New York | A Collection of Ideas | MoMA

Place: New York, Country: United States
the Museum of Modern Art - New York
Museum Of Modern Art – New York
February 15, 2014–February 28, 2015
Architecture and Design Galleries
Curators: Paola Antonelli and Kate Carmody
Text by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Images courtesy of Museum Of Modern Art
For additional photo credits see captions

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Installation view of the exhibition A Collection of Ideas. On view February 15, 2014, to February 28, 2015. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar

“A Collection of Ideas” exhibition at the MoMA – New York

If Design is actually more than the mass production of “useful sculptures” but embodies instead the capability to meet the human needs, as the work of many designers of the past, from Walter Gropius to Achille Castiglioni testifies, then we have to question ourselves in which way such needs are going to change and which impact such change could have on the people’s everyday life.
Such question force us to reconsider the real sense of words such as “modern” and “contemporary”, which were almost synonyms in the first half of the 20th century but thereafter becoming  more and more terms of divergent meaning.

These are the key-points on which Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design and her Assistant Kate Carmody, founded the exhibition A Collection of Ideas, running at the MoMA in New York, until February 2015.

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Top: Massoud Hassani (Dutch, born Afghanistan 1983) Mine Kafon wind-powered deminer, 2011 Bamboo and biodegradable plastics. Gift of the Contemporary Arts Council of the Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Rene van der Hulst. Bottom:  Installation view © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar 

Starting from the consideration that the Design collection of the MoMA “ is not just a catalog of objects, but is rather a collection of ideas supported by objects”, the curators have reasoned on what categories of investigation such ideas belong to as well as on what concepts better represent innovation in contemporary design functions and forms.

Terms such as human-computer interaction, sustainability, violence, digital prototyping, impaired-people accessibility, genetic technology are both conceptual categories and concrete facts underlying the designs on exhibition, all developed during the last decades.

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Top: Installation view © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar Bottom left: Tomohiro Nishikado (Japanese, b. 1944) of Taito Corporation (Japan, est. 1953). Space Invaders, 1978. Published by Taito Corporation (Japan, est. 1953). Gift of the Taito Corporation, 2013. Image © 1978 Taito Corporation, all rights reserved. Bottom right: Tim Ferguson-Sauder (American, b. 1972) Brian Glenney (American, b. 1974) Sara Hendren (American, b. 1973). Accessible Icon Project, 2009-11. Gift of the designers, 2013. Image © 2014 Accessible Icon Project

From Massoud Hassanis’ wind-powered demining device to Susana Soares’s perception enhancers, from Toru Iwatani’s Pac-Man videogame to Tomáš Libertíny’s honeycomb vase manufactured by bees, from Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen’s famous Google Maps pin icon to Markus Kaiser’s solar-sintered bowl, the exhibition covers the most various innovative trends in design and casts a glimpse on how our mind and our habits, even more than the objects we use, are going to change in the future.

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Installation views © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Jonathan Muzikar

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