This special series of exhibitions and events honoring Italian Design will inaugurate a yearlong worldwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of I Saloni, known familiarly in the U.S. as the Milan Furniture Fair.
I Saloni, or the Salone Internazionale del Mobile ,widely recognized as the world’s largest and most important annual exposition of international design with over 300,000 visitors annually, will mark its anniversary during the fair, next April.
A Christmas market is held in the VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein and staying there till 9 January 2011. Dedicated to “handmade” crafts, the market will feature objects, accessories and Christmas decorations from different cultures that have been carefully produced by hand from paper, wood, glass, ceramics, cotton and wax.
Some artists use paint, others bronze – But for Nathan Sawaya he chooses to build his awe-inspiring art out of toy building blocks. LEGO® bricks to be exact. With more than 1.5 million colored bricks in his New York studio, Sawaya’s sculptures take many forms.
The Art of the Brick® features 29 large-scale sculptures by Lebanese/ American artist Nathan Sawaya made entirely from LEGO® bricks. Sawaya’s art is currently touring North American museums in a show titled, The Art of the Brick. It’s the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. The creations, constructed from nearly one million pieces, were built from standard bricks beginning as early as 2002.
On view November 6 through November 27, 2010 at Osaka’s CAS in Japan, Mitsuhiro Okamoto’s “Batta Mon” sculptures raise questions about the relationship between authenticity and imitation. The locust shaped works are produced from fake designer bags – with logos prominent – and the name plays off of the slang term for knock off.
Okamoto’s work was previously displayed at the Kobe Fashion Museum, but removed after Louis Vuitton protested pieces containing their brand logo.
“ Chanel is to donate the exhibition pavilion designed by Iraqi-born British architect, Zaha Hadid, winner of the 2004 Pritzker Prize, to the Arab World Institute. The pavilion showcased artworks by contemporary artists inspired by Chanel’s iconic bag in 2008.
Chanel will thereby perpetuate this work designed by one of the greatest contemporary architects.
Hadid’s unique pavilion was widely appreciated during Mobile Art’s world tour and came to the attention of the Arab World Institute who contacted Chanel to express their interest in it.
Early 2011, the pavilion will be installed in front of the Arab World Institute, in the unique architectural environment of this prestigious cultural institution, which is open to all in the heart of Paris.
From then onwards, the Arab World Institute will use the pavilion to pursue a contemporary art exhibition policy in relation with the Arab countries.”