design without borders
10. 10 – 15. 11. 2020.
Kiscell Museum 1037 Budapest, Kiscelli u. 108. /map/
An exhibition series of designers, furniture, textile and jewellery designers and visual artists from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Switzerland; and an event series of contemporary dance and contemporary music
Incepted 15 years ago, this is one of the region’s most significant dynamically evolving independent exhibition and all-arts event series. This year the exhibition series will showcase the works of more than 140 designers, jewellery designers and visual artists hailing from 14 countries.
For the first time a small selection of the works will be exhibited in Bratislava and Vienna too.
The name refers both to the ever-growing number of international exhibitors and the interoperability of the various art disciplines. An express will of the curators is to demonstrate the wide array of possibilities in interpreting design. By broadening the concept, they lay emphasis on creative approach and innovation that are based on constant inspiration, dialogue between different social, professional and generation groups, the clashing of their divergent opinions, and systematically arranging and transmitting information. Design-based thinking also serves as the starting point for innovation, education, making strategies and even solving problems.
The works, projects, objects and related events showcased in the exhibition emphasise the importance of productive interaction between the various disciplines of art – the visual arts, design, as well as the visual and performing arts. The selection highlights not only the artists, but also the role of social responsibility, civil society and creators in society, as well as the importance of networking.
The exhibition features design objects in the narrower sense – one-off and small-batch furniture, home accessories, carpets and soft furnishings – as well as prototypes, contemporary jewellery, projects (and films about projects) that interpret genre boundaries freely, propositions that are eco-conscious, serve sustainable development or highlight the role of civil society in shaping society as a whole, and works that present the cultural and creative connections within gastronomy.
The organisers consider in-person networking especially important. Thus, on the professional day on the morrow of the opening exhibiting artists will deliver 10-minute presentations in English.
With regard to the epidemic situation, the way the professional day be conducted in will be announced under “Programmes” by 1 October the latest.
Created 5 years ago by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti, this project fosters cooperation between designers and manufacturers. A small selection of the latest results will be exhibited in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna, whereas the entire range will be on display in the FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture in December.
To acknowledge the exhibitors’ professional performance the organisers founded a design award in 2016 with the backing of the International Visegrad Fund primarily to support young artists. The aim of this accolade is to highlight the potential in design, as well as to the importance of sponsorship and social responsibility.
The jury, comprised of renowned professionals, looks for originality, innovative solutions and high design content.
The four winning artists will receive 400 000 HUF gross, and one designer will get the opportunity to participate free of charge in the Łódź Design Festival, one of Europe’s most significant design events.
The Design Without Borders Award is sponsored by: the International Visegrad Fund, the Horvath Art Foundation, Laguna Lakástextil Ltd., and art collectors Zsolt Somlói and Katalin Spengler.
For the third time, contemporary jewellery designers will be given a central role. They were selected by renowned curators including Cornelie Holzach, director of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum; Elisabeth Heine, guest curator of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum; Austrian jewellery artist Susanne Hammer; arts writer and collector Katalin Spengler; and the organisers of Design Without Borders. The aim of the selection is to provide a picture of the most progressive novelties of the genre to guests that is as complete as possible.
The exhibition connects the representatives and audiences of various art disciplines too. The opening and closing ceremony will feature contemporary dance performances by the internationally acclaimed Góbi Dance Company, and there will be contemporary music events during the exhibition, this time connected to the guided tours.
Several tours will be guided by the curators and will involve the exhibiting artists.
More information under “Programmes”.
Since 2004 the exhibition has been organised by interior designer Tamás Radnóti and textile designer and Ferenczy Noémi Award holder Szilvia Szigeti. Both are graduates of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and were fellows of the Akademie Schloss Solitude of Stuttgart. Szilvia Szigeti is currently a member of the Akademie Schloss Solitude board of trustees. Working as designers, they have participated in numerous Hungarian and international exhibitions and their activity has earned them a good number of professional recognitions. Among others they were awarded the Lajos Kozma Arts and Crafts Fellowship, the Hungarian Design Award, the Design Management Award and the Ferenczy Noémi Award. In 1994 they founded the Eventuell Gallery and besides the exhibitions organised at this creative workshop they have organised nearly 200 Hungarian and international events (The textile and fashion shows of Textivál in the 90s in the Open-Air Theatre and the Kunsthalle; or the BútoroSOKK exhibition of avant-garde furniture designers in the Museum of Applied Arts.). Since 2004 they have organised madeinhungary, which focuses on Hungarian designers; and the MeeD exhibitions since 2012, which concentrate on international artists. During the years they have worked together with almost 4000 designers and fellow artists.
The initiative was launched in 2015 by Ferenczy Noémi Award laureate textile designer Szilvia Szigeti with the aim of focusing attention to a once leading Hungarian sector of industry, its designers and its creative possibilities. She wished to foster dialogue between manufacturers and designers and contribute to the creation of market-based cooperation.
The project has seen 3 textile manufacturers – Csárda Tex Kft., Lénárd Zászlókészítő Kft., Meritum Kft. Aste Bútorszövet és Lakástextil – and 20 textile designer applied artists from various generations and styles jointly develop jacquard, dobby, digitally printed and custom-design collections in the past 5 consecutive years. Participating designers are free to use the prototype collection of more than 150 pattern and colour variants. Additionally, together they seek further long-term retail and development possibilities and international relations. At the same time, designers have an ongoing appearance opportunity in the Eventuell Gallery.
The newest results can be viewed at the Design Without Borders exhibition; the full collection will go on display in the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture in December.
A smaller cross-section of TEXHIBITION will appear in Bratislava and Vienna as part of the Design Without Borders exhibition in 2021, and a compilation selection of the past 5 years will be on show at the Lodz Design Festival.
It has become a tradition for TEXHIBITION too to showcase the works of foreign designers besides the joint developments. In 2020 two MA students of VSVU’s Department of Textiles will participate in the exhibition.