"The Japanese House. Architecture and Life after 1945" Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 - Photo by Iwan Baan.

Top 10 architecture and design exhibitions coming up in 2017: “The Japanese House. Architecture and Life after 1945” Sou Fujimoto Architects, House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 – Photo by Iwan Baan.

MoMA in New York will present a major retrospective on Frank Lloyd Wright while the Vitra Design Museum will showcase status of the art of design robotics. The evolution of Japanese contemporary homes goes on show at The Barbican in London while Chicago and Vienna are getting ready for their Architecture Biennials. MAXXI in Rome celebrates Alvaro Siza, M+ in Hong Kong previews his collection with a pan-Asian exhibition and Design Museum Holon will focus on sound objects. In the meantime, a Mumbai-based Museum Dharavi will be touring the world with a responsible message and the first Polar Biennale will go on show on a cruise to Antarcitca. Check our top 10 architecture and design exhibitions not to be missed in 2017.

"Hello Robot": Raising Robotic Natives by Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt and Jonas Voigt - Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum.

“Hello Robot”: Raising Robotic Natives by Stephan Bogner, Philipp Schmitt and Jonas Voigt – Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum.


Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: unpacking the Archive

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York City, USA: 12 June – 1 October 2017

On the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright birth, MoMA pays homage to one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century with a major retrospective comprising 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive critically engages the architect’s multifaceted practice showcasing architectural drawings, models, films, furniture and more.

Liberty Magazine Cover. 1926. Color pencil on paper. 24 1/2 x 28 1/4″ (62.2 x 71.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives - Courtesy of MoMA.

Liberty Magazine Cover. 1926. Color pencil on paper. 24 1/2 x 28 1/4″ (62.2 x 71.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives – Courtesy of MoMA.

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine

Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein, Germany: 11 February 15 May 2017

3D printing robots, droids and drones: Science fiction becomes reality. Vitra Design Museum shows how robotics is changing our lives today – and how design is changing robotics. The exhibition presents a variety of exhibits, including examples of robots from homes, industry or medicine, but also media installations, computer games as well as examples from film and literature. Hello Robot showcases also ethical and political issues associated with robotics today featuring works by some of the most prominent innovators. The exhibition will also travel to MAK Museum (21 June – 2 october 2016) on the occasion of the Vienna Biennale and at Design Museum Gent in Belgium (27 October – 11 April 2017).

The bridge project by Joris Laarman for MX3D - Vitra Courtesy of Design Museum.

The bridge project by Joris Laarman for MX3D – Vitra Courtesy of Design Museum.


The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

The Barbican, London, UK: 23 March – 25 June 2017

After the debut at MAXXI in Rome, the exhibition focusing on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now will go on show in London. The Japanese House presents some of the most exciting architectural projects and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design of the last 70 years. The exhibition features also cinema, photography and art in order to cast new light on the role of the house in Japanese culture.

"The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945" Hideyuki Nakayama, O House, 2009 © Mitsutaka Kitamura.

“The Japanese House Architecture and Life after 1945” Hideyuki Nakayama, O House, 2009 © Mitsutaka Kitamura.


Shifting Objectives: Design from the M+ Collection

M+ Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong, China: 30 November 2016 – 2 February 2017.

From post-war Japan to Mao China and post-independence India but also furniture icons and the challenges of contemporary Asian design. Shifting Objectives at M+ Museum for Visual Culture looks into the continent’s history as well as its evolution from a design point of view. The exhibition previews its groundbreaking design collection that aims to sum up the continent’s imprint by showcasing more than 120 selected works from many Asian countries spanning from 1937 until now. Read more on Archipanic.

Shifting Objectives, Histories: post-war Japan design - Photo: courtesy by M+ museum.

Shifting Objectives, Histories: post-war Japan design – All photos: courtesy by M+ museum.


Chicago Architecture Biennial

Various locations in Chicago, USA: 16 September – 31 December 2017.

After the success of the inaugural edition Chicago Architecture Biennial will take over the so-called Windy City with exhibitions, urban installations and temporary pavilions. The 2017 edition themed MAKE NEW HISTORY will focus on the efforts—across registers of building and discursive production—of contemporary architects to align their work with versions of history.

Chicago Architecture Biennale 2015.


Álvaro Siza, Sacro

MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy: 9 November 2016 – 26 March 2017

The exhibition featuring Alvaro Siza drawings, projects and objects that reveal his relationship with the sacred. Great inclined walls, a sinuous layout, ample spaces alternating with others that are deliberately restricted in dialogue and contraposition with those of the museum designed by Zaha Hadid. Photos of a number of his projects taken by six international photographers describe both the environments designed by Siza in which religious ceremonies are practiced and the calm of the atmospheres in which nature and landscape are the principles of sanctity.

"Alvaro Siza, Sacro" @ The Barbican, London - Photo by Fernando Guerra

TOP 10 architecture and design exhibitions coming up in 2017: “Alvaro Siza, Sacro” @ The Barbican, London – Photo by Fernando Guerra.


Sound waves

Design Museum Holon Holon, Israel: 1 June – 1 November 2017

In recent years, instinctual and natural sensory experiences such as hearing are increasingly influencing how we perceive, process, and communicate with the world around us, real and virtual alike. The exhibition will present sound objects, loudspeakers, and music designed by international designers, alongside interactive installations by local designers.

Design Museum Holon, Israel - Photo by @Israel Tourism, Flickr CC.

Design Museum Holon, Israel – Photo by @Israel Tourism, Flickr CC.


Vienna Biennale

Wien, Austria: 21 June – 1 October 2017.

Under the motto Robot. Work. Our Future, 2017 Vienna Biennale will showcase visions of digital urbanism combining art, architecture and design. Creative spaces will open up for contemplating meaningful living and working and the sustainable use of robotics and artificial intelligence in the digital age.

"Hello Robot" at Vienna Biennale - Courtesy of Vienna Biennale.

“Hello Robot” at Vienna Biennale – Courtesy of Vienna Biennale.


Design Museum Dharavi

Based in Mumbai, India, but itinerant all year round.

The Design Museum Dharavi is the first museum of its kind, based in the homegrown neighbourhood of Dharavi, showcasing local talent through a nomadic exhibition space and employing design as a tool to promote social change and innovation on a global scale. The platform and innovative cultural institution celebrates the creative potential of Dharavi, one of the most neighbourhood located in the heart of Mumbai, India. Design Museum Dharavi will tour around the world – updates and can be found at designmuseumdharavi.org

Design Museum Dharavi -. Courtesy of Design Museum Dharavi.

Design Museum Dharavi -. Courtesy of Design Museum Dharavi.


Antarctic Biennale

Antarctica: 27 March 2017.

Antarctica is the ultimate land of freedom. An international agreements prescribes that Antarctica belongs to no country and it will be used exclusively for creative activity in the interest of mankind” says Alexander Ponomarev, commissioner of the 1st Antarctic Biennale. That’s why he invites innovators to set out on an adventure on a cruise to the Southern Pole with the purpose to reimagine the future of shared spaces. Read more about the related Antarctica Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

Antactica Olympic Games - Mihai Potra, Jonghoon Kim, Barbara Schickermueller © Studio Hani_Rashid 2016.

Antactica Olympic Games – Mihai Potra, Jonghoon Kim, Barbara Schickermueller © Studio Hani_Rashid 2016.