In 2008, Reza Abedini planned a non-commercial design project, a set of collaborations between a selected group of young Iranian graphic designers and Azad Art Gallery in Tehran. According to this idea, one of the designers among the group is supposed to design a poster for the bi-weekly events of the gallery. The catalog of the exhibition is printed on the backside of the poster. This poster/catalog is then folded and sent to the public as an invitation. This project has been running under the art direction of Aria Kasaei and coordination of Studio Kargah since then.
Azad Collaborative Design Project is significant in its reputation by holding various approaches and aspects:
- During the past 9 years, 45 designers have collaborated with this project and more than 300 posters have been designed, printed and distributed which is definitely an exceptional record from a private gallery.
- Azad Art Gallery possesses a bold and uncompromising view, which is its landmark. The gallery has intended to juxtapose these posters besides the exhibits to reflect gallery’s social/political point of view. So the posters are a part of the gallery’s identity in this case.
- The continuity of this project has eventually drawn the attention of many other galleries, private and public cultural organizations in Iran to the importance of visual identity and led them to start their cooperation with graphic designers in this field.
- The most notable aspect of the project is that the poster is not restricted to present only one artwork from the artist. It depicts the designer’s visual interpretation of the theme or the concept of the exhibition, which means the poster itself, becomes a form of artistic expression.
Azad Collaborative Design Project has established an enormous impact on poster design in the region and has found its place in the contemporary art and design scene in recent years.
Visit the Website: http://azadart.gallery
The Mission of the Wende Museum: Preserve, Inspire, Explore
The mission of the Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, and explore its enduring legacy.
Named for the Wende (pronounced “venda”), a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende Museum:
The Vision of the Wende Museum 2016-2018: TransformationRecognizing the Wende Museum’s growing stature since its foundation in 2002, the City of Culver City has provided the 1949 National Guard Armory building and grounds to the Museum for 75 years.
The Museum’s vision is to seize the opportunity provided by the move into the Armory in 2017 to fully implement its experimental approach to making the history of this period relevant to today’s audiences, and to achieve financial sustainability.
The Armory building is where the two industries that powered the economy of Los Angeles in the post-World War II period – defense and movies – converged. The defense industry was moved into high gear by the Cold War; the movie industry promoted, shaped, and later also criticized Cold War politics and culture. A building once designed to prepare for World War III will now be reimagined as a cultural center for preserving and interpreting Cold War art and history.
Examining the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union can be fraught with political and personal bias, and the complex, often contradictory stories that underlie the Museum’s artifacts may provoke uncomfortable questions. The Museum’s location in Los Angeles provides independence and critical distance from current political debates in Europe, and also facilitates the questioning of preconceived ideas about our past and present. Moreover, the Museum’s physical remoteness from Central and Eastern Europe has enabled it to attract significant artifacts and collections that might otherwise have been destroyed as a result of emotional and political reactions.
Visit the Website: https://www.wendemuseum.org
ARCHIVO diseño y arquitectura - a space dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and rethinking design in its various forms.
Founded in 2012 by Fernando Romero and Soumaya Slim, ARCHIVO diseño y arquitectura is a space dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and rethinking design in its various forms. Through its design research collection of over 1,500 objects, as well as a rich program of exhibitions and activites, ARCHIVO has established itself a unique, pioneering institution and a referent for the architecture and design community in Mexico.
Visit the Website: http://archivonline.org