Two Polish exhibitions, ‘Urban Prototypes’ and ‘Coral-coloured Corals’ will be presented at Hungary’s biggest design event, Budapest Design Week.
During this year’s Budapest Design Week, two Polish exhibitions will tackle the topic of design in Poland’s neighbouring countries. Urban Prototypes will present designs created specially for use in public spaces in Polish cities and will be accompanied by an installation by Polish designer Paweł Grobelny. The second exhibition, Is Coral a Colour?, is an attempt to determine the region’s colour identity through the analysis of colours chosen by designers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.
Small-scale designs can truly change our surroundings, our realities. Audiences in Budapest are sure to see their effects at the Urban Prototypes exhibition at the Platan Gallery in Budapest. The exhibition presents designs created specially for urban spaces. It includes basic street furniture, but also social projects, which are targetted for specific groups of users. Some designs are systemic solutions, which can be implemented in entire cities or neighbourhoods, others, are created for specific places and spaces. The exhibition includes furniture for schools, bird feeders, an alternative map of quiet places in the city and more.
The works presented in the exhibition come from experienced Polish designers as well as students of Polish schools of design. Their designs are multidisciplinary because work in public space requires the input of other experts. The designs in the exhibition were developed in collaboration with technologists, physicists, sound engineers, ornithologists, as well as research departments of Polish universities.
Grobelny also created a special installation for the exhibition. IN SITU is a park bench design for the Iparművészeti Múzeum in Budapest. It is, however, no ordinary park bench as it straddles the line between utilitarian amenity (a bench) and sculptural installation. In doing so it brilliantly composes itself into the museum grounds, its dimensions complementing the existing layout of the surrounding gardens.
Grobelny, who also curates the exhibition, is one of the most successful contemporary Polish designers. He is a graduate of the Poznań Academy of Fine Art and the Ècole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Lyon.
The Urban Prototypes exhibition will be on display from 5th October to 2nd November 2018. The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and co-organised by the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola, the Polish Institute in Budapest and the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.
Is Coral a Colour?
A piece presented at the Coral-coloured Corals exhibition presented at Budapest Design Week, designed by Monika Patuszyńska, photo: Budapest Design Week
The second exhibition presented at Budapest Design Week takes its name from a famous Polish tongue-twister Korale koloru koralowego…, which translates into English as 'coral-coloured corals'. Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, the curator of the exhibition, looks at the question of whether a country or region’s colour palette can be established. What are the colours of the Czech Republic? Poland? Slovakia? How about Hungary?
The exhibition analyses colours used by Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian designers and their designs – vases, cups, fabrics – to try to discern if there are certain colour patterns that emerge – pinks and blues, greens and yellows.
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Single colors are easy to see: green, blue, red. When put together, they cease to be unambiguous, they become a language. When asked about their colour choices, designers shrug. They say they choose what’s in fashion or what sells. However, this does not exhaust the topic. (...) How we see colours and how we use them consists of many factors. Lighting and our surroundings. The earth and the sky, cities and nature. Traditionally used materials and combinations that we were used to. The context is also extremely important in this region, marked by the gray of communist aesthetics. However, designers do not draw on tradition or nature. They reach for available materials and choose fashionable colors.
Designers taking part in the exhbition include Dechem Studio, Klara Sumova, Milan Pekar, Roman Sedina and Geometr from the Czech Republic, Maria Jeglińska and Monika Patuszyńska from Poland, Linda Vikova, Simona Janisova and Michaela Bednarova from Slovakia, and Eszter Soptei, Edina Andrasi, Judit Lantos and Sara Kele from Hungary.
The Is Coral a Colour? exhibition will be on display from 9th to 19th October at the Fise Gallery in Budapest. Later, from 25nd to 29th October it will travel to the Designblok festival in Prague.
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These projects are organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2021.
Source: press materials, compiled by ZŁO, translated by NR, Sep 2018