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The art of design: 6 global views

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition 'Sanguine – Luc Tuymans on Baroque', curated by Luc Tuymans (through 25 February 2019). Organised with M KHA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp) and KMSKA (Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp) and the City of Antwerp, Tuymans conceived an intense visual experience presenting more than 80 works by 63 international artists, including 25 exhibited exclusively at Fondazione Prada. 'Sanguine' is a personal interpretation of the Baroque based on innovative juxtapositions and unexpected associations of works by contemporary artists and Old Masters. Avoiding a rigid chronological order or a strictly historiographical approach, Tuymans evades the traditional notion of the Baroque and invites viewers to reconsider 17th century art, as well as the contemporary research, by placing artists and their role in society at the center of the exhibition narrative. Credit: Carla Arocha e Stéphane Schraenen Circa Tabac (dettagli), 2007, Courtesy the artists Johann Georg Pinsel St. John the Apostle and Our Lady (dettaglio), 1758 Courtesy Lviv National Gallery, Ukraine Photo: Alex Salinas, 2018
Centre Pompidou's retrospective, 'Tadao Ando, The Challenge', looks back at the different periods in his career as an architect and sheds light on his decisive achievements. The exhibition presents around 50 major projects with 180 drawings, 70 original models and numerous slide shows, all divided into four main themes: the basic form of space; the urban challenge; the origins of landscape; the dialogue with history. It also includes graphite drawings, travel notebooks and photographs taken by Tadao Ando himself, which have never been shown to a European public before. Photo:Liangzhu Village Cultural Art Center, 2015 © Photo : Vanke
Lisbon's Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents 'The Art and Architecture between Lisbon and Baghdad'. It features 70 works by Iraqi, Portuguese and foreign artists, and the exhibition also unveils, for the first time in its entirety, the rare section of Iraqi works held in the Museum's Modern Collection. From 1957 to 1973, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation developed in Iraq about a hundred of projects: schools, universities, hospitals and museums. This exhibition explores the little-known history of the Foundation's involvement in modern Iraq, using unpublished original documents from the Foundation's archives and focusing on two major projects: the Modern Arts Center built in 1962 (first exhibition space for modern art in Iraq, still known as “The Gulbenkian Hall”) and the iconic Al-Sha'ab Stadium, built almost at the same time as the Foundation’s Headquarters and Museum in Lisbon. Photo: View of the rear face and accesses from the covered bench of the al-Sha'ab ('People's') Stadium, Baghdad, c. 1966. Project by the architects Francisco Keil do Amaral and Carlos Ventura Ramos for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation / Projects and Works Department. Gulbenkian Archives
The Tate Modern is presenting the UK's first major retrospective of the work of Anni Albers (1899-1994) - an artist who combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art. Opening ahead of the centenary of the Bauhaus in 2019, this exhibition is long overdue recognition of Albers's pivotal contribution to modern art and design, and part of Tate Modern's wider commitment to showing artists working in textiles. Featuring over 350 objects from major collections in the US and Europe, including beautiful small-scale studies, large wall-hangings, jewellery made from everyday items, and textiles designed for mass production, this exhibition will explore the many aspects of Albers's practice. Photo: 'Eclat' 1974, silkscreen on woven fabric, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT
The Moscow Kremlin Museums will open the doors to Bulgari's retrospective exhibition 'Tribute to Femininity', which illustrates the evolution of the Bvlgari style over more than 100 years. The visionary creativity, taste for beauty and exquisite craftsmanship of the Roman Brand will be told through more than 500 pieces on display, spanning from late 19th century until the 1990s, as well as the images of the legendary women who have represented the brand in film- and in life. (through 13 January). Photo: Reporters Associati, courtesy of Bulgari
'Design in the Age of Big Data' – an exhibition about the design of intelligent products will open 6 December at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen. It will feature innovative products that highlight the impact of digitisation on the products we use and the lives we lead. The exhibits include sensors, scanners, fitness trackers and medical devices for monitoring and visualising the human body, but also robots and drones. The products are classified into different topics, helping visitors to the exhibition to understand the complex interplay between humans, technology and data flows in the era of big data. (through 3 March 2019). Photo: Miele's Scout RX2

Although we are the first in line for the latest opening at our favourite design museums, it’s important to remember that not all of the best design exhibitions can be found at the institutions dedicated to the discipline. As the festive season brings the need for international travel, be sure to take a look at the design and architecture exhibitions at the nearest art museum or art and cultural foundation (in addition to the local design museum) for new ways of thinking about the fluid relationship between art, design and architecture.  After all, as we hope to build bridges between nations – the people who constitute nations – art museums offer lenses through which we can become united through our diversity.  Happy travels.  – Joanne Molina