On a recent trip to Japan Swedish photographer Jenny Nordquist turned her lens on the small kiosks that stand on the platforms of train and underground stations across the country. This series of 16 photographs is the continuation of a body of work titled Kiosk Nostalgia.
Venice Biennale of Architecture
This year’s biennale director, Aaron Betsky, former head of the Netherlands Architectural Institute in Rotterdam, has decided to dedicate it to building-free architecture, with the theme “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building”. Departing from Betsky’s belief that buildings are the tombs of architecture, the Giardini and Arsenale will display site-specific installations and experiments by 65 internationally renowned architects intended to help us feel at home in the modern world.
Various venues across Venice
14 September – 23 November
Post-War Plastics: Dieter Rams’ Innovations in Design, 1956-1974
A chance to appreciate the purity of form of Dieter Rams’ plastic furniture produced with Danish manufacturer Vitsoe.
11 September – 18 October
Walk the Plank Award 2008
The nominees of this prestigious Danish furniture design award are on show at the Danish Museum of Art and Design, and the winner will be announced on 28 August, with the opportunity of a solo show.
Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen
22 August – 26 October
Hans Neumann – Pioneer of Commercial Art
Hans Neumann is the man to blame for the invention of advertising agencies. He founded a graphics studio on Stephansplatz in Vienna in the 1920s and produced a series of striking commercial posters.
10 September – 25 January
© 2008 Massimo Scolari
Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s
MoMA is offering a glimpse into the creative minds of architects including Rem Koolhaas and Steven Holl. The show explores their dream architectural projects, juxtaposing the utopian fantasies on paper against the buildings that actually resulted.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
23 July – 27 October
Clara Clark: Recreation
At 24, Clara Clark is the youngest recipient of this year’s Mark Tanner Award, one of the largest sculpture prizes in the UK. Her large-scale kinetic installations will be on show at Hoxton’s Standpoint gallery.
12 September – 18 October
© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Art and Photography of Paris
This major show celebrates the centenary of the birth of seminal photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson, alongside works by painters including Picasso and Matisse.
Art Institute of Chicago
20 September – 4 January
The All Seeing Eye
A mesmerising video installation by Pierre Bismuth and Michel Gondry, alongside a specially curated film series.
The Gallery at BFI Southbank, London
12 September – 16 November
The London Design Festival 2008
This September sees the return of the annual London Design Festival for its sixth year, with a greater number of creative events, exhibitions and installations than ever across London. Keep an eye out for David Adjaye’s Size + Matter pavilion at the Southbank Centre, and Jaime Hayon’s installation in Trafalgar Square. Don’t forget to pick up icon’s design trail to guide you through the maze.
Various venues across London
Gerhard Richter 4900 Colours: Version II
Superstar painter Gerhard Richter showcases his latest experiments with painting at the Serpentine Gallery this autumn. His major new work, 4900 Colours, includes 49 paintings with mesmerising panels of kaleidoscopic colours in grid formations.
Serpentine Gallery, London
23 September – 16 November
Co-curated by furniture designer Carl Clerkin, this collection of installations looks into people’s bottom drawers to explore how everyday objects affect our lives.
PM Gallery, London
12 September – 25 October
From Now to Eternity: Plastic in Design
Art agency Arts Co has gathered together ten contemporary designers, including Stuart Haygarth and FAT, to explore the legacy of plastic.
Biscuit Building, London
19 September – 19 October
A series of free talks by 20 speakers, including architects, ecologists and designers, with the aim of inspiring us to “do something” while hanging out on a campsite in Wales.
Fforest Farm, Cardigan
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