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September 2014

27 100 Years of Swiss Design
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100 Years of Swiss Design
27 September 2014 – 8 February
Halle, Galerie, Vestibül, Bibliotheksgang, Vortragssaal
, Ausstellungsstrasse 60
, CH-8005 Zürich

In the new Schaudepot the Museum für Gestaltung brings together its four collections – Poster, Design, Applied Art and Graphics – with their 500,000 objects. In addition the museum will present exhibitions from its rich store of material here. 
The start will be made by '100 Years of Swiss Design'.

A light switch, seating or sneakers – design from Switzerland has always been regarded as honest, precise, unfussy and user- friendly. This look at one hundred years of design history leads along locally anchored traditions to the design approaches of modernism and the tasks currently facing a globally networked generation of designers. With more than 800 objects from the Design Collection, the largest collection of Swiss design world-wide, the opening exhibition in the Schaudepot presents the first comprehensive show of Swiss design achievements. Everyday objects as well as iconic pieces of furniture by Le Corbusier, Max Bill, Hans Bellmann or Willy Guhl are shown in the form of sketches, prototypes, models, advertising films and photographs, opening up new perspectives of Switzerland as a design country.

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13 London Design Festival
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London Design Festival
13 September 2014 – 21 September 2014
Various locations around London

Various types of events – Annual mega-event celebrating London’s creativity across all creative disciplines, featuring exhibitions, talks and interactive workshops.

First staged in 2003, the London Design Festival is one of the world's most important annual design events. The Festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

The London Design Festival's Landmark Projects are about showing the brilliance of design at the highest level. For the past five years they have been commissioning some of design and architecture's greatest names and most compelling new voices to create pieces of work installed across London.

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03 So French – Michel Bouvet Posters
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So French – Michel Bouvet Posters
3–27 September 2014
ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

The September exhibition at ginza graphic gallery (ggg) will feature the works of Michel Bouvet, one of the world’s foremost poster artists.

In Paris, where posters continue to play an important role as a media tool, Bouvet creates numerous theater posters for cultural facilities. His creative style – simple, bold and full of impact – has long been admired by Parisians who cherish culture.

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July 2014

06 Fuck Off Poster Factory Project
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Fuck Off Poster Factory Project
Private View: 6 July 2014
UCA Canterbury
New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3AN

This exhibition showcases the outcome of a four day programme exploring different mediums of art and poster design, discussing cultural issues and sharing views on politics. The outcome includes print design, sculpture and performance. Baseline's very own Hans Reichert was present along with other artists and designers from Belgium, France, Netherlands and the UK. Guest speakers during the project included John Bentley; Stephen Smith from Neasden Control Center; Research Fellow Dr Lisa McKenzie from the London School of Economics in the Department of Sociology; David Tartakover – artist, graphic designer, researcher and curator.


03 Digital Revolution
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Digital Revolution
3 July 2014 – 14 September 2014
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Digital Revolution is the most comprehensive presentation of digital creativity ever to be staged in the UK. 

This immersive and interactive exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media. It also looks at the dynamic developments in the areas of creative coding and DIY culture and the exciting creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3-D printing. 

The exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen) and Universal Everything; musician and entertainer, Dev/Art, a major new collaboration with Google exploring creative coding. The show also features work by Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking film Inception; artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Fred Deakin & Company, Amon Tobin and Philip Glass; and game developers including Harmonix Music Systems (Dance Central).

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May 2014

30 Dream, Draw, Work
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Dream, Draw, Work
30 May  2014 – 26 October 2014
Royal Acadamy of Arts, 
Burlington House, Piccadilly
, London, W1J 0BD

In the late nineteenth century, the drawings by renowned British architect Norman Shaw were considered amongst the most brilliant and influential of their time.

Shaw designed great country houses like Cragside in Northumberland (now National Trust), rebuilt the area around London’s Piccadilly Circus and created gracious renovations like the addition to the Royal Academy of the restaurant and new galleries. With a fascinating array of drawings surviving from Shaw’s office in the Royal Academy’s own collections – from working drawings to dazzling perspectives – this exhibition explores the materials, draughtsmanship and design practices of Shaw and his small but brilliant staff. An additional display in the Architecture Space explores Shaw’s work in London and at the Royal Academy. Supported by Lowell Libson Ltd. and the Collections and Library Supporters Circle.

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07 Weingart Typography
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Weingart Typography
07 May 2014 – 28 September 2014
Halle, Galerie, Vestibül, Bibliotheksgang, Vortragssaal
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
CH-8005 Zürich

Wolfgang Weingart is regarded as the “enfant terrible” of modern Swiss typography. At an early stage he broke with the established rules: He freed letters from the shackles of the design grid, spaced, underlined or reshaped them and reorganized type-setting. Later he mounted halftone films to form collages, anticipating the digital sampling of the post-modern “New Wave”. As a typography teacher at the Basel School of Design Weingart shaped several generations of designers from 1968 onwards. They came from throughout the world and helped him achieve international recognition. Weingart’s experimental design approach and the connection between analog and digital techniques that he called for are topical again today. His life’s work is shown for the first time in Switzerland and juxtaposed with works produced through his teaching activity.

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02 Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK
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Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK
2 May 2014 – 19 August 2014
The British Library
, 96 Euston Road
, London, 

Featuring such iconic names as Neil Gaiman (Sandman), Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and Posy Simmonds (Tamara Drewe), this exhibition traces the British comics tradition back through classic 1970s titles including 2000AD, Action and Misty to 19th-century illustrated reports of Jack the Ripper and beyond.

Comics Unmasked is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. It explores the full anarchic range of the medium with works that challenge categorisation, preconceptions and the status quo, alongside original scripts, preparatory sketches and final artwork that demystify the creative process.

Enter the subversive and revelatory world of comics, from the earliest pioneers to today’s digital innovators.

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February 2014

07 Baseline Blog

Further information on events will also be posted onto our new blog. Look out for them and read up on the latest here.


January 2014

17 The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
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The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Until 7 September 2014
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788

The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and activities, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time.

Our first books stir and shape us as few books ever again can. Goodnight Moon! Alice in Wonderland! A Wrinkle in Time! For three centuries and more, books made especially with the young in mind have served as indispensible gateways to literature, art, and knowledge of the world. And if, as adults,we find that our own childhood favorites remain as thrilling or funny or heart-stoppingly beautiful as ever, we should not be surprised. As W. H. Auden wisely observed: “There are no good books which are only for children.”

Today’s brightly packaged, increasingly globalized books for young people have complex roots in world folklore, Enlightenment philosophy, nationalist fervor, and the pictorial narrative traditions of Asian and Western art, among other sources. Collectively, they form a vivid record of literate society’s changing hopes and dreams, and of the never-ending challenge of communicating with young readers in the most compelling possible way.

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