Moving into the Neutra House

Exhibition: Competing Utopias
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Silver Lake | July 13 – September 13, 2014


Press opening Wednesday, July 9th, 3pm to 6pm
Public opening event, July 12th, 6pm to10pm
Open to the public Fridays, 6pm to10pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 3pm.

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.

This installation is made possible by the generous support of The Graham Foundation.
Media Sponsorship provided by Los Angeles Magazine.

Graham Foundation
Kultur Projekte Berlin
Goethe Institut
Buttermilk Inc.
Los Angeles Magazine