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Slovak Design Centre Ongoing Events

Ongoing exhibition: Transmodernita/Transmodernity/Transmodernité

Date: 22 June 2023 – 2 September 2023
Place: Slovak Institute in Vienna, Wipplingerstrasse 24 – 26, 1010

Next opening:
12 September 2023 – 1 November 2023
Kolektiv Cité Radieuse
Unité d’Habitation Le Corbusier, Marseille

The main idea of the exhibition Transmodernity consists in the connection of the past and the present with a reference to the future. The term “transmodernity” was used by the Spanish feminist and philosopher Mária Magda Rodriguez in the 1980s as a new social shift and the starting point of the transmodern era. Transmodernity in design likewise fulfils the aims set above, when the artist-designer reacts to social changes over time. In Slovakia, a major milestone was reached in the 1990s, when designers had to cope with completely new social, economic and political conditions and opportunities for use in practice. From a global viewpoint, the burning question of the economic and climate crisis and, no less important, the global COVID-19 pandemic of the last three years, has affected design work in the 21st century.

A curated selection reflecting the symbolic 30 years of Slovak design through selected works of product and communication design from the collections of the Slovak Museum of Design and from the approached authors.

The exhibition concept includes the “forever” font by Ester Mládeková and the visual processing of the exhibition by graphic designer Matúš Buranovský, with an architectural solution from designer and jewellery-maker Andrea Ďurianová.
The project was implemented by the Slovak Design Center and the Slovak Design Museum, under the auspices of the Slovak Ministry of Culture and with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in cooperation with the Slovak Institute in Paris, Kolektiv Cité Radieuse Unité d’Habitation Le Corbusier, Marseille and the Slovak Institute in Vienna.

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Zoltán Salamon / Be Ahead

Date: 7 June 2023 – 3 September 2023
Place: Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Vodné dielo Slovensko, 851 10 Bratislava-Čunovo, Slovakia
Curators: Sandra Salamonová, Slovenské centrum dizajnu,
Salamon Art, Palo Choma

Zoltán Salamon found his professional path in graphic design after graduating with a degree in architecture. He was creatively active in various fields – cultural posters, typography and the graphic design of books and magazines, illustration, exhibition industry and exhibition catalogues, brands, logotypes, and the design of packages for products. His career in graphic design took him to assignments for children, where as art editor for the children’s magazines Zornička and Včielka he strived to get as close as possible to the creative expression of children in his illustrations. He created collages made of gently torn colored paper and complemented them with simple line drawings. He also gradually began to cooperate with the Tatran, Slovenský spisovateľ, Obzor, Smena, Veda and Madách publishing houses. His book covers are characterized by the inclusion of human figures and geometrical space in which he placed specific motifs. He also frequently employed text passages and short annotations which he broke down into text blocks directly on the cover along with the illustration. He also designed exhibition posters for important institutions and events such as the Slovak National Gallery, the Bratislava City Gallery, the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, the Sculpture of Piešťany Parks and the Slovak National Exhibition of Applied Arts. In his posters, he frequently used many illustration elements and motifs on a neutral background with the accent of basic colors. He was also involved with the exhibition industry where he made use of his experience from architecture; his regular New Year cards are also worthy of special attention. He frequently used human figures as a central motif, first in the form of collages made of colored paper; through his own portrait and those of his friends and family members he arrived at an anonymous figure and only later created a silhouette of the figure or a standard jumping male figure, always in a different context. He also created invitation cards, brochures, logotypes and food labels, all with distinctive designs.

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Image: Daniel Zachar

Library of Materials – LOMA

The Library of Materials currently collects more than 50 samples of experimental materials from around the world. You will find various types of plastics, metals, natural materials and textiles, as well as various composits such as wooden leather. The materials are placed on sample plates, which contain a sample of material measuring ca 70 x 70 x 20 mm, a brief description of the material and a QR code referring to a comprehensive database, including chemical composition and examples of use.

You can visit it directly on the premises of Inolab by registering a visit at least a week in advance. For a visit, please contact:
Address: Výskumno-vývojové oddelenie SCD INOLAB, Hurbanove kasárne, 2. poschodie, Kollárovo námestie 10, Bratislava

The Library of Materials / LOMA/ has been established as a part of the international Interreg project Design and Innovation, Cross–border Cooperation of Design Institutions in Digital Age supported by the cooperation program INTERREG V-A Slovakia – Austria 2014 – 2020

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Image: Adam Šakový

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