Design between Tradition and Innovation

Concepts such as re-design and ready-made play a central role in the exhibition ‘new olds’. It is about the traditional processing of new materials, but also about the transformation of design classics. 60 exhibits throw light on the tension between tradition and innovation in the current design. The special feature: the topic is illuminated from an international perspective.

45 designers and designer teams from Germany, other parts of Europe and the USA are represented in the exhibition. In addition, local designers will present their works on the theme of new and old at the respective exhibition venues. The exhibition thus fosters a lively international discourse.


Volker Albus, HfG Karlsruhe

Exhibitions worldwide

With over 20 touring exhibitions currently travelling across the globe and with its diverse event programmes on contemporary art, the ifa links the German art scene with internationally active cultural creators and forms cooperations and networks. The projects, many of which were developed in co-creation with local partners, cover the various disciplines of modern and contemporary fine arts – from current themes in architecture, photography and design to Bauhaus and monographic exhibitions such as Rosemarie Trockel or Wolfgang Tillmans. These projects generate local meeting platforms and allow international perspectives on topics of global relevance. The ifa also provides loan exhibits to interested museums.

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