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July 25, 2009

Israeli-born British designer and architect Ron Arad has made a name for himself pushing the boundaries of forms and materials, so it comes at no surprise that the installation devised for Arad’s upcoming retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is a shape-shifting work of its own.

Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Lolita chandelier and Even the Odd Balls? chairs<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art<
Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Lolita chandelier and Even the Odd Balls? chairsPhoto courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Concrete Stereo (1983)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Concrete Stereo (1983)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Blown Out of Proportion (B.O.O.P.) vase (1998)<br/><br/>Photo by<a href="http://www.thibaultjeanson.com">Thibault Jeanson</a> and courtesy of the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Blown Out of Proportion (B.O.O.P.) vase (1998)Photo byThibault Jeanson and courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art
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Chalk Farm Road Studio (1981-91)<br/><br/> Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Chalk Farm Road Studio (1981-91) Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Bookworm 8008 (1993)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Bookworm 8008 (1993)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Sketchy for Large Bookworm (1993)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Sketchy for Large Bookworm (1993)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Large Bookworm (1993)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Large Bookworm (1993)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Panoramic Restaurant at Les Diablerets, Gstaad<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Panoramic Restaurant at Les Diablerets, GstaadPhoto courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Rover Chair (1981)<br/><br/>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Rover Chair (1981)Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the Museum of Modern Art
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Sketch for FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Sketch for FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Narrow Pappardelle (1992)<br/><br/>Photo by Bruno Scott and courtesy of the <a href="http://www.fnac.culture.gouv.fr">Fonds National d’Art Contemporain</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Narrow Pappardelle (1992)Photo by Bruno Scott and courtesy of the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and the Museum of Modern Art
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Big Easy Volume 2 (1998)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Big Easy Volume 2 (1998)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Lolita (2004)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Lolita (2004)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Sketch for Well Tempered Chair (1986)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Sketch for Well Tempered Chair (1986)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Well Tempered Chair prototype (1986)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of the <a href="http://www.design-museum.de">Vitra Design Museum</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Well Tempered Chair prototype (1986)Photo courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art
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Looming Lloyd (1989)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of the <a href="http://www.design-museum.de">Vitra Design Museum</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Looming Lloyd (1989)Photo courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art
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MT Rocker Chair (2005)<br/><br/>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
MT Rocker Chair (2005)Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the Museum of Modern Art
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Ripple Chair (2006)PizzaKobra (2007)<br/><br/><a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Ripple Chair (2006)PizzaKobra (2007)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Ripple Chair dressed with A-POC (A Piece of Cloth) with Issey Miyake and Dai Fujiwara of Miyake Design Studio (2006)<br/><br/><a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Ripple Chair dressed with A-POC (A Piece of Cloth) with Issey Miyake and Dai Fujiwara of Miyake Design Studio (2006)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Oh-Void 2 (2006)<br/><br/>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, USA, and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Oh-Void 2 (2006)Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, USA, and the Museum of Modern Art
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Sketch for Southern Hemisphere (2007)<a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Sketch for Southern Hemisphere (2007)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Southern Hemisphere (2007)<br/><br/>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Southern Hemisphere (2007)Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the Museum of Modern Art
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Pic Chair (1997)<br/><br/>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Pic Chair (1997)Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the Museum of Modern Art
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Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)Photo courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art
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Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Lolita chandelier and Even the Odd Balls? chairs<br/><br/>Photo courtesy of <a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art<
Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Lolita chandelier and Even the Odd Balls? chairsPhoto courtesy of Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Named the Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders), Arad’s creation for the exhibition, titled Ron Arad: No Discipline, is a 126-foot-long, 16-feet-tall corten-and-stainless-steel structure that holds the majority of the 140 works to be exhibited in its 240 square cutouts. The stainless steel-lined cubes that hold the works reflect and ricochet the objects' shapes along the inside of one side of the Cage, which spans the entire length of the museum’s International Council gallery, while the other side is covered in a gray gauze fabric and only reveals silhouettes of the displayed pieces.

The first major retrospective in the United States of Arad’s work, the exhibition spans Arad’s career from his early Rover Chair and Concrete Stereo of the 1980s through his more recent works, like the text message-displaying Lolita chandelier and Southern Hemisphere chair. The exhibition opens August 2 for a brief two and a half months. To view an in-depth slideshow of renderings of Cage sans Frontières, sketches of Arad's iconic pieces, and objects that will be on display, click the yellow "Slideshow" button at the top right-hand corner of this post.

Rover Chair (1981)<br/><br/>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Rover Chair (1981)Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the Museum of Modern Art
Sketch for Southern Hemisphere (2007)<a href="http://www.ronarad.com">Ron Arad Associates</a> and the <a href="http://www.moma.org">Museum of Modern Art</a>
Sketch for Southern Hemisphere (2007)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

 

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