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Silent Revolutions / Contemporary Design in Slovenia

11 –17 October 2013
Moscow Design Week
The ArtPlay Design Center, exhibition place no. 6, 2 floor.
Nizhnyaya Syromyatnicheskaya 10, 105120 Moscow, Russia

The exhibition Silent Revolutions presents a selection of design production spanning more than two decades of a young European country. The title of the project – Silent Revolutions – alludes to a country with an exceptional design history, which has not (yet) established itself as an influential design force in the wider international context. The “silence” implied in the story was a key motivator behind the concept of the exhibition, where a broad array of recent designs is set in a dialogue with five historical, iconic design objects. The other component – the idea of a “revolution” – suggests that some of the products presented set new, unparalleled standards worldwide with the groundbreaking innovations they boldly put forward. The exhibition focuses not only on the excellence of individual products but also on their position in the broader context of contemporary Slovenian design. The selection highlights products of both big industries developing their own brands as well as special limited edition objects produced by the designers themselves. As a whole, the exhibition works to point up the exceptional and heterogeneous character of the moment. Despite various coexisting approaches within the field of Slovenian design, however, some clearly individual chapters of a complex story emerge. And these vital, dynamic differences are singled out and developed as both the driving force and the main common denominator of contemporary design in Slovenia.

After its premiere at London Design Festival 2011 the exhibition has been succesfully presented at Dutch Design Week 2011 in Eindhoven, at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan 2012, in Maribor European Capital of Culture 2012 in Slovenia, at Belgrade Design Week 2012 in Serbia, Helsinki Design Week 2012 in Finland, and at Designfourm Wien in Austria in 2013.