SPACED OUT: Intergalactic travel, teleportation and robots — how much do they have in common with design? A whole lot, according to Luxembourg’s Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (also known as Mudam), whose exhibition, “Tomorrow Now: When Design Meets Science Fiction,” explores the relationship between earthbound design and out-there inspirations. The showcase features more than 100 designers, artists and architects who were all inspired by the future, including Matthew Barney, Hussein Chalayan, Joe Colombo, Yinka Shonibare and Hans Hollein. Their works are displayed alongside models for Space Age cities, plans for outlandish inventions and flashy science-fiction magazines, to suggest just how quickly the design world races toward tomorrow.
Homage also is paid to Luxembourg-born Hugo Gernsback, inventor of the term “science fiction.” Mudam’s building itself is not to be missed. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, Luxembourg’s newest art museum opened its ultramodern doors in July. — Alexxa Gotthardt
TICKETS, PLEASE: Athletic stadiums have morphed into shopping meccas and fast-food smorgasbords, but two Italian firms, Boeri Studio and Studio Apice, are trying to dress things up. In their eyes, Genoa needs a new soccer stadium that also will house an island-shaped stage for cultural performances, an expansive rooftop park, stylish stores and elevated walkways to the nearby train station and cafes. Renderings of their New Stadium for Genoa, which was developed under the advisership of the Giacomazzi Group, are on display at the Expo Italia Real Estate in Milan. The stadium would seat 35,000 spectators. — R.F.