March Diary

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David Bowie IsDesigns of the Year 2013We Made That – The Open Office
Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonDesign Museum, LondonArchitecture Foundation, London
23 March 2013 – 28th July 201320 March 2013 – 7 July 2013Until 22 March 2013

In January David Bowie released his first new material in ten years, to the excitement of his fans worldwide. This month the hype is set to continue, as the V&A opens a major show on the man himself – a celebration of the enigmatic performer’s influence on popular culture, music, fashion, photography, music video and graphic design.

London’s Design Museum will again host its review of the best in international design, with the judging to take place on 25 March and the winner announced on 17 April. All the nominees – across seven categories that include architecture, fashion and digital and furniture design – are showcased at the museum this month. Last year, Barber Osgerby took the top prize for the Olympic torch, and will be celebrated with its own exhibition at the museum in May.

We Made That brings its dynamic approach to urbanism to The Architecture Foundation, running The Open Office. The practice, “committed to conversation and collaboration”, wishes to engage everyone in the process of working with the built environment. As part of the “Citizens Urban Advice Bureau” the residence aims to provide a vibrant forum for public discussion, and will host a roster of debates, events, talks and film screenings in addition to daily research projects and activities.

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Curator’s Talk: Schwitters in BritainThe Banality of Good: Six decades of New Towns, ArchitectsLines: A Brief History
Tate Britain, LondonRoyal Institute of British Architects, LondonCentre Pompidou-Metz
1 March 201325 March 2013 – 10 May 2013Until 1 April 2013

“The supreme master of collage” Kurt Schwitters spent his last years in Britain, forced to flee Germany under the Nazis, who regarded his abstract compositions as “degenerate”. Tate Britain looks at the effect of this exile on Schwitters’ late work, drawing together 150 collages and sculptures that demonstrate his Merz concept – intertwining everyday materials and objects into artworks. Curator Emma Chambers gives a talk on the show on 1 March.

Crimson Architectural Historians examine six new towns dating from the second world war to the present day. The Dutch collective seek to explore the ideals and agendas that have shaped individual cities, each presented through a triptych intended to represent the dreams and realities of the city. The Banality of Good questions the influence of architects, money and politics in contemporary planning, where diversity and social idealism have been replaced with economic and commercial concerns.

Based on the book of the same name by social anthropologist Tim Ingold, the exhibit investigates the production of lines in everyday human activity. For Ingold, the concept of the line extends from drawing to gesture and movement. The 220 works showcased here contemplate the space around the body and the landscape, intending to capture the poetic connection between the line and the world. The 80 artists featured include Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Vera Molnar and Dove Allouche.

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A Confederacy of HereticsAgainst the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Craft and DesignOn/Off: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice
Sci-Arc Gallery, Los AngelesMuseum of Arts and Design, New YorkUllens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing
29 March 2013 – 7 July 201319 March 2013 – 16 June 2013Until 14 April 2013

For ten weeks in 1979, architect and Morphosis co-founder Thom Mayne opened up his Venice Beach home to create the first gallery in LA exclusively dedicated to architecture. Eric Owen Moss, Frank Gehry and Studio Works were among the subjects of week-long exhibitions that became a focus for a newly emerging scene in California at the time. SCI-Arc’s show examines the pioneers of this period, resurfacing original photos, models, drawings and commentary by LA Times critic John Dreyfuss.

Sebastian Errazuriz’s Porcupine Cabinet (pictured) can’t be opened by a set of ordinary doors; the New Yorker’s eccentric design requires you to unfurl its dark wooden quills one by one – slowly revealing its spiky final form. The cabinet and 74 other examples of artists and designers working with wood in extraordinary ways are gathered for an exhibition this month at the New York Museum of Arts and Design, the latest in a series of shows examining materials and process.

This huge survey of contemporary Chinese artists born after the death of Mao will see 50 newly commissioned works fill the exhibition spaces of Beijing’s Ullens Centre this month. Curators Bao Dong and Sun Dongdong visited 200 artists across China to make their selection, aiming to portray the unique generation of artists working in a culture of censorship and conflicting attitudes. The title, On/Off, refers to the private network software commonly used to scale China’s internet firewall.

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