The first major retrospective dedicated to the designer, author and activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–98). Papanek is considered one of the 20th century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design. This exhibition includes drawings, films, manuscripts and prints, some of which have never been publicly exhibited. It is organised into four sections including an introductory media installation tracing Papanek’s life from his escape from Europe to his international success, and sections dedicated to the main themes of Papanek’s work, including his criticism of consumerism and his engagement with social minorities, sustainability, and a ‘making culture’ which encouraged creation and production using one’s own resources. These are complemented by works of Papanek’s contemporaries from the 1960s to ’80s, including George Nelson and Marshall McLuhan. Find out more about the Victor Papanek exhibition from the Vitra Design Museum’s website.
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