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Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context

  • 00:00 - 15 May, 2014
Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context
Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context, Poster Design: David Hartwell, 2014
Poster Design: David Hartwell, 2014

Competing Utopias is a design collision that should never happen. But somehow, in Los Angeles, in 2014, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it will.

This installation is a ‘mash-up’ in the most provocative sense of that word. Its force comes from the collision of two design cultures that have been kept apart but have been visually connected in ways yet unexamined. What's proposed is an experimental installation that presents Cold War modern design from East and West in one context. 

Competing Utopias is organized by two Los Angeles institutions: the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences and the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, each a different type of museum. The Neutra House is an iconic Los Angeles mid-century modern house museum, designed by Austrian born American architect Richard Neutra. The Wende Museum is the largest archive of Cold War artifacts in the world. Both ‘institutions’ originated in German speaking Europe, both subsequently landed in Los Angeles. Their collections embody two forks of a Cold War history.

  • Title

    Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context
  • Website

  • From

    July 11, 2014 04:14 PM
  • Until

    September 14, 2014 04:14 PM
  • Venue

    Neutra VDL Research House
  • Address

    2300 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA
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Cite: "Competing Utopias: An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context" 15 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/506575/competing-utopias-an-experimental-installation-of-cold-war-modern-design-from-east-and-west-in-one-context/> ISSN 0719-8884

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