2018: must see events and exhibitions

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, V&A museum, London, UK
‘Discover how Cristóbal Balenciaga’s exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped modern fashion.’
Until 18th February

Ferrari: Under the Skin, the Design Museum, London, UK
‘Come and race through 70 years of passion, glamour and design innovation, with unique behind-the-scenes access to one of the most iconic car brands.’
Until 15th April

First Steps toward Art, Design and Disability (tentative title)
This tentatively titled exhibition will expose how design responds to disabilities as the industry broadens its horizons.
22 February – 22 May

Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – today, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
‘With acclaimed architect Arata Isozaki designing New York’s Palladio and Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA completing London’s Ministry of Sound, it’s about time the evolution of nightclub design was documented.Vitra Design Museum will bring the party to the gallery with music, lighting and spatial installations.’
 17 March – 9 September

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier, Design Museum, London, UK
‘Following fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa’s death in November last year, London’s Design Museum will present 60 of his meticulously cut and figure-fitting dresses.’
10 May – 7 October

Clerkenwell Design Week, London
Clerkenwell Design Week is the UK’s leading independent design festival taking place in EC1, the heart and home of design.
22 – 24 May 2018

Bodys Isek Kingelez, MoMA, New York, USA
‘Fantastical model cities made of cardboard, paper, plastic and found objects are set to fill the galleries of New York’s MoMA, as it stages the first retrospective exhibition of work by late Congolese sculptor Bodys Isek Kingelez.’
26 May – 21 October

Venice Biennale
The Venice Biennale is an annual celebration of art and architecture. The topic changes in alternating years, even numbered years are architecture while odd numbers are art.
26 May – 25 November

London Festival of Architecture
The London Festival of Architecture celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. The festival returns to the capital with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme ‘identity’.
1 – 30 June

Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition
This year, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums.
12 June – 19 August

Art Basel, Basel
Art Basel’s world-leading shows in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami connect collectors, galleries, and artists, and are a driving force in supporting the role galleries play in nurturing the careers of artists.
14 – 17 June

Values of Design, V&A Gallery at Design Society, Shenzhen, China
Architect Sam Jacob was enlisted to mark the opening of  V&A’s (London) first international gallery in Shenzen which has become the new design museum, Design Society. A showcase of 250 object from the V&A’s collection will mark major points in design history.
Until 4 August

Renzo Piano, Royal Academy of Arts, London UK
Renzo Piano, Italian Architect will celebrate his work with a showcase of models, drawings and experiments, giving you an insight into design processes of some of hims most well-known work, including The New York Times Building and The Shard.
15 September 2018 — 20 January 2019

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