“10 Years of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK” Exhibition
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The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to announce a ten year retrospective of Vienna’s largest and most influential design event, VIENNA DESIGN WEEK. The multifaceted exhibition 10 Years of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK featuring the City will explore the history, structure, and impact of the non-profit event, which has brought leading international designers to the city, provided a platform for the vanguard of Austria’s young designers, and pushed leading design out of Vienna’s galleries and into the streets of its outer districts, where it pays welcome to more than 36,000 annual visitors. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 400 page publication produced for the event.
Rather than a showcase of luxury goods, since its inception in 2007, Vienna Design Week has served as a comprehensive forum for ideas, applications, potential and objects of design through its program structure. Founded under the principal and slogan “A City Full of Design”, Vienna Design Week operates with a floating series of venues, and a different headquarters for each edition. The festival recalls and reinvigorates the city’s history as an international hub of design and architecture by pairing foreign designers with Austrian manufacturers under its “Passionswege” (“paths of passion) events to rethink their potential and processes, while its “Focus District” looks within Vienna itself, to select designers from specific Austrian municipalities. Young designers in its “debut” program promote educational institutions in challenging new realms of design, while “Stadtarbeit” highlights the work of individual designers selected by a juried panel of curators exhibiting in re-purposed spaces. Following this tradition, 10 Years of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK featuring the City will, alongside a collection of noted designer objects, goods, and furniture from Vienna Design Week, present a comprehensive history of the relationships it has built, and concepts it has revealed.
ALSO ON VIEW
ACFNY, 11th Floor: FREUD’S DINING ROOM, September 22, 2016 - November 10, 2016. This special exhibition traces the journeys of five pieces of far-travelled Freudian furniture, rediscovering the significance they held for Anna Freud in the context of her forced emigration under the Nazi Regime. A series of ‘Memory objects’, seek to communicate an individual history through facilitating a sensual experience of the original furniture.
Lilli Hollein, director and co-founder of the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK, is a design and architecture expert; her writings and articles appear in important international specialist publications, and she was curator inter alia for Austria’s contributions to the 7th Sao Paulo International Architecture Biennale. From 2010 to 2013 she was also jury president of the KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien (Art in the Public Space). She graduated in industrial design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She founded the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK along with Tulga Beyerle and Thomas Geisler in 2007.
from September 22, 2016 to January 16, 2017
Opening Reception on 2016-09-21 from 18:30 to 20:00