STEPS AHEAD - Design in Poland and Hungary after 2000


Wednesday 9 May, 6:00 pm — Monday 28 May 2018

FUGA Budapesti Építészeti Központ

1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 5.

STEPS AHEAD - Design in Poland and Hungary after 2000

Opening on May 9th at 6 pm
FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture
1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 5.

STEPS AHEAD, a cross-sectional exhibition of Polish and Hungarian design, will present dynamic development of design in both countries. The exhibition presented from 9 May at the FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture will show the diversity of contemporary activities within the dynamically developing discipline in Poland and Hungary since the beginning of the 20th century, but the main reference point will be the design created after 2000. The exhibition is the result of the work of the Polish-Hungarian tandem. Its curators are Michał Stefanowski, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the head of the Faculty of Design and Professor Gyula Ernyey — a pioneer of research and education in the field of history and theory of design in Hungary. The curators decided to focus on industrial design which has a direct impact on everyday lives. STEPS AHEAD presents the capability of Polish and Hungarian designers and at the same time testifies to the economic potential of both countries. The curators not only point to similarities and differences but also to areas in which the most interesting design projects were developed after the political and economic transformation. In both countries, these are furniture, transport, lighting, ceramics and social design, in Poland supplemented with public space design, tools and appliances, and in Hungary with medical and sports equipment, toys, and musical instruments. STEPS AHEAD exhibition presents almost 100 designs, mostly implemented for production, with exhibits, large-format photographs and video presentations of individual projects. These include EMU PesaDART train, FELIX 8×8 airport emergency rescue vehicle by WISS team, Krystian Kowalski’s Trim chair and on the Hungarian part Áron Losonczi’s Litracon™ light-transmitting concrete, Péter Üveges’s and Gergely Kiss’s Moveo electric scooter and András Kerékgyártó’s Biela outdoor and indoor chairs. 

The exhibition was organized by the Association of Hungarian Artists and Designers supported by the National Cultural Foundation, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100 — an international program of cultural events celebrating 100 years of Polish Independence. The aim of the Institute’s robust program of cultural events is to strengthen Poland’s image as a country of rich traditions, with a modern culture that draws on the past and forms an important element of contemporary European identity. The program is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and is part of the wider NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2021 program.

Curators: Professor Gyula Ernyey and Professor Michał Stefanowski

Exhibition project: Karolina Chyziak, Krzysztof Czajka, Łukasz Wysoczyński (Studio Robot)

On view till May 28th
There is a book accompanying the exhibition