“Märklin Modernism – From Architecture To Assembly Kit And Back Again” at DAM

May 30, 2018

Germans are surprisingly modern when it comes to their basement workshops – in the model railway sets of the “Miracle on the Rhine” era, architecture was more than merely a backdrop. Here the flying roof, glass dome and grid-like facade were part and parcel of the urban landscape. The exhibition will be the first to show just how enthusiastic about architecture the supposedly philistine model railway builders really were.

 

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

 

Everyone could afford a “Villa in the Ticino” back then – for 4.75 Deutschmarks, you could get a 1:87 scale model. This was modeled on an actual residential house on the St Gotthard Pass, which doubly inspired the Faller brothers in 1961. They had a similar villa built at the company headquarters in Gütenbach and in parallel developed an injection-molded kit of the building. Curious stories also surround the glass tower restaurant, an embattled town church and a postmodern high-rise. (more…)

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 “FREESPACE”

May 30, 2018

This year’s Venice Biennale, to be held from Saturday May 26th to Sunday November 25th 2018, has been curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Under the title “FREESPACE” the mission statement of  the curators of the 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.

 

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

Switzerland won the Golden Lion for best national participant, with its exhibition Svizzera 240 House Tour © Wilson Wooton

 

The Awards Ceremony of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at Ca’ Giustinian, Venice. Portugese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale for “Vol De Jour” project exhibited at the Arsenale, while the Swiss Pavilion has been awarded the Best Pavilion as National Participant at the Giardini. (more…)

Roland Halbe at COAM Madrid presents “9 photographs-9 situations”

May 29, 2018

On May 16 the exhibition “9 photographs-9 situations” was inaugurated, showing large-format photographs of the German Roland Halbe, referenced in the digital monograph “Roland Halbe for himself” of the international collection of architecture ebooks + scalae architects.

 

Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis, USA, Jean Nouvel, 2006 © Roland Halbe

Guthrie Theatre Minneapolis, USA, Jean Nouvel, 2006 © Roland Halbe

 

The renowned photographer, based in Stuttgart, has already worked in Spain with Banco Santander, the Canary Biennial or FCC and was curator of the On-Site: New Architecture in Spain exhibition at the MoMA in New York in 2006. (more…)

“Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene” at MAAT

May 28, 2018

During this Spring, MAAT explores the theme of climate change in its second international “manifesto- exhibition” Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture After the Anthropocene. In the museum’s first collaboration with several European museums, this multi-venue exhibition invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation.

 

"Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene", MAAT © Paulo Alexandre Coelho

“Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene”, MAAT © Paulo Alexandre Coelho

 

In MAAT’s first collaboration with several European museums, the Eco-Visionaries: Art and Architecture after the Anthropocene project is centred on current practices that propose critical and creative visions vis-à-vis the environmental transformations that are disturbing our planet. (more…)

“As Found – Prospective Heritage” at Kanal Centre Pompidou Brussels

May 23, 2018

“Ville miniature” idealized by André Citroën, the Citroën garage – a production space and a showroom – marks the Brussels landscape since the 1935 World’s Fair. Since then, the building has undergone successive transformations and additions. As Found presents the key episodes of a story that begins in the early 20th century and ends with the 7 architectural projects selected after the international competition in which 92 teams took part.

 

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 

Plans, models, historical and current documents are the testimony of the place as found. Seen from the angle of rupture and continuity, the museum projects at the Citroën garage propose that this place of production remains a place of production and that traction becomes again the activity taking place there. In this place of memory (lieu de mémoire) and meeting in a wide urban dimension, industrial ambition gives way to an artistic and cultural project: an 84-year-old studio conscious of itself.


 

Practical information

“As Found – Prospective Heritage”
May 5, 2018 – June 10, 2019
Kanal — Centre Pompidou
Quai des Péniches, 1000 Brussels
Belgium

 


Centre Pompidou will open its doors in the former Citroën Yser garage in Brussels for a programme prefiguring the ‘Cultural city’ in the making, comprising among others the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art that is in development. During the 13 months preceding the start of the work, the public will be able to discover this mythical building in its raw state through several art and architecture exhibitions, large installations and ten brand-new creations by Brussels- based artists. There will also be shows produced in collaboration with cultural organizations from Brussels.

 

“The structure of the Exhibition Stores after completion of the assemblage. Construction of the cornice band”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“The structure of the Exhibition Stores after completion of the assemblage. Construction of the cornice band”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“View of the structural walls of the buidings as seen during their installation”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“View of the structural walls of the buidings as seen during their installation”. Photography by E. Sergysels, in L’Ossature Métallique, No. 2, 1935, Coll.
AAM / CIVA, Brussels

 

KANAL, an ambitious project driven by the Brussels-Capital Region, will provide Brussels with a multidisciplinary cultural hub worthy of the capital of Europe. In the context of a ten- year partnership with the Centre Pompidou, the site measuring 35,000 m2 will not only be home to a Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art but also to the vast collections of the CIVA Foundation relating to architecture and urban planning. The remaining space will accommodate many public areas devoted to the arts – both formal and informal, including stages for the performing arts.

 

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 

During the 13 prefigurative months, and on the basis of a radically experimental approach that will transform the former Citroën Yser garage into a platform open to reflection on the stakes for the museum of the future, a multidisciplinary programme will fill the vast spaces that were recently stripped of their functions and left in their current state.

 

View of the viaduct from the roof of the Citroën Showroom, ca. 1958, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

View of the viaduct from the roof of the Citroën Showroom, ca. 1958, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

« Brussels, Boulevard d’Anvers ». Postcard, ca. 1960, Souvexpo Bruxelles, Coll. CIVA, Brussels

« Brussels, Boulevard d’Anvers ». Postcard, ca. 1960, Souvexpo Bruxelles, Coll. CIVA, Brussels

 

The many proposals will set out to echo the identity of the space – its unique aesthetic qualities, typical of 1930s industrial architecture, but also its human and social history, palpable in the various workshops and offices.

 

Advertisement for Citroën, in Les Beaux-Arts, No. 121, 1934, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

Advertisement for Citroën, in Les Beaux-Arts, No. 121, 1934, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“Overview of the new installations of the Citroën Company in Brussels”, in L'Ossature Métallique,No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

“Overview of the new installations of the Citroën Company in Brussels”, in L’Ossature Métallique,No. 2, 1935, Coll. AAM / CIVA, Brussels

 

Carried out with an eye to integrating the urban fabric and engaging in dialogue with the Brussels partners, this prefigurative year has been conceived under the supervision of Bernard Blistène, the director of the Centre Pompidou’s Musée national d’art moderne. It will enable a broad public to discover, in one and the same space, a wide-ranging and brand-new cultural offer.

 

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 'A Stage for Brussels' by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

‘A Stage for Brussels’ by NOA, EM2N and SBA. Image courtesy of NOA / EM2N / SBA

 

KANAL will also propose a performing-arts programme that will follow the Brussels cultural calendar, in partnership with the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, BOZAR, the Performatik festival and the Beursschouwburg, Flagey, the Botanique, the Kaaitheater, La Raffinerie (Charleroi danse) and the Ancienne Belgique, among many more.


 

News source: Kanal — Centre Pompidou
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“Territory in movement” exhibition by OFICINA URBANA at la Galerie d’Architecture

May 23, 2018

Urban life is today the scenario for high-impact processes and tensions, and an urban designer is a guide that will set courses and lead the future ways and behaviors for these changes, transforming them into a new memorable event.

 

"Territory in movement" OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

“Territory in movement” OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

 

This dialogue on projects is not a content in itself: it is an open process, taking place through successive interactions, which in its evolution celebrates the variety of disciplines that allow for the construction of that space. (more…)

“African Mobilities” at Architekturmuseum der TU München

May 23, 2018

At a time when international borders are being violently redrawn, maintained and policed, and domestic territories are increasingly implicated with accelerated geo-political re-alignments and capitalist circuits of extraction, this exhibition seeks to explore how architecture responds to the complexity of African Mobilities – beyond the figure of the refugee. African cities are reconsidered as sites of innovation, rapid transformations, new architectural typologies, infrastructures and technologies.

 

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous

Shanty Megastructure © Olalekan Jeyifous

 

African Mobilities is not concerned exclusively with the architecture of the refugee camp. Instead, it seeks to explore how cities and towns might become sites of refuge for African populations on the move, while simultaneously reckoning with the ways in which colonial geographies of extraction are enfolded within seemingly new zones of resource extraction. (more…)

“The Florence Experiment” at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller in Florence

May 22, 2018

This spring-summer Palazzo Strozzi will host The Florence Experiment, a new site-specific project devised by celebrated German artist Carsten Höller and plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso, curated by Arturo Galansino, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi Director General.

 

"The Florence Experiment" at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller © Martino Margheri

“The Florence Experiment” at Palazzo Strozzi, Carsten Höller © Martino Margheri

 

Connecting internal and external spaces of the famed Renaissance palace, The Florence Experiment will comprise two experiences – monumental, intertwined slides will spiral visitors down a height of twenty metres, and a ‘live’ analysis of the impact of human emotion on plant growth. The project has been designed to further our understanding of ecology – not only as respect for nature, but as the awareness of empathy between man and his botanical environment. (more…)

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” at Citè de l’Architecture

May 20, 2018

Georges-Henri Pingusson has marked, by his architecture and his words, generations of architects. His work, as remarkable as it is, can not suffice to express what the legacy of this independent, humanist, charismatic figure of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts mean for the history of Architecture.

 

"Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture" © Georges-Henri Pingusson

“Georges-Henri Pingusson (1894-1978). A singular voice of the modern architecture” © Georges-Henri Pingusson

 

Close to Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier, Georges-Henri Pingusson is nevertheless one of the last figures of the modern French movement. Architect with two masterpieces (the Latitude 43 hotel in Saint-Tropez and the Memorial of the martyrs of the deportation in Paris), he crossed the twentieth century and produced many projects and achievements, marked by a total of artistic commitment and a sensible approach to space. (more…)

“Bruges Triennial 2018: Liquid City” contemporary art and architecture route in Bruges

May 19, 2018

Impressive constructions by contemporary artists and architects worldwide will appear in the historic city centre from 5 May to 16 September 2018. They are answers to the consequences of today’s liquid society.

 

Triennale Brugge 2018, Selgascano pavilion © Iwan Baan

Triennale Brugge 2018, Selgascano pavilion © Iwan Baan

In 2018, the Triennial will return to Bruges for the second time. Held once every three years, this artistic route, with surprising installations by celebrated artists and architects, is spread right across the city centre. The Triennial explores the future of a city like Bruges, and hopes to serve as safe point of reference. Bruges as a fluid city, open and committed, a motor of social, cultural and political change. Bruges as a breeding ground for innovation and renewal. Just like the city’s medieval citizens, who first gave Bruges its shape and form, today’s residents also share common dreams for the further development of life in Bruges. (more…)