Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design




Exhibitions Weil am Rhein, Germany July 29, 2018 - March 10, 2019

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With this exhibition, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first large retrospective focussing on the designer, author, and activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). Papanek was one of the twentieth century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design beginning in the 1960s. His key work, “Design for the Real World” (1971), remains the most widely read book about design ever published. The exhibition includes high-value exhibits such as drawings, objects, films, manuscripts, and prints, some of which have never before been presented. These are complimented by works of Papanek’s contemporaries from the 1960s to 1980s, including George Nelson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, or the radical design initiative “Global Tools.” Contemporary works from the areas of critical and social design provide insight into Papanek’s lasting impact.

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