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Konstantin Grcic meets Hans Ulrich Obrist

By Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Rendering, room 2 «Work Space», © KGID

In connection with Art Basel / Design Miami, Konstantin Grcic discusses the relationship of design and art with Hans Ulrich Obrist, one of the most influential curators of our time. A highlight of the art and design fairs! Subject of the discussion is the relationship between art and design; what do they have in common, where are the differences? What is a design exhibition and what constitutes an art show? What is reality, what is fiction? Backdrop to this discussion is the current exhibition “Konstantin Grcic – Panorama” at the Vitra Design Museum, but also the project “Design Real”, which was developed by Grcic and Obrist for London’s Serpentine Galleries in 2009.

The events start June, 17, 6 pm at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Admission: Euro 10, registration under events@design-museum.de

Konstantin Grcic is one of the most influential designers of our time. Serious and functional, unwieldy and occasionally disconcerting, his works combine an industrial aesthetic with experimental, artistic elements. Many of Grcic’s creations, such as “Chair_One” (2004) or the “Mayday” lamp (1999), are widely acclaimed as design classics. With “Konstantin Grcic – Panorama”, the Vitra Design Museum is now presenting the largest solo exhibition on Grcic and his work to date.
Specifically for this exhibition, Grcic has developed several large-scale installations rendering his personal visions for life in the future: a home interior, a design studio and an urban environment. These spaces stage fictional scenarios confronting the viewer with the designer’s inspirations, challenges and questions, as well as placing Grcic’s works in a greater social context. The highlight of these presentations is a 30-metre long panorama that depicts an architectural landscape of the future. The exhibition will be shown until september, 14.

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