The Top Happenings in the Design World, June 12–18

Rebellious Victorian artists, an exhibit honoring Notre-Dame, and a city-wide celebration of design in Barcelona.
Courtesy Barcelona Design Week.

An Exhibition for Notre-Dame
Gagosian Paris, 4 Rue de Ponthieu, Paris

The Paris outpost of the Gagosian hosts an exhibition to honor the reconstruction of the NotreDame de Paris Cathedral following its catastrophic April fire, which destroyed its iconic spire and much of its roof. Artists including Balthus, Sterling Ruby, Patti Smith, Richard Serra, and Takashi Murakami have donated or created works specifically for the show. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris and its affiliated French entity, La Fondation Notre Dame. (June 11-July 27, times vary)


Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave., Seattle

Peruse more than 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and beyond from artists and designers who rebelled against the industrialization and mass-production of art in 19th-century England. Looking to the past for inspiration, these works—many of which have not been exhibited outside the United Kingdom—by figures associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Arts and Craft movement emphasize the value of handmade craft. (June 13–September 8, times and prices vary)


Barcelona Design Week
Various locations in Barcelona, Spain

This city-wide celebration of design features more than 120 activities organized around the theme “Transitions.” Now in its 14th year, the festival includes exhibitions, workshops, talks, and open studios. On June 17, catch a screening of Gary Hustwit’s documentary, “Rams,” which takes a deep dive into the life and work of Dieter Rams backed by music by Brian Eno. (June 12-19, times vary)


Guadalupe Maravilla: Portals
Institute of Contemporary Art, 61 NE 41st St., Miami

El Salvadoran artist Guadalupe Maravilla, based in Richmond, Virginia, and New York, embarks upon his first solo museum project with an installation of wearable sculptural headdresses that incorporate the type of gongs used in vibrational therapy. They’re activated through a series of participatory performances, transforming the gallery into a restorative instrument intended to ward off invisible political phobias—a nod to the artist’s personal experience as one of the first undocumented minors to arrive in the US following the 1980s Central American conflicts. (June 13–Nov 3, times vary)

The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events around the world. For additional events, visit our calendar.


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