across three continents. The Disaster and Earthquake theme will focus on the most extreme present as a starting point to improve.


Permanent temporariness

NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi. 20.01.2018-07.03.2018.

Concrete Tent - Photo by Anna Sara for Campus in Campus.

Concrete Tent – Photo by Anna Sara for Campus in Campus.

At NYUAD Art Gallery, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, co-directors of architecture office and artistic residency DAAR, explore refugees’ conditions of exile which gave shape to permanent cities born to be temporary. Four installations bridging architecture and art, examine the social, economic and political consequence of exile and displacement, and delve into public and private impermanent built environments.


La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border

MAD, Museum of Art and Design, New York. 01.03.2018 – 19.08.2018.

Keving Hughes: necklace (plastic from water jug, duct tape and silver) - Photo by the artist; courtesy of Velvet da Vinci.

Keving Hughes: necklace (plastic from water jug, duct tape and silver) – Photo by the artist; courtesy of Velvet da Vinci.

Mexican poet Octavio Paz wrote “Borders separate but also unite”. The US-Mexico border – la frontera – is predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, but it is also a place cultures meet. The NYC Museum of Art and Design exhibition explores this space and what it represents. Jewelry artists from Mexico, US and beyond expose the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, economic, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. Artists transform metal, fiber, wood, and other materials into representations of their experiences, their influences, their dreams, and their nightmares.