‘Chemie no. 7’ is part of the travelling Vitra Design Museum exhibition ‘Lightopia’ at Design Museum Gent from November till March 2015. The exhibition was first shown at Vitra Design Museum in 2013 and is now travelling museums around the world.
photograph courtesy Katz Contemporary, Zürich
For the occasion of Martina von Meyenburg’s opening of her new exhibition ‘The Dipping Game’ at Katz Contemporary in Zürich, Rolf participated in a panel talk together with Martina and Prof. Dr. Georg Kohler at the Dolder Grand Hotel. Please find links to the talk (in German) below.
Earlier this week Rolf was in conversation with Clare Page and Harry Richardson from the design studio Committee, opening the Ketel One Creative Talks at Sketch London. Billed as ‘a monthly series of informal discussions from celebrated minds in the creative industry’, Rolf discussed his own cultural influences and how they can be seen throughout his work before becoming the main theme of our recent show ‘typisch deutsch’. They also explored the use of nostalgic themes as a tool for commercial industry.
The casual, salon-style conversations give an insight to the minds of brilliant influencers in art and design. It looks to be an exciting program with Ron Arad, Max Lamb, Faye Toogood and Piergiorgio Robino taking part in further talks, there’s no better place to spend a relaxing Sunday evening. Thanks Clea!
Leila Heller Gallery is showing the kinetic sculpture ‘a light breath’ at Masterpiece 2014 in London.
A pillow is injected with movement through a ‘breathing’ motion concealed within. Its ‘whispering window’ quietly echoes the faint sound of human breathing encouraging the viewer to interact intimately with it. The piece is full of human traces, while, simultaneously, is conspicuously absent of it.
Preview Day / 26 June 11.00-22.00
Public Fair Days / 26-27 June 11.00-21.00 / 28-29 June 11.00-19.00 / 30 June 11.00-18.00 Followed by the charity party in aid of Marie Curie at 19.00 / 1-2 July 11.00-21.00
During set up of our exhibition in the beautiful spaces of the Nymphenburg Porzellan Manufaktur, we were lucky to get a tour through the extensive workshops.
Nymphenburg is historically the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown. Since its founding in 1747 porcelain has been produced here in the same way. Even today all mechanical equipment is powered by the water which runs from the estate’s stream. All pieces are completely made by hand which is a fascinating process to watch. We very much enjoyed our visit!
Nymphenburg Porzellan Manufaktur are presenting ‘Die/das Maß’, which was specially designed by Rolf and hand-crafted by Nymphenburg for his ‘typisch deutsch?’ exhibition. The work celebrates the brewing traditions in Germany, while drawing attention to this unnoticed, yet familiar object. The use of white biscuit porcelain belies its traditional function and calls for the viewer to respond to its pure form, free of practical purpose.
The work forms part of Nymphenburg’s “Edition” collection and is available to purchase in the Nymphenburg shop in Munich or online.
For the exhibition, Rolf also created a number of new, small-scale witty and surreal objects, that are intended to demonstrate his typical conceptual approach of finding beauty in the simplicity of everyday objects by adding elements of wit and humour to their purity and utilitarian form.
Pur work ‘bodenständig’ is on show at the ‘For your Eyes Only – A Private Collection, from Mannerism to Surrealism’ where a selection of approximately 120 works from the private collection of Richard and Ulla Dreyfus are on show, presenting works that range from the Middle Ages to present day by artists such as Francesco Clemente, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray, Not Vital and Andy Warhol, among many others.
We are very pleased about the wonderful feature article on Rolf and the studio in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazin which came out last Saturday. Rolf, his many chairs and Ted, the studio sausage dog, were the stars of the cover. To read the full article click here or go to our press page on our website.
In the interview with 1stdibs, our long standing gallerist Gabrielle Ammann tells a story of how she arrived where she is today featuring a few great images of our ‘typisch deutsch?’ exhibition at the MAKK Museum Cologne and the ‘camera in motion – selected works’ at Ammann Gallery. Read here.