Material Tales: The Life of Things

  • Dates:2021-09-17 - 2021-10-17
  • Location:2A Gallery, CAFA Art Museum
  • Opening:2021-09-17
  • Organizer(s): Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Design Museum London
  • Co-Organizer(s): CAFA d-School CAFA Art Museum
  • Touring exhibition co-organizer: Nanjing University of the Arts
  • Supporters: NetDragon CHX biomass technology ORGANY
  • CAFA Art Museum:
  • General Counsel: Fan Di’an
  • Exhibition Director: Song Xiewei
  • Exhibition Producer: Zhang Zikang Han Wenchao
  • Exhibition Coordinator: Wang Chunchen Gao Gao
  • Curators: Ji Yujie Zhou Bo Wang Naiyi Xue Tianchong
  • Design Director: Xue Tianchong
  • Design Museum London:
  • Exhibition Curator: Eleanor Watson
  • Exhibition Project Managers: Silvia Meloni Erika Batey
  • Original Exhibition Design: vPPR Architects
  • Original Graphic Design: Twelve Design Ltd.

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The Design Museum presents its first dedicated touring exhibition in collaboration with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) exploring the legacy, stories and sustainable futures of the material world. Opening for the first time at the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, the exhibition charts the journey of the materials that have defined modern life through their origins, uses and evolution to current environmental and industrial consequences. Visitors will see designs that aim to foster greater respect and care for the world around us, from products made from innovative materials such as vegan leather grown from coconut waste to projects with local impact such as native corn species in Mexico. Featuring early prototypes to design experiments, alongside a wealth of images, film and process materials, the exhibition includes work by visionary designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Carlo Scarpa, Marcel Breuer, Ettore Sottsass, Ma Yansong (MAD Architects), OnEarth Architecture, Dong Gong (Vector Architects), Kathrin von Rechenberg, Kinor Jiang, Lyu Yue, Wang Kezhen, Chen Min, Zhang Zhoujie, Faber Futures, Fernando Laposse and Sanne Visser.  As we face the realities of the Earth’s limited resources, designers and users alike are seeking greater clarity around how objects are made and at what material cost. The first dedicated touring exhibition from the Design Museum, Material Tales: The Life of Things opens on Friday 17 September 2021 at the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, China and will take visitors on a journey through the origins, uses and evolutions of matter to explore the material world around them. Featuring over 80 iconic exhibits from the Design Museum collection, 30 Chinese contemporary designer’s works, as well as innovative materials in development today, the exhibition will inform and inspire visitors to understand and care for the complex processes that go into everyday objects. From early examples of mass-produced furniture to the latest experiments in bio-fabrication, the exhibition explores the materials that have defined modern life, and how we might learn to make better use of them in future. The first section of the exhibition introduces some key materials – such as wood, clay, metal, plastic and fibre –illustrating their unique properties through large-scale microscopic images and mounds of raw materials. In ‘Origins’, visitors will also explore the emotional qualities of materials through a variety of iconic and everydaydesign objects. Moving into ‘Transformations’, discover the power of mass manufacturing, through the technical possibilities and overwhelming scale of the materials that are being processed and mass produced today. Step behind the scenes of how our modern material world is formed, from awe-inspiring space craft and everyday drinks cans to the flat pack furniture that revolutionised modern interiors. Featuring original work by Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, the Bakelite Corporation, David Mellor and many more. In the third section of the exhibition, ‘Consequences’, visitors will be confronted by the human impact of global systems of material extraction and consumption on the environment in a newly commissioned film by Zuketa Film Production. Discover the legacy of these material industries through case studies exploring mining, rubber and intensive cotton farming, including a super-scale graphic produced by World of Matter exploring global systems of extraction. The exhibition ends with a look to more optimistic material futures and how designers are working to find more intelligent and sustainable ways of working with finite resources. Featuring the work of a dozen contemporary designers –including Male Uribe Fores, Waugh Thistleton Architects, Marlene Huissoud, Hao Zhenhan, Ya-chu Kang, Lin Fanglu, Dechen Yeshi and Yang Hongjie – the ‘Evolution’ section offers an inspiring overview of material design today. From large scale industrial interventions such as Cross Laminated Timber to local projects focussing on handmade designs, this section reminds visitors that materials design is a constantly evolving field that plays an important role in tackling environmental and societal issues.

The Design Museum presents its first dedicated touring exhibition in collaboration with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) exploring the legacy, stories and sustainable futures of the material world.

 

Opening for the first time at the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, the exhibition charts the journey of the materials that have defined modern life through their origins, uses and evolution to current environmental and industrial consequences.

 

Visitors will see designs that aim to foster greater respect and care for the world around us, from products made from innovative materials such as vegan leather grown from coconut waste to projects with local impact such as native corn species in Mexico.

 

Featuring early prototypes to design experiments, alongside a wealth of images, film and process materials, the exhibition includes work by visionary designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Carlo Scarpa, Marcel Breuer, Ettore Sottsass, Ma Yansong (MAD Architects), OnEarth Architecture, Dong Gong (Vector Architects), Kathrin von Rechenberg, Kinor Jiang, Lyu Yue, Wang Kezhen, Chen Min, Zhang Zhoujie, Faber Futures, Fernando Laposse and Sanne Visser.

  

As we face the realities of the Earth’s limited resources, designers and users alike are seeking greater clarity around how objects are made and at what material cost. The first dedicated touring exhibition from the Design Museum, Material Tales: The Life of Things opens on Friday 17 September 2021 at the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, China and will take visitors on a journey through the origins, uses and evolutions of matter to explore the material world around them.

 

Featuring over 80 iconic exhibits from the Design Museum collection, 30 Chinese contemporary designer’s works, as well as innovative materials in development today, the exhibition will inform and inspire visitors to understand and care for the complex processes that go into everyday objects. From early examples of mass-produced furniture to the latest experiments in bio-fabrication, the exhibition explores the materials that have defined modern life, and how we might learn to make better use of them in future.

 

The first section of the exhibition introduces some key materials – such as wood, clay, metal, plastic and fibre –illustrating their unique properties through large-scale microscopic images and mounds of raw materials. In ‘Origins’, visitors will also explore the emotional qualities of materials through a variety of iconic and everydaydesign objects.

 

Moving into ‘Transformations’, discover the power of mass manufacturing, through the technical possibilities and overwhelming scale of the materials that are being processed and mass produced today. Step behind the scenes of how our modern material world is formed, from awe-inspiring space craft and everyday drinks cans to the flat pack furniture that revolutionised modern interiors. Featuring original work by Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, the Bakelite Corporation, David Mellor and many more.

 

In the third section of the exhibition, ‘Consequences’, visitors will be confronted by the human impact of global systems of material extraction and consumption on the environment in a newly commissioned film by Zuketa Film Production. Discover the legacy of these material industries through case studies exploring mining, rubber and intensive cotton farming, including a super-scale graphic produced by World of Matter exploring global systems of extraction.

 

The exhibition ends with a look to more optimistic material futures and how designers are working to find more intelligent and sustainable ways of working with finite resources. Featuring the work of a dozen contemporary designers –including Male Uribe Fores, Waugh Thistleton Architects, Marlene Huissoud, Hao Zhenhan, Ya-chu Kang, Lin Fanglu, Dechen Yeshi and Yang Hongjie – the ‘Evolution’ section offers an inspiring overview of material design today. From large scale industrial interventions such as Cross Laminated Timber to local projects focussing on handmade designs, this section reminds visitors that materials design is a constantly evolving field that plays an important role in tackling environmental and societal issues.


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According to The Advertising Law of the People’s Republic of China, The General Principles of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China, and The Provisional Opinions of the Supreme People’s Court on Some Issues Related to the Full Implementation of the General Principles of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China, and upon friendly negotiation, Party A and Party B have arrived at the following agreement regarding the use of works bearing Party A’s image in order to clarify the rights and obligations of the portrait licenser (Party A) and the user (Party B):

I. General Provisions

(1) Party A is the portraiture rights holder in this agreement. Party A voluntarily licenses its portraiture rights to Party B for the purposes stipulated in this agreement and permitted by law.

(2) Party B (CAFA Art Museum) is a specialized, international modern art museum. CAFA Art Museum keeps pace with the times, and works to create an open, free, and academic space and atmosphere for positive interaction with groups, corporations, institutions, artists, and visitors. With CAFA’s academic research as a foundation, the museum plans multi-disciplinary exhibitions, conferences, and public education events with participants from around the world, providing a platform for exchange, learning, and exhibition for CAFA’s students and instructors, artists from around the world, and the general public. As a public institution, the primary purposes of CAFA Art Museum’s public education events are academic and beneficial to society.

(3) Party B will photograph all CAFA Public Education Department events for Party A.

II. Content, Forms of Use, and Geographical Scope of Use

(1) Content. The content of images taken by Party B bearing Party A’s likeness include: ① CAFA Art Museum ② CAFA campus ③ All events planned or executed by the CAFAM Public Education Department.

(2) Forms of Use. For use in CAFA’s publications, products with CDs, and promotional materials.

(3) Geographical Scope of Use

The applicable geographic scope is global.

The media in which the portraiture may be used encompasses any media that does not infringe upon Party A’s portraiture rights (e.g., magazines and the internet).

III. Term of Portraiture Rights Use

Use in perpetuity.

IV. Licensing Fees

The fees for images bearing Party A’s likeness will be undertaken by Party B.

After completion, Party B does not need to pay any fees to Party A for images bearing Party A’s likeness.

Additional Terms

(1) All matters not discussed in this agreement shall be resolved through friendly negotiation between both parties. Both parties may then sign a supplementary agreement, provided it does not violate any laws or regulations.

(2) This agreement comes into effect on the date that it is signed (sealed) and the relevant boxes are selected by Party A and Party B.

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