“Mario Botta. Spazio Sacro” at Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca in Locarno

April 1, 2018

Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca in Locarno begins its exhibition program for 2018 with a show on Mario Botta, extending its range of research to architecture. The exhibition is held in the spaces of the Pinacoteca and in a striking pavilion built for the occasion in the outer courtyard.

 

Cattedrale della Resurrezione Évry, Francia 1988-95 Fotografia Pino Musi

Cattedrale della Resurrezione, Évry, Francia, 1988-95, Fotografia Pino Musi

 

This is the first event to bring together 22 works of architecture built in different countries: Switzerland, Italy, France, Israel, Ukraine, South Korea and China. The works include 18 buildings, 3 works in progress and a proposal for a chapel at the Malpensa airport of Milan. All documented with original models, drawings and photographs. “Mario Botta. Spazio Sacro “is an exhibition project curated by the Mario Botta Architetti studio, under the scientific direction of Rudy Chiappini. (more…)

“Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960–1990″ ​at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

March 31, 2018

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the first public building designed by the world-renowned architect Norman Foster. In celebration, the Sainsbury Centre is launching a major exhibition to shine a light on developments in architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s.

 

SCVA-Superstructures-lead-phot-Ken-Kirkwood

SCVA-Superstructures-lead-photo Ken Kirkwood

 

SUPERSTRUCTURES tells the story of architecture’s fascination in the post-World War Two decades with new technology, lightweight structures, pioneering building techniques and innovative engineering solutions. Discover how the Sainsbury Centre was made and how earlier feats of engineering, such as The Crystal Palace, inspired Superstructure galleries, factories, offices, transport hubs and homes. (more…)

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

March 25, 2018

“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today” offers the first large-scale examination of the relationship between club culture and design, from past to present. The exhibition presents nightclubs as spaces that merge architecture and interior design with sound, light, fashion, graphics, and visual effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk.

 

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor

Discotheque Flash Back, Borgo San Dalmazzo, ca. 1972. Interior Design: Studio65. © Paolo Mussat Sartor

 

The nightclub is one of the most important design spaces in contemporary culture. Since the 1960s, nightclubs have been epicentres of pop culture, distinct spaces of nocturnal leisure providing architects and designers all over the world with opportunities and inspiration. Examples range from Italian clubs of the 1960s created by the protagonists of Radical Design to the legendary Studio 54 where Andy Warhol was a regular, from the Haçienda in Manchester designed by Ben Kelly to more recent concepts by the OMA architecture studio for the Ministry of Sound in London.  (more…)

“The Olivetti Idiom (1952-1979)” exhibition at Villa La Pietra Florence

March 24, 2018

The exhibition seeks to reconstruct through photographs and documents the history of the Olivetti image from 1952 to 1979, examining three places where Olivetti products were displayed (exhibitions, stores and the school), in which narrative forms – oral, written, and visual – of the Olivetti identity were progressively developed.

 

Jukebox Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Jukebox, 1968. Photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

Jukebox Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Jukebox, 1968. Photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin.

 

The Olivetti Idiom (1952-1979) exhibition curated by Caterina Toschi and produced by Ellyn Toscano, New York University Florence, will opened at Villa Sassetti, Florence. The opening was preceded by a rountable discussion at on Olivetti’s visual culture, experimental identity and corporate image between the 1950s and 1980s, and its legacy. (more…)

“A Thermodynamic Imaginary” – Tomás Saraceno at MAAT Oval Gallery

March 19, 2018

A Thermodynamic Imaginary presents a new immersive ensemble of sculptures from this ongoing project, including existing and new pieces that allow us to imagine the possibility of an “aerocene” urbanism, as well as a futuristic view of new attunements between humans, more-than-human beings and the Earth system, reaching an ethical commitment with the sun, the atmosphere, and the planet.

 

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

AEROCENE EXPLORER PERFORMANCE, AUGUST 7, 2017 Salinas Grandes, Jujuy, Argentina. With the support of CCK Buenos Aires. Courtesy: Aerocene Foundation and CCK Agency. Photograph: Daniel Kiblisky, Gentileza Prensa, and Tomás Saraceno, 2017.

 

In the upcoming Spring, MAAT presents a wide range of exhibitions in which the theme of climate change stands out. Following the acclaim of Bill Fontana’s Shadow Soundings sound and video installation, which received more than 70.000 visitors, on March 21 MAAT’s Oval Gallery will host a new large-scale commission by Tomás Saraceno.  In the fifth intervention at this iconic space, the artist imagines the Aerocene, a future in which humans will live in solar and wind-powered aerial cities. On April 11, Eco-Visionaries, our second international “manifesto-exhibition”, invites artists and architects to reflect on the scenarios that await us in a moment of global transformation. (more…)

Lacaton & Vassal wins 2017 BigMat Grand Prize for Architecture

November 29, 2017

The FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais art center, completed in 2013 by the French architects, follows the office building by Alberto Campo Baeza and the kitchen tower by Xaveer De Geyter as Grand Prize of the biannual award. The third edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award rewards European architecture with one Grand Prize (30.000€), six National Prizes (5.000€ each prize), six Category Prizes (1.500€ each prize), one Public Prize (1.500€) and one Special Mention for Young Architects.

 

BigMat '17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence  © BigMat

BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award ceremony at Palazzo Vecchio, Florence © BigMat

 

The awards ceremony took place on November 24th, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, in the presence of the architects competing for the Grand Prize, the members of the international panel of judges and the companies making up the BigMat Group. The selected 14 finalists were chosen from the initial selection of 87 participating teams of architects disclosed last July.

Out of a list of almost 900 projects from 7 European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Portugal and Spain), the panel of judges chaired by Jesús Aparicio and comprising Xaveer De Geyter (Belgium), Henrieta Moravčíková (Czech Republic + Slovakia), Marc Barani (France), Francesco Isidori (Italy), Paulo David (Portugal + Spain), and awards secretary Jesús Donaire, decided to give the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award to the French National Fund for Contemporary Arts building ‘FRAC’ in Dunkirk, by French architects Lacaton & Vassal. (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…)

“The Future Starts Here” at the Victoria & Albert Museum

May 15, 2018

The colourful and narrative exhibition installation, by the architect Andrés Jaque and his Office for Political Innovation in Madrid, bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs currently in development in studios and laboratories around the world.

 

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

The Future Starts Here Installation View © Victoria and Albert Museum London

 

The V&A will explore the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow in its major spring exhibition. From portraits of Chelsea Manning generated by her DNA, a chargeable shirt which can power a smartphone, objects printed by the world’s first zero gravity printer to a global seed bank to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis, The Future Starts Here will bring together ground-breaking technologies and designs. (more…)

“Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at Château du Rochechouart

May 15, 2018

The exhibition “Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art returns through new installations, older writings, wall drawings and sound documents, on the career of Yona Friedman. We rediscover a work between architecture and contemporary art, poetic and philosophical, with universal scope.

 

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

 

Born in Hungary in 1923, Yona Friedman has spent over 60 years reconsidering architecture and specifically the way we live together as a society. His holistic thinking resonates today with many major concerns such as dwindling natural resources, overpopulation, poverty, ecological issues and remodelling of homes and landscapes. (more…)

“The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

May 13, 2018

Focusing on a selection of pivotal works by the movement’s principal protagonists – Terry Farrell, Piers Gough, Jeremy Dixon, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford – the exhibition will feature a range of stunning drawings, models and images, as well as full-scale replicas and fragments of actual buildings.

 

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90.

John Outram, Project for 200 Queen Victoria Street for Rosehaugh-Stanhope Developers (unbuilt), 1988-90

 

The exhibition will focus on the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism, which it will reveal to be one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history – a moment when the architectural past came alive with new possibilities for the future. Much of this material has never been exhibited publicly. Displayed the Museum’s exhibition galleries as well adjoining Soane-designed period interiors, the exhibition will forge a rich, complex and at times surprising dialogue with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past. (more…)

“David Chipperfield Architects Works 2018″ at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza

May 12, 2018

The exhibition will display a selection of 16 current projects at various stages of their development, illustrating the range of activities that take place in an architecture studio today. The material exhibited at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza will vary from rough sketches and models relating to the beginning of the design process, to detail design and construction drawings at the end of the design process, and will include photographs and films of recently completed projects.

 

Installation rendering © David Chipperfield Architects

Installation rendering © David Chipperfield Architects

 

“This exhibition represents our attempt to show how we work, how we develop ideas, how we work in parallel in different projects, cultures, and with different resources, priorities and collaborators, balancing local and global perspectives. As a practice, we have strived to maintain a studio mentality despite the scale of the overall studio, and despite the diversity and range of our projects.” – David Chipperfield (more…)

“One Two Five – Steven Holl” at Galleria Antonia Jannone

May 10, 2018

Steven Holl, known internationally for his important contribution to contemporary architecture, will return to Italy – after an exhibition at the Galleria AAM in Rome in 1981 – with a selection of works that includes 26 watercolors, 13 prints (signed and numbered), some limited edition design objects and sculptures.

 

Sunset - Sunrise, 2017_Hunters Point Community Library © Steven Holl

Sunset – Sunrise, 2017_Hunters Point Community Library © Steven Holl

 

A highly-anticipated exhibition, this Milan show is an official returnby Steven Holl in Italy, after a solo show at the Galleria AAM in Rome in 1981, and focuses on his signature style: watercolor. About thirty works in all, in addition to the watercolors, the show includes project sketches, limited edition furnishings and sculptures, some of which clearly trace back to the strong bond between Steven Holl and Italy. (more…)

“Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors” at MAXXI Rome

May 10, 2018

A new chapter of the series of Interactions across the Mediterranean dedicated to the relationship between Europe and the Middle East. The story of a city, a laboratory of resistance, artistic innovation and hope seen through over 100 works by 36 artists.

 

Haig Aivazian_02 Rome Is Not In Rome (Stadion), 2016 Fer-forgé, leather upholstery Courtesy the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut-Hamburg

Haig Aivazian, Rome Is Not In Rome (Stadion), 2016 Fer-forgé, leather upholstery Courtesy the Artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut-Hamburg

 

Cultural diversity, the memory of war, the effervescence of the present, the profound urban transformation, the prospects for the future: all these are Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, at MAXXI from 15 November 2017 to 20 May 2018. The exhibition, curated by Hou Hanru and Giulia Ferracci is a new chapter of the project Interactions across the Mediterranean which, after focussing on the contemporary art scene in Iran (2014-2015) and Istanbul (2015-2016) this time turns to Beirut, a dynamic city processing the past and acting as a laboratory for the future; it does so through over 100 works by 36 artists, expressions of an inter-Mediterranean culture enjoying vigorous growth. (more…)

“HAMR – Huť architektury Martin Rajniš” at Concéntrico festival in Logroño

May 8, 2018

Martin Rajniš is a Czech architect based in Prague. Alongside David Kubík and Tomáš Kosnar he conducts the office of HAMR, a collective of people actively seeking new solutions to architecture, urbanism and design. The office designs and constructs unique buildings in the Czech Republic as well as across the world. He was member of the jury of the BigMat Architecture Award 2015.

 

"HAMR – Huť architektury Martin Rajniš" © Concéntrico

“HAMR – Huť architektury Martin Rajniš” © Concéntrico

 

Text by HAMR. We are a small, but in terms of output a very productive office. The name, Architecture Guild, is inspired by the medieval mines and guilds that have built some of the most prominent buildings of their era. And we really do mean it – in terms of the name as well as the architecture. For us, architecture is a mystical journey through life. (more…)

“The House For Doing Nothing” Aristide Antonas at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

May 6, 2018

The first monograph dedicated to the work of architect and philosopher Aristide Antonas in France, this exhibition unfolds over several chapters with the project The House for Doing Nothing as one of the many reference points for the visitors.

 

"The House for doing nothing" Aristide Antonas © Aristide Antonas

“The House for doing nothing” Aristide Antonas © Aristide Antonas

 

Begun in 2008, the work was spawned after reading the ideas defended by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek in his book Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (2008). The author uses the book to encourage us to resist any form of engagement in the world and to withdraw ourselves as to establish a distance for critiquing. Aristide Antonas considers this form of “withdrawal” not as a heroic posture of resistance but as the foundation of our current relationship to the daily and the real. (more…)