Verner Panton

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Exhibition Planning, Curation & Coordination

Verner Panton's works were not limited to single objects, but extend to the design of entire space like the product design, architecture – few of which were actually built – and the exhibition. At a glance, extravagant forms and the use of strong, intense colours might typify his work, but what he retained throughout his work was a systematic approach to design. For this reason, his interest didn't only reach to the furniture but entire space. Unfortunately, his singular design has not ever been reflected as the subject of the research in the design history, because of just the singularity. This is an international traveling exhibition organized by the Vitra Design Museum, but it has become a large-scale retrospective exhibition that introduces Verner Panton's wide range of activities by adding Japan's unique exhibition concept and design. This focuses nearly 150 works of furniture, lightings, textiles, models, sketches and videos, etc., from the Vitra Design Museum collection, between the mid-fifties and the mid-seventies during which time he had a substantial influence upon the direction and development on international design. This exhibition, which presents his total space design, would provide the opportunity to look back on the past and look to the future in the modern design. 【Artist】 Verner Panton 【Basic information】 Period: 2009.10.17 – 12.27 Venue: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Organiser: Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation Special sponsor: Nippon Life Insurance Company Sponsors: TOMORROWLAND Co., Ltd., interoffice ltd. Supports: Sogo Bussan Co., Ltd., Goethe-Institut Japan,, TOLI Corporation, MAXRAY inc. Patronised by: Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Switzerland Curated by: Mathias Remmele, Vitra Design Museum Coordination: NANJO and ASSOCIATES Advisor: Uichi Yamamoto Exhibition design: Katami Ichiro (kata inc.) An exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany Verner Panton