The bicycle as a design object is shown in a new exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The 70 bikes on display are among the most unusual and exciting bikes in the history of design – racing bike icons represented are the Cinelli Laser or the “Lotus 110 racing bike”. Here is a little insight.
Pinakothek exhibition “The Cycle” – information
- theme The bicycle: cult object – design object, 70 examples
- Location Pinakothek der Moderne, collection area New collection
- Duration 11/11/2022 – 24/09/2024
- entrance 10 euros
- info www.pinakothek-der-moderne.de
The bicycle. Cult object – design object
On 11 November, the new exhibition ”Cyklen. Cult object – design object”. Using 70 examples, it focuses for the first time on the subject of bicycle design. The focus should be on the design of the means of transport, which is currently experiencing a boom again in many industrialized countries, but also had a heyday there and remained – to which the exhibition also builds a bridge by focusing on the invention of the scooter by Karl Drais in 1817.
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But the curators also have a contemporary view of the bicycle: “Today’s bicycle boom must not only be seen against the background of a growing awareness of health, sustainability and environmental protection, but also embodies an attitude to life that calls for a new freedom, flexibility and mobility, physical balance, sport, but also – shaped by the pandemic era – stands for safety. Whether fast or slow, whether with muscle power or an electric motor, the bicycle offers possible solutions to the traffic and mobility problems in our cities, the bicycle changes our leisure activities. However, not all bicycles are the same, not just a purely functional object, not just the most widespread means of transport in the world, but also a design and cult object, where technology, function and aesthetics go hand in hand, he says. Press release.
In-depth knowledge of the subject also reveals that the exhibition organizers are well aware of the emotional attachment to one’s own bicycle and the passion for collecting that it can arouse in one or the other: “The bicycle follows people almost all their lives. It is used, cherished and nurtured, repaired, loved and admired, collected, shared and – with a heavy heart – disposed of.” The Pinakothek also owes the collection of the 70 exhibits to the holdings of private collectors and the German bicycle. Museum in Bad Brückenau.
The racing bicycle, with its particular aesthetics due to the efficiency of progress, deserves a place in the exhibition, as well as bicycles that explored new production methods – the “comfortable” city bicycle from 1982 based on a design by Odo Klose and built by Sprick is made of a single tube. Bent steel frame and plastic wheels are an example. With the heavy bike, the riding experience lagged far behind the visual sensation that some may remember. One or the other example still adorns the sidings in front of large urban rail stations.
Fahrrad-Geschichte zum Anschauen gibt es mit Sicherheitsrad-Ausstellungsstücken. Denn das „Sicherheitsniederrad“ löste das Hochrad ab, das wegen seines hohen Sitzes zu gefährlichen Stürzen führen konnte.
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Info: Pinakothek der Moderne / Photos: The New Collection [Kai Mewes]