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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
MET 5th Avenue and MET Cloisters, New York. 10.05.2017-08.10.2018.
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
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.
NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi. 20.01.2018-07.03.2018.
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.
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.