“Zaha Hadid in Italy” at MAXXI Rome

June 24, 2017

Considered to be one of the most influential and visionary architects of our time, Zaha Hadid redefined the architecture of the 21st century and captured the imagination of the entire world. A year after her sudden death, MAXXI is hosting “Zaha Hadid in Italy”, an exhibition curated by the director of MAXXI Architettura Margherita Guccione and Woody Yao, associate director at Zaha Hadid Design.

 

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Messner Mountain Museum Corones (Kronplatz, Sud Tirolo, Italy) 2012 / 2015 Foto Inexhibit, courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Zaha Hadid in Italy, organized in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design, Zaha Hadid Architects and the Zaha Hadid Foundation, intends to highlight the architect’s intensive and enduring relationship with the country. Giovanna Melandri, President of Fondazione MAXXI says: “This exhibition devoted to Zaha Hadid, a creative and innovative woman of great strength and courage, is a tribute to her work and her style, an exploration of the mark she has left in Italy. It is also the most authentic way that MAXXI, “her” creature, could choose to commemorate an extraordinary friend and woman, an eclectic genius who we miss greatly and with whom we subtly converse every day, together with our artists, curators and visitors.”

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“LR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation” at Palazzo Reale in Milan

June 7, 2017

OMA/AMO have led the team in charge of the in-depth research and stunning exhibition displays in each of the 12 rooms of the Palazzo Reale where dozens of objects stand side by side telling the story of the most distinguished Italian department store.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

The Palazzo Reale in Milan hosts an exhibition celebrating La Rinascente‘s 100 years’ anniversary. The Italian department store that changed Milan and became a symbol of prosperity in the whole of Italy is now the protagonist of a comprehensive exhibition following in-depth research by curators Sandrina Bandera and Maria Canella and OMA/AMO, who have also been in charge of the exhibition’s displays along with Ippolito Pestellini Lapparelli and Antonio Barone.

A wide arrange of objects, ephemera, clothing and photographs stand together in a stunning layout to better understand the importance of this 20th Century icon of fashion and lifestyle.


 

Practical Information

LR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation
May 24 – September 24, 2017
Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano
Italy

 


The name la Rinascente, thought up by Gabriele D’Annunzio, is 100 years old this year. This was the beginning of a story of such enthusiasm, talent and farsightedness that, in the early twentieth century, it triggered innovative impact on the consumption models and evolution that led Milan to establish itself as an economic driver in post-unification Italy.

An exceptional variety and quantity of works of art, graphic design, design objects, historic images and previously unseen exhibits will tell visitors how la Rinascente managed to write important chapters in the history of costume, communication and retail.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

TEXT BY IPPOLITO PESTELLINI LAPARELLI

What is a department store? What is its role in different urban contexts? How has the digital revolution affected the practice and particularities of its shopping environment? These questions are at the core of recent debates on the future of retail. They resonate among both fashion and architecture historians, and reverberate also through other disciplines – art, design, cinema, theater – to name few, mirroring larger questions of geo-political history and economy.

 

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation  © Agostino Osio

LR100 Rinascente: Stories of Innovation © Agostino Osio

 

There is no precise answer to such questions as there is no way to reduce the notion of “department store” to a single statement. A department store is rather a diverse collection of values and identities, expressing the history of the city it belongs to. More than a place, a department store is an open and adaptable cultural canvas of its location, whether it be London, Paris, New York, Tokyo or Milan.

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“Interiors” everyday living space at MAXXI Rome

May 18, 2017

MAXXI presents the exhibition “Interiors: rooms of everyday” as part of this spring’s Re-Evolution series. The show follows Italian architect’s approach to interior space and design through the work of 10 of the most celebrated architects from 1930 to today: Scarpa, Rossi, Cini Boeri…

 

FRANCIS ALŸS Sleepers II, 2001  © Photo: Maurizio Cecchetti, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

FRANCIS ALŸS Sleepers II, 2001 © Photo: Maurizio Cecchetti, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

 

What is there inside architecture? All you need to do is open a door, cross a threshold and you are inside the space, a space which architects have always been asked to tackle.

From 6 May to 29 October 2017 in the spaces of the Archives Centre, the exhibition INTERIORS. Le stanze del quotidiano (The rooms of the everyday) curated by Margherita Guccione, Director of MAXXI Architettura, and Elena Tinacci, recounts those interior spaces which we experience every day, as interpreted by 10 Italian architects. (more…)

“New Museums. Intentions, Expectations, Challenges” at MAH Geneva

May 14, 2017

The exhibition New Museums. Intentions, Expectations, Challenges invites visitors to examine and envision the ways in which museums influence and shape local communities, how they function as interlocutors for societal change and how they carry intentions for the future.

 

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney SANAA © Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (Architect) ; Art Gallery of New South Wales (Client) ; Studio Cyrille Thomas (Rendering)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, SANAA. © Kazuyo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (Architect) ; Art Gallery of New South Wales (Client) ; Studio Cyrille Thomas (Rendering)

 

In this exhibition, we consider the “new museum” to refer to the intersection of museology and museum architecture, as the embodiment of what the museum might look like in the future and what its functions will be. After the financial crisis of 2008, it became clear that so-called mega-museums are not necessarily models for success as a certain humility and return to essentials have come to predominate. In addition to well-known iconic mega-buildings, there are many smaller projects devoted to the specific task of redefining what objects of cultural value worthy of preservation might be. (more…)

“Colosseum. An Icon” discovering the history of the Roman monument

March 18, 2017

The Colosseum tells its own story for the first time in a major exhibition. From March 8, 2017, to January 7, 2018, in the ambulacrum of the second level, the millions of visitors to the Flavian amphitheater will be able to explore the whole history of the monument.

 

Colosseo - Un'icona. Photo: A. Jemolo © ELECTA

Colosseo – Un’icona. Photo: A. Jemolo © ELECTA

 

The event Colosseum. An Icon goes beyond recounting its history under the Caesars to retrace the site’s long and intense life over the centuries. From the bustling yet little-known commercial, residential and religious activities that characterized the Colosseum in the Middle Ages to the fascination exerted over the great architects and painters of the Renaissance. (more…)

“Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square” at RIBA

March 9, 2017

Presented together for the first time, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to draw comparisons between the design methods of two of the most highly recognised architects of the 20th century, and to trace the continuity in purpose and approach that unites two seemingly dissimilar architectural creations.

 

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveils a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square (8 March 2017 – 25 June 2017) offering a renewed examination of two iconic architectural schemes proposed for the same site in the City of London. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates’ newly listed Number One Poultry. (more…)

“Care + Repair” a public workspace by Architekturzentrum Wien within Vienna Biennale 2017

June 24, 2017

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism contribute to it? Care and repair are concrete activities; they are effective at specific locations. Architekturzentrum Wien is going beyond the in-house Museums Quartier exhibition spaces for the Care + Repair project, establishing a public workspace on the former railway territory of the Nord-bahnhof grounds, one of the largest inner-city development zones in Vienna.

 

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

Rotor, Spoor Oost Project, Antwerp/BE, 2014-2015 © Andrea Ferreri

 

The Care + Repair project initiates a trial run on the Nordbahnhof, as an exemplary slice of urban space, with its old and new neighbours and impressive overgrown grounds. The official urban planning concept foresees to keep the large-scale overgrown area with the old water tower and the coexistence of lizards, toads, birds, and recreational users open for the public. The curators Angelika Fitz and Elke Krasny have invited six international architectural teams (a-works – Cristian Stefanescu/Bergen, Gabu Heindl/Vienna, Zissis Kotionis+Phoebe Giannisi/Volos, Rotor/Brussels, Meike Schalk/Stockholm and Rosario Talevi/Berlin) to develop proposals for Care + Repair prototypes. (more…)

Opening of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Francis Kéré

June 23, 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso is the designer of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, who responded to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. 

 

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré © Kéré Architecture, Photography © 2017 Iwan Baan

 

Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel made their selection of the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers. (more…)

Last days for “Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920 – 1990″ at Tschoban Foundation

June 22, 2017

The exhibition features Berlin as seen throught the eyes of the most successful architects of the XXth Century: from actually built projects by Álvaro Siza and OMA to utopian visions by Bernard Tschumi, Hans Scharoun, Mies Van der Rohe and many others.

 

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis, 1980 – 1990 House at Checkpoint Charlie Competition, building complex, isometry Watercolour on Xerox copy 82 x 166 cm © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Matthias Sauerbruch, Elia Zenghelis (1980 – 1990)  House at Checkpoint Charlie. Competition, building complex, isometry  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main; Photo: Uwe Dettmar, Frankfurt am Main © OMA

 

Berlin Projects. Architectural Drawings 1920–1990 shows an exciting selection of important moments in Berlin’s urban and architectural development, illustrated by hand-drawn designs by Hans Scharoun, Hans Poelzig, Frei Otto, Gottfried Böhm, Zaha Hadid, Álvaro Siza Vieira and other renowned architects. A selection: the exhibition should therefore by no means be seen as a complete chronological documentation of the capital’s architecture during this period. It is rather a presentation of the variety of ideas and visions for Berlin, a stimulus to comparison of the drawn and the actually built architecture, and a highlighting of the high artistic quality of the exhibited works. (more…)

‘envejezANDO’ Design for All: Architecture and Third Age’ at COAM Madrid

June 20, 2017

The exhibition focuses on specific aspects of human life – aging, illness, decadence – that seem to be attached to certain physical spaces that remain separate from the space of everyday life that surrounds us.

 

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

EnvejezANDO exhibition display © Paz Martín , COAM

 

Architecture as a means of organizing human relations in space and time is subject to a strong orthodoxy as to where and how certain functions should be located. The objective of this project is to introduce and facilitate the experimentation of the existing reality of old age in a contemporary and purposeful way so that to make the visitor understand the intrinsic values of Architecture itself as generator of solutions for real needs. It also aims to make contact with the consequent particularities of a group hitherto invisible in order to understand that respect to aging should be part of our present.

Organized in four exhibition directions that address aging itself and its relations with the city (urbanizANDO), housing (habitANDO) and leisure (disfrutANDO), proposes the visitor a temporary trip to confront the inexorability of time asking at the end to decide in which world he/she would like to live in. (more…)

‘Angelo Mangiarotti: The Tectonics of Assembly’ at Architekturforum Zürich

June 17, 2017

Mangiarotti sought an architectural language that was not necessarily linked to function and programme, finding its unique expression in tectonics and shape. He worked intensively with architects such as Konrad Wachsmann, Fritz Haller, Max Bill and Jean Prouvé.

 

Hauptfassade Bürogebäude des Industriekomplexes Snaidero in Majano / Foto: Angelo Mangiarotti

Hauptfassade Bürogebäude des Industriekomplexes Snaidero in Majano / Foto: Angelo Mangiarotti

 

The exhibition, curated by Franz Graf and Francesca Albani, shows a large selection of works by the designer, architect and sculptor Angelo Mangiarotti, an influential figure in the cultural life of post-war Italy. (more…)

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s new outdoor installation in Kunsthal Aarhus park

June 15, 2017

Studio Bouroullec collaborate with Kvadrat and Kunsthal Aarhus in this long-term temporary installation that will provide four new seating spaces for the park surrounding the Kunsthal. The designs focus on the idea of gathering and communication and our spatial connection to the enrvironment.

 

Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, OUI outdoor installation for Kunsthal Aarhus and Kvadrat

Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, OUI outdoor installation for Kunsthal Aarhus and Kvadrat

 

The opening of OUI by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec on the 26th of May marks the launch of a year long collaboration between Kunsthal Aarhus and Kvadrat presenting site-situational, context specific and special exhibitions, that bring some of the world´s leading artists to the Central Denmark Region as part of Aarhus 2017 / European Capital of Culture. (more…)

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo

June 14, 2017

Forming part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, the exhibition looks at public space design between 1955 and 1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo, and their approach to architectural Modernism.

 

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

 

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo looks at public space design between c.1955 and c.1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo. Though located in very different cultures, the designers of the eight public spaces on show shared a common frame of reference, whatever their view of it: architectural Modernism. (more…)

HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY: a 240 square-metre public installation in Zurich

June 13, 2017

The installation was erected in less than 10 days, involving 200 first-year students who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland i to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure.

 

HOUSE 2 - COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -  Opfot.com

HOUSE 2 – COUNTERCITY installation © Anna Positano -Opfot.com

 

HOUSE 2 – COUNTER CITY (www.countercity.ch) is a 240 square metre public architectural installation situated next to the Toni-Areal in Zurich. The project is based on an experimental format for collaborative design and construction conceived by ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace) — a laboratory of EPFL led by Dieter Dietz.

Erected in less than 10 days, the project involved 200 first-year students, who prefabricated all the built elements of the installation in Lausanne and transported them across Switzerland in six shipping containers to Zurich, where they unloaded and re-assembled them as a full-size ephemeral structure. (more…)

‘Le Corbusier: 5 architectures’, photographs by Guido Guidi for Einaudi

June 11, 2017

The work of Guido Guidi is well aware of the deep interpretative value of the act of observation. In his photographs we are taken into Le Corbusier’s work like never before: through detailed and partial views the photographer draws on the architect’s lesser known work.

 

Guido Guidi. Le Corbusier 5 architetture © Guido Guidi / Einaudi

Guido Guidi. Le Corbusier 5 architetture © Guido Guidi / Einaudi

 

The art gallery Unosunove in Rome presents Italian photogrpaher Guido Guidi‘s latest work, a collaboration with editors Einaudi in their series ‘I millenni‘, with texts from ‘Le Corbusier. Scritti‘ by Rosa Tamborrino.

The exhibition comprises Guidi‘s photographs on 5 works by the Swiss architect, paying attention to the details of each place, the materials combined during the construction, the colors of the spaces, together with the notes glued on the walls or on the textile containers… a perfect and necessary addition to the architect’s words and texts. The exhibition will be open until June 24. (more…)