The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Rd, Queens
NY 11106, United States
Like Noguchi, Paris-based, Austrian designer Robert Stadler (b. 1966) is a category-defying artist whose work comes from a place where conceptual, aesthetic, functional, and material considerations meet. ‘Solid Doubts’, co-curated by Stadler and Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart, presents four distinct installations—three in the galleries, one in the sculpture garden—that display Stadler’s and Noguchi’s work in tandem in order to raise as many aesthetic, functional, and philosophical questions as possible. In so doing, it reveals the resistance of both men’s work—functional (table, mirror, lamp, bench) and sculptural—to labels and categories.
‘Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum’ represents the Museum’s ongoing engagement with contemporary artists of all disciplines, illuminating the scope of Noguchi’s vision and his continuing impact on our culture. It is the Museum’s first exhibition to feature a contemporary designer’s work in dialogue with Noguchi’s sculptures and designs.
‘Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum’ will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with texts by Joseph Becker, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; design writer Emily King; and Mr. Hart. The 120-page publication will also include installation photography—shot by a drone—and schematic renderings and conceptual collages of the works on view. It will be available in late May 2017.
‘Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum’ is organized by The Noguchi Museum.
Robert Stadler was born in Vienna in 1966. The designer has always been drawn to the details of objects and the narratives they evoke. He studied design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan before attending the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris in the late 1980s. He has continued to work in Paris ever since.
In 1992 Stadler co-founded the RADI Designers collective, whose varied practice revolved around the marriage of the everyday and the unusual. Stadler began to work on solo projects in 2002, though he continued to collaborate with RADI until the studio’s dissolution in 2008.
Stadler’s interests encompass both what he terms “aristocratic design” and objects typically deemed vulgar or absurd; he explores the possibilities for building bridges between the apparently incompatible. He is involved in furniture making, product, interaction design, art installations, and multimedia ac-tivities. He frequently questions objects’ established identities.
His furniture tends to both convey and destroy preconceived notions of what an object should be. Although works such as his Possible Furniture series may at times appear haphazard, they are perfectly constructed to fulfill their ergonomic purpose.