Top 10 Exhibition Designs

Motion Matters by UNStudio, Photo Christian Richters

Along with lectures and publications, exhibitions allow artists, designers and architects to express themselves clearly. Whether a retrospective or group show, the best exhibitions communicate their stories. Scenographic principals – borrowed from theatre – ensure visual continuity. Today’s curators employ both visual and virtual interactive elements to keep their audiences engaged. Frame went back and selected the best examples of recent exhibition design.

1. Motion Matters by UNStudio

Last summer, Berlin’s Aedes Gallery presented 10 of UNStudio’s milestone projects. The installation was a piece of exploratory architecture in itself.

2. Maritime Museum of Denmark by Kossmann.dejong

Dutch exhibition design firm Kossmann.dejong conceived the new Danish National Maritime Museum's permanent exhibition concept.

3. ARRRGH! by Atopos CVC

Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture presented their character design research at Centraal Museum, with a smashed-wall scheme.

4. Moving Icon by Kalhöfer-Korschildgen

Kalhöfer-Korschildgen’s Moving Icon opens up like a curiosity cabinet with interactive elements tracing the evolution of local architecture.

5. The Future in Here by dRMM

London’s Design Museum opened an exhibition on alternative methods. The Future is Here show was designed to reevaluate manufacturing.

6. Gio Ponti Exhibition by Torafu

An exhibition on Gio Ponti in Tokoname, Japan, gave Torafu a chance to re-interpret the Italian architect’s powerful modernism.

7. National Archives by Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe

Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe's interactive overhaul of the National Archives in The Hague invites visitors to dig deeper but also shows them how.

8. Occidens Museum by Vaillo + Irigaray

Vaillo + Irigaray Architects' Occidens Museum twenty-first century renovation guides visitors through Pamplona’s fifteenth century cathedral.

9. The Stranger Within by Fromafantasma at MAK

Studio Formafantasma staged their latest designs within the stately Geymüllerschlössel, as part of MAK’s second Design Salon series.

10. Living Objects by Doshi Levien

Designed by Doshi Levien, the Living Objects exhibition at Belgium’s Grand Hornu displayed everyday Indian objects using a thematic scenography.

Dutch Design Week
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