Exhibition: ROUNDABOUT BALTIC
May 3 – 15 international exhibition “Roundabout Baltic” will visit Vilnius for the very first time. The exhibition will be held at the Museum of Applied Art and Design. Exhibition opening: May 3, 7 p.m., design talk with the curator Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka May 3, 6:30 p.m. (moderator – Karolina Jakaitė).
The exhibition Roundabout Baltic is co-organized by the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Polish Institute in Vilnius and the Museum of Applied Arts and Design in Vilnius and will beon display for six weeks as part of Design Week Lithuania 2017. The exhibition was presented in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Iceland and gained huge popularity. Until now it was seen by more than 50 000 viewers.
An amazing international design exhibition opens on 3rd of May 2017 at the Museum of Applied Arts and Design in Vilnius to present objects created in eight countries connected by the coastline of the Baltic Sea. Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka is the curator of the Roundabout Baltic exhibition organized by the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola. The cooperation of this team has brought about many celebrated exhibitions promoting Polish design abroad, including Unpolished, Moderna and Polska Folk.
The Roundabout Baltic international exhibition showcases achievements of designers from the stretch of the Baltic Sea in a broad cultural and visual context. It is not, however, a review-exhibition, but rather a narrative exhibition, a personal narration of the curator, which portrays the visual connection between the designers, their work and the seaside landscape etched into their creative sensitivity through design, usable and decorative objects. The landscape provides the background for the story: dunes, beach and water, vegetation, rocks and submarine life, different times of day and changing seasons. The products and objects crafted by artisans from Baltic Sea countries are the cornerstone of the multilayered narration of the project. The Roundabout Baltic exhibition presents works of designers from eight countries, more than 40 authors and more than 70 exhibits altogether. However there is no emphasis on the countries in the way the exhibition is arranged. Quite opposite, concentrating on formal similarities resulting either from local inspirations, choice of material or the production methods, I show analogies in the way creators from the Baltic region think and which are more important / more pronounced than cultural, economic or climatic differences between these countries.
Designers participating in the exhibition:
Alicja Patanowska_PL, Anki Gneib_SE, Anna Bera_PL, Anne Lorenz_DE, Annike Laigo EE, Audrone Drungilaite_LT, Chmara Rosinke_PL/AT,
Chudy and Grase_LT/DE, Com-pa-ny_FI, Derelict Furniture_EE, Fredrik Paulsen_SE, Grynasz Studio_PL, Hanna Krüger_DE, Jenny Ekdahl_SE,
Johanna Tammsalu_EE, Jonas Edvard_DK, Justyna Popławska_PL/DK, Karin Carlander_DK, Kosmos Project_PL, Lisa Hilland_SE, Lith Lith Lundin_SE, Ringvide_SE, Maija Puoskari_FI, Malafor_PL, Mara Skujeniece_LV, Mare Kelpman_EE, Maria Kristofersson_SE, Marija Puipaitė_LT, Meike Harde_DE, Mikko Laakkonen_FI, Milena Krais_DE, Modus Design_PL, Monica Förster_SE, Olga Bielawska_PL/DE, Pia Wüstenberg_FI/DE, Petra Lilja_SE, Raili Keiv_EE, Rikke Frost_DK, Sampling_LV, Sebastian Jansson_FI, Silvia Knüppel_DE, Silvija Juozelskytė_LT, Studio Fem_DK, Toivo Raidmets_EE, Variant Studio_LV, 1+1+1 Nordic Mash-Up_SE/FI/IS
Curator: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka
Organizer: Stalowa Wola Regional Museum
Co-organizer: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Partners: Museum of Applied Arts and Design (Vilnius), Polish Institute in Vilnius, Museum of the City of Gdynia, Design Center Gdynia – the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park.
12.03 – 31.03.2017 The Nordic House, Reykjavík (Iceland)
24.01 – 26.02.2017 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design,
Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (Latvia)
8.10 – 28.12.2016 Estonian Museum Of Applied Arts And Design, Tallinn
22.06 – 11.09.2016 Form/Design Center, Malmö (Sweden)
About Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka
Curator of numerous design exhibitions, design critic, journalist, mastermind behind events promoting design, member of programming councils of Polish and European festivals, member of the jury at various competitions. Artistic Director at the School of Form (SWPS University) and co-author (alongside Lidewij Edelkoort and Dawid Wiener) of an innovative teaching program. Previously, she was the Artistic Director of Łódź Design Festival and the editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration magazine. Most high-profile events among her curator credits include a series of exhibitions: Unpolished, Polished Up and Moderna, Materia Prima and Common Roots exhibition; Design Map of Central Europe, super production for the Design Museum Holon in Israel in 2012.
About the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola
The Museum opened in 2002 and is located in a modernist town from the 1930s, with history rooted in modern technology, architecture, and good design. In 2009, the Museum launched a series of exhibitions promoting Polish design. Most notable productions include Polska Folk, Unpolished, Polished Up and Moderna exhibited at museums and design festivals in Europe and Asia. Since 2014 the Museum has been staging Design Days in Stalowa Wola (www.dnidizajnu.pl). The Museum carries out various educational programs, including a program aimed at adapting its activities to the needs of people with incapacities through such projects as “Accessible Museum”, “Feel the art” and an outdoor sculpture exhibition “Gallery through Touch” implemented within its framework.
About Adam Mickiewicz Institute
The goal of Culture.pl, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s flagship brand, is to promote Poland and Polish culture abroad. Through the presentation of high-quality initiatives and events in the fields of art, music, and design, Culture.pl aspires to introduce an international audience to contemporary
Polish culture. The Culture.pl website provides daily fresh information on the most exciting Polish cultural events worldwide; it is also the biggest and most comprehensive source of knowledge about Polish culture. A special section dedicated to Polish design includes information about the latest trends, and the newest projects by Polish designers – the young and up-and-coming and the well-established and world-renowned. Worldwide promotion of Polish design and its continuous support is one of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s main priorities. Design serves as a platform for the presentation of contemporary Polish culture and the promotion of Polish creativity. Our success in the pursuit of this goal has been possible thanks to fruitful cooperation with such renowned partners as Ventura Lambrate (Milan), London Design Festival, Maison&Objet (Paris), Paris Design Week, Inno Design Tech Expo (Hong Kong), Design Trade Copenhagen, Int’l Contemporary Furniture Fair (New York), Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven), Wallpaper* and many others.
About Polish Institute in Vilnius
Is a Polish diplomatic mission working under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. The main aim is to promote Poland in Lithuania. There are 25 Polish Institute all over the world. The Polish Institute in Vilnius was established in 1996. It works to promote Polish culture, history, science, tourism. It runs Polsih language courses and a contemporary Polish literature library. The Institute co-operates with major Lithuanian cultural events, organizes study visits to Poland for Lithuanian journalists. During the year it organizes up to 150 projects all over Lithuania.