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    Volker Albus, the German curator of ‘New Old’s design exhibit

    Volker Albus, the German curator of ‘New Old’s design exhibit

    German curator Volker Albus will be back in the Philippines to present his second exhibit here dubbed New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation. In partnership with IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.), it will view from May 9 to June 6 at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City.

    It was in 2012 when Albus first presented a traveling exhibit called Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention also at the Yuchengco Museum.

    This year, New Olds looks into how contemporary designers work with traditional elements, whether it is style, material or craft. The show also explores the themes of material, construction, configuration, production, and traditional use.

    Forty-five designers and design teams from Germany, other European countries, and the US enter into an intensive dialogue at the exhibit.

    Besides the exhibit, a curator’s talk with Albus is also scheduled on opening day at 4 p.m. He will take guests around the exhibit and share his insights into select objects from the show. The talk is for free.

    Design today
    Design has a short and highly successful history in the West. It quickly became a key feature of a collective understanding of culture, and is correspondingly appreciated and communicated.

    Today, design is gaining significance, and not just as a profession. Many of the design pieces that are being sold as fresh and innovative are actually derived from history, culture, and tradition, representing a new way of interpreting old forms.

    This exhibition looks at aspects of the “new” and the “old” in a range of objects and groups of objects, discusses differences and new combinations, presents trends in recycling and redesign, and looks at the transformation of design classics and traditional ways of using new materials.

    Works by Filipino designers
    The international nature of the show is further emphasized by a selection of Philippine examples of design that put a twist on tradition. For the Philippine leg of New Olds, curator Volker Albus will especially feature chairs designed by Gabriel Barredo and Dem Bitantes.

    To complement the New Olds traveling exhibit, the Yuchengco Museum is presenting Design Insights Philippines, a showcase of works by local designers that experiment with material, pattern, construction, or functionality.

    Design Insights Philippines hopes to encourage Filipino designers to look into their traditional culture and to transform into something contemporary. Among the participating designers are Olivia d’Aboville, Anton del Castillo, Daniel Latorre Cruz, and Wataru Sakuma.

    For more information, call (632) 889-1234 or visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org.

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