Moving into the Neutra House
Exhibition: Competing Utopias
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Silver Lake | July 13 – September 13, 2014
Two design cultures collide in this experimental exhibition. Competing Utopias communicates the ideal futures imagined in the East and West in a three-story installation presenting architecture, furniture, decorative arts, film, and music. Modernist East Bloc interior design objects from The Wende Museum’s collection – also featured in the TASCHEN encyclopedia launched later in the year – will replace the original furniture in the mid-century VDL Neutra House.
The Cold War was not only fought with guns, but also with art, design, and culture. Who would formulate the vision for the future of humanity? Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, historians, curators, and artists are investigating the similarities and differences between East and West through their aesthetic expressions of modernity. Form knows no political boundaries or foreign languages – in this most basic sense the ‘cultural Cold War’ was a global competition of ideas and ideals.
To provoke an unimpeded conversation about the contrasts and similarities of modernist design, the installation will not have physical labels. Digital information will be available online and on site-specific iPads for further exploration.