A visit to the Beyerler Fondation and the Vitra Campus
This past weekend my Uni course went on a trip to Lörrach to visit both the Beyerler Fondation and the Vitra Design Campus. It was the opening night of the “Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” at Vitra and we combined that with a visit to the Georg Baselitz exhibition at the Beyerler Fondation.
Starting off at the Beyerler Fondation. They are showing a retrospective of Georg Baselitz, one of Germanys most well-known artists, to celebrate his 80th Birthday this year. Although I can’t say I’m a massive fan of all his art, it was interesting to see the development of an artist over the course of a lifetime. Here are some examples of his work that I really loved. He is well-known for painting upside down so that is intentional and not a mistake on my behalf …
After exploring the exhibition, we went on the “24 Stops” Design walk to the Vitra campus. This concept by Thomas Rehberger is not only designed to lead visitors from one exhibition to another but also to inspire along the way.
Once we got to the Vitra Campus, we had time for a quick snack break before attending the opening talk of the Night Fever exhibition. Designers Ben Kelly, Peter Saville (who designed the Hacienda club in Manchester together) and Konstantin Grcic talked about designing club culture and the different aspects that create a night club experience.
The museum takes you on a travel through time, starting in the 60s with the first emergence of nightclubs through to the 70s and 80s when disco and the New Romantic movement were at their peak and going into the 90s Techno music scene. The exhibition follows the development of nightclubs into the early 2000s displaying many facets their design: From lighting and music to logo, interior and fashion design – it gives you an impression that clubs are much more than just dance locations.
Our last stop the next morning was an architectural tour of the Vitra campus. The campus combines production halls, a conference building, museums and even its own fire station. What is special about their concept is that each building was designed by a different acclaimed architect, specially invited to design a specific building, giving the architect free reign in their concepts.
If you ever happen to be in the area it’s definitely worth checking out.