Article from the 2014-03-18
Those that know contemporary design, surely also know Konstantin Grcic. The designs of the German designer connect industrial aesthetics with experimental, artistic elements – they are serious and functional, bulky and often irritating. Some of Grcic’s designs, such as the Chair One (2004) or the lamp Mayday (1999), are already considered design classics. The Vitra design Museum presents the heretofore biggest one-man exposition about Grcic and his work with Konstantin Grcic – Panorama.
Room-filling installations, developed by the designer himself, emboss the exposition in the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein: Grcic presents his personal visions for life of tomorrow in a home interior, one design atelier ad one city room. The rooms show fictive sceneries, confront the viewer with the inspirations, challenges and questions of the designer and place Grcic’s designs in a bigger social correlation.
A fourth exposition area directs a concentrated glimpse on the daily work of Konstantin Grcic. Many of his products, but also prototypes, drawings and background information are shown here, completed with treasures, everyday objects and works of other designers that inspired Grcic – starting with one ancient teapot and an early Apple computer up to the works by Marcel Duchamp, Gerrit Rietveld or Enzo Mari. The change of perspectives between the big and the small connections, the exposition shows that design doesn’t only solve problems in Grcic’s opinion, but it is also an association of images, chances, books and discoveries.
[h2}Visually stunning scenery
Grcic walks on new paths with the exhibition Panorama – the German designer has never before concentrated this much on design on this basically way and neither explained his design understanding this detailed. The exposition is based on elaborated research about upheavals, future technologies and innovations of the current designs. It emerge in tight cooperation over 3 years between Grcic, Vitra and the Z33 – House for contemporary art, Hasselt. The result is a narrative staging, which moved between contemporaneousness and future, between reality and fiction: thoughtful, fragmentary and very visual.
The exposition is accompanied by a versatile event program. A book about the exposition also emerged: Konstantin Grcic – Panorama. The exposition has its gates opened from the 22nd of March until the 14th of September of 2014. The Vitra Design Museum un Weil am Rhein opens every day, also on Sundays and holidays from 10 to 18 o’clock.