CULTURAL AFFAIRS - Art without Borders
Exhibition at the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig, DE
10.06. – 03.10.2021

CULTURAL AFFAIRS - Art without Borders<br>Exhibition at the GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts, Leipzig, DE<br>10.06. – 03.10.2021

“Old is New”. Hanao shoes, canvas sneakers, silk hanao, 2020
Photo: Whole Love Kyoto

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

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Red Samakaka Yukata, Amazwe Collection, designed by Tia Ogui, 2020
Photo: Tia Oguri


Collection WITH: outlier, composite fabric with digital print and stich seam process, 2017
Photo: Hüzeyin Özer


Full Grown Mermaid, bra, shell, found objects, steel, industrial materials, 3-D collage, industrial repurposing, 2019
Photo: Corrina Goutos


Cultural Affairs - exhibition view
Photo: Esther Hoyer

Opening times
Tu – Su, Holidays 10am–6pm

GRASSI Museum of Applied Arts
Johannisplatz 5–11
DE - 04103 Leipzig
Telephone: +49 (0) 341 / 22 29-100

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