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An Exhibition Without Frontiers

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Ron Arad: No Discipline, the first major U.S. retrospective of the designer’s work (and arguably one of the most anticipated shows of the year; I waited in a 15-minute-long queue to see the actual show alongside the likes of Francesco Clemente, Agnes Gund, and Thelma Golden), opened at the Museum of Modern Art last night. Originally shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris last winter, the exhibition features approximately 140 works by Arad spanning industrial design, hand-crafted studio pieces, sculpture, and mixed media installations—many of which are displayed in a large translucent structure, dubbed Cage sans Frontières (Cage Without Frontiers). Signature pieces like the Rover Chair and the Concrete Stereo are there, but a highlight of the exhibit is the Lolita chandelier for Swarovski (2004), a crystal chandelier that can receive and display text messages. Arad is no stranger to the world of fashion, having designed Tokyo’s idiosyncratic Yohji Yamamoto boutique back in 2003. Today, he collaborates with French luxury denim brand Notify, the sponsor of the MoMA show. An Arad-designed Notify handbag from last year gave way to his latest project: a Notify atelier in Milan that’s scheduled to open this fall—renderings of the space are included in the exhibition. The show runs until October 19.

Photo: Courtesy of Ron Arad

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