Design in 2019 – what will exhibition design look like?

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As part of our 2019 design series, Pernilla Ohrstedt, founder of her eponymous studio, takes a look at what will happen in exhibition design over the next 12 months.

Pernilla Ohrstedt, founder of her eponymous studio. © Eric Guillemain.

What do you think 2019 will hold in exhibition design?

2019 is a year on the lookout for small radical exhibitions. I am very excited about José Esparza’s new reign at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. A new vision for one of the smallest but most interesting exhibition spaces I have ever worked with. Equally exciting will be the exhibits and events that former Storefront Director Eva Franch Gilbert will bring to the Architectural Association (AA), which she now directs.

What was your favorite exhibition design project of 2018 and why?

Photo: David Heald. © 2018 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Paintings for the Future by Swedish artist Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim in New York was my favorite. Rarely has a building and the work of an artist expressed such a synergy. It’s as if the building was made for this show, even though its groundbreaking work – which was only recently revealed – replaced the half-decade-old building.

The high double-height galleries show off his breathtaking “Ten Largest” from 1907, illuminated by semicircular skylights. And the continuous circular ascension spatially reinforces the message and importance of her work – the future has finally caught up with her.

Installation photos: Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo: David Heald. © 2018 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.


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