Új Budapest Galéria
1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11–12., (Bálna Budapest)
1 April – 7 May 2017
Exhibition opening and presentation of the Design Without Borders Awards:
31 March 2017 (Friday), 6–8 pm
Opening speech by:
Director of the International Visegrad Fund
Góbi Dance Company
Design Without Borders will be on view for five weeks. The exhibition consists of madeinhungary, which is being held now for the twelfth time, and MeeD – Meeting of European and Central European Designers, which is being held now for the fifth time. As one of the most dynamically developing event series of the region, the exhibition Design Without Borders presents nearly 100 designers from 11 countries and includes guided tours and a rich array of additional events concerning the profession. The show, which is being coordinated and organized by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti and interior designer Tamás Radnóti, will present objects and collections created by independently working Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak and Swedish furniture, textile, industrial and interior designers. Texhibition is a special project within the exhibition that presents compositions by Hungarian textile designers and works by students of MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and the University of West Hungary.
Design Without Borders Awards
The primary goal of the exhibition is to present the works of independent, innovative designers. After having studied numerous international examples (Blickfang exhibitions, Design Festival of Lodz, Satellit in Milan) we came to the conclusion that, given the significance and quality of the exhibition, every year we would present awards to some of the exhibitors.
The awards will recognize originality, innovative solutions and design content. The awards will be decided by a jury of five members. Renowned experts well acquainted with the area of design are asked to take part in the jury process.
Texhibition, a project initiated by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti (Eventuell Gallery), in collaboration with textile manufacturers Fiko Kft., Lénárd Zászlókészítő Kft., Meritum Kft. – Aste Upholstery Material and Home Textile, Rovitex Hungária Kft., is a display of the creative work of almost twenty textile designers. It is being held now for the second time. The goal of the project is to draw attention to a branch of design which previously played a leading role in the field, as well as the artists in this area and the creative potentials inherent in this art. The organizers will present the project, including the designers, the manufacturers and the completed textiles, as part of a separate professional day, which they anticipate will meet with considerable interest on the part of interior designers and distributors.
The series of programs will be further enriched by productions from other fields of the arts, such as a contemporary dance performance by the Góbi Dance Company as part of the exhibition opening ceremony on 31 March and the closing ceremony on 7 May. The production will bring the objects on display to life. The organizers of the exhibition, together with journalists and artists participating in the exhibition, will give guided tours on several occasions.
Organisers of madeinhungary + MeeD
Textile designer and recipient of the Ferenczy Noémi Award, Szilvia Szigeti and interior designer Tamás Radnóti have coordinated and organised the madeinhungary exhibitions since 2004 and the MeeD – Meeting of European and Central Eastern European Designers – exhibitions since 2012. The designer couple completed their studies at the MOME Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (previously the Academy of Applied Arts). Both received scholarships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. They are the founders of Eventuell Gallery and recipients of the Hungarian Design Award and the Lajos Kozma Grant. In addition to their own designs in textile and interior design, they have organised nearly 200 exhibitions and programs, including exhibitions, shows of the Eventuell Gallery, the Textivals of the 1990s, and the exhibition entitled BútoroSokk (focusing on contemporary furniture design).
The exhibition is part of the Budapest Spring Festival
Major financial support was provided by the International Visegrad Fund , with additional funding from the National Cultural Fund of Hungary. Since 2016, the CIG Pannonia Insurance Companies have contributed to support the exhibition and the foundation of the Design Without Borders Awards.
Our partners include the Czech Centrum, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Estonian Institute in Hungary, the Polish Institute, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, the Cultural Institute of the Republic of Slovakia, the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), the Lodz Design Festival, and the DESIGNBY.slovakia.
The exhibition will close with a finissage at 4 pm on 7 May. Szilvia Molnár, the editor of the architecture and design journal Octogon, and Szilvia Szigeti, the curator of the exhibition will give a guided tour. From 5:30 to 6 pm, the Góbi Dance Company will bring the events of the evening to a close with a performance entitled Object-Space-Dance.