Detour Exhibition in Berlin

01 October 2008

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Detour The Moleskine Notebook Experience

Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge
Oranienstrasse 25

Opening: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 19:00 until 22:00
Press Preview Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 18:30

The artists:
Giuseppe Amato, Ron Arad, assume vivid astro focus, Yves Béhar, Fiona Bennett, Bili Bidjock, Mirko Borsche, Constantin Boym, Birgit Brenner, Desideria Burgio, Patricia Carmo Baltazar Corrêa, Stefan Diez, Mike Figgis, Joachim Frost, Martí Guixé, Isola&Norzi, Spike Jonze, Abdoulaye Armin Kane, Ramón Laserna, Julia Lohmann,Hans Maier-Aichen, Javier Marías, Tatiana Musi, Simon Njami, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Paula Odevall, Pax Paloscia, Paolo Pellegrin, Ana Prvacki, Sigur Rós, Henri Jean Rodolphe Sagna, Paula Scher, Giovanni Sollima, Paolo W. Tamburella, Sara van der Heide, Joep van Lieshout, Massimo Vitali, Siren Elise Wilhelsem.

Curator Raffaella Guidobono
Design Zetalab
Ehibition dates and opening schedule
October 30 - November 16, 2008
Every day, except Tuesdays, 12:00-19:00
During Art Forum Fair
October 31 - November 03 - 12:00-22:00

Images of the artists' notebooks can be downloaded at:

After successful exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2008), in New York (2007) and in London
(2006), Detour is set to arrive at the Museum der Dinge in Berlin from October 30 until November 16.

Detour is a travelling group show featuring the Moleskine notebooks designed by internationally recognized artists, architects, film directors, graphic designers, illustrators, and writers such as Ron Arad, assume vivid astro focus, Birgit Brenner, Desideria Burgio, Spike Jonze, Julia Lohmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ana Prvacki, Sigur Rós and Joep van Lieshout.

The Moleskine notebooks are shown in transparent boxes properly designed for Detour. The exhibition is curated by Raffaella Guidobono, the Design and Graphic Design by Zetalab.

Visitors can browse the books after wearing white cotton gloves, provided at the entrance. Amongst 38 notebooks some works contain extensive stories; others are turned into pieces of contemporary art and design. All of them deliver an intimate insight into the artists' creative process.

Ana Prvacki
documented with successive shots the combustion of a Moleskine notebook filled with forgettable notes, setting fire to matches tucked between the pages. In her performance she meant to forget the past lightly and to proceed further with lots of new writings and memoirs. After having found the "agency" ananatural, the sophisticated performer from Singapore investigates and promotes personal solutions to face them.

Julia Lohmann
has worked on her book over an entire weekend at the end of the summer, and once again what she produces is a sum of her ecological approach and unique point of view. She is one of the candidates for the Designer of the Future Award at the next Design Miami Fair.
All the temporary visits on art-sites made the Curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist a constant traveller, always taking lots of notes on his own worldwide path. Here we have a rare sample of his continuous mobility.

The cover and the entire notebook of Sigur Rós, with three drawings, it's just like their music: liquid poetry with some pauses mixed with unusual sounds, while the white pages are eloquently silent.

assume vivid astro focus look like a treasure box, plenty of spared pages filled with sketches and notes with thoughts for their upcoming shows. Their multi-faced fantasy and technicolor imagery here use black pencil on paper and remain, as usual, rule-free and quite astounding. The collective avaf is currently shown in the exhibition "Aqui volvemos adornos frivolos" at Peres Projects in Berlin from September 20th to
October 25th 2008.

The artwork of Joep van Lieshout is enveloped in a cocoon, its spherical shape hiding the contents of the notebook. Reduced to a black line, interrupting the continuity of a polyurethane foam bubble, the artwork does not allow for much interaction.

Ron Arad focuses on the day-to-day aspect of design, representing moments and even images in which he develops links with imaginary sounds and displays an innate sense of design and composition. For the first time in France, the Centre Pompidou is devoting a monograph exhibition to the industrial