Special exhibition



Art without Borders

Exchange between cultures has always had an impact on their arts, their crafts, and their design. Just as people travel and migrate, objects adapt to new environments and contexts. This is reflected in their design: along with works of art, their forms, types of ornamentation, and techniques were and are subject to a transformation that arises from the experience of travel and migration.

CULTURAL AFFAIRS presents as "traveling objects" mainly jeweller , fashion and textile as well as graphic and industrial design by contemporary young designers and artists. These are characterized by an often global or transcultural origin and biography.

Exhibited here are global networks and interpretations of techniques and objects, as well as their developments, aesthetics, and messages that have changed through travel. In this time of cultural pluralism and heterogeneity, the focus on the present as well as the future underlines that collaborative, international, and intercultural projects are becoming ever more significant. The examples in the exhibition make it clear that, just as in our increasingly networked world today, the art and design of recent centuries would be inconceivable without transcultural encounters.

curation: Silvia Gaetti

artists|labels|projects: Amoah, James Kwame | Borst, Kathrin | Dead White Men's Clothes | Deakin, Laura | Eun, Hi Kyung | Fiorentino, Nichole | Furtwängler, Felix Martin | Gort, Lis | Goutos, Corrina | Guarnaccia, Matteo /Cross Cultural Chairs | Hicecream | Hoogeboom, Peter | Houndepinkou, King | Jones, Ikiré | Klonowska, Marta | Kruger, Daniel | Künzli, Otto | Lala Berlin | MeYouWeDo | Migrant Journal | Möller, Andreas und Natalia | Nagai, Erico | Nahar, Chequita | Özer, Hüseyn | Park, So Jin + Lee, Ji Hee | Post, Simone | Raupach, Ilka | Rohden, Felicitas | Rohne, Cornelia | Rolf, Johnny | S27 | Sahabi, Siba | Schmid, Manfred | Sichling, Su-Ran | Skoluda, Wolfgang | Studio Formafantasma | Über Dandy Kimono | Unger, Kata | Weise, Margret | Weiss-Weingarten, Ebbe | Whole Love Kyoto | Yamamoto, Shigeki | Yeap, Poh Chap

academic projects:
textile design Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
collaboration with Kyoto University of Art and Design, Royal College of Art in London, jewellery design Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and metall and jewellery design University of Applied Science and Art Hildesheim

Matteo Guarnaccia: Cross Cultural Chairs, 2020. Photo: Matteo Guarnaccia, Francesco Tagliavia
Jojo Gronostay, Dead White Mens Clothes: The Classic (Hoodie), 2020. Photo: Jojo Gronostay
Felix Martin Furtwängler: mask „Whistling Folk Art“, 2019- 2020. Photo: Felix Martin Furtwängler
lamp „Lucia Carbonara“ from the education manufactory of the art lab S27. Photo: S27 – Kunst und Bildung, Berlin
chandelier "bottle game" from the education manufactory of the art lab S27. Photo: S27 – Kunst und Bildung, Berlin
Über Dandy Kimono: Red Samakaka Yukata, Amazwe Collection, 2020. Photo: Tia Oguri
Whole Love Kyoto, “Old is New”, hanao shoes, 2020. Photo: Whole Love Kyoto
 Ikiré Jones: scarf “The Inextinguishable Joy”, 2021. Designed by Walé Oyéjidé & NFN Kalyan. Photo: Courtesy of Ikiré Jones
Studio Formafantasma: The harbor, 2009–2010. Design Museum Den Bosch. Photo: Peter Cox
Marta Klonowska: Carp after Utagawa Hiroshigel, 2019. Photo: Artur Gawlikowski
Lis Gort: Gugelhupf Metamorphosis II, 2017. Photo: Kun-Lung Tsai