“Zài Xīng Tǔ Mù: Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects” at AEDES

August 28, 2016

The exhibition reflects on the physical and curatorial positioning of museums as drivers of progress within the socio-political and cultural landscape in China today. Tasks and aims associated with museums and cultural spaces are examined against the backdrop of today’s global, digital, urban and demographic challenges.

 

Intangible Heritage Museum in Suzhou  © Chen Hao, Vector Architects

Intangible Heritage Museum in Suzhou © Chen Hao, Vector Architects

 

Already 15 years ago, the Aedes exhibition ‘TU-MU’ presented the first generation of independent architects from China – first in Berlin and later in Shanghai – thus bringing them to international attention and acknowledgement. When Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu attended the opening at Aedes in Berlin in 2001, it was his first time outside of China. Ai Weiwei for whom ‘TU-MU’ was the first exhibition in Germany, is now an artist of international fame.

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“Ljubodrag Andric. Consonance” at Fondazione Querini Stampalia

August 26, 2016

A collection of more than thirty images by Ljudobrag Andric will be exhibited at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia. The selected works are the latest creations by the artist including photographs shot in various locations ranging from China to San Francisco and Miami, with forays into his country of residence, Canada, and Europe with particular focus on Berlin and Venice.

 

Ljubodrag ANDRIC - Miami 1, 2011 © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Ljubodrag ANDRIC – Miami 1, 2011 © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

Ljubodrag Andric creates large-scale photographs that dominate the entire field of vision, absorbing the viewer. Their visions linger on architectural details devoid of the human figure and are shot frontally, highlighting the metaphysical fixity of the walls and the horizontality of the lines that continue beyond the margins of the image.

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“Ai Weiwei. Translocation – Transformation” at 21er Haus

August 25, 2016

21er Haus presents Ai Weiwei first major solo exhibition in Austria. As a conceptual artist, documentarian and activist, his works deal not only critically with the history, culture and politics of his homeland China, they also react to social realities of migration between countries and continents.

 

Ai Weiwei, Lu 鯥, 2015 © Belvedere, Vienna

Ai Weiwei, Lu 鯥, 2015 © Belvedere, Vienna

 

This is the first time Ai Weiwei’s work will be shown in such a comprehensive exhibition within Austria. Entitled translocation – transformation, the show was conceived through a collaboration with the artist and will extend far beyond the scope of a mere solo exhibition. Not only does it feature aspects of Ai Weiwei’s life, the show also addresses current social issues, which affect us all”, explains Agnes Husslein-Arco, the director of the Belvedere and the 21er Haus. Central to translocation – transformation is the metamorphosis provoked by expulsion, migration, and deliberate change of location that is undergone by people and objects alike. The subject of transformation pervades throughout the life and work of Ai Weiwei; from his childhood, his beginnings in New York, his return to China, his time under house arrest, until his release from state custody and his migration to Berlin.

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“Utopia in a Finite World” at the Giardini

August 24, 2016

The Flanders Architecture Institute organises an interactive programme of lectures, debates and workshops that will take place in various national pavilions at the Biennale Architettura 2016 to reflect on how architecture can redefine the city. The economic climate and the idea of utopia are the main topics in these discussions.

 

Utopia in a Finite World (Interpretation of Magritte's Le château des Pyrénées)

Utopia in a Finite World (Interpretation of Magritte’s Le château des Pyrénées)

 

Christoph Grafe, director of the Flanders Architecture Institute reflects about the topics on display at Utopia in a Finite World: In architecture, Utopian visions became synonymous with large-scale planning, developed by unholy alliances of idealistic planners and opaque bureaucracies, disregarding the needs of real people.[…] New conflicts and resurfacing old ones; a growing inequality; migrations on an unprecedented scale; ecological threats and economic crises; all these phenomena are a reminder that societies need visions beyond maintaining the status quo. […] Utopian visions may have become rare, but they are perhaps more necessary than ever.

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“Adventures in Space” at The Lighthouse

August 23, 2016

Reviewing 200 years of science fiction, from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein via Flash Gordon and Star Wars, to The Martian, this new, visually stunning, exhibition explores the architecture of science fiction films. It also provides an over-view of the whole history of one of the most important genres in contemporary culture.

 

Adventures in Space © Ian Stuart Campbell

Adventures in Space © Ian Stuart Campbell

 

A headline event of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, the exhibition includes over 180 new, specially commissioned, black and white and brilliantly computer colored drawings.

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Bünder Kunstmuseum extension at Chur by Barozzi Veiga

August 21, 2016

An independent structure in dialog with the Villa Planta. A reinterpretation of the original Palladian order while using decoration as a way of separating the building from its surroundings. The result is an expressive, compact volume cleverly integrated into the new public space.

 

BKM Chur © Simon Menges

BKM Chur © Simon Menges

 

The new extension of the Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur has been conceived as a simple and compact volume which is perfectly integrated in its immediate urban surroundings. The clear independence of the new building in relation to the adjacent buildings reinforces the importance of the garden in the new Museum area and confers the building an independent and sober appearance.

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“Adaptative Structures” at The Building Centre London

August 18, 2016

This exhibition invites you to test this new engineering philosophy with an interactive, 6m long cantilevered steel space truss structure, a scaled version for the super structure of a tall tower subjected to wind load.

 

"Adaptative Structures" © The Building Centre London

“Adaptative Structures” © The Building Centre London

 

Despite huge technological advancements all around, the way everyday structures are designed has not changed fundamentally for over 100 years; design a structure to be strong, and then check to make sure it does not move around too much. Why should the built environment industry not rethink this basic assumption? (more…)

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” at Musil Brescia

August 16, 2016

The Swiss landscape will be portrayed on 36 panels and three movies, starting from historical gardens and developing into current landscape infrastructures, showing how they have played an essential role in the evolution of landscape architecture.

 

"The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture" © Musil

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” © Musil

 

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture – The Landscape Architecture in Switzerland” is an educational exhibition by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, curated by Michael Jakob and hosted at musil - the Hydroelectricity Museum in Cedegolo. The exhibition’s aim is to  underline the great relevance of landscape policies.

From June 11 until September 11, the exhibition will tour to musil in Cedegolo inviting visitors to discover the richness and beauty of its landscape, showing how a traditional urban environment can be transformed into a different, more ecological living wellness space. (more…)

“Ljubodrag Andric. Works 2008 – 2016″ the textures in Architecture

August 14, 2016

These large-scale photographs are characterized by the absence of human figure and a strong formal structure that, despite the attention paid to realistic detail and space, is rooted in the various forms of geometric and material/textural abstraction.

 

Ljubodrag ANDRIC, China 21, 2013 © Ljubodrag Andric

Ljubodrag ANDRIC, China 21, 2013 © Ljubodrag Andric

 

Triennale di Milano presents an exhibition of photographs by Ljubodrag Andric, a renowned Serbian photographer  whose work revolves around architectural surfaces, textures and shapes. The exhibition, which is part of this year’s Triennale programmed events, has been curated by Demetrio Paparoni and will be on show at the Palazzo della Triennale. (more…)

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition

August 12, 2016

The photographs, which belong to some of the oldest collections in the Archeological Museum in Madrid, feature Tunisian architectures, monuments, cities and landscapes, as well as its society’s traditions.

 

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition © MAN

Sepia-colored Tunisia: photographs from the 1892 European Historical Exhibition © MAN

 

The Archeological Museum in Madrid is presenting an exhibition showcasing some of the most representative images and photographs from the museum’s archives, going back to the very first exhibition displayed at the MAN. The name of the exhibition, “Túnez en sepia” (Sepia-colored Tunisia) is a comprehensive collection of original photographs showing the customs and society of nineteenth-century Tunisia which were donated by the Bey of Tunisia himself. (more…)