Including over thirty works drawn largely from the Museum’s collection dating from the 1960s to the present, this exhibition reveals the transformation of ideology and forms that have shaped international design of the last half century. From the technological and formal ideals of modernism to the influence of the handmade object, the works reflect increasingly complex and vibrant relationships between concepts of function, aesthetics, and material expression. Featured are designs by Verner Panton, Frank Gehry, Aldo Rossi, Ettore Sottsass, Robert Venturi, Donald Judd, Zaha Hadid, Louise Campbell, and Fernando and Humberto Campana.
The first twenty-five works from the impressive Rose-Asenbaum Collection of modern studio jewelry are also on view in Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present. The group of over seven hundred pieces of jewelry entered the collection in 2015 and features more than 150 acclaimed artists from across the globe. The collection is named for Inge Asenbaum, a celebrated Viennese gallerist, and for Deedie Potter Rose in recognition of the gift of this exemplary group of jewelry.
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Images: Peter Skubic, Yugoslavian, designer, Ring, 1969, white gold and diamonds, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Edward W. and Deedie Potter Rose, formerly Inge Asenbaum collection, gallery Am Graben in Vienna, 2014.33.307; Carlton room divider, designed 1981, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Austrian, 1917–2007, designer, Milan Memphis, Milan, Italy, 1981–1985, manufacturer, wood and plastic, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift; Caroline Broadhead, British, designer, Necklace, 1978-1979, wood, silver, and nylon thread, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Edward W. and Deedie Potter Rose, formerly Inge Asenbaum collection, gallery Am Graben in Vienna, 2014.33.40; Banquete chair with pandas, Designed 2006, Fernando Campana, Humberto Campana, stuffed animals on steel base, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund; Carlton Miss Blanche armchair, designed 1988, executed 1989, Designer: Shiro Kuramata (Japanese, 1934–1991), acrylic, artificial roses, and aluminum with Alumite (anodized) finish, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Caren Prothro, Vincent and Dara Prothro, and Nita and Cullum Clark, and Catherine, Alex, Charlie, Jack, and Will Rose, and Lela Rose and Grey, Rosey, and Brandon Jones in honor of Deedie Rose, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund, and Discretionary Decorative Arts Fund; Coffeepot, Zaha Hadid, designer, Sawaya & Moroni, Italy, manufacturer, designed 1996, executed 2002, silver, Dallas Museum of Art, anonymous gift of in honor of Lela Rose and Catherine Rose, 2006.38.1–3; Marta Breis, Spanish, designer, Bracelet, n.d., silver, plastic, textile, steel, and pigment, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Edward W. and Deedie Potter Rose, formerly Inge Asenbaum collection, gallery Am Graben in Vienna, 2014.33.37; Frank O. Gehry, "Easy Edges" chair, 1971, die-cut corrugated cardboard and masonite, Dallas Museum of Art, 20th-Century Design Fund
Form/Unformed: Design from 1960 to the Present is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines.