Exhibitions

VIRTUAL Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe

VIRTUAL Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe
VIRTUAL Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe

VIRTUAL Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe


April 29, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Alexander Girard was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe is the first major retrospective on Girard’s work, organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. With this new VIRTUAL TOUR open a door to his creative universe and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich, and many others. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculptures, as well as numerous sketches, drawings, and collages never shown before.

Girard was also a pivotal figure in the history of the Museum of International Folk Art, donating more than 100,000 objects from his and his wife Susan’s folk art collection, and in 1981 creating the museum’s long-term, beloved exhibition Multiple Visions. Girard’s playful designs attest to a passion for colors, ornamentation, and inspirations from folk art.

A Designer’s Universe was on view at the Museum of International Folk Art May 5, 2019 - October 27, 2019​. Now you can experience this exhibition virtually by taking the tour below:

VIRTUAL EXHIBIT TOUR

WATCH Installation Timelaspe Video

Read:

  • Spoon to City by Laura Addison, El Palacio Magazine. Summer 2019... Alexander Girard’s genius: tasty, urbane, and infinitely scalable.
  • When Georgia Met Sandro by Kate Nelson, El Palacio Magazine. Summer 2019...Embers of a fabled friendship shimmer on.
  • A Dazzling Denizen by Jess Mullaly, El Palacio Magazine. Spring 2019...Alexander Girard made himself at home in the world, and made many worlds of his own.

Coinciding with the traveling retrospective, the Museum of International Folk Art enhanced the visitor experience of its Girard collection exhibition, Multiple Visions, through interpretive and interactive elements designed for the 21st century.

Photo: Design for matchboxes of the restaurant La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard, 1960 / Alexander Girard Estate, Vitra Design Museum.