Coming soon exhibitions

From July 2, 2014
to October 5, 2014

Carte blanche to Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is a graphic designer, typographer, illustrator and blogger. Working from a small island near Vancouver, Canada, she has developed a very personal graphical style combining natural materials such as flowers, pasta and sugar with the most advanced computer techniques. Her work, a mixture of tradition, style and technology, is highly unusual and personal, distancing itself from international utilitarian graphic design through its treatment of unfamiliar, generally non-commercial subjects, strongly influenced by contemporary experimental graphic design.

Her creations have featured in the specialist press around the world, and she has worked with some of the top designers of our time. For her carte blanche at the mudac, she has chosen to transform two of the museum's spaces into a graphical cabinet of curiosities. She will present some of the objects that inspire her as well as a selection of her recent work, all referenced in Pretty Pictures, published by Thames & Hudson (2013). She will also be showing a new piece specially designed for the exhibition.


  • Otto Künzli, Oh say!, brooch, 1991

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Ring für Zwei, ring, 1980

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Shanzaï, rings, 2012

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, The Big American Neckpiece, necklace, 1986

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Black Mickey Mouse Broche, 1991

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Die Schönheitsgalerie / Susy, photograph, 1984

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Broken Mickey Mouse, necklace

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Who Nose?, postcards, 2012

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

  • Otto Künzli, Crédit Suisse, necklace

    Credit: Otto Künzli
     

From July 2, 2014
to October 5, 2014

Otto Künzli. The exhibition.
Jewellery -1967 to 2012

Considered a master of conceptual jewellery, Swiss artist Otto Künzli has intelligent hands and a mischievous spirit. He makes liberal use of irony to question the assumptions of our society and criticise its shortcomings. He is an iconoclast. He plays with symbols and makes free with cultural references. He uses jewellery as a means of expression, but does not neglect its ornamental function.

Through the vast range of objects in the exhibition, visitors can immerse themselves in his sumptuous, generous, critical and witty universe. The mudac, whose collections include several pieces by Otto Künzli, is the only Swiss destination on the itinerary of the exhibition, the first of such scope to be devoted to the artist. Initiated by Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum Munich, where it was presented in spring 2013, it will be transferring to the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum.

 


  • Mark Woods, Fruit From the Garden of Earthly Delight, 2008-2012
     

  • Rein Vollenga
     

  • Una Burke, Re.Treat, 2010
     

  • Mustafa Sabbagh, Sans titre, 2012

    Credit: Mustafa Sabbagh
     

  • Betony Vernon, Origin Chair, 2012
     

From October 29, 2014
to April 19, 2015

Nirvana
Les étranges formes du plaisir

Nirvana is the first comprehensive exploration of the influence of erotica in design, fashion and contemporary art. By turns cheeky, luxurious and mysterious, the exhibition presents the work of around one hundred contemporary creators who make use of an iconography connected with sensual pleasure, drawing inspiration from erotic and fetishist literature, and from the images, objects and garments to which they frequently refer.

Visitors will discover objects of superior workmanship, many of them rare and inaccessible, made from materials associated with the world of luxury goods and craftsmanship. The exhibition forces us to re-examine our own ideas and perceptions of pleasure, and shows how forms can be transmuted from the private to the public sphere. Three major creators are given carte blanche within the exhibition: Mark Woods (designer), Betony Vernon (jewellery designer) and Nika Zupanc (designer).

Curators: Marco Costantini and Susanne Hilpert Stuber