The Diary: Exhibitions, shows and events in October

Our pick of events happening this month or coming up

Words by Ellen Peirson

Dutch Design Week (main image)
20 – 28 October
Eindhoven, Holland

The 17th edition of DDW expects upwards of 2,500 participants across some 100 locations, all presenting new work, prototypes, theories and ideas. Organised by the Dutch Design Foundation, DDW is part of a wider platform that seeks to bring promising young designers to the fore, in the belief that good design has the capacity to change the world.

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings
Until 20 January
Royal Academy of Arts

Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings

Honouring internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano RA, the academy presents a comprehensive retrospective on a career spanning 40 years and five continents. The inaugural architecture exhibition in the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries will celebrate architecture’s complexities and accountability through 16 of Piano’s major projects.

23 – 27 October
Koelnmesse, Cologne


Architects, planners, engineers and industry experts assemble in Cologne for the biannual trade fair, solely focusing on workplace design. Asking the important questions facing design professionals, ORGATEC seeks to demonstrate creative solutions to the modern demands on the workplace through the theme Rethinking Work.

Frieze London
4 – 7 October
Regents Park

Frieze London

Some 160 galleries showcase their most progressive artists and inspired exhibitions, seeing international curators, institutions and galleries respond to the most pressing issues in art. The new section Social Work celebrates artists who have embraced activism and rallied against the predominately male art market of the Eighties.

Anni Albers
11 October – 27 January
Tate Modern

Anni Albers

Albers’ often overlooked contribution to modern art and design is celebrated in the UK’s first major retrospective of her work ahead of the Bauhaus centenary next year. With some 350 objects, the exhibition demonstrates Albers’ use of the traditional art of hand weaving in an instinctively modern language, and celebrates hand weaving as contemporary art.

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