New Olds. Design:Classics and Innovation


07.09 - 03.11.2017

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 NCCA Volga-Vyatka Branch as part of ROSIZO
with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation,
Goethe Institut,
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen


New Olds. Design: Classics and Innovation
September 7 – November 3

New Olds. Design: Classics and Innovation is a new Arsenal exhibition which explores the idea of 'new' and 'old' in design. It shows trends, forms and materials which are constantly changing but also have a strong connection to the historical context and the traditional culture.

Industrial design became an important part of art history throughout the last two centuries. It is also becoming an integral part of culture – rapidly and organically. Still, many of its trends which are perceived as new are actually based on the historical forms of the particular country and its cultural tradition. So, these elements can be called a new interpretation of the traditional methods of expression. The New Olds exhibition poses questions about the historical context, materials, construction, configurations, design production and the culture of presenting design to consumers.

The exhibition hosts 60 works by 50 designers and design groups. It shows how contemporary designers transform classical ideas, process new materials with traditional methods, use recycling and redesign – thus creating new objects out of worn-out things.

The exhibits include Maarten Baas’ wooden chair in the traditional shape of a plastic chair, Nina Kappenstein’s collectible plate with an industrial landscape instead of a rural one, Bless Studio black hammock which about anything but not summer and holidays, Marty Hiсks’ duct tape with a baroque painting on it and Pieke Bergmans’ light bulb which seems to have melted. The exhibition will also host an object by Nizhny Novgorod workshop called Artel.

The exhibition curator is Volker Albus, designer, architect and a professor of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (Germany), author of numerous books and articles on design. Mr. Albus says that one of the exhibition’s main goals is to ‘research conceptual and experimental works which go beyond things sold in common shops’. Volker Albus says, ‘Our message to the visitors is to keep their eyes open and stop thinking stereotypes. And our message for young designers and students is this: design changes every day’.

Curator: Volker Albus (Germany).

Opening hours: Tuesday — Sunday, 12:00 – 20:00
Entrance fee: 150 rub., reduced — 100 rub.
The entrance is free every Wednesday

Address: Kremlin, building 6, Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod.
Phone: 8 (831) 422 45 54,

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