The exhibition on contemporary interior and product design SELECTED will be shown in the Portrait Collection of Neue Galerie Graz in cooperation with Universalmuseum Joanneum, located in Joanneumsviertel in Graz. A selection of international design positions will be juxtaposed with portraits of several epoches.
The nature of a portrait lies in the momentary capture of a person, her or his face, and their historic setting. A portrait is timeless and yet a witness of a time period, created within an epoch. It seems to be real, yet it is nothing but an idealised reflection.
The objects of the exhibition SELECTED represent our present. Their design mirrors current trends and offers an outlook on future developments. They are signs of our time and – in contrast to the images – tangible and true.
Portraits and design objects enter into dialogue: curator Alexa Holzer uses materials, colours and settings in the pictures to create a connection between the images and exhibited objects. The depiction steps out of its frame and is retrieved within a new context.
SELECTED 2017 is the largest exhibition of contemporary interior and product design in Austria and one of the highlights in Designmonat Graz. The exhibition presents works of national and international designers and labels and builds a bridge between various approaches and definitions of contemporary design. Besides award-winning novelties also progressive trails and innovative ideas in the field of interior and product design are displayed.