The Glasgow School of Art
London Design Biennale 2023
June 1–25, 2023
Somerset House
London, UK

Welcome to London Design Biennale – an interactive, musical and kinetic exhibition of design and design-led innovation from across the globe.

Bake bread, witness an AI Robot designing, weave a tapestry, get inside a space pod, find inner peace and visit a virtual garden.

40+ designers from around the world respond to the theme – The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations, Somerset House June 1–25, 2023.

London Design Biennale presents four medals to the pavilions that have contributed the most exceptional installations to the Biennale. Three Medals were awarded on June 1, selected by the International Jury and one medal was awarded on June 21, voted for by the public. The medals were designed by Shimmell and Madden and celebrate the Biennale’s tradition of cultural exchange and leading design solutions. The medal ceremony was sponsored by Avatr.

New for this edition EUREKA will showcase design-led innovation from the UK’s leading research centers, featuring cross disciplinary invention and creativity from academics, leaders and problem solvers.

The Artistic Director for 2023 is the Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch national museum and institute for architecture, design and digital culture. Led by its General and Artistic Director, Aric Chen, the Nieuwe Instituut set the theme that aims to explore the biennale’s format of national and territorial pavilions by inviting participants to imagine and enact new forms of international cooperation and participation – including with each other – through the medium of design.

  • Maria Sturm: You Don’t Look Native to Me

    In 2011, Maria Sturm began to photograph the lives of young people from the Lumbee Tribe around Pembroke, Robeson County, North Carolina. Through the process of documenting their lives, Sturm began to question her own understanding of what it means to be Native American. Her new book You Don’t Look Native to Me combines photographs with interviews and texts to preconceptions and show Native identity not as fixed, but evolving and redefining itself with each generation. (more…)

  • Zhanna Kadyrova: Border Memory
    Feb 17 – May 5, 2024
    Uppsala Art Museum
    Uppsala, Sweden

    Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova lets urban materials such as asphalt, concrete and tiles bear witness to history’s many layers of rearrangements, visions and shattered dreams. The artist works in a post-minimalist tradition, and the spatial installations refer both to utopian movements and to how abstraction in art is linked to the modern project. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022, Kadyrova’s art has focused entirely on psychological and sociological aspects of the war. (more…)

  • Berlinde De Bruyckere: No Life Lost
    Feb 3 – May 26, 2024
    Gustavsberg, Sweden

    Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere’s large-scale sculptures and installations of wax, wood, textile, metal and horse hide are executed in an unmistakable artistic style. Grappling with the existential human condition, De Bruyckere’s work addresses human vulnerability and fragility, desire and suffering, resilience and transformation. Opening on February 3, the comprehensive exhibition No Life Lost is the first presentation of the work of De Bruyckere in Sweden. (more…)