In Finnish Design Museum’s exhibition schedule for next year designer duo Aamu Song and Johan Olin will take a tour around the world, displaying, among other things, globally endangered crafts skills. The main exhibition of the autumn season will feature the collecting of design in its various forms. The museum’s Gallery exhibitions will showcase internationally successful Finnish designers who have been “called home” and stars in design from abroad. The events of the year will include, as before, Design Evenings, Design Workshops for families and Lunch Talks in English, all of which will address the topical themes of the museum’s exhibitions.
5 April –22 September
COMPANY: Secret Universe
Design Museum’s main exhibition of the spring and summer seasons will display work by the COMPANY design studio from over the past ten years. Since 2007, designer duo Aamu Song (born 1974) and Johan Olin (born 1974) have travelled around the world, seeking in a folkloristic spirit traditional crafts techniques and manufacturing skills. On their travels, Song and Olin have come to know workshops and master craftspeople in Japan, Russia, Mexico and other countries. These trips have resulted in art objects, clothing, accessories and furniture made together with local masters of crafts. Through their work, Song and Olin want to direct attention to the endangered nature of crafts skills and the unsustainability of present-day consumer culture, and to offer alternatives to consumerism. This exhibition will present Song and Olin’s artistic process as a whole from travelling to meeting master craftspeople and from correspondence to production and the completed objects. In the exhibition catalogue, the work of COMPANY is discussed by, among others, cultural journalist Catherine Hickley and curator Carlos Mínguez-Carrasco. The graphic design and layout of the catalogue is by Nene Tsuboi.
11 October 2019–22 March 2020
Collectors and Collections
Opening in October 2019, Collectors and Collectors seeks answers to the questions of how and by whom design is collected. How are design collections created and why do some design objects become sought-after collectibles? In addition to museum collections, there are many valuable Finnish collections of design objects that are not accessible to the public. This exhibition displays choice items from valuable private collections both in Finland and abroad, comparing them with Design Museum’s own collection. Along with rare items, the exhibition also focuses on utility objects. The collecting of everyday items has become a popular pastime, because almost anyone in Finland can begin collecting utility glassware of the mid-20th century, Moomin mugs or Arabia tableware. Collectors and Collections also addresses in straightforward terms the downside of the culture of collecting, forgeries of art and design objects.
25 January –17 March
Ruudt Peters: BRON
Ruudt Peters (born 1950) of the Netherlands is a trailblazer of contemporary jewellery design. In his jewellery, which has been described as rebellious, he has tested the boundaries of design in this area in both materials and use. BRON is a retrospective exhibition with multimedia presenting an overview of Peters’ career of 44 years and the conceptual jewellery collections that he has created during it. The title of the exhibition refers to a source, to origins. The exhibition illustrates Peters’ sources of inspiration in design: cultures, religions, traditions, gender, corporeality and alchemy.
Graphic Designer of the Year
The Graphic Design of the Year Prize is awarded annually by the Grafia Association ofVisual Communication Designers in Finland for commendable works with results in graphic design or for other activity to improve the standards and appreciation of this field in Finland. The recipient of the prize will be announced in January 2019.
5 April –26 May
Osma Harvilahti: New Colour
This exhibition of work by Osma Harvilahti (born 1983) addresses contemporary design through photography. Harvilahti is a Paris-based photographer who concentrates in his work on exploring design, fashion and the use of colour. His clients include partamento Magazine, SSAW, Hermès, Issey Miyake and Louis Vuitton. Alongside commercial photos, this exhibition features personal series of works in which Harvilahti studies his subjects of interest from a documentary and sociological perspective. The exhibition is part of a series in which Design Museum invites young internationally successful Finns working in design to “come home” to exhibit their work.
7 June –25 August
Brynjar Sigurðarson – The Söderberg Prize of 2018
The world’s largest design award, The Torsten & Wanja Söderberg Prize, was given in 2018 to the Icelandic-born designer Brynjar Sigurðarson (born 1986), who works in conceptual arts and crafts and unique design. Sigurðarson especially draws upon influences from Icelandic nature and local traditions, such as storytelling and the culture of fishing. While working on his Silent Village series, Sigurðarson spent a month in a fishing village learning a century-old web making technique which he went on to apply in furniture that he designed.
6 September –27 October
Design Club Open Call #2 – Critical Design
Design Club Open Call is a three-year series of exhibitions seeking impressive content and giving firms and companies an opportunity to support new creative developments in design. Opening in September 2019, the Design Club Open Call exhibition will be a project chosen through an open application process. The Open Call of 2019 is the second one in the series and it includes a grant of €10,000 for production costs. The current application period will close on 19 December 2018 and this year’s theme is Critical Design. The winner will be chosen in January 2019 and announced during the spring.
8 November 2019–12 January 2020
The Kaj Franck Design Prize of 2019
The Kaj Franck Design Prize honours the spirit and principles of the work of designer Kaj Franck (1911–1989) regarding high-standard, democratic and functional design for solving practical challenges and creating new opportunities for firms and companies applying design skills. The prize is awarded annually in November to a Finnish or Finnish-based designer or designer team. It has been awarded since 1992 by Design Forum Finland and the Finnish Fair Foundation.
EVENTS AT DESIGN MUSEUM IN 2019
Design Museum’s exhibitions are accompanied by a wide range of events and activities for everyone interested in design.
Design Evenings, free evening events at the museum, are held on the last Tuesday of the month in the winter season, with talks and lectures addressing the current themes of the museum’s exhibitions. The Design Evenings of January and February will feature discussions on modern architecture and interior design inspired by the Josef Frank exhibition at the museum, and there will be talks in Design Attic on design objects and accessing material for the museum. The workshops, which are open to all visitors, are an opportunity to test in practice what the work of designers is like – for example when designing wall paper. The programme of the Design Evenings includes talks, lectures and activities for everyone.
The museum’s Lunch Talks, given in English by our international guests, will feature among others, the Dutch contemporary artist and jewellery designer Ruudt Peters. Our exhibitions will also be venues for live art performances. In December 2018, a work combining dance and live music by Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin and RIOT Kollektiv will visit the Josef Frank exhibition and in the spring there will be a concert with narrative and a Viennese atmosphere.
Aamu Song’s and Johan Olin’s COMPANY exhibition is an experiential and interactive journey to a multicultural process of design production. The additional programme of the exhibition will include visits by masters of crafts, workshops, live music and events celebrating the rich global culture of crafts.
The museum will also hold series of lectures and other events. The Friends of Finnish Handicraft, a leading Finnish institution of textile art, will celebrate its 140th anniversary and the anniversary year events will include a series of panel discussions at the museum in April addressing the force of crafts in the present day.
Design Attic, telling about the museum’s work concerning its collections, is an activity-based exhibition open to the public on Tuesdays. Experts in various fields will visit Design Attic to tell about the history of design objects and the secrets of how they are added to the museum collection.
The Design Workshops are free workshop events for the whole family which are held once a month on Saturday. Their themes are based on the museum’s exhibition schedule.
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