Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Nature of event



September 29th, 2018 - October 10th, 2019


All Day


Vitra Design Museum

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

29 September 2018 – 10 March 2019

With the exhibition “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design”, running from 29 September to 10 March 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will present the first large retrospective focussing on the designer, author, and activist Victor J. Papanek (1923–1998). Papanek was one of the twentieth century’s most influential pioneers of a socially and ecologically oriented approach to design beginning in the 1960s. His key work, “Design for the Real World” (1971), remains the most widely read book about design ever published. In it, Papanek makes a plea for inclusion, social justice, and sustainability – themes of greater relevance for today’s design than ever before.

As part of the exhibition, Forensic Architecture will be presenting Air Strike Atimah, an investigation into three unclaimed air strikes near the Syria/Turkey border on 8 March 2015.


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