Highlights of MUDAC exhibitions, Lausanne
The MUDAC – Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains – is currently showing two temporary exhibitions:
Pop-Up; Design between dimensions – through March 3, 2013
The pop-up trend is rooted in the singular context of the early 21st century, generated by the mixing of cultures, economies strained to the limits, hyper inventive media and state-of-the-art technologies. The disappearance of familiar structures has incited a renewed desire for synergy — a desire that feeds on practices that are flexible, immediate and temporary, making the most of the unexpected and the appropriated in the public domain.
In the Pop-Up exhibition the featured designers and artists embody this movement that mingles different disciplines and links various realms: 2D and 3D, analogue and digital, culture and capital, science and art, nature and technology, local and global.
Pop-up energy and exuberance impacts on this exhibition: ready-to-use furniture springs up instantaneously from simple designs sketched in space. Hippopotamuses majestically emerge from a carpet. The parts of an actual chair, spell out the word “chair.” Then, too, Hide appears to sink into the ground, drowning in tears shed by the designer for his lost love. Or Le Monde des Montagnes (The World of Mountains) invites readers to an interactive experience defying the frontier between the two-and the three-dimensional.
DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS:
Borre Akkersdijk (NL) ; Atelier Oï (CH) ; Maarten Baas (NL) ; Big Game (CH) ; Tord Boontje (NL) ; Catharina van Eetvelde (BE) ; Kiki van Eijk (NL) ; Eley Kishimoto & Ben Wilson (UK/JP) ; Front (SW) ; Anna Garforth (UK) ; Jaime Hayon (SP) ; Niels Hoebers (NL) ; Rei Kawakubo (JP) ; Anthony Kleinepier (NL) ; Eric Ku (USA) ; Laurens Manders (NL) ; Andrea Mastrovito (IT) ; Niels Meulman (NL) ; Issey Miyake (JP) ; Molo Design Ltd (CA) ; Bartosz Mucha (PL) ; Neozoon (DE/FR) ; Camille Scherrer (CH) ; Rodrigo Solórzano (MX) ; Studio Job (BE) ; Richard Woods & Sebastian Wrong (UK).
From Work Tool to Work Bench. Two Glass Design Shows. open until February 17, 2013
Hot Tools – ECAL students and All Ambic – Patricia Urquiola
Hot Tools: Students at the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne experimented and conceived new tools for handling glass, a fascinating albeit demanding material, with French designer Ronan Bouroullec and Swiss glassblower Matteo Gonet. Their workshop came up with a series of highly original proposals, comprising moulds of wood, glass powder, copper, carbon fibre and even leather.
All Ambic: Patricia Urquiola, the Milan-based Spanish designer is particularly known for her glamor-tinged furnishings, waxed enthusiastic over working with glass.
She produced a series of vases under the heading All Alambic, a barely veiled reference to the retort and the alembic stills linked to sorcery. The vase bulges and beaks have been transformed into animal and plant shapes, into the beaks and crests of birds and into shimmering corals. Her works remind us of the magical nature of glassblowing and of the glass’ potential for transformation. Simply beautiful!MUDAC: open Tuesday to Sunday 11H – 18H
July-August, open Monday 11H – 18h
PL. Cathédrale 6
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