The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, is spotlighting Dutch design and experimentation this summer with two shows. Confrontations: Contemporary Dutch Design opens in the museum’s gallery on Tuesday 12 June and runs through Sunday 2 September. The exhibition was produced in partnership with Premsela and received support from Dutch Design Fashion Architecture and the Mondriaan Fund.

Confrontations TV
Premsela and the museum operated a TV studio in the gallery during Art Basel. We'll post videos of the performances here (on the right side of this page) and on the museum’s website. Confrontations TV will also produce a daily video report and interview designers and the public.

The exhibition
For the show, five designers from the Netherlands created objects with craftspeople and industrial companies from the region around Weil am Rhein and nearby Basel, Switzerland. Studio Formafantasma worked with the charcoal maker Doris Wicki, Wieki Somers with the chocolatier Confiserie Rafael Mutter, Lucas Maassen with Roche Pharmaceuticals, Dirk Vander Kooij with the car parts manufacturer A. Raymond, and 2012Architecten with Vitra’s own waste and recycling department. The graphic design agency Catalogtree designed the exhibition.


Dirk Vander Kooij explaining the construction of his light object, photo: Robert Andriessen.

A performance centred around one of the works – which range from Wieki Somers’s chocolate objects to Lucas Maassen’s DNA-crystal chandelier – took place each day in the gallery from Tuesday 12 through Saturday 16 June, during Art Basel.

Gerrit Rietveld: The Revolution of Space
The Vitra Design Museum is also hosting Gerrit Rietveld: The Revolution of Space, a version of a show previously held at the Centraal Museum Utrecht, through Sunday 16 September.

Studio Wieki Somers
Dates: Tue 12 June–Sun 2 Sept
Location: Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Str. 2, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Opening hours: 10am–6pm daily

Confrontations performances
Tue 12 June, 12–6pm: Lucas Maassen and Roche Pharmaceuticals
Wed 13 June, 12–6pm: 2012Architecten and Vitra
Thu 14 June, 12–6pm: Studio Formafantasma and Doris Wicki
Fri 15 June, 12–6pm: Studio Wieki Somers and Confiserie Rafael Mutter
Sat 16 June, 12–6pm: Dirk Vander Kooij and ARaymond

Rietveld: Revolution of Space
Location: Vitra Design Museum, Charles-Eames-Str. 2, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Dates: Thu 17 May–Sun 16 Sept
Opening hours: 10am–6pm daily

Live performances
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Lucas Maassen and Roche
Live performances
2012 Architecten and Vitra
Live performances
Studio Formafantasma
Live performances
Wieki Somers
Live performances
Dirk Vander Kooij