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Six Design Exhibitions to Visit in 2018

From Peter Ghyczy’s 50 years of functionalism to night fever’s designing club culture, take an incredible journey through these museums showcasing the best of human creativity with collections that tell a story from the Golden Age to the power of design shaping the world of tomorrow.

Jan 02, 2018 | By LUXUO

From the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the museums around the world have put together a showcase of jewellery by artists; a brooch by Orlan, reminders of the Soviet era; red wealth and a history of the nightclub; the role of design, etc.. Here’s a list of exhibitions that design lovers won’t want to miss in 2018.

Six Design Exhibitions to Visit in 2018

Image courtesy of Philippe Servent, Paris

“Surrealist spoon-brooch with watch-comb by Salvador Dalí”, from March 7 to July 8, 2018, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Diane Venet has collected jewellery by artists for over 30 years, and will exhibit her 230-piece collection at this show in Paris, alongside other jewellery loaned by galleries, collectors and the families of artists. Organised in chronological order and by theme, jewellery created by 150 artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, will be on display.

Image courtesy of Vitra Design Museum

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960-today”, from March 17 to September 9, 2018, at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

Nightclubs and discos are hotbeds of contemporary culture, and they were there at the birth of avant-garde movements that questioned the established codes of social life. These extraordinary places merge design, graphics and art with sound, light, fashion and special effects. The Vitra Design Museum’s exhibition examines the role of design in the history of the nightclub. It features films, vintage photos, posters, flyers, fashion, music and light installations to take visitors on a journey to a world of glamour and subculture.

Image courtesy of Brussels Design Museum

“Soviet Design. Red Wealth”, from January 24 to May 21, 2018, at the Brussels Design Museum

This exhibition takes us back in time, starting from post-war USSR until the Olympic Games of 1980, through a collection of daily objects and graphics, which speak volumes about life in the Soviet Union at that time. Each section represents a different aspect of Soviet life and culture: childhood and leisure, sports and public events, furniture and household products, even precision engineering and industrial production.

Image courtesy of Brussels Design Museum

“Peter Ghyczy: 50 years of functionalism”, from February 7 to March 11, 2018, at the Brussels Design Museum

The Brussels Design Museum — known as the ADAM — is also staging the very first exhibition dedicated to the designer Peter Ghyczy. He is probably best known for his Garden Egg Chair, designed in 1968.

“The Future Starts Here”, from May 12, 2018, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Image courtesy of E.O.Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

The V&A has put together a hundred objects that demonstrate the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow.

Image courtesy of Rijksmuseum

“Kwab. Dutch Design in the Age of Rembrandt” from June 29 to September 26, 2018, at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In the 17th century, fantasy sea creatures, scary monsters and strange body shapes reminiscent of molten candle wax decorated jugs, furniture, and smart interiors. This trend was known as the auricular style. It was a Dutch decorative arts movement which won over the rest of Europe, particularly Germany and France, and can even seen in some of Rembrandt’s works. This exhibition at the Rijksmuseum features the auricular style in over a hundred works of art from the Golden Age.


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