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Konstantin Grcic – Panorama

design exhibition
Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
08.02 to 21.06.2015

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, Z33 is now presenting in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum the largest solo exhibition on Grcic and his work to date.

Exhibition concept

Specifically for this exhibition, Grcic has developed several largescale 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.

A fourth area of the exhibition takes a focused look at Grcic’s daily work. This section presents many of his finished objects, but also prototypes, drawings and background information along with artefacts that have inspired Grcic – from an old teapot and an early Apple computer to works by Marcel Duchamp, Gerrit Rietveld and Enzo Mari. In the shift of perspectives between larger and smaller scales, the exhibition demonstrates how design is more than mere problem solving for Grcic, but a highly complex process that integrates coincidences, ruptures, chance discoveries and a profound engagement with the visual culture of our time.

Design practice Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic (b. 1965) was initially influenced by the minimalist designs of Jasper Morrison under whom he began his career in the late 1980s. Soon he developed his own distinctive stylistic idiom and has become a driving force of formal and technical innovation within the international design scene. Today, Grcic works for many leading design companies, including Authentics, Flos, Magis, Vitra, ClassiCon, Plank, Krups and Muji. With his widely published designs, he often develops surprising solutions that avoid cliché and derive their radical aesthetic from Grcic’s intensive investigations of materials, technologies and production processes.

With Panorama, Grcic enters new territory. Never before has he so fundamentally reflected on his own work and so thoroughly disclosed his own understanding of design in general. The exhibition is based on an extensive analysis of current technological shifts, innovations and upheavals in contemporary design. It was developed over three years of close collaboration between Grcic, Vitra Design Museum and Z33. The result is a striking presentation of narrative and visual intensity, situated on the cusp between present and future, reality and fiction.

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Z33 - on going research about future thinking

With Panorama Z33 presents the next in a series of exhibitions about the future. Z33 conducts an on going research about future thinking and imagining in which designers, architects and artists explore possible scenarios for living in the near future.

Z33 also gives aspiring designers the opportunity to respond to the designs and ideas of Konstantin Grcic. Students of Hasselt University (interior architecture), LUCA School of Arts, Campus C-Mine, MAD (photography, product design, media and communication design), KASK Gent (autonomous design) and Design Academy Eindhoven (social design) will intensively work around the subjects of the exhibition during workshops. They will present their own vision on living and working in the near future. Both the creative process and the end results will be on show in the exhibition.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 320-page catalogue that comprises a catalogue raisonné of Grcic’s work as well as essays by such authors as Richard Sennett, Peter Sloterdijk, Paola Antonelli, Mario Carpo and others. This catalogue is available at the front desk of the exhibition for 69,90 euro (cash).  

07.02.2015 at 19:30 Opening Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Grcic will be present at the opening of the exhibition.

21.04.2015 Designer talk Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Location: UHasselt, 'Oude Gevangenis', Martelarenlaan 42 in Hasselt
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Workshops Konstantin Grcic – Panorama

Z33 also gives aspiring designers the opportunity to respond to the designs and ideas of Konstantin Grcic. Students of Hasselt University (interior architecture), LUCA School of Arts, Campus C-Mine, MAD (photography, product design, media and communication design), KASK Gent (autonomous design) and Design Academy Eindhoven (social design) will intensively work around the subjects of the exhibition during workshops. They will present their own vision on living and working in the near future. Both the creative process and the end results will be on show in the exhibition.

Konstantin Grcic – Panorama is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum and Z33 – House for contemporary art, Hasselt (Belgium). W.I.R.E. – Web for Interdisciplinary Research & Expertise was a major scientific collaborator.


Read more about Panorama
. Vitra Design Museum (22.03 > 14.09.2014)
. Arkitektur-och Designcentrum Stockholm (24.11.2014 > 11.01.2015) 
. NY Times by Alice Rawsthorn - A Witty Designer’s Time Travel. Konstantin Grcic peers into the future
. Dezeen - Konstantin Grcic presents his vision of the future at Vitra Design Museum solo show
. Designboom -  konstantin grcic - panorama at the VITRA design museum - 28.03.2014
. Daily Tonic - ‘Panorama’: Konstantin Grcic at the Vitra Design Museum (photogallery) - 27.03.2014
. Invading Spaces: Contribution by Jan Boelen to the catalogue of the exhibition "Panorama" of Konstantin Grcic at Vitra Design Museum. © Vitra Design Museum and the authors, 2014.

‘Konstantin Grcic – Panorama’ is an exhibition of:

Z33 - house for contemporary art logo

Vitra Design Museum logo

Global Sponsor:

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Main Partners:  
BASF logo Flos logoMagis logo

Special Thanks to:

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Images

Rendering, Room 1, "Life Space", Konstantin Grcic – Panorama © KGID  | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Myto, Chair, 2008, Plank, 2008, Collection Vitra Design Museum, © KGID, photo:Florian Böhm  | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Room 2, "Work Space", photo: Vitra Design Museum, Mark Niedermann | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Konstantin Grcic, Photo: Markus Jans | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Room 1, "Life Space" photo: Vitra Design Museum, Mark Niedermann | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Mayday, Leuchte, Flos, 1999, Sammlung Vitra Design Museum, © KGID, Photo: Florian Böhm | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Visualisierung mit Gesamtansicht des Panoramabildes in Raum 3, "Public Space" von Neil Campbell Ross, 2014 (Katalogcover). Montage: Florian Böhm Panorama © Neil Campbell Ross, Grafik © Florian Böhm  | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
KGID Studio, © KGID, Photo: James Harris | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama
Medici, Sessel, Mattiazzi, 2012, Sammlung Vitra Design Museum, © KGID, Photo: Florian Böhm  | Konstantin Grcic – Panorama

Past

a-z lecture
21.04.2015 at 20h00
nocturne + guided tour
21.04.2015 from 18h00 to 20h00
kunstatelier voor kinderen
17.02 to 20.02.2015
kunstatelier voor kinderen
17.02 to 20.02.2015
opening
07.02.2015 at 19h30
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