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15 November 2014 > 15 March 2015
Lightopia is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum in collaboration with EDP Fundaçào.
“Lightopia not only examines partial aspects of lighting design – such as light art or the design of luminaires. It is the first exhibition that also considers the many different facets of designing with light and establishes a connection with contemporary issues” - Jolanthe Kugler, curator of the exhibition.
23 October 2015 > 13 March 2016
Design Derby Belgium - Netherlands (1815-2015)
This autumn Belgium and the Netherlands will go head to head in Design museum Gent.
The best designers and designs from the two countries, spanning two
centuries, will hang side by side and facing one another—from the elegance
of Belgian Art Nouveau to the more streamlined Dutch variant and from Belgium’s
sophisticated craftsmanship to the Netherlands’ more conceptual design.
Who will win?
Or will this ‘Design Derby’ end in a dead heat?
Design museum Gent, in collaboration with Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), will
Showcase two hundred years of design from Belgium and the Netherlands. More than four hundred
carefully selected design objects, ranging from intricately engraved silver, glassware and
ceramics to contemporary furniture, fashion and graphic design, will be exhibited in
chronological order and in parallel. From Empire by way of the Neo-Renaissance to Art Deco
and more recent developments like eco-design and social design: the exhibition will reveal
striking similarities and surprising differences between the two countries. It is the first time that
design practices in the Netherlands and Belgium will be compared on this scale.