Key events to enjoy design in April
31 Mar 2022 /

Key events to enjoy design in April

The Valencian fan, the painter and graphic artist Josep Renau, the architect Denise Scott Brown, and the links between design and ceramics, illustration, cinema and 3D printing are some of the main events in this jam-packed period of presentations, talks, exhibitions and first-class events that are set to take place over the next few weeks in the global design capital.

The April program for World Design Capital Valencia 2022 invites you to go on a journey from tradition to the modern form of Valencian creativity, covering some of the city’s most important centres for culture and innovation, museums and galleries.

To find out more, you can download the agenda for April with all the activities.

The Valencian fan, the artist Josep Renau, the architect Denise Scott Brown, and the links between design and ceramics, illustration, cinema and 3D printing are some of the main events in April.


The “Illustrated Season cycle has launched a new edition in the gastronomic-cultural Muviment space of the MuVIM (Valencian Museum of illustration and Modernity) with Luís Demano being the main focus. The works of this Valencian illustrator, son and grandson of painters, have been shown in the main generalist newspapers and are characterized by social criticism and an obvious vindictive spirit. The exhibition will be open to the public throughout April and May.

This Tuesday April 5th, the Valencia Regional College of Architects (CTAV) opens its doors to the Denise Scott Brown. Travelling with Denise” exhibition, commissioned by Jeremy Tenenbaum, Maria Pia Fontana and Josep Maria Torra. This photographic collection, which is the fifth exhibit of the “Architecht’s Album” series and is on show until the 13th May, portrays scenes from South Africa, New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Yugoslavia and California in a journey through locations which the architect visited and captured on camera. Brown is an architect, town planner, writer, professor and partner at the Venturi-Scott Brown & Associates Studio in Philadelphia. This architecture studio is widely recognized as one of the most influential of the 20th Century.

Furthermore, on the 6th April, the Hands and Machines. Ceramic Notes” will open up to the public at the Universitat Jaume I. Up until the 31st May, visitors will be able to discover how ceramic art and design work together, placing themselves in parallel positions, until they seemingly become part of the very same concept. The exhibition, directed by Rosalia Torrent Esclapés, will bring together ceramics belonging to the Alfa de Oro industrial design collection, based in the Museu del Taulell Manolo Safont de Onda, which will be displayed alongside ceramic works of art provided by the Vilafamés and Alcora museums.

On the 21st April, the collective exhibition on the relationship between design and the know-how of arts and crafts, based on one of the most famous Valencian items, the fan, will open up to the public. The display Designing the Air, commissioned by the designer Vicent Martínez, will arrive at the González Martí National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts in order to demonstrate how the culture of the world of the fan can be enriched, and in this spirit, adapt and cast itself into the future. “Design the Air”, which will be open to the public until the 3rd of June, reviews the history of the Valencian fan through a visual journey from tradition to contemporaneity and is aided by the participation of twenty design professionals from all over the world who are reinventing this iconic object through different shapes, materials and technology.

On the 21st April, La Rambleta, a global reference for modern culture and leisure in Valencia, will host the start of a new project that was launched six years ago to make the city of Valencia known through the eyes of illustrators. The first of these presentations of this new cycle “Valencia, illustrated and designed will feature the project of the designer Mónica Ballester, who will create for the occasion an unprecedented image applied to three products with which València and its identity are recognized.

From the 28th April to the 10th July, the Saló del Respecte del Palacio de los Scala will host the exhibition Josep Renau and the period of pictures”. The display has been promoted by the Valencia Provincial Council with the aim of revisiting the poster works of the internationally recognized Valencian artist and to propose new interpretative thoughts on the artistic medium to which he dedicated a large part of his creative career. The exhibition is made up of a collection of seventy posters, alongside more than thirty illustrations, book covers, handbooks, and various graphic material, which will highlight the cultural value of the Renaunian artists career as a testimony of collective memory.


As part of the BLABLANIGHTS, LABA Valencia, the School of Art, Design & New Media will host on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. a free “Print the World in 3D” masterclass, taught by Carmen Balsega and Héctor Serrano, references in Valencian design. The session will focus on the world of 3D printing with the aim of exploring its impact on our society and on disciplines as varied as medicine, fashion, gastronomy or architecture. Two reference looks at a digital phenomenon considered by many to be the next industrial revolution.


On the 22nd April at 6pm at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC), the catalogue for the exhibition “Why am I like this?” will be announced, a project commissioned by Juli Capella with works from Pérez de Albéniz- Bergasa´s collection, and which can be seen free of cost up until the 29th May. The presentation will showcase 120 everyday objects that will recount their experiences firsthand as well as the reasons for their particular shapes, and following this there will be a speech/debate “Do you have any design objects in your house?” organized by the Valencia School of Art and Design (EASD).

On the 28th April, the Veles e Vents space at the World Design Capital Valencia 2022 will host a new event in the series “Design and innovation meetings”, which has been designed to reflect, share and co-create. For this event, the main talking points will be brand design, the business world and innovation and will conclude with a talk by Oyer Corazón and Nando Abril.

The first and second sessions of the “Cinema design” project at the Filmoteca de València will take place on the 26th and 27th April with the screening of “Mon Oncle” (1958) and “La Chinoise” (1967).

Cinema series

The first and second sessions of the “Cinema design” project at the Filmoteca de València will take place on the 26th and 27th April with the screening of “Mon Oncle” (1958) by Jacques Tati and “La Chinoise” (1967) by Jean-Luc Godard. Throughout the months of May and June, new screenings will be held within the framework of this special cinematographic cycle, during which the Filmoteca de València will explore the ties between design and the seventh art from the most incipient existence of both disciplines.

Multiple projects are still ongoing and open to locals and visitors in the home of Mediterranean design, with the aim of connecting the culture of creativity and innovation across social, industrial and business platforms.

Remember that you can download the agenda for April with all the activities.