The exhibition is a cooperation between Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main and MAK, Vienna.
After his greatly successful Happy Show, the graphic design superstar from New York Stefan Sagmeister will be back at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in 2019. In his new exhibition project Beauty, developed in collaboration with his studio partner Jessica Walsh, he’ll now deliver a very personal – and visually impressive – plea for the appreciation and enjoyment of beauty.
With spectacular interactive installations, the renowned design duo Sagmeister & Walsh will take visitors along on a sensually pleasurable search: what is beauty and why do we feel attracted to it?
With the help of numerous examples from product design, urban planning, architecture and graphic design as well as newly produced installations, they invite the audience to see, smell and touch. All as part of an endeavor to demonstrate that beautifully designed objects stimulate human perception and, ultimately, work better. Supported by insights from psychological aesthetics, history, philosophy and the natural sciences, Sagmeister & Walsh take the view that beauty is more than just a superficial strategy: it influences our everyday life, stimulates our perception and makes the world a better place.
Throughout the entire 20th and 21st century, beauty has increasingly fallen out of favor in the design discourse.