Established in 1950, the family-owned Swiss company Vitra is one of the most innovative design firms in the world. Renowned for its functional yet inspiring interior designs, furniture, and accessories, Vitra is internationally recognized for its creative partnerships with design visionaries such as Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, and Verner Panton. This exhibit tells the company's story via an immersive presentation of furniture and design objects, models and material studies, drawings, aerial photographs of its campus, and videos.
Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, "Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals" is the largest solo exhibition in the U.S. to date by Puerto Rico-based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. Featuring films, sound art, performances, and sculpture, these works present a series of encounters that unsettle historical time, drawing attention to where and how human and nonhuman entities come into contact and intersect.
This exhibition celebrates a recent promised gift of more than 230 fraktur to the Museum from art collectors Joan and Victor Johnson. One of the most admired forms of American folk art, fraktur are decorated documents featuring brilliant colors and often whimsical imagery. Transplanted to Pennsylvania by German-speaking immigrants in the 1700's, these hand-drawn or printed works on paper are distinguished by a broken (or "fractured") style of lettering.