Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview

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By Miyoko Ohtake / Published by Dwell
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.
Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 1 of 28 - Rover Chair (1981)<br><br>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <br><br>Museum of Modern Art

Rover Chair (1981)

Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the

Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 2 of 28 - Sketch for Southern Hemisphere (2007)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Sketch for Southern Hemisphere (2007)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.

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 3 of 28 - Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Lolita chandelier and Even the Odd Balls? chairs<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Lolita chandelier and Even the Odd Balls? chairs

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

 

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 4 of 28 - Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 5 of 28 - Concrete Stereo (1983)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Concrete Stereo (1983)

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Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 6 of 28 - Blown Out of Proportion (B.O.O.P.) vase (1998)<br><br>Photo by<br><br>Thibault Jeanson and courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art

Blown Out of Proportion (B.O.O.P.) vase (1998)

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Thibault Jeanson and courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 7 of 28 - Chalk Farm Road Studio (1981-91)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Chalk Farm Road Studio (1981-91)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 8 of 28 - Bookworm 8008 (1993)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Bookworm 8008 (1993)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 9 of 28 - Sketchy for Large Bookworm (1993)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Sketchy for Large Bookworm (1993)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 10 of 28 - Large Bookworm (1993)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Large Bookworm (1993)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 11 of 28 - Panoramic Restaurant at Les Diablerets, Gstaad<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Panoramic Restaurant at Les Diablerets, Gstaad

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 12 of 28 - Sketch for FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Sketch for FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 13 of 28 - FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

FPE (Fantastic, Plastic, Elastic, 1997)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 14 of 28 - Narrow Pappardelle (1992)<br><br>Photo by Bruno Scott and courtesy of the <br><br>Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and the Museum of Modern Art

Narrow Pappardelle (1992)

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Fonds National d’Art Contemporain and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 15 of 28 - Big Easy Volume 2 (1998)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Big Easy Volume 2 (1998)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 16 of 28 - Lolita (2004)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Lolita (2004)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 17 of 28 - Sketch for Well Tempered Chair (1986)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Sketch for Well Tempered Chair (1986)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 18 of 28 - Well Tempered Chair prototype (1986)<br><br>Photo courtesy of the <br><br>Vitra Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art

Well Tempered Chair prototype (1986)

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Vitra Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 19 of 28 - Looming Lloyd (1989)<br><br>Photo courtesy of the <br><br>Vitra Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art

Looming Lloyd (1989)

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Vitra Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 20 of 28 - MT Rocker Chair (2005)<br><br>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <br><br>Museum of Modern Art

MT Rocker Chair (2005)

Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the

Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 21 of 28 - PizzaKobra (2007)<br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

PizzaKobra (2007)

Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 22 of 28 - Ripple Chair (2006)PizzaKobra (2007)<br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ripple Chair (2006)PizzaKobra (2007)

Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 23 of 28 - Ripple Chair dressed with A-POC (A Piece of Cloth) with Issey Miyake and Dai Fujiwara of Miyake Design Studio (2006)<br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

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

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 24 of 28 - Oh-Void 2 (2006)<br><br>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, USA, and the <br><br>Museum of Modern Art

Oh-Void 2 (2006)

Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, USA, and the

Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 25 of 28 - Southern Hemisphere (2007)<br><br>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <br><br>Museum of Modern Art

Southern Hemisphere (2007)

Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the

Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 26 of 28 - Y's Store (2003)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Y's Store (2003)Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 27 of 28 - Pic Chair (1997)<br><br>Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the <br><br>Museum of Modern Art

Pic Chair (1997)

Photo by Erik and Petra Hesmerg and courtesy of Private Collection, Maastricht, and the

Museum of Modern Art

Ron Arad: No Discipline Preview - Photo 28 of 28 - Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)<br><br>Photo courtesy of <br><br>Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art

Rendering of the Ron Arad: No Discipline exhibition, featuring Cage sans Frontières (Cage without Borders)

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Ron Arad Associates and the Museum of Modern Art