U.F.O. Art and Design
Where does design end and art begin? Charles Eames, the most influential designer of the mid-twentieth century, said that ‘design is an expression of purpose. It may (if it is good enough) later be judged as art.’ Contemporary young designers see the matter more pragmatically. According to the Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, ‘there is no longer a clear border between product design and art.’ The most recent answer to this question is inherent in the new phrase ‘design-art’.
Artists like Franz West and others investigate
the changing functions of sculpture and in so doing dissolve the
borders between art and design, between ‘free’ and ‘applied’ creation,
by allowing hybrids from other areas to develop. In the field of
design, on the other hand, designers like Ron Arad or Marc Newson are
increasingly discovering the sculptural qualities of design.
artists/designers featuring in this exhibition include
NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft