Portland has been dubbed the vanguard of American cycling making the Portland Art Museum
the ideal venue to host an exhibition exploring iconic bicycle design and celebrating bike culture.
Drawn from the collection of Vienna-based designer and bike aficionado Michael Embacher, this special exhibition features some 30 bicycles chosen by Embacher as examples of pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design.
Cyclepedia is the third entry in the Museums design-oriented exhibition series. Preceded by China Design Now and the Allure of the Automobile, Cyclepedia investigates the impact on bicycle design aesthetically and practically. The exhibition includes bikes of all shapes and sizesfrom world-class racing bikes to novelty bikes. Also included are bicycles designed for unique purposes including riding in a war zone, across frozen ground, and with more than one person on board. The exhibition and related programming also explore the impact of bicycles on culture and lifestylelocally and around the world.
Designed by Embacher, the exhibition is unique in its presentation. The featured bicycles are suspended from a frame in the ceiling that wind its way through the galleries, giving the bikes the appearance of moving through an imaginary landscape of gently rolling hills. This installation technique allows visitors to experience the bicycles collectively and individually.
With a personal love of bicycles and a professional expertise in design, Embacher has passionately collected bicycles since 2003. His inquisitive interest in creative, rare, offbeat, and even bravely failed models led to the creation of his unique collection. The Embacher Collection is distinguished by more than 200 functioning bicycles and the rarity of the objects. The collection has been documented and celebrated in the publication, Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design, described by the London Sunday Times as the most comprehensive and visually satisfying book of bicycle portraits ever published. An iPad app, rated App of the Week in the UK iTunes store, also explores the collection.
Portland has more cyclists per capita than any other city in America. The Portland Art Museum is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition celebrating the best of bicycles.
A Celebration of Portland Bicycles
In addition to exploring bicycles from an internationally renowned collection in Cyclepedia, experience the best of local bicycle collectors and designers. Each week during the summer the Museum will showcase a different bicycle with a local connection.