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Artists and Futurists Convene At M HKA In Antwerp

INTERNATIONAL artists and futurists will take part in a radical new show held at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp this spring. A Temporary Futures Institute presents an innovative approach to the study of futures, a discipline which explores concepts and strategies about the future. The exhibition considers how art and future studies relate to knowledge in which artificial intelligence, political activism and governance will play a key role. Organised by M HKA’s senior curator Anders Kreuger and Antwerp-based futurist Maya Van Leemput, the show is curated in response to research conducted by futurist James Dator and pioneer of the “four futures” model at the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dator believed that, “Any useful statement about the future should appear to be ridiculous.”

Within future studies, initial ideas might seem initially far-fetched. They may challenge our behaviour as new technologies replace past knowledge and become the norm. In this exhibition, professional futurists from the fields of alternative, design, postnormal and technology futures are brought together with international artists from a diverse range of disciplines. Staged within a specially commissioned set designed by the Polynesian artist, Alexander Lee, futures scenarios are envisioned through unconnected themes which include continuation, collapse, discipline and transformation. Participating artists include Belgium painter Kasper Bosmans, sculptor Simryn Gill and film-maker Michel Auder.


Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery,
Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels


Running concurrently with A Temporary Futures Institute is DDT (Design, Develop, Transform), an international futures conference futures practitioners and academics partnered by the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation.

by Miranda Charalambous

A Temporary Futures Institute opens from April 27 to September 17, 2017. DDT (Design, Develop, Transform) opens from June 15 – June 17, 2017.
Both events are held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MHKA), Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)3 260 99 99


Front page image: Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery, Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels

ESMOD Berlin Presents 2016 Graduate Fashion Show

ESMOD Berlin, an International University of Arts and Fashion, presents their 2016 graduate fashion show. Designers and fashion professionals graduating from their prestigious bachelor programme will show their final works during an event this week.

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The event will follow through the shows of 31 designers hailing from 16 countries. The attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the industry – relevant topics examined and developed by other graduates of the programme, all revolving around the notions of sustainability and the future of fashion.


From Gina Laumann’s graduate collection. Photo by Alexander Nagi


ada%c2%a8le-pillichody9-esmod-erlinFrom Adele Pillichody graduate collection. Photo by Roland Kunos

by Magda Pirowska

The graduate shows take place on October 22 in Loewe Saal, Berlin.
The show starts at 4pm with the doors opening at 3pm for the audience.

Messein Lovers Feast On A Banquet of Forbidden Fruit at MAD, New York

THE talented ceramist, Chris Antemann has teamed up with famous porcelain manufacturer, Messein to produce a series of saucy limited editions that instil a little joie de vivre into figurative tradition. Her finely crafted profusions of fruit, flowers and lusty lovers are currently on display in a new show entitled Chris Antemann: Forbidden Fruit at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York (MAD).

The witty installation comprises an array of exquisite sculptural works including the amusing dinner piece, Lust and Gluttony and a spectacular porcelain chandelier decked with delicately crafted birds and lemons. The highlight of the show is Antemann’s intricate five foot centrepiece, Love Temple inspired by Messein’s master craftsman, Johann Joachim Chandler. Shannon R. Stratton, MAD’s curator explains,

“Throughout her career, Antemann has manipulated the purely white and technically challenging material of porcelain to create contemporary interpretations of the pursuits of eighteenth-century elites, such as fine dining and escapades in pleasure gardens.”

Messein, Chris Antemann, sculpture, porcelain
Chris Antemann in collabo­ration with Meissen, Lemon Chandelier (detail), 2014 © Meissen

This fabulous exhibition demonstrates Antemann’s ability to cleverly merge modern-day values with the sensibilities of eighteenth century society when a heightened interest in sexuality activity among the upper classes became apparent. Antemann’s elaborate and feisty narratives convey well how feasts, banquets and fine dining provided opportunities for amorous liaisons.

Messein, Chris Antemann, sculpture, porcelain
Chris Antemann in collabora­tion with Meissen, A Delicate Domain, 2014 © Meissen

by Miranda Charalambous

Chris Antemann: Forbidden Fruit opens from September 22 – February 5, 2017 at the Museum of Arts and Design,
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, USA
Tel: 212-299-7777

Front page image: Chris Antemann in collaboration with Meissen, Trifle (detail), 2013 © Meissen





Alice Mogabgab Gallery Shows the Nomadic Paintings of Daniel Chompré

THE Alice Mogabgab Gallery opens an arresting new show of work by the internationally acclaimed and highly original French painter, Daniel Chompré next week. On display in the Beirut gallery will be the artist’s Toiles nomades and Philtres d’amour, striking collections of richly coated relief paintings, evocative of the time-worn hangings of nomadic cultures. These works are unframed and perpetually rolled or folded, ready to travel wherever his art takes him.

Chompré, who began his painting career in the mid-1960s says, “People of my generation were interested in the problem of the flexible support of the paint. I added the nomadic and pliable character. Paint can and join me in my travels and allow my work to be presented”.

Daniel ChompréDaniel Chompré, Toiles nomandes, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on fabric, 300 x 82 cm,
280 x 80 cm © Galerie Alice Mogabgab

Influenced by the subtle shades in the work of Renaissance painter, Fra Angelico Chrompré has developed his own layering technique. Drawing lines in geometric formation with wax crayons, the artist then saturates the entire fabric with earthy stains of walnut and warm ochre. Rubbing, polishing and softening reveals the painting’s layers of iridescent colours and beautiful imperfections that in time, and after many journeys, mature between the creases of its seasoned surface.

Daniel Chrompré, a multi-talented artist, studied fine art in Paris and Helsinki and has created sets, costumes and graphics for The Paris Opera, the Festival of Lille, the Opéra Lausanne and the Theatre des Champ-Elysees.

text 2Daniel Chompré, Philtres d’amour, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on paper, 100 cm © Galerie Alice Mogabgab

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Daniel Chompré: Toiles nomads et Philtres d’amour runs from 13 September to 30 October 2016 at La Galerie Alice Mogabgab, Ashrafieh Street, Karam Building, Ist Floor, Beirut, Lebanon.
Tele: +961 (0) 1 204984 , +961 (0) 3 210424

Front page image: Daniel Chompré, Philtres d’amour, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on paper, 100 cm © Galerie Alice Mogabgab

Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V&A Announced

THE Victoria and Albert Museum will mount a sensational new show celebrating the phenomenal success of ‘60s psychedelic rock band, Pink Floyd,  next year. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut single, Arnold Layne, and comprises a spectacular laser light-show, unseen concert footage and a host of band memorabilia.

Pink Floyd Pink Floyd 1971 Belsize Park © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

Curated by Victoria Broackes in collaboration with surviving band members and entertainment architects, Stufish the show recreates designs from the band’s spectacular sets and album covers which include The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell. The exhibition highlights Pink Floyd’s pioneering approach in both sound and vision defined by Museum Director, Martin Roth as “an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success”.

floyd 1 600x400Pink Floyd. Photograph: Storm Thorgerson © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

Following the success of the V&A’s  show, David Bowie Is, this exhibition offers fans the opportunity to take part in an immersive sonic experience utilising cutting-edge museum technology by audio specialist, Sennheiser to recreate an psychedelic scene of the 60s. The show displays artefacts from the Museum’s extensive performance collections and also from band members comprising original album covers designed by Hipgnosis, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Storm Thorgerson, posters, handwritten lyrics and not least, Pink Floyd’s instruments including their vintage Azimuth Co-ordinator, the first panning control for sound systems.

Attending the announcement of the exhibition, Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason said, “I did think we’d be short of material. That’s turned out to be entirely incorrect. I can’t tell you how much stuff won’t fit in.”

floyd 2 600x400Pink Floyd 1994 Division Bell publicity shot – Credit Albert Wilson © Pink Floyd Archive

by Miranda Charalambous

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from May 13 – October 1, 2017 at Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2R
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Front page image: Pink Floyd 1971 Belsize Park © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

The exhibition is promoted by Michael Cohl of Iconic Entertainment Studios

ESMOD Berlin Presents Behind the Seams Show

INTERNATIONAL University of Art for Fashion ESMOD Berlin celebrates the work of Bachelor of Arts Fashion Design Styliste / Modeliste students this summer with the presentation Behind the Seams. The show aims to capture the spirit and evolution of the designers in an open house event, which allows the press and the public to explore fashion design in a multifaceted format.


ABehind The Seams ESMOD Berlin

The programme will include a live fashion film production that captures the showcase of the second year students’ capsule collection. There will also be a three-floor exhibition where viewers can expect to obtain insights behind the design processes and concepts of the collection. Visitors are then invited to participate in screenprint and knit design workshops which can be registered for in advance.

BBehind The Seams ESMOD Berlin

by Rebecca Acres


LFW AW16: palmer//harding

“This season we are exploring anonymity, looking to the accelerationist and situationist movement and vaporwave for inspiration, while the anti-digital aesthetic of Nathan Peter’s art work (which we started to explore last season) continues to filter into the colours and textures of the collection,” Levi Palmer and Matthew Harding.

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palmer//harding are one of the most dynamic duos on the current British fashion scene. The Central St Martins graduates have launched their brand in 2012 and have since gone from strength to strength gaining worldwide recognition and loyal following from the fashionistas appreciating their sharp tailoring and redefining of the classics.

Their specific reverence of the shirt, which always forms a central part of all of their collections, have earned them their “the shirt of boys” nickname and their latest AW16 collection proves once more that they continue to reign in that department.

palmer harding suede skirt blue dress

Set in the underground show space of the Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury, their LFW16 presentation was meant to take the viewer on the journey of self evaluation. A simplistic set formed in its entirety out of wooden pallets was a creation of Lianna Fowler studio and made for a poignant backdrop for the collection which carries a warning but also messages of hope and urging for action.

palmer hardin orange oversize coat

Building on their customary statement shirt palmer//harding duo presented a collection that is traditionally comprised of easy to wear classic with duo’s signature twist that makes each garment stand out in the crowd. Boxy silhouettes and light layering lend to the notions of anonymity and empowerment which led the designers on their latest creative journey.

Inspired by the vaporwave movement they have created a collection that is “ultimately about protecting ourselves fro the modern onslaught – and empowering individuals – by concealing our identity through layers, amour – inspired pieces and literally covering up.”

Sleek pieces created with superb craftsmanship furthermore feature cropped sleeves and trousers, cinched waists and asymmetric hems which have become synonymous with palmer//harding name. Wraparound skirts and statement flowing shirts and oversized coats complete the selection and confirm its status as timeless declaration against raging capitalism breaking societies and leaving us vulnerable and alienated.

palmer harding khaki trousers

The designer’s also reached to modern art for their colour palette and textures. Contemporary painter Nathan Peter have become their inspiration that resulted in appointing yellow, black, white, brown, dusty blue and coral for the collection’s key colours. They used cotton poplin, melange and micro cords with support from cotton – blend organdie checks and lightweight wools for their shirts and velvets mixed with more cotton in the skirts and trousers. Already diversely textured selection was furthermore enriched with patchwork pony, shearling and melton wools in the outerwear.

palmer harding black shirt patched skirt

The collection’s show styling was completed with jewellery designed in collaboration with Sian Evans and shoes provided by Duccio Venturi Bottier.

by Magda Pirowska

Images courtesy of WeAreVillage

INDEPENDENCE: ESMOD Berlin Fashion Graduates on Show

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ESMOD Berlin International University of Art for Fashion has announced that INDEPENDENCE, the Graduate Collections from the Bachelor Program – Fashion Design 2015, will take place in July in the lead up to the Berlin Fashion Week SS15.

SS2 Nautilla Laura Lang Nautilla by Laura Lang

The collections have been critiqued by an International Jury of professionals, in order to give the students industry standard feedback, and also facilitates networking for potential opportunities post-graduation. Members of the jury this year include Susanne Stangl, Modeliste, Mulberry, United Kingdom; Catherine Le Goff, Editor, ARTE Culture, France; Damir Doma, CEO Damir Doma, France (ESMOD Berlin Alumnus);  Stefan Siegel, Founder, Not Just A Label, United Kingdom; Ulrike Möslinger, International Marketing Director, Galeries Lafayette, France and Christine Walter-Bonini, ESMOD International Group, France.

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This year, the show will be held in a new location Vollgutlager in Neukölln. INDEPENDENCE presents work from the 20 most outstanding collections from the current academic year. The organisers say that, “Inspiration for the graduate collections ranges from the cultural, the political and the personal. A VIP audience will see an exploration of form and volume, a redefining of silhouettes and material transformations.”

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 by Caroline Simpson

INDEPENDENCE: ESMOD Berlin B.A. Graduate Show 2015 takes place on July 4, 2015 at Vollgutlager, Rollbergstr. 26, 12053 Berlin. Doors Open: 8:15pm Show Starts: 9:00pm

This event is by invitation only. For Press Accreditation and further information, please contact: Lizzie Delfs, Public Relations Manager, ESMODBerlin.
Tel+49(0)30 6112214