Gewerbemuseum (english)



29 November 2015 to 8 May 2016

NIRVANA. Strange forms of pleasure

(orig.: NIRVANA - wundersame Formen der Lust)

The desire for sensual pleasure and seduction constantly inspires the imagination, as countless contemporary works of art and design attest. With some 200 exhibits by around 70 international creators, the exhibition explores the impact of the erotic on design, fashion and contemporary art. At the same time, designer and artist Mark Woods, jewellery artist Betony Vernon and young designer Nika Zupanc have been given carte blanche to express themselves on this theme. With mystery, humour and audacity, the selected works offer a different and imaginative perspective on the universe of the senses, showing how design, materials and the different levels of meaning of erotic or fetishistic worlds can be reinterpreted. These exclusive objects point up how we conceive of and perceive pleasure. The superior workmanship typical of luxury goods and traditional crafts has a key role to play, as do high quality materials such as leather, glass, velvet and precious metals.

This is the first time that an exhibition in Switzerland has presented an in-depth exploration of the ways in which seduction and pleasure are expressed in the contemporary and international context of art and design. Originally designed by mudac in Lausanne, NIRVANA has been brought to the German-speaking sphere by the Gewerbemuseum, which is complementing the exhibition with a special presentation entitled The scent of materialsm (Der Duft der Materialien).


With the participation of:

Abdi Abdelkader DZ / Milena Altini IT / Nobuyoshi Araki JP / Bina Baitel FR / David Baskin USA / Yves Béhar CH / François Berthoud CH / Antoine Boudin FR / Pierre Charpin FR / Petros Chrisostomou UK / Matteo Cibic IT / Matali Crasset FR / Charlie Davidson UK / Marc Dibeh LB / Patrycja Domanska PL / Anika Engelbrecht DE / Matthew Epler USA / Naomi Filmer UK / Sylvie Fleury CH / Björn Franke DE / Rachel Freire UK / Marie Garnier FR / Maja Gehrig CH / Christian Ghion FR / Roberto Greco IT / Olivier Guillemin FR / Zaha Hadid UK /IRQ / Julian Hakes UK / Sophie Hanagarth CH / Dejana Kabiljo HR / Masaya Kushino JP / Cary Kwok HK / Jacques Le Corre FR / Charlie Le Mindu FR / Lernert & Sander NL / Gianmarco Lorenzi IT / Sarah Lucas UK / Maison Margiela FR / Luc Mattenberger CH / Gabriel Moginot FR / Eelko Moorer NL / Marc Newson AU / Magdalene Odundo KEN / Erwin Olaf NL / Kate Peters UK / Mustafa Sabbagh IT / Olivier Schawalder CH / Markus Schinwald AT / Jean-Baptiste Sibertin Blanc FR / Studio Job BE /NL / Caro Suerkemper DE / Gianluca Tamburini IT / Noritaka Tatehana JP / Mario Testino IT / Morgane Tschiember FR / Walter Van Beirendonck BE / Iris Van Herpen NL /
Atelier Van Lieshout BE / Lucas Van Vugt NL / Nick Veasey UK / Olivier Védrine FR / Jean-Luc Verna FR / Betony Vernon USA / Claudia Vogel CH / Rein Vollenga NL / Mark Woods UK / Nika Zupanc SI