“David Adjaye: Making Memory” at the Design Museum

The Design Museum presents a new exhibition that explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by celebrated British–Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE. The exhibition features projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London.

 

Close up of National Cathedral of Ghana model. Credit: Ed Reeve

 

Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise. (more…)

“Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution” at the Design Museum

The exhibition explores six unbuilt architectural landmarks in Moscow from the 1920s and 1930s following the Russian Revolution, featuring projects including the Palace of the Soviets, planned to be the world’s tallest building, and Cloud Iron, a network of horizontal skyscrapers 

 

Valentina Kulagina, Front cover design by Valentina Kulagina entitled 1st of May in ‘Krasnaya niva’ magazine, 1930 © Ne boltai! Collection

Valentina Kulagina, Front cover design by Valentina Kulagina entitled 1st of May in ‘Krasnaya niva’ magazine, 1930 © Ne boltai! Collection

 

Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, “Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution” explores Moscow as it was envisioned by a bold generation of architects in the 1920s and early 1930s. Featuring rarely seen material, the exhibition outlines an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. (more…)

“Fear and Love. Reactions to a complex world” opening exhibition at the New Design Museum

The New Design Museum designed by OMA and John Pawson opens with this exhibition introducing present-time issues such as networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads, addressed by 11 of the most thought-provoking designers and architects today.

 

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

Fear and Love exhibition view. New Design Museum © photo: Luke Hayes

 

Fear and Love, the opening exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington, presents eleven installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today. These newly commissioned works explore a spectrum of issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads.

The exhibition shows how design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. This is a multidisciplinary and global exhibition that aims to capture the mood of the present and establish the Design Museum as the home of design debate.

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