Curated by
Stage 1: Sweden


David Svensson – Illuminator, 2002 (Malmö)
Peter Thörneby – Silver Rain Posters;
How can i sleep with your voice in my mead, 2001-2003 (Stockholm)
Thomas Bernstrand – The man who lives in the room next to you, 2003 (Stockholm)

We are going to install a room in Lungomare with objects from artists and designers who operate in places located north of Bolzano-Bozen. These projects will be related to each other. It will not be an anonymous and aseptic place like hotel rooms often are. It will not be necessary to clean and tidy it up when a new guest will stay in it. The traces left from the previous visitor will constantly change the space and influence its qualities. The exhibition is conceived as a work in progress. New objects will be added during the show, the room will change and its comfort will be increased.

There is a correspondance between the stops in the journey and the events that will take place in the gallery. Five events accompany the travel and become opportunities to deepen the subjects of the show. These steps are not openings, they are actions to celebrate the coming of new objects and projects to the gallery. The opening of the opening will take place in July – at the end of the journey.

Interview with David Svensson (Malmö)

Stage 2: Holland


Chris Kabel – 1totree; morfromform 2002 (Rotterdam)
Arian Brekveld – Soft lamp, Porcelain light (Rotterdam)
Frank Tjepkema – Arificial plans, 1998; Artificial thing 2001 – Droog Design Collection (Amsterdam)
Laurens van Wieringen – Carpet, 2003 (Amsterdam)

Design in Holland has become increasingly important in recent years, and is gaining increasing social relevance. A broad public participates in Dutch design discourses, which are more about visions, ideas and concepts that actively shape and transform our environment. The group Droog Design was crucial for the development of design in recent years and for the promotion of Dutch design abroad. Droog Design was founded in the early nineties by the design critic Renny Ramakers and the designer Gijs Bakker. They founded Droog Design in order to promote and further develop young, unconventional Dutch design. Droog Design is a network of constantly changing designers who contribute to the design debate through projects, exhibitions, workshops, and publications. Their products are characterised by original ideas and clear concepts – the provocative and the banal, the visionary and the ironic – are all bound up in Droog Design’s ideas, concepts, and products.

Three of the four newly featured designers of Stage 2 at the Lungomare Gallery, produced and developed design ideas for Droog Design: Arian Brekveld (Softlamp), Chris Kabel (Stickylamp), Frank Tjepkema (Artifical plant and Artifical bloom – will be exhibited at Lungomare ).

Stage 3: England


Tord Boontje – Wednesday light; Wednesday screamer, 2003 (London)

Designer Tord Boontje declares war on clean lines and minimalist design using his expressive design language. His design is based on technological materials and is mixed with a strong poetic aesthetic.
At Lungomare he shows 2 pieces from his series “Wednesday”.
Tord Boontje: “My work should not be too trendy and not too perfect. It is normal, like a Wednesday.” Boontje creates romantic dreams out of light and shadow; expressive design that breaks the clear, sober style of modernity, without giving up the use of advanced technologies: The petals for his “Wednesday Light” (which will be seen at Lungomare) he had cut from a high tech precision cutter for medical instruments. Boontje himself names his motifs – flowers, petals, foxes, butterflies, birds – as typically British: He has taken much from books about the Victorian era with its obsession with flowery decoration. Indeed, Boontje has a weakness for the past.
He happily lets himself be inspired by artisan craftwork from the 17th and 18th centuries for its mix of ornamentation, that binds the historical with the digital.
Designer Tord Boontje declares war on clean lines and minimalist design using his expressive design language. His design is based on technological materials and is mixed with a strong poetic aesthetic.
At Lungomare he shows 2 pieces from his series “Wednesday”.

Stage 4: Germany


Network architects – lecture (Frankfurt)

Today’s architectural panorama shows a variety of architecture networks that cannot be reduced to a definitive denominator. They only have one thing obviously in common: their flexibility, which unfolds beyond final definition and their demands for a future architecture. In this spirit of optimism, “Network Architects” emerged as an open working group of six young architects.

For Lungomare they develop a strategy on the theme of travel that manipulates the content and space of “the Hotel Room”. The imaginary idea of the journey, the places, the destination, precedes the actual travel. The “fictional Hotel Room” (the gallery) is confronted with the concept of the hotel room. The concept and the actual experience overlap, and in doing so put each other into perspective. The space Hotel Room and its geometry change as one travels.
The name Network Architects includes the basic idea of the “network.” This can be seen in the variety of projects that are managed according to the tasks and interests of the responsible partners, in changing constellations. Innovative concepts run as a common thread through unusual traffic works, flexible housing, experimental facades etc. At Lungomare, the Network Architects show the installation “coherence” and make a presentation about their work.

(In collaboration with the Bolzano Architectural Association)

Stage 5: Austria


With: The walking chair – ping meets pong, 2001 (Vienna)

“Good design objects are always complex in their possibilities for interpretation, they consist of several layers,” said Karl Emilio Pircher. The different layers and the philosophy of the group “The walking chair”, which they address in their profile, describe the basic design approaches of their cooperative: design that human’s use as creative tools; clear ideas; design, that generates movement and design that hides surprises.
The name “The walking chair” has its origin in a chair developed by Karl Emilio Pircher that can move itself. It was with this “walking chair” that the designer duo had their first major international success.
“Ping meets Pong” is a round conference table and at the same time, with the use of handles, transforms into a ping-pong table with rotating net.
It is a table for communication and a table that brings movement into everyday office life. The table requires a sporty interpretation of communication. The players or the participants of a conference do not only try to score points at the table with convincing arguments, but to also collect extra points during the breaks by surmounting the rotating barrier with the ball. The table has been produced by “Kunstduenger” (Schlanders) since September 2003. Karl Emilio Pircher and Fidel Peugeot founded the product platform “Walking Chair” in 2002.

Everyday life packages

Operation 01: working-day-parcels (package)
There’s another operation during our imaginary journey showing the view towards the north. Successively, along the geographical course of this fictive travel(progress), the gallery lungomare will get packages with daily use objects sent from different northern places. This objects will be sign the country at the time and show variations between European towns and countries. The daily use objects are selected by given odds: size, weight, price. Also they (reflect) have to be typical for the region where they are coming from.

Details – daily use objects:
maximum size: 15x15x15 cm
maximum weight: 0,5 kg
The whole package should not weigh more than 5 kg.

Heimo Prünster & Antonietta Putzu: Everyday objects from Vienna (in German)

Freundschaftsspiel – Friendly game

A Lungomare and ar/ge Art project that takes place during the 2004 European Championships in Portugal During the European Football Championship of 2004 in Portugal, the “Museum Gallery” and the “Lungomare Gallery” invites guests to an unusual game. From 12 to 25 June two videos related to football will be screened in the two exhibition spaces. Ingeborg Lüscher (Germany) and Tomas Eriksson (Sweden), the authors of the two respective videos “Fusion” (Biennale 2001) and “Vuxna Män Gör Saker Tillsammans” propose a re-reading of the world that is played around the ball. During the semi-finals the final video will be screened at “Minigolf Talvera”.

Press release: Freundschaftsspiel – Amichevole (in German)

Flyer: Freundschaftsspiel – Amichevole
Flyer: Freundschaftsspiel – Amichevole
Lungomare Music
Lungomare Kitchen

Lungomare invites you to eat: in May Lungomare began its cooking action in the gallery space. This will continue monthly until 1st of July. Various passionate cooks will be invited to give their best in cooking skills and a fitting menu of 3-5 courses will be put together for the exhibition “towards – a room with views.”

Printed matter
More materials

Stefan Karp and Roberto Gigliotti: Wenn einer eine Reise tut.
Soundscape for the opening of “towards – a room with a view”

Press release: towards – a room with a view
Program: towards – a room with a view

With the support of

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano
Buratti foam
ff Südtiroler Wochenmagazin
Heinrich Gasser
Selva Style International