Trouncing conformism with objects designed to be functional but with an extra-ordinary aesthetic. This has consistently been the guiding spirit driving the hand (and the pencil) of Ron Arad, the famous Israeli architect, designer and artist, known the world over for an unremitting quest for freedom that has taken him in non-conformist directions, informing a powerful and original body of work, now on exhibit at the Vitra Schaudepot in Weil am Rhein (Germany).
The Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum from 8th June to 14th October 2018 is a retrospective devoted to the designer’s complex and eclectic œuvre and to his most iconic projects from the 1980s to the present day. The products, photographs and designs on show illustrate his relentless efforts to blur the lines between art, design and architecture in a bid to invent things that had never existed before. Armchairs built from old car seats, innovative projects in carbon fibre, hand-welded steel furniture, and sculptural pieces: all works that, thanks to his very personal approach to shape and structure, defy conventional boundaries with their innovative looks and technological artistry. Other more recent products, also on display, evidence the application of Arad’s experimental method to the field of mass production: a combination that makes him one of the most inventive creatives of our time.
One of the most significant pieces in the exhibition is his spectacular 1987 Sticks and Stones machine, which devours chairs and metal objects only to spit them out again in the form of compressed cubes. The contraption thus performs an act of deconstruction through which the artist takes a critical look at the contemporary consumer culture and reflects on the role of the designer. Recently restored and now on display in front of the Vitra Schaudepot for the entire duration of the exhibition, the machine has been fired up for the first time since 1990.
Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!
Curator: Heng Zhi
79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
8th June – 14th October 2018
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.