“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…)

“Infinite Places – Building or Making Places?” French pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

July 15, 2018

The concept for Infinite Places, developed by the Encore Heureux team, led by the architects Nicola Delon, Julien Choppin, and Sébastien Eymard, presents places produced by new and inventive processes that generate architectural processes of value. This exhibition project, which considers the territory as a whole, highlights initiatives on the part of civil society and communities that embody a certain free spirit of experimentation and the possibilities opened up by architecture.

 

"Infinite Places - Building or Making Places?" French pavilion © Cyrus Cornut

“Infinite Places – Building or Making Places?” French pavilion © Cyrus Cornut

 

These projects are expressions of programmatic freedom and generosity, and they live up to the theme of Freespace adopted by the two commissioners of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the Irish architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelly McNamara. (more…)

“Building Stories” exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belem – Garagem Sul

July 15, 2018

“Building Stories” is an exhibition about what cannot be easily perceived at first glance in architecture: how architecture is produced and built. The exhibition challenges the visitor to perceive life and architecture through the work of the three different architectural practices, showing the similarities that can be found between stories when we speak about architecture.

 

“Building Stories” exhibition © Brandão Costa Lima

“Building Stories” exhibition © Brandão Costa Lima

 

Building Stories is therepresentation of an abstract landscape made up of architectural fragments. Like a permanent construction site, it emphasises the dimensions of the exhibition space as if it was a piece of land or a contemporary industrial ruin where it is easy to imagine the cold smell of fresh cement and the sound of heavy machinery. The intent is to transcend the limits of the museum space and focus on architecture as a discipline. Achievements, turning points or simply notes and desires from architecten de vyldervincktaillieu, Maio and Ricardo Bak Gordon are shown as live expressions of a much larger universe. (more…)

“Visions and applications in Czech and Slovak Architecture. 1918–2018″ at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague

July 12, 2018

An international traveling exhibition that balances the gap between the bold architectural visions and the realized buildings in which the tattoos were actually projected. The basic artifacts are interesting models of significant Czech and Slovak architectural works, which were developed by students of architectural faculties of Prague and Bratislava techniques, which are confronted with architectural visions and unrealized projects using multiprojects.

 

"Visions and applications in Czech and Slovak Architecture. 1918–2018" at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague © Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague

“Visions and applications in Czech and Slovak Architecture. 1918–2018″ at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague © Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera Prague

 

The bold architectural visions of Czech and Slovak authors over the last hundred years and the realized constructions in which some of them have been shown show an exhibition in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery. It consists mainly of models of significant Czech and Slovak architectural works, which are confronted by projections with unrealized architectural visions. Visitors will see the swimming pool in Podolí, the Thermal Hotel in Karlovy Vary, the well-known Gočár competition proposal for the Old Town Hall, but also Heliopolis, the courageous project of the Olympic city for the High Tatras from the Slovak group VAL. (more…)

CIVA Brussels presents “(re)compose the city” exhibition

July 11, 2018

The exhibition considers the period of reflection on the North-South Connection, from 1836 to 1952, as a town planning laboratory to turn Brussels into the capital of Belgium. The exhibition is based on several unbuilt projects that highlight this period, selected from entries of competitions, research works and other controversial approaches, preserved in the Civa archives.

 

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

The North-South Connection is generally seen as a trauma in the belief of Brussels denizens, a major error and the result of a lack of a strong-willed and coherent urban policy. The reflection on this railway layout linking the city’s North and South stations actually led to a broader town planning approach on the scale of Brussels – from its beginnings, in fact, in 1836, because this layout is closely linked to the creation of a station in the heart of the city. This aim persisted when construction work on the tunnel resumed in 1935, because the choice of an open trench required recomposing the urban structure over more than two kilometers in length. (more…)

“In Time” Carlos Cánovas at ICO Museum Madrid

July 10, 2018

“In Time” is a journey through the work of Carlos Cánovas from the 80s to the present, featuring 128 photographs grouped into six series: Tapias (1980), Beyond Walls (1983-1990), Vallès Oriental (1990), Landscape of no Return (1993-1994), Anonymous Landscape (1992-2005), and Seventh Heaven (2007-2017). The photographer´s entire body of work constitutes a kind of analytical record of urban transformation.

 

"In Time" Carlos Cánovas © Carlos Cánovas  / VEGAP

“In Time” Carlos Cánovas © Carlos Cánovas / VEGAP

 

For this exhibition, Cánovas has sought out space where nature and human intervention converge; interstitial landscapes found in city limits that suggest multiple readings of space, distance, and time. These are concepts that the photographer also incorporates in his personal reflections on photography: «What the photographer does is try to make sure that what is in his images reflect his initial ideas and also, in a way that is perhaps less deliberate but no less important, his doubts». (more…)

“Arcipelago Italia” Italian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

July 8, 2018

Five ambitious visions rooted in their specific places and able to reactivate diverse communities: / the result of many-voiced, multidisciplinary and inclusive design process, coordinated by Cucinella and his staff, led by six emerging architecturalfirms in collaboration with local universities and numerous excellent professionals in well versed in the local contexts, expert consultants in architecture, community engagement, culture, art, health, mobility, landscape, earthquake and training.

 

 “Arcipelago Italia" Italian Pavilion exhibition view © Urban Reports

“Arcipelago Italia” Italian Pavilion exhibition view © Urban Reports

 

“Arcipelago Italia is a manifesto that points to / possible ways forward for the revival of the interior territories, to restore value and importance to architecture and because the work of the architect must reclaim a role of social responsibility,” says Mario Cucinella, curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. In introducing Arcipelago Italia, he presents five project proposals that show how architecture can offer an opportunity for rebirth for Italy, becoming a tool for discussion and also an aid to community and local administrators. (more…)

MAXXI Rome presents “African Metropolis. An imaginary city”

July 6, 2018

An exhibition as a journey through a non-existent city capable of recounting the composite, heterogeneous and stratified identity of the contemporary metropolis. An exhibition challenging our idea of the metropolis, which uses the intensity and richness of African art to highlight the beauty and the contradictions of the world of today. 

 

Hassan Mousa La multiplication des éclairs au large de Lampedusa  Ink on textiles 241 x 223 cm  2016  Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maïa Muller photo credits Rebecca Fanuele

Hassan Mousa La multiplication des éclairs au large de Lampedusa Ink on textiles 241 x 223 cm 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Maïa Muller photo credits Rebecca Fanuele

 

The exhibition, produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation – DGMO, main partner Eni, is part of a broader project strongly supported by Giovanna Melandri, President of the Fondazione MAXXI, dedicated to the vitality of the artistic scene of a continent expanding amidst contradictions and open wounds and is also in line with the museum’s research that sees art and culture as instruments of dialogue and cultural diplomacy. The project also features the exhibition road to justice (22 June – 14 October 2018), curated by Anne Palopoli, a reflection on the complexity of the continent, its suffering, its memory, its possible future scenarios, and a rich programme of encounters with artists, architects and writers, film, dance and live music. (more…)

“Trans Utopias. Mobility. Movement. Mobilization” at CentroCentro Madrid

July 4, 2018

This new exhibition that explores possible places from which to ponder mobility today. The exhibition resorts to speculative and service design, contemporary art, futuristic architecture, historical urban planning documents, the design of information, photography and cinema.

 

VLS is a Zuloark project. 3D images by Estudio Poliedro, The 3D Bakery and Zuloark. CC BY-SA License

VLS is a Zuloark project. 3D images by Estudio Poliedro, The 3D Bakery and Zuloark. CC BY-SA License

 

By studying cities and the infrastructures that articulate them, we can discover the dreams and failures of utopias of the past. By imagining the cities of the future, we can unveil the excesses and follies that arise from visions that are seen today to be obsolete and ineffective. A new infrastructure is always the promise – real or illusory – of a better city. (more…)

“Ehrlichmonument” exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Zentrum

July 4, 2018

The DAZ shows “ehrlichmonument” – an installation by Friedrich von Borries, Jens-Uwe Fischer and Frieder Bohaumilitzky. Franz Ehrlich (1907-84) was a student at the Bauhaus, an architect, and designer.

 

"Ehrlichmonument" exhibition view © DAZ

“Ehrlichmonument” exhibition view © DAZ

He operated under the extreme political conditions of the 20th century: as a prisoner at Buchenwald concentration camp, as a modernist working within a Stalinist East German state, and as an assimilated nonconformist in the GDR. His best known works include the Rundfunkhaus on Berlin’s Nalepastraße, the 602 furniture series for the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, and the entrance gate of Buchenwald. What can we learn from Ehrlich? Above all, that any designer who wants to change society cannot just deal in surfaces, objects, and spaces, but must intervene in structures, change organizational forms, and advance new decision-making patterns. (more…)

“Between landscapes and history” Wright and organic architecture at IUAV, two exhibitions at the Tolentini

July 3, 2018

The exhibition aims to illustrate the reception that Frank Lloyd Wright’s lesson and the “organicist” conception had within the IUAV from the post-World War II period.

 

La Dome House di Paolo Soleri a Cave Creek in Arizona, foto di Bruno Morassutti,1949 Archivio Eredi Morassutti

La Dome House di Paolo Soleri a Cave Creek in Arizona, foto di Bruno Morassutti,1949 Archivio Eredi Morassutti

 

Some concomitant facts contributed decisively to the development of an original and multifaceted tendency: the presence in the School directed by Giuseppe Samonà of a historian such as Bruno Zevi – of which the centenary of his birth occurs -, the arrival in Venice of Wright and the task attributed to him to design the Angelo Masieri Memorial on the waters of the Grand Canal, the role of “mediator” of the American master’s thought played by Carlo Scarpa, a brilliant, influential and already established architect. (more…)