Summer traditionally sees a fall off in the number of new exhibitions opening, the 2017 drought is however especially hard, so much so that we can only find four recommendations. Either the global museum community assume we’re all at the beach, and thus not interested, or expect the world to end in September and so don’t see the point in new exhibitions.

It is a little unclear.

However, not only are we interested, but it takes a little more than the threat of an imminent apocalypse to keep us away from an interesting exhibition ….  our recommendations for August 2017 with new exhibitions in Zürich, Copenhagen, Moscow and Weimar.

5 New Design Exhibitions for August 2017

The handicraft training in the Bauhaus workshops was not an end in itself, but an irreplaceable educational tool. The aim of this training was to create designers who, thanks to their precise knowledge of materials and processes, were able to influence the industrial production of our time.” Walter Gropius, 1955*

The tensions caused by the practical question of how this influence was to be expressed, and the parallels with the industrial production of our time, are explored in the exhibition Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making at Bauhaus Dessau.

Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making at Bauhaus Dessau

While it’s hard to feel anything even vaguely resembling joy in a month which sees the UK start its senseless and cowardly, withdrawal from the European Union … life goes on!!

Our five top distractions for April 2017 features new design and architecture exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Paris, Dessau and Milan.

For George Orwell nothing heralded spring quite like the re-appearance of toads, emerging from their subterranean hibernation and setting off, once again, on life’s great cycle.

Our toads are the flurry of new design and architecture exhibitions which open globally every March, as the international museum and gallery community awake from their winter slumber.

Our highlights for March 2017, featuring new exhibitions in Bielefeld, Helsinki, Weil am Rhein, Utrecht and Paris

5 New Design Exhibitions for March 2017

The German designer and silversmith Christian Dell is arguably best known for the numerous lighting designs he realised during the 1920s and 1930s.

Christian Dell was however also one of the pioneers of plastic design. If all too briefly.

Christian Dell (1893 - 1974)

Bauhaus Dessau was officially opened on December 4th 1926, and by way of celebrating the institution’s 90th anniversary on December 4th 2016 the foundation stone will be laid for the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau; an act which comes just one month after the foundation stone was laid for the new Bauhaus Museum Weimar. Both museums being built in preparation for the coming centenary of Bauhaus’s 1919 inauguration.

An apposite moment we thought to reflect on how Bauhaus was received, or at least how it was received in the early years, in its new, old, East German home1

Bauhaus Museum Dessau , view from Stadtpark (Image © Gonzalez Hinz Zabala courtesy Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau)

Five recommendations for new architecture and design exhibitions opening in December 2016, featuring shows in Copenhagen, Weimar, Nürnberg, London and Munich

5 New Design Exhibitions for December 2016

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau present The Simultaneity of Modernism

Dessau and Rotterdam may appear unlikely brothers in arms; however, an exploration of the towns’ architectural connections helps explain International

Pleasureground am Bad from Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau's book, Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei 1834 (Courtesy of the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn)

Whereas April showers tend to make you wet, grumpy and late, May showers are much more agreeable – or more

Slatted-Armchair, Lattenstuhl by Marcel Breuer, 1924 (Photo ©/ courtesy of HEICKMANN KG, Chemnitz)

“The starting point for the chair was the problem of comfortable seating combined with a simple construction. A problem which

The end of design’s summer hibernation is traditionally marked by the opening of the Vitra Design Museum’s winter exhibition, which

WA 24 Bauhaus Lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld Tecnolumen

The WA 24 table lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld is without question one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of Bauhaus

Bauhaus Glossary, as seen at, The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, Vitra Design Museum

One of the biggest problems with Modernism is the name. It was unquestionably modern. Which is why it became known

Manifesto. Works by Students and Graduates of the Studio of Glass in Prague at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden, Germany

As old Mother Goose, allegedly, once claimed: Thirty days hath September, and the following five enticing new design and architecture

bauhaus re use @ Bauhaus Archive Berlin

Given that Bauhaus is often perceived as having been an incubator for the creative talents of the 1920s, it is

Ivan Argote Time is Money

The biggest, and certainly highest budget, new architecture and design exhibition open in May 2015 is without question the World

DIY. All Tomorrow's Parties? by Varinka Schreurs, as seen at 2.5.0.Object is Meditation and Poetry, Grassi Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig

The (hi)story of applied arts is, we believe it’s not too impetuous to claim, very closely connected with that of

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Sammlung Bauhaus Werner Jackson puppets

Following the necessary disruption of their permanent exhibition to accommodate the recently ended exhibition Sensing the Future: László Moholy-Nagy, die

Cold as February 2014 unquestionably was, we managed to warm ourselves with exhibitions looking at the 1920s medial representation of

The Urburb Patterns of contemporary living at the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ Berlin

Until February 8th 2015 the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, DAZ, in Berlin is presenting the exhibition “The Urburb: patterns of contemporary

VKhUTEMAS A Russian Laboratory of Modernity Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin Nikolai Sokolov Spa Hotel 1928

Just as it seems that the press conference ahead of the opening of the Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin’s new exhibition, “VKhUTEMAS –

Sensing the Future Lászlo Moholy-Nagy die Medien und die Künste at Bauhaus Archiv Berlin

In his 1936 film “Modern Times” Charlie Chaplin is famously swallowed by the wheels of progress in a short yet

Bauhaus Die Kunst der Schüler Werke aus der Sammlung der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Although it is probably fair to say that today Bauhaus is best remembered for its architects and designers, art played

bauhaus berlin memorial plaque

“Herr Mies van der Rohe proposed to close Bauhaus. The proposition was unanimously approved”.1 With this sober protocol dated July

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin Wassily Kandinsky Lehrer am Bauhaus

Amid all the hype surrounding “Bauhaus Style”, “Bauhaus Classic” and “Bauhaus Design” it is often forgotten that Bauhaus was a