Fall Design: All The Events Of November!
Author: Francesca Iani
A hot and busy fall is coming for all design lovers (but not only): indeed, many events presenting some of the most important persons of design and architecture will characterize this November. Cult exhibitions deserving a flight trip will spangle the main international museums: from the retrospective on Renzo Piano at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, to the show dedicated to Gio Ponti at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, to the first great monograph dedicated to Victor J. Papak at the Vitra Design Museum. November is a sequence of not-to-miss openings.
In Italy, the protagonist is the exhibition for Achille Castiglioni at the Triennial of Milan, organized in occasion of the great designer’s centenary of birth. Yet, not only great shows stud the month, but also the new super cool edition of the Dubai Design Week draws the public’s attention, beyond the museum confines, reaching the Arab Emirates.
These are the events of the month selected by Wallector’s curators:
1. Tutto Ponti. Gio Ponti Archi-Designer
Among the autumnal appointments, this is definitely the most desired: the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris holds Tutto Ponti. Gio Ponti Archi-Designer, a full-immersion into the visionary world of the Milanese designer and architect. The show focuses on his works from 1921 to 1979, through more than 500 pieces, some of which are unpublished, while some others are prototypes of celebrated architectures, furniture, ceramics, lamps, windows, and magazines.
- Where: Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from 19 October until 10 February 2019.
2. A Castiglioni
Together with the Parisian monograph dedicated to Gio Ponti, also another autumnal cult event deserves your attention: in occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Achille Castiglioni, the Triennial of Milan presents A Castiglioni, an exhibition dedicated to his career and his most famous works. Curated by Federica Sala and Patricia Urquiola, the itinerary unfolds through 20 thematic groups gathering the artist’s earliest projects until his latest. Do not miss the celebrated lamp Arco whilst you visit the show.
- Where: Triennal of Milan, from 6 October until 20 January 2019.
3. London. Renzo Piano. The art of making buildings
The Royal Academy of Arts in London pays homage to Italian design with the exhibition Renzo Piano. The art of making buildings, for the Genoese architect. Through 16 of his most important works – among which the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1977), The New York Times Building (2007), The Shard in London (2012), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015) – the show runs through his career analyzing his sketches, prototypes, archival material, and photographs.
- Where: London, Royal Academy of Arts, until 20 January 2019.
4. Dubai Design Week
Dubai Design Week is the most important creative festival of these years, confirming Dubai as the capital city of design in the Middle-East. The fourth edition takes place from 12 until 17 November, and it hosts more than 200 events focused on design, architecture, furniture, interiors, and graphic art.
- Where: Dubai Design District 12 November - 17 November 2018
5. Storie. Il design italiano
You have until January to admire the icons of Italian design. The 11th edition of the Triennial of the Design Museum is dedicated to the history of Italian design, starting from the early 1900, through a selection of 180 ca. emblematic pieces realized by the most representative projects of Italian design, and in parallel with a reading of thematic in-depth analyses of geography, communications, politics, technology, and economics.
- Where: Triennal of Milan, from 14 April 2018 until 20 January 2019.
6. Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design
The Vitra Design Museum presents the first big retrospective dedicated to the Viennese designer. As a key character of the history of design, Papanek was one of the main precursors of a new approach to design, oriented especially towards social and ecological aspects. The exhibition displays prototypes, drawings, writings, and photographs concerning the main themes of his works: criticism for consumerism, ecology, and sustainability.
- Where: Vitra Design Museum, from 29 September 2018 until 10 March 2019