14. madeinhungary + 7. MeeD | DESIGN WITHOUT BORDERS. The new exhibition of the New Budapest Gallery, featuring the works of Czech, French, Polish, Hungarian, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Slovakian and Swiss designers, has opened on 30 May 2019.
For the first time, the event is being organised as an international festival and as part of the Hungarian Festival Alliance and EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).
The selection includes works by more than 100 designers from twelve different countries, including designers who have won prizes national and international awards. The exhibition, some 70% of which consists of works by designers from the V4 countries, will present furniture, textiles, and design objects by German, Italian, Austrian, Romanian, Swiss, French, Portuguese, and Spanish designers. It will also include, as a continuation of the highly successful presentation of works of jewelry last year, compositions by designer jewelers, with a focus on the Department of Metal and Jewelry at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. As a distinctive part of the exhibition, works by students at design schools and universities of art will also be presented, for instance the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Bratislava), the Institute of Applied Art (Sopron), the Budapest Metropolitan Museum, the Moholy-Nagy University of Art, and University of Pécs, The Faculty of Music and Visual Arts. And now for the fourth time, the exhibition will also present the TEXHIBITION project, which was created by almost 20 textile designers and three implementers working in collaboration.
The curators aim to present the distinctive artistic practices and traditions of the region through the works of designers belonging to different generations and also to foreground the positive influences of the artists on one another and the impressive and refreshing variety of object and design planning. Alongside objects made both in large and small series which take current trends into consideration, the exhibition also provides space for compositions which capture individual perspectives. As part of the exhibition, we will also present the Design Without Borders Award, which is being presented this year for the third time. The goal of the award is to call attention to the potentials of design and the importance of providing support for art and artists. We would like to thank CIG Pannónia First Hungarian General Insurance Company Ltd. for the generous support it has provided in order to make this award possible.