Wednesday 7 August 2019
New exhibition brings the best of Danish design to Auckland
Denmark Design, a major exhibition that examines the history of Danish design icons, will open
at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki on Saturday 26 October.
Pioneering, practical and timeless – Danish design has consistently been at the forefront of
the applied arts and is today considered a shorthand for modern living and the modern home.
Charting developments in Danish design from the 19th century until today, with a focus on the
post-World War II period, Denmark Design presents over 200 original objects, from furniture to
fabrics, graphic design to jewellery, and ceramics to toys. Through the icons of Danish design,
the exhibition explores the makers, ideologies and social contexts from which some of the
archetypes of modern domestic design developed.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Paisley says, ‘Denmark Design will showcase the
groundbreaking creativity and enduring appeal of Danish design. These objects are
renowned across the world as timeless in their ingenuity and international resonance.’
‘New Zealanders have been bringing classic examples of Danish design into their homes
since the 1950s – from the sleek Panton chair to the ubiquitous Bodem coffee press, icons
of Danish design are synonymous with the art of homemaking. This exhibition is a must for
anyone with interests in interior design, industrial design and the applied arts.’
Highlighting the complex craft and production processes behind finished objects of classic
simplicity, the exhibition brings to New Zealand audiences the best of Danish craftsmanship
and innovation in two- and three-dimensional design applied across items for our home and
Exploring the processes of designing and making, the exhibition reveals how the Danish
have considered not just the wellbeing of the individual user, but also materials, economics,
environment and society to result in an approach that offers us all a new way of living – a
design for life.
Denmark Design coordinating curator Emma Jameson says, ‘Denmark has been at the
vanguard of design because of its nuanced balancing of function and aesthetics. By displaying
the objects individually and within staged home settings, the exhibition will showcase the
groundbreaking craftsmanship of Danish design while emphasizing how design items were,
and still are, intended for the everyday needs of the home.’
The exhibition features iconic works, such as the ‘Egg’ chair, the ‘PH Artichoke’ light and the
Lego brick. Among the pioneering designers and manufacturers whose creativity and skill are
represented are Royal Copenhagen, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton,
Nanna Ditzel, Henning Koppel, Georg Jensen, Komplot and Ursula Munch-Petersen.
Denmark Design is curated by Designmuseum Danmark and Michael & Mariko Whiteway.
The exhibition tour is coordinated by Brain Trust Inc., Tokyo.
Saturday 26 October 2019–
Sunday 2 February 2020
10am – 5pm daily, except Christmas Day
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand adult $16
New Zealand concessions $14
Members and Members guests FREE
with valid Members card
Children 12 & under FREE
Seperate charges apply for international visitors.