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Upcoming exhibitions

Creatures Made to Measure

Animals and Contemporary Design

17.05.2019 – 29.09.2019

Factory farming or laboratory meat, cuddly pets or robots in animal form – the relationship between animals and humans is often the subject of hot dispute. How can humans and animals live together sustainably and what possibilities will technology and science open up in the future? Contemporary design has embarked on a revealing search for answers. Animals have always served an important purpose for humans – whether as food, scientific test object, hunting trophy or playmate. When they are used today as organ donors for humans, or are cultivated in laboratories, we have to ask whether these ‘creatures’ are even still animals at all.

For designers, the animal-human relationship opens up a broad field of activity. In the search for the ‘right balance’ they create products for animals and research possibilities of replacing animal-based raw materials and even the animal itself. At the same time they design scenarios that look into the future.

In cooperation with the museum Marta Herford and Tanja Seiner, Munich.

Designers and artists:
Martin Avila, BLESS, Melanie Bonajo, The Center for Genomic Gastronomy, Center for PostNatural History, Marcus Coates / Volker Sommer, Thalia De Jong, Aleksandra Domanović, Konstantin Grcic, Christine Herdin / Katharina Wahl, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell, Silvia Knüppel, Max Kosoric / Sanne Pawelzyk, Dietrich Luft, Christien Meindertsma, Next Nature Network, Ana Rajcevic, Veronica Ranner, Peter Schäfer, Johanna Schmeer, Susana Soares, Sputniko, threeASFOUR, Thomas Thwaites, Marije Vogelzang, Chris Woebken, Pinar Yoldas

Belgian Design: Generous Nature

17.05.2019 – 29.09.2019

Design for a sustainable world. The ‘Maakbaar’ (Feasible) project is a partnership between BOS+ and creative thinkers, designers and entrepreneurs focused on establishing the feasibility of a more sustainable world. So many of the choices we make, as well as our production and consumption, have a huge impact on the state of our planet and our environment. And it is the designers, who play a vital part in making this world more sustainable, who are the key to this process. Their choices concerning the origin and use of materials, recycling potential, production processes and energy consumption, as well as waste or other residual flows are crucial in this respect. Generous Nature introduces examples that could potentially contribute to sustainable development, i.e. sustainability across the entire social, economic and ecological spectrum.

Generous Nature is a co-production with the partners of Belgium is Design. Part of it will be shown under the label Belgium is Design at the furniture exhibition in Milan.

Partners: Bos+, Design Museum Gent, Flanders DC, MAD Brussels, OVAM, WBDM, WOOD.BE.

Off the Grid

25.10.2019 – 16.02.2020

In Off the Grid, graphic designer Sara De Bondt explores the origins of graphic design in Belgium in the sixties and seventies, a history about which there has been very little awareness until now. The exhibition stages two and three dimensional work — many items have never been exhibited before — of well and lesser known designers. Sara De Bondt reacts to this using her own practical experience and explores how contemporary aspects of graphic design, such as hybridity and authorship, can be better understood from a historic perspective. The exhibition is set against the background of the new ‘Graphic Design’ programme series focused on historic and contemporary Belgian graphic design within an international context.

Off the Grid is part of Sara De Bondt’s Doctorate of Arts (KASK – School of Art Gent and UGent).

Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti

Studio d’Arte Palma 1948-1951

25.10.2019 – 16.02.2020

Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti. Studio d’Arte Palma, 1948- 1951 pays tribute to the Italo-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi focusing on the works of Estudio d’Arte Palma, which she founded together with Italian architect Giancarlo Palanti. The show, produced by Milanese Nilufar Gallery in collaboration with the Instituto Bardi / Casa de Vidro, is the result of extensive research on Lina Bo Bardi and her activity as designer of furniture, an often overlooked aspect of her work. The exhibition presents the largest collection of Bo Bardi’s furniture pieces ever brought together and investigates the forgotten work of Giancarlo Palanti.

Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti - Studio d’Arte Palma, 1948- 1951 is a production by Nilufar Gallery (Milan).