ArtArt ExhibitionsDesign

Art adventure: 5 fall exhibitions

As id travels to design capitals for fairs, we plan on visiting these top museums.

Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum, photo Jargen Hans

Those familiar with his sleek designs may be shocked to see Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!, as the show also reveals the experimental creations in his extensive portfolio, including ready-mades constructed from old car seats, hand-welded steel furnishings and sculptural mass-manufactured products.

Through 14 October, Vitra Schaudepot / design-museum.de

Installation view, Akari: Sculpture by Other Means. Isamu Noguchi, Akari PL2 (c.1973), and (inside) Akari 1A (1952). Wood enclosure by The Noguchi Museum (2018).
Photo by Nicholas Knight. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

There’s not a design-lover on the planet who can dispute the ethereal beauty of Isamu Noguchi’s work. Akari: Sculpture by Other Means includes installations that offer new ways of experiencing the designer’s Akari—a modular ecosystem of collapsible paper lanterns, through 27 January, 2019, Noguchi Museum / noguchi.org

Photo: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti, Archi-Designer examines the life’s work of revered 20th century Italian designer Gio Ponti. Over 500 pieces, including furniture, lighting, glassware, ceramics silverwork – and even the creation of journals – will be on display.

19 October – 10 February 2019, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / madparis.fr

Renzo Piano, the Art of Making Buildings was designed and curated in close collaboration with the architect. A landmark exhibition, it’s the first on Piano in London in 30 years. Bonus: the lighting design is by iGuzzini.

15 September – 20 January 2019, Royal Academy of Arts London / royalacademy.org.uk

Photo: Svenskt Tenn

Josef Frank will display work by the Austrian-born architect and designer Josef Frank in architecture, urban planning and furniture and textile design. Frank is an iconic figure whose oeuvre still defines our notion of post-war Nordic design.

12 October – 17 March 2019, Design Museum Finland / designmuseum.fi/en/