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8 December 2022

Counter session #3: Family trees and sound clouds

Counter session #3: Family trees and sound clouds

Visual Lecture Performance with artist Ilka Helmig and designer Johannes Bergerhausen, who will be presenting some findings of their research and projects on writing systems, Unicode, languages and the visualisation of the aerodynamics of human sounds. Talk will be in German, slides in English.

Admission is free / Thursday 8 December 2022, 7pm

A—Z, Torstr. 93, 10119 Berlin-Mitte

7-9 December 2022

Iterations 2022

Iterations

Creative coding symposium Iterations will feature an international group of makers from different disciplines to talk about how they use code as a creative medium. In the form of presentations, interactive sessions, and workshops, themes of; machine learning, world building, and creative education will be discussed and explored. Line-up includes Aymeric Mansoux, Babusi Neoni, Brendan Howell, Mindy Seu, Olivia Jack, Sun Mengxuan and Tega Brain,.

Tickets €5-25 / Online access is free

De Havenloods, Nijverheidsweg 6, Utrecht, Netherlands

to 9 December 2022

Posters: the original social media?

Posters: the original social media?

Exhibition featuring international posters from 1905–1999 collected over the years by artist Mary Mullin. The exhibition aims to remind that posters, like social media posts today, essence succinct storytelling and the art of communication in its most immediate and universal form. The collection reflects many aspects of social, political and cultural change throughout the twentieth century, featuring different graphic and print styles as well as cultural nuances.

Admission: free

Manchester School of Art, Benzie Building, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester, M15 6BR

to 10 December 2022

Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse

Quentin Blake: Illustrating Verse

Touring exhibition by House of Illustration, dedicated to Quentin Blake’s illustrations for poetry. The exhibition celebrates Blake’s illustrations for popular nursery rhymes like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and famous poems like ‘The Jabberwocky’, while also shining a light on less well-known works for the likes of Sylvia Plath and T. S. Eliot.

Free of charge

East Ayrshire Leisure, Dick Institute, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU

Above: The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear © Quentin Blake

9 December 2022 — 29 May 2023

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair

This exhibition highlights a series of data visualizations by W. E. B. Du Bois and his students at Atlanta University made for the installation, titled the ‘American Negro Exhibit’ at the 1900 World’s Fair. Through thematic groupings, the exhibition calls attention to how the progressive image of the fair was inequitable—reserved for the predominantly white, European artists, manufacturers, and audiences—and concealed the power mechanisms of nationalism and imperialism that drove this spectacle of progress.

Admission: $7-16

Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

to 10 December 2022

ABRACADABRA: Letterform, Technology

ABRACADABRA: Letterform, Technology

ABRACADABRA: Letterform, Technology invites visitors into playful dialogue with mysterious dimensions of typographic symbology, technology and their own perception. The exhibition aims to break down barriers between artist (Kelli Anderson) and audience, constructing a democratic space for all visitors to participate in the realisation and ownership of the work.

Admission is free with a suggested donation.

Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th St, 3rd Fl New York, NY 10001

Above. Abracadabra. Riso Animation. Kelli Anderson. 2022. Courtesy the artist.

to 14 May 2023

Helmut Newton. Brands

Helmut Newton: Brands

Exhibition presenting commercial works of German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton, who did not differentiate between magazine editorials and brand assignments when it came to composition and style. With over 200 photographs, the show features many unknown motifs from Newton’s collaboration with international brands.

Admission is free.

Helmut Newton Foundation, Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2, D – 10623 Berlin

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to 11 December 2022

Unknown Unknowns

Unknown Unknowns

The exhibition, curated by Ersilia Vaudo, will be the nerve center of the 23rd International Exhibition. An area whose boundaries will be hazy and permeable, and that will present more than a hundred works, projects and installations by international artists, researchers and designers dealing with the unknown.

Admission: €5.50–16

Triennale Milano, Viale Alemagna, 6 20121, Milan

to 12 December 2022

Phantoms of Surrealism, Whitechapel Gallery

Phantoms of Surrealism

‘Phantoms of Surrealism’ will examine the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
The Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, UK

Above: Sheila Legge as Surrealist ‘Phantom’, TrafalgarSquare, London, 11 June 1936. Photograph attributed to Claude Cahun © Jersey Heritage Collections.

to 14 December 2022

Will Carter

Will Carter: Man of letters

A retrospective celebrating the diverse lettering skills and career of Will Carter OBE (1912-2001). His fascination with the letter form is evidenced in his skill as a calligrapher, compositor-printer, lettering artist, typeface designer, and letter carver. Alongside publications produced by the Rampant Lions Press, many of which are now collectors’ items, are examples of Will Carter’s skill as a typographer and font designer; hand-cut letters rendered in stone and wood and the well-worn tools he used to create signs, plaques and personal artefacts.

Open Monday to Thursday: 10-12 and 2-4. Closed Fridays.

The Robert Cripps Gallery, Magdalene College, Magdalene Street Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK

to 18 December 2022

Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre

Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre

Taking you deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, the immersive video installation is the result of three years filming in the world's largest rainforest. Seeking to overcome the inherent challenges of representing climate change, this is Mosse’s most ambitious project to date. A selection of the artist’s photographs from the project will be displayed alongside the installation, including large-scale photographs that have not been exhibited in the UK before.

Admission: £15/20

180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA, United Kingdom

to 20 December 2022

Tokyo TDC in Berlin: Selected artworks of the Tokyo TDC annual awards 2021 + 2022

Tokyo TDC in Berlin: Selected artworks of the Tokyo TDC annual awards 2021 + 2022

The exhibition will feature works selected by the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC) in the last two years that have not be previously shown due to covid-19, to show the cultural contrast between the different artworks. The Tokyo TDC is a NPO with a long tradition that goes back as far as 1987, and since then, it has been selecting artworks from designers from around the globe and organising exhibitions displaying the selected corporate designs, illustrations, books and posters afterwards.

Free admission.

Center for Visual Arts Berlin, Unter den Eichen 101, 12203 Berlin

to 22 December 2022

Best art vinyl: album artwork through the ages

Best art vinyl: album artwork through the ages

Best Art Vinyl: album artwork through the ages is a celebration of iconic vinyl album artwork from 1949 – 2021. This exhibition showcases the creativity and ingenuity behind the design of vinyl album covers, exploring the fascinating history and inspiration behind some iconic artworks such as Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, the Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks and The Beatles The White Album.

Exhibition is supported with a programme of accompanying events.

Admission: £5

The Collection Museum, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP

to 30 December 2022

Universal Everything: Lifeforms

Universal Everything: Lifeforms

Lifeforms brings together 14 projects from Universal Everything (see Eye 88), placed within a series of habitats designed by Ab Rogers Architects. Their largest show to date is an amalgam of unpredictable, generative pieces and installations that mirror and shift with time and the public’s interactions.

Admission: £15/20

180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA, United Kingdom

to 30 December 2022

Sissel Tolaas: RE_________

Sissel Tolaas: RE_________

For Norwegian-born Sissel Tolaas, smell is a vital yet often overlooked tool for communication, and one she has been exploring through her work for more than three decades. The exhibition RE_________ is the largest presentation to date of Tolaas’s work to date, asking questions such as: What is change? What is hidden beneath the building’s surface? How do scared people smell? How do we capture a single breath? What smells characterize a nation?

Admission is free.

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

to 31 December 2022

Dieter Roth: graphic design

Dieter Roth: graphic design

Curated and designed by Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson, Birna Geirfinnsdóttir and Fraser Muggeridge Studio (see Eye 100), this exhibition focuses on Roth’s output as a commissioned graphic designer, including advertising catalogues, journals, posters, illustrations, book covers, restaurant menus, textiles and paper bags – items less celebrated and more difficult to come by, due to their ephemeral nature. The work brings insight into the development of graphic design and is also telling of Roth’s willingness to take on any job, however small, to provide for himself and his family.

The Museum of Design and Applied Arts, Garðatorg 1, 210 Garðabær, Iceland

to 31 December 2022

Piotr Szychalski

Piotr Szyhalski: We are working all the time!

This major survey exhibition features works in a variety of media across three decades of Szyhalski’s prolific and pioneering practice, including poster design, web projects, mail art, painting, installation, and public performance. Szyhalski’s work is deeply concerned with the conundrums of communication, human agency, and labour—both physical and intellectual—and the recording and telling of history. As part of his ongoing Labor Camp project, he addresses specific issues using a broad array of media and working styles.

Admission is free.

Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States

Above. Piotr Szyhalski / Labor Camp, COVID-19: Labor Camp Report, 2020, Digital folio courtesy of Minneapolis Art Institute. Images © Piotr Szyhalski / Labor Camp

to 31 December 2022

Sophie Douala: follow the black rabbit

Sophie Douala: follow the black rabbit

In this third edition of the graphic design series POST/NO/BILLS, designer Sophie Douala will present her immersive wall prints, filling the arches of the corridor in the heart of the museum — the patterns finding a place literally in between the structures of the museum. She will also showcase videos containing words evoking the mindfulness slogans currently popular on social media.

Admission: €10-20

Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Above: Photo by Esmee Jakubowski

2022

Valencia 2022

Valencia World Design Capital 2022

The World Design Organization announced Valencia as the World Design Capital for 2022. More than 100 activities, 150 top-level speakers, 70 collaborations, 25 venues and nearly 100 entities are involved in the programme throughout the year.

Valencia, Spain

to 1 January 2023

Visions of Ancient Egypt

Visions of Ancient Egypt

The Sainsbury Centre presents a major new exhibition exploring the enduring appeal of ancient Egypt in art and design. Over 150 works drawn from collections in the UK and internationally will examine how the iconic motifs and visual styles of Egypt have been re-imagined and re-invented over time – revealing a history closely entwined with conquest and colonial politics.

Tickets £13/£12 concessions

Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

Above: Nefertiti (Black Power), Awol Erizku, 2018 © The Artist, Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts

to 1 January 2023

Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans: to look without fear

Exhibition of works by photographer and artist Wolfgang Tillmans, who over the past three decades experimented with what it means to engage the world through photography. From ecstatic images of nightlife to abstract images made without a camera, sensitive portraits to architectural slide projections, documents of social movements to windowsill still lifes, astronomical phenomena to intimate nudes, Tillmans has explored seemingly every imaginable genre of photography, continually experimenting with how to make new pictures.

Admission: $14 / $25

MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, New York

to 2 January 2023

Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.

Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.

Following the release of a book of the same title in 2021, Barbara Kruger’s (see ‘Reputations’ in Eye 5) installation at MoMA is as always urgent, direct and confrontational. Exploring the relationships between the spatial and political, Kruger continues to critique popular culture in this large-scale commission.

Admission: $25 / pre-booking essential

MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, New York

to 5 January 2023

Flow: graphics in motion

Flow: graphics in motion

Curated by Liu Gang and Roy Terhorst (see Eye 99), Flow: graphics in motion is the first exhibition of its kind in China. Presenting motion graphic design by 25 designers and studios from 10 countries, the works were curated into the following categories: typeface; movement; branding; poster; exhibition; crossover of traditional graphic design and experimental works. Featured in the exhibition are DIA studio (see upcoming Eye 104), Jennifer Sterling (Eye 104), Kiel D. Mutschelknaus (see Eye 100), Kyuha Shim, Studio Dumbar/DEPT® (see Eye 100), Tomohiro Okazaki, Yehwan Song, Zach Lieberman (see Eye 80), and many more.

C2 Space, North District, OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen

to 6 January 2023

Italy and the Alliance Graphique Internationale

Italy and the Alliance Graphique Internationale

Following the AGI congress and conference in Trieste this year, this exhibition looks at the works of 25 graphic design professionals from Italy, who made significant disciplinary contributions since 1950s. On display is over 200 works including posters, advertisements, editorial products and other printed together with some sketches and design sketches, correspondence between AGI members and documents relating to the life of the association.

Admission: €8

Magazzino delle Idee, Corso Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, n.2, 34132 Trieste (Italia)

to 6 January 2023

A Kingdom Of Cardboard: The Golden Age of BBC Graphics

St Bride Library’s Bob Richardson has assembled a fascinating collection of ephemeral material rescued from BBC dustbins over the past 45 years, or loaned by private collectors. Caption material was rarely kept after transmission, so these rare survivors represent a golden age of television graphics when physical objects were an important part of the craft.

The exhibition includes the last Classified Football Results board (1985) from Grandstand; an illuminated Tardis ‘Police Box’ panel; studio logos used on set for Match of the Day, Sportsnight and Football Focus; and a wealth of graphic props from Hi-De-Hi!, Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective and Doctor Who. We also have an early example of the famous Blue Peter badge, designed by Tony Hart (see ‘Lovely inspiration’ on the Eye blog) in 1963 for a fee of 100 guineas.

BBC channel idents are represented by the first animated BBC2 symbol, an illuminated text panel (Futura Bold) from the BBC1 symbol and an actual size mock-up of the 1970s BBC1 network clock. Also showcased is the work of Alfred Wurmser, ‘father of postwar TV graphics’.

St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
Monday–Friday, 10:00-5:00pm, admission free.

Please note: the exhibition space is not always open due to its dual usage. Please contact St Bride Foundation at [email protected] before you come to avoid disappointment.

to 7 January 2023

Quentin Blake: Book Covers

Quentin Blake: Book Covers

For this exhibition, Blake has selected 60 book covers from the 1960s to the present: from mid-century Penguin paperbacks to finely-crafted special editions. First editions are shown alongside reproductions of original artwork from Blake’s archive that show how he combines typography, dynamic layouts and his unique way of drawing to create playful designs.

Admission: Free

The Baird Institute, 3 Lugar Street, Cumnock, KA18 1AD, Scotland

to 8 January 2023

Sincerely, Valentines: from postcards to greetings cards

Sincerely, Valentines: from postcards to greetings cards

The exhibition tells the story of Scotland’s most pioneering and successful commercial photographers, James Valentine (1815-1879), best known for popularising the holiday postcard on a global scale. It features rare photographs, historic postcards, promotional company magazines, booklets and greetings cards.

Admission is free.

V&A Dundee, Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ

to 8 January 2023

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Exhibition following Beatrix Potter’s journeys to Scotland and the Lake District, that sparked her fascination with plants, animals and their natural habitats. Alongside many objects and artifacts, Potter’s letters, manuscripts, photographs, as well as early observational sketchbooks tell the story of how she became beloved children’s book illustrator.

Admission: £14

The Porter Gallery, V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

to 8 January 2023

Picture Books for All: The Fine Printing of W.S. Cowell Ltd, The Press in the Butter Market

Picture Books for All: The Fine Printing of W.S. Cowell Ltd, The Press in the Butter Market

Picture Books for All charts the local, national and international importance of W.S. Cowell through a visually rich selection of books, prints, original artwork and journals. It will explore where Cowell sits in the history of modernism in Britain and examine their significant contribution to society through design.

Free of charge

The Hold, 131 Fore St, IP4 1LN, Ipswich

Read ‘Pictures on a page’ by Simon Esterson in Eye 84.

to 8 January 2023

Collectomania

Collectomania: Universes of Collecting

Collecting has an important role in our society, as it rescues things and their history from oblivion and makes them available for research and the acquisition of knowledge. Collectomania presents collections of very different kinds of belongings, from Barbie dolls, liturgical vestments, to water pistols or birdcalls. With a variety of design pieces and objects from daily life as well as video portraits, the exhibition enquires into the social and cultural value of this activity.

Admission: CHF 12/8

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich

to 8 January 2023


Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics

Exhibition of interdisciplinary works by artist Carolee Schneemann, addressing topics such as sexual expression and the objectification of women or human suffering and the violence of war. On display will be over 200 objects, including paintings, archival photographs and videos documenting performance art, series of paintings and sculptures, as well as lyrical films and immersive multi-media installations.

Admission: £18

The Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Above: © 2022 Carolee Schneemann Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London.

to 14 January 2023

Wild things are happening: the art of Maurice Sendak

Wild things are happening: the art of Maurice Sendak

First major retrospective of the works by Maurice Sendak. On view will be more than 150 sketches, storyboards and paintings, including original artworks from his most famous books: Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There. The exhibition will also highlight Sendak’s love for music and performance arts, featuring his designs for opera, theatre, film, and television productions.

Admission: $9/25

Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

to 15 January 2023

Bill Brandt: Inside the Mirror

Bill Brandt: Inside the Mirror

British photographer Bill Brandt (1904–1983) was a leading photographer in the mid-20th century. This period of experimentation and rapid growth saw photography displayed in art galleries and seen by millions in illustrated magazines. This exhibition reveals how Brandt changed his practice throughout his career and crafted each photograph to capture the surreal beauty he saw in the everyday.

Admission is free

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

to 22 January 2023

Green Modernism

Green Modernism: The New View of Plants

What do plants mean to hu­man be­ings? The ex­hi­bi­tion Green Mod­er­nism: The New View of Plants takes us back to the ear­ly twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry and ex­amines the de­pic­tion of plants in the vi­su­al arts and how they were viewed in bo­tany and so­ci­e­ty in gen­er­al.

Admission: €12

Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln

to 5 February 2023

The Voice of Things: Highlights of the Centre Pompidou collection

The new exhibition brings together a collection of emblematic works, ranging from the avant-gardes of the early 20th century testifying to the revolution in aesthetic norms and the very status of the work of art, to the most recent artist creations that question our globalised world, and illustrates the importance of the object in the history of modernity.

Tickets from ¥70

West Bund Museum 2600 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District, Shanghai

Above: Haegue Yang, Lingering Nous, Centre Pompidou, 2016 © Haegue Yang / Photo © Philippe Migeat Installation in the atrium of the Centre Pompidou × West Bund Museum

to 5 February 2023

Plastic: Remaking Our World

Plastic: Remaking Our World

The exhibition examines the history and the future of this controversial material. From its early origins when it was intended as a sustainable alternative to natural resources, to its meteoric rise in the twentieth century.

Admission: £6 /14

V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ

to 12 February 2023

Masked Vigilantes on Silent Motorbikes

Masked Vigilantes on Silent Motorbikes

Masked Vigilantes on Silent Motorbikes is not an exhibition of posters as art, but of art that incorporates found, re-configured, and even shredded posters as raw material for making new art, repurposing the poster’s innate ability to communicate succinctly and en masse. Curated by RJ Rushmore – writer, curator, and public art advocate.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA

Above: Michael De Feo, Untitled (Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson for The Kooples, 2016), 2021.

to 12 February 2023

In plain sight

In Plain Sight

‘In Plain Sight’ exhibition will unfold across four themes: symbolism of the eye, bias in visual perception, eyewear and identity, and the interconnection between senses. It will examine the tools that shape how we view the world through historical and contemporary artworks and objects, including examples of eyewear from the 1600s to the present day, and scientific and medical items investigating visual perception.

Admission: Free

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.

Above: Seana Gavin, Hungary, 1999, from ‘What We Wore’ by Nina Manandhar

to 12 February 2023

Haettenschweiler from A to Z: Creator of Typefaces, Graphic Designer and Artist

Haettenschweiler from A to Z: Creator of Typefaces, Graphic Designer and Artist

Walter F. Haettenschweiler (1933–2014) is best-known as a designer of title fonts that are refreshingly different to the mainstream. A passionate artist and collector, he is most known for his legendary Schmalfette Grotesk, and the Lettera volumes published jointly with Armin Haab. This show is the first ever presentation of the complete work of this charismatic Swiss designer.

Admission: CHF 12/8

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Ausstellungs­strasse 60, 8005 Zurich

to 10 February 2023

Poem

Poem

Exhibition presenting the complete range of Poem editions published during its first three years of existence. The Frankfurt-based publishing house, headed by Jérôme Knebusch, publishes editions related to typography and text-based art, ranging from typefaces to art editions and critical essays. Thus, Poem brings together a type foundry, a publishing house and an art gallery – activities that are usually distinct and separate.

Admission is free, Open from Thursday to Saturday, 2pm to 6pm and by appointment.

Galerie Modulab, 28 rue Mazelle, Metz, France

to 12 February 2023

Grown up in Britain: 100 years of teenage kicks

Grown up in Britain: 100 years of teenage kicks

Exhibition in celebration of teenage life in the UK from the roaring 1920s until today. Going beyond the headlines, the exhibition chronicles the lived experiences and impact of young people, their scenes, sounds and styles, through photographs, objects and personal stories.

Admission is free

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Wl, CV1 5QP, Coventry, UK

Above: Gursharanapal Singh Chana / Museum of Youth Culture

to 12 February 2023

Air India’s Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue

Air India’s Maharaja: advertising gone rogue

‘Rogue’s Gallery’, published by Air-India in 1977, was a catalogue showcasing the airline’s most iconic travel posters produced from 1946 to 1972. The star of these posters was Air-India’s beloved mascot, the Maharaja; characterised by his oversized moustache, striped turban, corpulent belly, and aquiline nose, the mascot would go on to become the face of the airline and propel the company to the forefront of advertising genius in the mid-20th century.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA

to 19 February 2023

An alternative history of photography

An alternative history of photography

The history of photography is often told as a chain of relationships connecting one great maker to the next, however, the real history is much more complicated. This exhibition explores new ways of looking at the traditions and timelines of photography.

Admission: £8 / £5

Photographer’s Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW London

to 19 February 2023

Chris Killip, retrospective

Chris Killip, retrospective

Chris Killip's continued efforts to value and document the lives of those affected by the economic shifts in the North of England, throughout the 1970s and 80s, have made him one of the most influential figures of British Photography. This retrospective exhibition of more than 140 works serves as the most comprehensive survey of the photographer's work to date and includes previously unseen works.

Admission: £8 / £5

Photographer’s Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW London

to 19 February 2023

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Curated with Vitra Design Museum, the exhibition will explore design from the birth of surrealism in 1924 to the current day; spanning classic Surrealist works of art and design as well as contemporary surrealist responses. It will bring together the best in Surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and artworks from Surrealist pioneers such as Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington and Lee Miller, through to contemporary artists and designs, such as Schiaparelli, Dior, Björk.   

The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

Above: Bocca (Sofa), 1970 © Gufram/Studio65, photo: Jürgen HANS © Vitra Design Museum

to 19 February 2023

Atelier ter Bekke & Behage

Atelier ter Bekke & Behage

The exhibition illustrates the rich history of the Atelier ter Bekke & Behage, as they celebrats the 25 years of collaboration. Through a selection of works, from visual identity to publishing and signage, the exhibition is an opportunity to question the relationship between graphic designers and commissions, particularly in the public and cultural sectors. The creations are presented in three thematic chapters: reflections, applications and immersion.

Admission: €9

Centre National du Graphisme, 1 Place Émile, Goguenheim, 52000, Chaumont, France

to 26 February 2023

Soheila Sokhanvari: Rebel Rebel

Soheila Sokhanvari: Rebel Rebel

Sokhanvari transforms the Curve into a devotional space, populated with exquisite miniature portraits of glamorous cultural figures from Iran. The project spotlights the rarely told histories of these women, who pursued creative careers in a culture enamoured with Western style but not its freedoms.

Admission is free

The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, London

to 5 March 2023

Jeremy Deller: warning graphic content

Jeremy Deller: warning graphic content

The exhibition is a visual testament to the power that print holds like no other medium and the influence of Deller’s work over the last three decades. The exhibition serves as a retrospective and chronological account of Deller’s thinking, a manifestation of his ongoing interests in advocacy.

The Gallery, The Civic, Barnsley, Hanson Street, S70 2HZ

to 10 April 2023

Weird Sensations Feel Good: The World of ASMR

Weird Sensations Feel Good: The World of ASMR

ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is a physical sensation of euphoria or deep calm, sometimes a tingling in the body, triggered through sound, touch, and movement. This exhibition moves ASMR out from your screen and into physical space, presenting acoustically tuned environments and exploring the emerging field of creativity where designers and content creators try to trigger this sensation in their viewers.

Admission: £7.20–10.90

The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

to 16 April 2023

With My Little Eye: Warnings for the Homefront

With My Little Eye: Warnings for the Homefront

Espionage for military purposes has been practiced for millennia, however ‘spy fever’ first became a recorded issue during the First World War. In the febrile atmosphere of the Second World War, where espionage was rife even among allies, and covert activities were vital, there was a booming, government inspired demand for propaganda posters warning of such risks. This small exhibition examines some of the most powerful images produced by Allied countries from this period.

General admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, US

to 16 April 2023

Schoolgirls at War: French Propaganda Posters from World War I

Schoolgirls at War: French Propaganda Posters from World War I

In the final year of the First World War, the French government announced a student poster competition on the theme of voluntary rationing. While hundreds of images were submitted, only sixteen posters were printed – all drawn by young women between the ages of 13 and 16. At a time when a tiny percentage of professional poster designers were women, this collection stands as the largest representation of female voices in the field and one of France’s most widely circulated pieces of propaganda.

Admission from $8

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA

to 5 March 2023

Yto Barrada, The Power of Two or Three Suns, 2020

Yto Barrada: Bad color combos

The exhibition presents an overview of the recent work of artist Yto Barrada, including film, textiles, photography, sculpture. This solo exhibition presents a selection of Barrada's work of the last five years, together with new artwork conceived especially for the exhibition. In it, she continues to explore cultural phenomena, personal histories and natural processes.

Admission: €10-20

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Above: Yto Barrada, The Power of Two or Three Suns, 2020.

to 30 April 2023

Borders of friendship

Borders of friendship

During the Cold War, an ‘Iron Curtain’ ran through Europe, but even the borders between ‘friendly Socialist countries’ were politically sensitive and only allowed limited international movement. In the 1960s, rules became more relaxed, and millions of people took advantage of the new regulations, going on holidays, day trips and shopping tours to neighbouring countries. The exhibition highlights these diverse travel experiences, presenting travel catalogues, posters, maps, holiday souvenirs, postcards, photo albums and 35 mm films.

Admission: €2-4

Museum Utopie und Alltag, Standort Eisenhüttenstadt, Erich-Weinert-Allee 3, 15890 Eisenhüttenstadt

Above: ČSSR, Malá Fatra-Gebirge 1974. Foto: Werner Großmann (Bundesarchiv Bild 183-P0215-41)

to 25 June 2023

Hallyu

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

Hallyu! The Korean Wave showcases the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.

Admission: £20

V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

to 25 June 2023

Yinka Ilori: Parables for happiness

Yinka Ilori: Parables for happiness

Yinka Ilori is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer whose bold visual language draws on his British-Nigerian heritage to convey new narratives. London’s Design Museum presents a vibrant display of Ilori’s work and his influences in 100 objects, ranging from artworks, photographs and furniture, to textiles, books and personal possessions.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

The free display will coincide with London Design Festival 2022.

Above: Bank Street Basketball: Be The Best You Can Be. Photograph by Matt Alexander

to 26 June 2023

Paolozzi

Postwar Modern: New Art in Britain, 1945-1965

Ambitious and timely reassessment of art produced in Britain during the twenty years after the Second World War. This major exhibition brings together around 200 works of painting, sculpture, and photography by 48 artists, collectively mapping the art in Britain during a period of profound crisis.

Tickets £9-18

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

See ‘Incisive vision’ by Rick Poynor in Eye 86.

Above: Eduardo Paolozzi, Bunk! Evadne in Green Dimension, 1952. Victoria & Albert Museum, © The Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2021, photograph courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London

to 1 August 2023

Hermitage Amsterdam presents Russian Avant-Garde

The Hermitage Amsterdam will present the long-awaited exhibition Russian Avant-Garde - Revolution in the Arts. This exhibition tells an intriguing story of Russian avant-garde art, from the final years of Imperial Russia, through the turbulent times surrounding the Revolution of 1917, to its end in the Stalin era.

Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Above: Wassily Kandinsky, Landscape, 1913. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

to 7 July 2024

Designing the Social

Designing the Social

Exhibition examining socially driven ideas about living together, and exploring how Dutch society redesigned itself over the past 100 years. In a series of installations designers, researchers and curators select and (re)interpret pieces from archives to tell stories on social design.

Admission: €10.50

Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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DECEMBER 2022

5 December 2022

Notes on the History of Writing

Notes on the History of Writing

In this talk by James Clough, we'll be looking at how handwriting has evolved down the centuries. Ever since Arrighi’s La Operina was published in Rome exactly 500 years ago, formal calligraphy has provided printed models for millions of adults and children. Since Arrighi and the other Renaissance masters, the stylistic changes in handwriting have been continuous because of the need to write quickly and the influence of new artistic trends. But what about today, with our smartphones and emojis – and hundreds of handwriting fonts? Is there a future for handwriting?

Admission is free / 12.30-2.30 pm (EST)

6 December 2022

Type Tuesday: Stories worth telling

St Bride Foundation, Tuesday 6 December 2022 in the Bridewell Hall 7-9.30pm

Eye magazine hosts its final Type Tuesday of the year with designers Jim Sutherland, Jahnavi Inniss and Sara De Bondt.

Jim Sutherland with be discussing his designs for The Human Atlas projects, a collaborative work with the artist Marcus Lyon. See ‘Ten projects by Jim Sutherland’ in Eye 101.

Jahnavi Innis (whose work is featured on the cover of Eye 103) will discuss her artwork Black British History 1729-1875 which spotlights many of the forgotten names from this period who have been lost to collective memory. See ‘Reclaim their names’ on the Eye blog.

Sara De Bondt will talk about graphic design’s negative role in colonial Congo and the uncomfortable truth that design is not always on the right side of history. See ‘Icons of oppression’ in Eye 103.

Tickets £12.50, £10 members/concessions, £8 students
All proceeds go to support St Bride Foundation

Ticket is non-refundable, however you are welcome to offer your ticket to another person. Please contact [email protected] to change the name of your booking at least 7 days prior to the event date.

9 December 2022 — 29 May 2023

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair

This exhibition highlights a series of data visualizations by W. E. B. Du Bois and his students at Atlanta University made for the installation, titled the ‘American Negro Exhibit’ at the 1900 World’s Fair. Through thematic groupings, the exhibition calls attention to how the progressive image of the fair was inequitable—reserved for the predominantly white, European artists, manufacturers, and audiences—and concealed the power mechanisms of nationalism and imperialism that drove this spectacle of progress.

Admission: $7-16

Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128

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ONLINE + ONGOING

Ongoing

Vignelli90

Vignelli90

In celebration of 90th anniversary of Massimo Vignelli (see ‘Reputations’ in Eye 83), designers from 46 countries expressed their vision of his legacy. The website exhibits 252 posters, featuring tributes from Mario Eskenazi (‘Reputations’ in Eye 101 ), Andreu Balius (‘Comic cuts’ in Eye 87), Jennifer Morla (‘Letterform Archive: Objects of Inspiration’ in Eye 100), Stefanie Weigler (‘Of two minds’ in Eye 95), Ed Fella (‘Fellapages’ in Eye 23), and many others.

7-9 December 2022

Iterations 2022

Iterations

Creative coding symposium Iterations will feature an international group of makers from different disciplines to talk about how they use code as a creative medium. In the form of presentations, interactive sessions, and workshops, themes of; machine learning, world building, and creative education will be discussed and explored. Line-up includes Aymeric Mansoux, Babusi Neoni, Brendan Howell, Mindy Seu, Olivia Jack, Sun Mengxuan and Tega Brain,.

Tickets €5-25 / Online access is free

De Havenloods, Nijverheidsweg 6, Utrecht, Netherlands

Ongoing

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The 39th Graphic Design Exhibition of the Turkish Graphic Designers Association

This year the annual GMK Graphic Design Exhibition, a recollection of graphic design in Turkey since its debut in 1981, is being held online. The GMK Graphic Design Exhibition Digital Archive will also be publicly accessible in the coming months, displaying this recollection and allowing closer examination of the work and shifting tendencies in Turkish design over the past 39 years.

8 December 2022

Counter session #3: Family trees and sound clouds

Counter session #3: Family trees and sound clouds

Visual Lecture Performance with artist Ilka Helmig and designer Johannes Bergerhausen, who will be presenting some findings of their research and projects on writing systems, Unicode, languages and the visualisation of the aerodynamics of human sounds. Talk will be in German, slides in English.

Admission is free / Thursday 8 December 2022, 7pm

A—Z, Torstr. 93, 10119 Berlin-Mitte

Ongoing

Yuri Suzuki Sonic Bloom

Sonic Bloom

A community-focused, multi-sensory installation exploring the nature of communication through the interactive deployment of sound. Curated by Alter-Projects and designed by sound artist, designer, and electronic musician, Yuri Suzuki.

Brown Hart Gardens, North Mayfair, London.

Free access

Ongoing

Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest

Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest

A new exhibition featuring more than 100 objects, including broadsheets, buttons, signs, T-shirts, posters, and ephemera spanning the 1800s to today. In sections exploring the many ways to voice dissent, the show and catalogue will chart a typographic chant of resistance across more than a century of protest graphics and showcase typographic anger and agency as it is seen in the streets, on the printed page, and even on the bodies of demonstrators.

Admission: $10

Letterform Archive, 2325 3rd St Floor 4R, San Francisco, CA 94107, US

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JANUARY 2023

Online

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Reverting to Type 2020: Protest posters

Reverting to Type 2020 is an exhibition of letterpress artwork with something to say, an international exhibition showcasing progressive letterpress artwork by 100 artists from seventeen countries, alongside the work of specially invited collaborators, including John Anstiss, Shelley Bird, Sarah Boris, Dennis Gould, Peter Kennard and Stewart Lee. (See Word play in Eye 101). The full exhibition contents can be seen at: revertingtotype.com

31 January 2023

Adana

Print Pound Notes! Celebrating 100 years of Adana

Explore the story of Adana with Bob Richardson in a talk organised by St Brides. Relive the roller-coaster history of Adana – a small printing press launched in 1922 by struggling ex-soldier. Adana still trades today as part of the Caslon group of companies. Letterpress, once thought to be an obsolete technology, is thriving again and Adana is at the heart of it.

In-person tickets £8-12 / Doors open 6.15pm / Talk begins 7pm
Online tickets £3-5 / Talk begins 7pm via zoom

St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8EQ

Ongoing

Soho Photography Quarter

Soho Photography Quarter

Soho Photography Quarter is a permanent new outdoor cultural space, presenting the very best of contemporary photography, for free. A tranquil and accessible cultural space only seconds from Oxford Street, Soho, Photography Quarter will present a rotating, open-air programme of site-specific and interactive artworks, which will change twice a year. The presentations will feature a significant art frieze in the main square, large-scale over street banners, plus moving image projections, soundscapes and other interactive works depending on the project.

Soho Photography Quarter, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

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FEBRUARY 2023

Ongoing

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Letterform Archive Online

The Letterform Archive have made their Online Archive public access. You can now enjoy virtual access to nearly 1500 objects and 9000 hi-fi images from their collection.

See ‘Access all areas’ by Claire Mason on the Eye blog and ‘Letterform Archive: Objects of inspiration’ in Eye 100.

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MARCH 2023

Ongoing

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020

Ruben Pater of Untold Stories at Insights 2020

Focusing on the ethics of design, this lecture discusses the unspoken realities of designers working remotely across the globe, and from there dives into social and political issues such as climate change, surveillance, and affordable housing.

See Peter Buwert’s ‘Design’s ugly truths’, a review of Ruben Pater’s The Politics of Design, in Eye 93.

Made in Japan

Made in Japan: 20th century poster art and design

Japanese poster design reflects the country’s rich visual culture and printmaking tradition, and was used throughout the 20th century to represent the country to domestic and international audiences. This exhibition explores the cultural and political shifts within modern Japan that influenced the functions and messaging of its advertising posters, and how those posters were subsequently received by the public.

Admission: $8-12

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA

Above: Kamekura Yūsaku, Japan, 1988.

Ongoing

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Design Interview 10Q

A series of design talks – with Matteo Bologna, Erik Brandt, Dafi Kühne, Thomas Kronbichler and Niklaus Troxler, with more to come – curated by graphic designer Fabio Mario Rizzotti. You can watch the interviews on the @designinterview10q IGTV and YouTube channel.

See ‘Sticks in the mind’ in Eye 69.

2 March — 10 September 2023

Black Power to Black People: Branding the Black Panther Party

Black Power to Black People: Branding the Black Panther Party

The posters in this exhibition chronicle how the Black Panther Party devised a specific graphic language to reaffirm Black humanity and decommodify Black life. Its heroic images of party members, widespread distribution of printed materials like The Black Panther newspaper, and political campaign posters allowed the Black Panther Party to control its own narrative and brand Black nationalism to advance a communal revolution.

Admission: $8-12

Poster House, 119 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011, USA

Above: Designer Unknown, An Attack Against One Is An Attack Against All, 1968.

Ongoing

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions)


Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions)

MOCA has reinstalled the monumental wall work by Los Angeles–based artist Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions) (1990/2018). The emblematic red, white, and blue artwork was originally commissioned by MOCA in 1989 for the exhibition A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, and was last installed in 1990 on the south wall of MOCA’s building.

MOCA Gaffen, 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Above: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions), 1990/2018, on view October 20, 2018–November 2020 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, photo by Elon Schoenholz.

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The 1970s

The decade marks a historic turn in art history for photography. No longer was traditional landscape and documentary photography the same. Photography shared the spotlight with painting.

Online exhibition on the website of the PDNB Gallery.

Above: Bill Owens, Our House is Built with the Living Room in the Back, 1971.