European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century

March 8-June 21, 2009

This exhibition was the first critical survey of contemporary Western European decorative and industrial design, organized by IMA Design curator R. Craig Miller. The exhibition presented 250 seminal works including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass and product design that revealed the extraordinary creativity of two generations of designers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom. European Design Since 1985 reflected an important initiative by the IMA in the area of 20th- and 21st-century design. The project, which required six years of extensive research, was organized in cooperation with the Denver Art Museum and Kingston University, London. The show is traveling to a number of American museums and potentially to Europe and Asia. A scholarly catalogue produced by Merrell Publishers, London, is being distributed internationally.

Support provided by the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, with additional support contributed by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Image credit: Mathias Bengtsson, Danish (b.1971), resides United Kingdom and Sweden. Slice Lounge Chair, 1999, aluminum. Manufacturer: Mathias Bengtsson. Photo credit: Martin Scott-Jupp.

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