Paola di Bello’s other take on everyday Milan, now at Museo del Novecento

December 29, 2016

The artist’s work, both in photographs and video, transforms a common situation into something extraordinary, drawing it out of its everyday dynamics. The exhibition, entitled “Milano Centro”, will be open during the museum’s winter season, dedicated to Milan-based artists.

 

Paola Di Bello, L'Enigma dell'Ora, 2002 © Paola Di Bello

Paola Di Bello, L’Enigma dell’Ora, 2002 © Paola Di Bello

 

The Museum of the Twentieth Century has recently inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to an artist that has been adopted by the city of Milan: “Paola di Bello. Milano Centro” presents the photographic works by the artist, of which the museum has already acquired several works, and will also show a special work made for the occasion.

This exhibition has been made with the sponsorship of the Leonardo Society. (more…)

MACRO Roma presents Anish Kapoor’s first solo exhibition in Italy after 10 years

December 28, 2016

Intimate, imposing and dialectic, Kapoor’s work presented at the exhibition confronts and explores the conditions of matter, the dynamics of perception and the power of metaphor.

 

Anish Kapoor at MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma © MACRO

Anish Kapoor at MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma © MACRO

 

Anish Kapoor is back at long last for his first exhibition in an Italian museum in 10 years. From 17 December 2016 to 17 April 2017, an extraordinary show comes to the spaces of the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, curated by Mario Codognato.

The exhibition is a testimony to Kapoor’s unflagging research in the formal and conceptual spheres, which has informed his artistic practice from the start, contrasting the highly engineered and more organic processes of his work. (more…)

Norberto Gil’s “The Accurate Limit” of Kyoto’s Katsura Villa

December 28, 2016

Galería Estampa in Madrid is holding an exhibition of Gil’s latest works: a series of paintings in which the artist’s overimposed planes of colour describe the interiors of the Katsura Villa, the Japanese Imperial Family’s famous palace in Kyoto.

 

Divisiones, 2016. Acrílico sobre papel. 152 x 100 cm. © Galeria Estampa

Divisiones, 2016. Acrílico sobre papel. 152 x 100 cm. © Galeria Estampa

 

The Galería Estampa gallery in Madrid is showing an exhibition of Spanish artist Norberto Gil’s latest work –  a series of paintings of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. Gil’s work is geometrical, minimalist and colourful, transforming spaces and vistas into sophisticated overlapping planes of colour.

In this series of paintings of the Katsura Villa, the visitor can witness a sort of transfiguration of the actual spaces in the villa thanks to the artist’s personal approach, inspired by the work of Kazimir Malevich as well as other artists of the avant-garde. (more…)

“Armin Linke. The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen” at PAC Milano

December 27, 2016

On the occasion of the 12th edition of the Contemporary Day dedicated to Italian art, the PAC presents The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen, an exhibition as a process of activating the archive of Armin Linke (*1966 in Milan) through dialogue

 

Greenhouse, El Ejido Spain, 2013 © Armin Linke

Greenhouse, El Ejido Spain, 2013 © Armin Linke

 

Armin Linke has set the initial frame by sharing photographs with thinkers from various fields and inviting them to react. By reading these images through their theories and concepts, each produces a selection illustrating their vision of contemporary society. These selections enter the exhibition organized as a changing topology of dialogues, transforming themselves in relation to PAC’s modernist architecture. (more…)

“30 Architects” exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

December 25, 2016

“30 architects” presents 30 international architecture firms’ approach to design, wether emerging, established or historical. Through an original element of design or theoretical research, the exhibition shows a sensitive and evolving selection, brought together by Marion Bernard Architectes, forming an imaginary museum of the discipline and its practices.

 

"30 Architects" exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Antoine Espinasseu

“30 Architects” exhibition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Antoine Espinasseu

 

The exhibition “30 architects” questions the architectural approach rather than the constructed building, explores causes rather than consequences, examines the path taken rather than the destination. Each architecture firm draws itself out of their constructive vocabulary to make its architectural practice visible. (more…)

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” at COAM Madrid

December 23, 2016

COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) organized the exhibition and lecture by architect Winy Maas, who reviewed the ten years of life of The Why Factory, a research and education institute about the city of the future.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  exhibition view © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” exhibition view © COAM

 

The Why Factory is research and education institute, belonging to the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology, and led by professor Winy Maas, founding partner of MVRDV, that focuses in the development of our cities.


 

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“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)”
December 15 – January 30, 2017
LaSede COAM, First Floor
C/ Hortaleza 63,
28004 Madrid

 


The ‘The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)’ will open on December 15 at COAM. The exhibition can be visited for free until January 30th. On the same day, at 7:00 pm, Winy Maas will give the lecture ‘What’s Next?’ at the COAM Auditorium. He will present the work of The Why Factory, a global think-tank that aims to analyse, theorize and construct future cities.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  event © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” event © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  event © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” event © COAM

 

Some of the most outstanding works of MVRDV are the Dutch Pavilion at the Hannover Expo 2000, the Silodam building in Amsterdam, Markthal in Rotterdam or their proposal for the future of Paris Grand Paris Plus Petit. The Dutch architect and professor believes that “the future demands lots of knowledge to inform and inspire others”, and assures that “there is so much to do to make our future good. More funding is needed to do research and to produce visualisations on future mobility, future democracies, future economies, future healthiness, etc. And more funding is needed to share this work with the world and make it accessible to all”.

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  display © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” display © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  display © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” display © COAM

 

The exhibition is organized around nine claims around which the activity of The Why Factory has evolved during the last ten years: the need for new leadership in urbanism and architecture in Visionary Cities; the wish for common sense in a world that seems to be dominated by individualism in (W)ego City; the advocacy for wildlife in Biodivercity; the claim for openness in Porocity; the desire for amazement in We Want World Wonders; the hope and need for acceleration of the green agenda in Green Dream; the push for the combination of small scale in densification actions in The Vertical Village; the exploration of radical trend breaks and their effects in City Shock; the excitement and amazement of the new material changes in Barba; the expression of fear of the ultimately killing Absolute Leisure; and soon Copy Paste, a pamphlet for referencing and development…

 

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” © COAM

"The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 - 2016)"  exhibition view © COAM

“The Why Factory: Research, Education and Public Engagement (2006 – 2016)” exhibition view © COAM

 

The work of The Why Factory is a somehow strange phenomenon in scientific research -design research-, which is commonly regarded as a “un-scientific” method. We use design research as a tool for innovation. It is a process of trial and error, where the goal is sometimes unclear and the end is open, but which leads to an exciting journey with a potentially spectacular outcome. Maybe it can be regarded as a true combination of science and fiction…


 

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“Dieter Rams. Modular World” furniture by the german master at Vitra Schaudepot

December 22, 2016

“Dieter Rams: Modular World” is the first exhibition to put a primary focus on Rams’ furniture designs, demonstrating how closely they are linked to his design philosophy. Rams summarised their essential characteristics – simplicity, honesty, timelessness – in his »Ten Principles for Good Design«, which he began to formulate in the 1970s

 

606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, ca. 1971-75. Photo: Ingeborg Kracht Rams © Vitsoe

606 Universal Shelving System by Dieter Rams for Vitsoe, ca. 1971-75. Photo: Ingeborg Kracht Rams © Vitsoe

 

Dieter Rams (born 1932) is one of the most influential German designers of the past decades. His designs for the Braun company are legendary, and his design principles are more relevant today than ever. From 18 November 2016 to 12 March 2017, the Vitra Design Museum is presenting an exhibition of Rams’ work in the newly opened Vitra Schaudepot. »Dieter Rams: Modular World« features a selection of the furnish- ings and electrical appliances designed by Rams, including key works such as the phonograph »Snow White’s Coffin« and the 606 Universal Shelving System. The show is supplemented by historic visual material and a video interview in which Rams dis- cusses his design philosophy.


 

Practical information

“Dieter Rams. Modular World”
November 18, 2016 – March 12, 2017
Vitra Schaudepot, Temporary Space
Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein,
Germany

 


In one of them he states: »Good design is long-lasting. It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.« The starting point for these deliberations was a fundamental criti- cism of consumerism, which motived Rams to articulate new goals for the practise of design – long before  sustainability  became  a buzzword.

 

The new Vitsoe showroom, Frankfurt, around 1971, Photo: Ingeborg Kracht Rams

The new Vitsoe showroom, Frankfurt, around 1971, Photo: Ingeborg Kracht Rams

Dieter Rams talks about the adjustable feet of the 621 Side Table. © Vitsoe

Dieter Rams talks about the adjustable feet of the 621 Side Table © Vitsoe

 

Rams’ ten principles are also a useful source for gaining a better understanding of his multifaceted design activities. From 1955 to 1997 he was head of product design for the German manufacturer Braun. The legendary electrical appliances that have repeatedly been cited in recent years as inspira- tion for the design of Apple products originated here. Less well known is the fact that Rams also devel- oped furniture beginning as early as 1957.

 

 

620 (RZ 62) Chair Programme Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

620 (RZ 62) Chair Programme Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

622 Chair Programme Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

622 Chair Programme Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

 

His work in this area was primarily for the Vitsoe company, which continues to produce his designs today. Looking back, Rams explains that furniture design was very important to him: »Perhaps even more directly than with the Braun appliances, my furniture arose from a belief in how the world should be ›outfitted‹ and how people should live in this artificial environ- ment. In this respect, each piece of furniture is also a design for a certain kind of world and way of living«.

 

601/02 (RZ 60) Chair Programme Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

601/02 (RZ 60) Chair Programme Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

621 Side Table Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

621 Side Table Photo: Christoph Sagel Courtesy: APPEL DESIGN GALLERY, Berlin

 

Rams’ designs are distinguished by their reductiveness and simplicity, based on the maxim »Good de- sign is as little design as possible.« His intention is not a pure asceticism, however, but an aesthetic sustainability. His shelf systems, seating furniture and tables are so functional and quietly neutral in appearance that they can be used in many different areas – living rooms, kitchens, offices or public spaces – and remain current even today. Many of his furnishings are conceived as modular systems  that can adapt to the changing living conditions of the owner.

 

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

 

The famous 606 Universal  Shelving System, for instance, has been continuously produced since 1960, and it is possible to combine modules manufactured today with a shelf system from the 1960s. The armchair from the 620 series, to cite another example, comes as a one-, two- or three-seater and can be fitted with different side and back panels. The 740 furniture system, one of Rams’ least familiar designs, is based on round stacking elements that were inspired by Japanese sitting mats – even today a captivatingly simple design concept.

 

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular
World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

Installation view: »Dieter Rams. Modular
World« © Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Christoph Sagel

 

Due to their timeless quality, Rams’ products are exemplars of sustainability and continue to exert an influence  on  contemporary designers.


 

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“Centre Pompidou. Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, and the Making of a Modern Monument” by Francesco Dal Co

December 21, 2016

The book by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, presents a lively intellectual biography of one of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings.

 

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

L’outil informative © Yale University Press

 

The Centre Georges Pompidou, also called Beaubourg, is today considered an icon of contemporary Paris, the quintessence of a modern building, and a model for what a museum can be. In 1971, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, together with the engineering firm Ove Arup & Partners, won an international architecture competition with their innovative and irreverent design. (more…)

Fred Scott “In Search of the Lost Artwork” at Betts Project London

December 19, 2016

Betts Project is pleased to present ‘In Search of the Lost Artwork’, an exhibition of montages by British architectural theorist and lecturer Fred Scott.

 

Valise in Walnut, 2016, walnut, paper montages, edition of 5, different content © Fred Scott

Valise in Walnut, 2016, walnut, paper montages, edition of 5, different content © Fred Scott

 

Early in 2013 Fred Scott realised he had lost a triptych he made in 1997. ‘Dream of Flight’ was a montage using images from Le Corbusier’s pre-war publications, in which Scott blended Le Corbusier’s fascination for aircrafts and his associate Charlotte Perriand. For Fred Scott, Le Corbusier had a genius that has not been sufficiently recognized for gathering images to support his arguments, which is also almost an art in itself. The Radiant City in particular is an incredible collection of eclectic and surprising pictures, from similarly unexpected sources. Since then, Scott has been on a journey of memory to recreate his lost artwork. (more…)

“Robert Mallet-Stevens” exhibition at CIVA Brussels

December 19, 2016

The exhibition proposes an itinerary across the work of Mallet-Stevens, richly illustrated by drawings, photos, historical documents, furniture and textiles.

 

Robert Mallet-Stevens  © Robert Mallet-Stevens, CIVA

Robert Mallet-Stevens © Robert Mallet-Stevens, CIVA

 

Robert Mallet-Stevens is one of the major figures of French architecture during the period between WWI and WWII. It is to him that we owe the villa Noailles in Hyères and the villa Cavrois near Lille, as well as the mansion houses on the rue Mallet-Stevens, smong many other works. (more…)