Among the most influential designers of our time, Ron Arad (Israeli, b. 1951) stands out for his daredevil curiosity about technology and materials and for the versatile nature of his work. Trained at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and at London's Architectural Association, Arad has produced an outstanding array of innovative objects over the past twenty-five years, from almost unlimited series of objects to carbon fiber armchairs and polyurethane bottle racks. He has also designed memorable spaces, some plastic and tactile, others ethereal and digital. This exhibition will be the first major retrospective of Arad's design work in the United States.
Arad relies on the computer and its rapid manufacturing capabilities as much as he relies on the soldering apparatus in his metal workshop. His beautiful furniture can even receive and display SMS and Bluetooth messages from mobile phones and Palm Pilots. Idiosyncratic and surprising, and also very beautiful, Arad's designs communicate the joy of invention, pleasure and humor, and pride in the display of their technical and constructive skills. The exhibition will open in Paris in the fall of 2009.
The exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
The exhibition is supported by Notify.
Additional funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
The accompanying publication is made possible by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
This program, which accompanies the exhibition Ron Arad: No Discipline, explores the creative approaches of those whose work defies the easy categorization of disciplines and encompasses countless styles of production. Participants include Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; and artists Ron Arad, Tom Friedman, and Cornelia Parker.
Ron Arad blurs the lines between sculpture, architecture, and design with sensuous, sculptural forms, innovative technology, and advanced manufacturing techniques. His work ranges from furniture to media installations to architecture and more. As the perfect complement to the current MoMA exhibition devoted to this surprising artist, the 92nd Street Y invites Arad over for a talk about his background, his aesthetic, and his upcoming projects. Interviewing him is curator and educator Daniella Ohad Smith.
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