The identity of Central European design is as complex and ambiguous as the identity of the region itself. Over the past century, this part of the world has experienced the rise and fall of radically different political orders, while its borders have been repeatedly redrawn. In this historical context, design cannot be examined in terms of national categories, but must rather be studied in relation to the identities of individual designers, and to the experiences and cultural affiliations that characterize this region as a whole.
As this exhibition reveals, the individual stories of the participating designers are shaped by remarkable similarities and simultaneous developments. Despite their linguistic and national differences and the geographical distance that separate them from one another, they engage with the same concerns and questions, are inspired by the same sources, and attempt to come to terms with the same past historical events. The network of relationships created between these designers does not overlap with existing political borderlines, but rather represents a new cultural map that will undoubtedly continue to connect the different parts of this region in the coming generations.
Articles from the catalogue:
Introduction / Galit Gaon
Central European Design: A Shared Legacy / Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka
Central Europe: Small Countries with Big Ambitions / Klara Czerniewska
Polish Design, 1945-1989: From Applied Arts to Industrial Design / Anna Frackiewicz
Mapping the Narrative of Romanian Design / Mirela Duculescu
Industrial Design in Slovenia / Špela Šubic
New Ideas: Estonian Design after the Second World War / Kai Lojakas
Tiny New Nordic Country: Post-Independence Design in Estonia / Karin Paulus
Re-Generation: A Design Snapshot of Hungary in 2012 / Eszter Bircsák & Melinda Sipos
Czech Furniture, Accessories, Glass, and Porcelain Design, 1990-2012: From Postmodernismto Pluralism / Adam Štech
This exhibition has been made possible in cooperation with: The Polish Institute, The Romanian Cultural Institute, and with kind support of: Kibu - Kitchen Budapest, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, Estonian Embassy in Tel Aviv
Leading guest curator: Agnieszka Jacobson
Sub curators:Adam ŠtěchClaudia LazarEszter BircsákKai LobjakasKlara CzerniewskaMelinda SiposMirela DuculescuŠpela Šubic Martin ŽampachYael Taragan
The exhibition catalogue
From the catalogue:Central European Design: A Shared Legacy by Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Central Europe: Small Countries with Big Ambitions by Klara Czerniewska, Polish Design, 1945-1989: From Applied Arts to Industrial Design by Anna Frackiewicz and more. For the list of articles please see links on your left.
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