The Design Without Borders exhibition has been a defining forum of the Hungarian design scene for many years, nowadays showcasing not only the works of furniture, textile, jewellery and product designers and visual artists, but also providing a platform for contemporary dancers and musicians as a kind of all-arts festival.
This year will feature the works of more than 150 creators from 16 countries – Great Britain, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland –, including world-famous designers like Yrjö Kukkapuro and Erja Hirvi from Finland, Jamie Hayón from Spain, Ross Lovegrove from Britain and Sebastian Herkner from Germany.
The Made in Slovenia – The Future of Living selection showcases the latest pursuits of Slovenian design as selected by the curators of the Centre for Creativity in Ljubljana. The award-winning objects of the Łódź Design Festival „must have” contest will also make an appearance among others, in collaboration with the Mickiewicz Institute of Poland.
For the fourth time, contemporary jewellery designers will receive considerable spotlight, having been selected by renowned curators such as Cornelie Holzach, director of the Schmuckmuseum Pfrozheim, Elisabeth Heine, associate curator of the Schmuckmuseum Pfrozheim, Austrian jewellery artist Susanne Hammer, art writer and collector Katalin Spengler, and the curators of DWB. The goal of the selection is to provide a picture as comprehensive as possible of the most progressive novelties of the genre. Each year the contemporary jewellery exhibition unit features a noteworthy school too. This year’s exhibit will feature the works of the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts’ Jewellery and Blacksmithing faculty.
The project focuses on the interoperability between genres and themes; the name is a reflection on the initiative’s international nature, regional dialogue, the European sense of belonging together and the links between various art disciplines. An express aim of the organisers is to showcase the interpretation possibilities of design in a wider sense: by broadening the concept, the creative approach and innovation are placed in the foreground, which are based on constant inspiration-gathering, dialogue between groups of different social layers, professions and generations, the clashing of differing opinions and the systematic flow of information. Following the practice of previous years, the showcased creations, objects and projects highlight the importance of the productive interaction between various fields – the visual arts and design or the visual arts and performing arts. However, the selection doesn’t only highlight the creators; it also raises awareness to the importance of social responsibility, environmentally conscious thinking, sustainable development, the societal role of creators and grassroots communities and networking.
Connected to the DWB exhibition is a project for textile designers: TEXHIBITION.
Conceived 6 years ago by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti, this programme fosters collaboration between designers and manufacturers. The selection once again includes the latest developments.
For the second time, creations of contemporary rug designers are displayed in the museum’s upstairs exhibition rooms.
Founding curators and organisers of the exhibition:
Szilvia Szigeti, Ferenczy Noémi Award laureate textile designer; and Tamás Radnóti, interior designer
Texts by: Gabriella Rothman (except MOME texts)