he Vitra Design Museum is putting 120 years of female design on display with Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 – Today an exhibition which highlights the most determined and visionary designers, from Charlotte Perriand to Lilly Reich, Matali Crasset and Patricia Urquiola (just to name a few). These are women who were often pushed aside by their renowned male colleagues, but who were able to assert themselves and their styles.
This exhibition takes a look at a battle which lasted decades in a collective exhibit with over 80 modern protagonists who, with their distinctive traits, contributed to the development of today’s design and high-quality Italian production (just think of names like Nanda Vigo, Gae Aulenti and Cini Boeri).
Additionally, the struggle of female designers calls our attention to social themes, like the one carried forward by Jane Addams and Louise Brigham, early 20th century reformers who opened a debate on the fight for equal rights. A primary example is the famous 50/50 ratio promoted in design schools, still drastically unbalanced today in a professional field which favors men. Meanwhile, the MatriArchi(tecture) collection, with the site specific work Weaving Constellations of Identity, highlights the personal experiences of African artists and artists of color and the problems they still face today
Curated by Viviane Stappmanns, Nina Steinmüller, Susanne Granere and sponsored by Cartier, Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 - Today is divided into four 30-year periods beginning with the early part of the last century. This timeline includes prominent figures, avant-garde women, visionary artists and revolutionaries who carried out a professional revolution with their efforts, taking giant steps in the fight for equality.
Often relegated to a secondary role, there is no lack of female designers who have participated in the most important projects in the history of design. Not everyone knows, for example, that Lilly Reich gave a significant contribution to the master Mies van der Rohe, while the majority of the iconic furniture designed by Le Corbusier actually conceals the genius of Charlotte Perriand.
Where: Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Straße 2, Weil am Rhein, Germany
When: until March 6, 2022
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