With his eye-catching and often striking shapes and materials, Karim Rashid has been a trendsetter on the international design landscape for years. 
Born 1960 in Cairo, the man who elected to live in New York is driven by the motto “I want to change the world”; his creations cover every conceivable area of life from design icon “Garbo” (a waste-paper bin which has sold by the million) to one-off pieces for art galleries, and from perfume flacons via seating scenarios through to de rigeur meeting points. 
Rashid’s works are both brash and lyrical, sensitive and tough, commercial and seductive, low and high; they are also extremely successful in Europe, Japan, the United States and Canada.
 
International high-tech corporations, hotels, restaurant chains and over 60 furniture makers from Italy through to the United States all enthuse about the passionate designer’s sense of zeitgeist – not to mention his digital and virtual Pop Art. 
In the same way that a music studio uses digital technology to remix old songs, sample stylistic elements and release cover versions of familiar songs, Rashid plays and composes using the stylistic elements of modern design, before rigorously transforming them into ideas that bear his own unmistakeable signature.
 

This first solo exhibition in a European museum is dedicated to Rashid’s simulations of dream and reality: Working in close cooperation with Karim Rashid, Neue Sammlung – the State Museum of Applied Arts and Design in Munich – is presenting in its exhibition space in the Pinakothek der Moderne for the very first time a cross-section of Rashid’s design world that takes in music, art, fashion and graphic design.
 
Exhibition conception: Albrecht Bangert, bangertprojects, Munich/Schopfheim
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Pinakothek der Moderne. Munich
Karim Rashid – I want to change the world
November 18, 2004 – March 27 2005

Exhibition view. Photo: Rainer Viertlböck


Exhibition view. Photo: Rainer Viertlböck


Exhibition view. Photo: Rainer Viertlböck