“The Abstract Eclosion” at IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern

August 2, 2017

“The Abstract Eclosion” is one of the latest exhibitions at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, which explores the many faces of abstract art, ranging from early works to contemporary artists, comprising pictorial art as well as sculpture, installations and more theoretical approaches.

 

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

Luis Gordillo, Serie Limo 1991 © IVAM

 

IVAM’s latest exhibition focuses on abstraction, looking at artists who understand line and colour as elements of a visual language equivalent to the function that words and sentences play in written or spoken language. A language whose aim is not so much to describe or narrate a specific situation as to produce sensations, experiences or emotions that are like a musical composition, a sequence of tones, rather than a descriptive narrative.

The exhibition, named La eclosión de la abstracción. Línea y color en la colección del IVAM (The Birth of Abstraction. Line and Colour in the IVAM Collection) includes a number of artists such as Antoni Tapiès, Luis Gordillo, James Turrell, Pierre Soulages and Lucio Fontana, among others.  (more…)

“Architecture and Interiors. The Desire for Style” De Stijl at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

July 26, 2017

The architecture and interiors of De Stijl are famous around the world. Dutch architects and designers like Gerrit Rietveld, Theo van Doesburg, Cornelis van Eesteren and J.J.P. Oud blazed the trail for generations of progressive thinkers who came after them.

 

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Theo van Doesburg, Maison Particulière, wood and perspex, 1923 (reconstruction 1982 by Tjarda Mees), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

 

The historical roots of De Stijl are less well-known. From 10 June until 17 September, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Het Nieuwe Instituut (which holds the greatest architecture collection in the world) present a marvellous overview of drawings, architectural models and examples of furniture by members of the influential art movement. Exhibited side by side for the first time ever, the works offer surprising insights: what seems simple and straightforward at first sight proves to be ambiguous and complex. And what appears new may turn out not to have been. (more…)

“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…)

“Relations” by Snøhetta at AUT: a social landscape in which to sit, play and walk

August 16, 2017

The exhibition features an site-specific installation and a several rooms displaying Snøhetta —and their collaborator’s— work: contrasting designs, materials and prototypes with the finished project, it is possible to see the Norwegian office’s approach to the design process and built architecture.

 

"Social Landscape" installation at  „Snøhetta: Relations“ © Günter Richard Wett

“Social Landscape” installation at „Snøhetta: Relations“ © Günter Richard Wett

 

Especially conceived for the aut exhibition, “Relations” makes the interdisciplinary, social and landscape-related approach so characteristic of Snøhetta visible and experiential.

A “social landscape” has been constructed as the main element — one you can lay, sit or walk on — which wants to animate people to a new type of spatial perception or invite them to have a picnic. In addition, a set of projects will be shown with sketches, designs, prototypes, models and photographs.  (more…)

‘Piranesi. La fabbrica dell’utopia’ at Palazzo Braschi in Rome

August 14, 2017

With more than 200 graphic works, kindly loaned by the Giorgio Cini Foundation and the collections of the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi, the exhibition shows the most significant works of the Venetian artist, an extraordinary inkjet maker and central figure for the figurative culture of the 18th century Europe. 

 

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, 1762 © Museo di Roma

 

Piranesi was a great engraver and architect devoted to the rediscovery of archeology who applied his Venetian artistic education to an immediate passion for the grandiose ruins of Rome, where he moved in 1740.

His vast watercolor production, featuring spectacularly exaggerated prospective visions and violent luminous effects, made him one of the most successful artists in a rapidly expanding artistic market such as the Roman was in the culminating period of the Grand Tours.

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JSWD Architects present their work in ‘hautnah’, an exhibition at RIBA London

August 12, 2017

The Cologne-based firm JSWD Architekten present an itinerant exhibition on their most iconic works from the last 15 years. Focusing on details, façade and overall design composition, the exhibition will be showing at The Practice Space, RIBA, until August 27.

 

Maison de L'Histoire Europeénne, Brüssel © Foto: Christa Lachenmaier

Maison de L’Histoire Europeénne, Brüssel © Foto: Christa Lachenmaier

 

​The exhibition “hautnah” shows – in schematized images – details of completed projects by JSWD Architects. Individually tailored solutions are the result of a precise site response to functions and needs analysis – producing structures that offer a protective, intelligent and efficient “outer shell”, which will also serve to tell the developer’s story.  (more…)

‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’ the Biennale’s Danish Pavilion exhibition at DAC Copenhagen

August 10, 2017

With more than 130 architectural models, the exhibition fills DAC from basement to attic, giving visitors a fascinating insight into what makes Danish architecture unique and so popular abroad.

 

'Art of the Many and the Right to Space'  exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

‘Art of the Many and the Right to Space’ exhibition © Danish Architecture Center

 

The Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be showing from 7 July to 1 October ‘Art of Many and The Right to Space’, the Danish contribution to the most recent Venice Biennale of Architecture.

The Biennale is the most prestigious architecture event in the world, and countries from around the globe exhibit their own interpretations of a specific theme. While the Biennale attracts international visitors, the exhibition at DAC opens to a Danish audience, who will undoubtedly recognise the libraries, hospitals and childcare centres from their daily lives. The exhibition also provides fresh insights into what makes these buildings special.

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Architektur Galerie Berlin presents STEAL SCHINKEL, a students’ approach to Schinkel’s Bauakademie

August 9, 2017

Demolished in 1962, Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin is now scheduled to be rebuilt on a budget of 62 million euros. Students from Studio EAST at EPFL Lausanne have undertaken a research and design programme to reflect on the possibilities of the building’s inminent reconstruction.

 

Students' models at 'STEAL SCHINKEL' © Architektur Galerie Berlin

Students’ models at ‘STEAL SCHINKEL’ © Architektur Galerie Berlin

 

Following the budgeting of 62 million euros in March 2017  for the reconstruction of Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin, German architects are in the need of re-formulating and reflecting over the historical original building and its meaning today.

How and how much will we keep the memory of Schinkel’s Bauakademie? How do we want this place to behave in its contemporary urban landscape? How, or do we, want to update the functional program of the building for the future? Is it possible to find a Schinkelian sense and expression of designing buildings today?

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‘Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit’ architecture from the MENA region at Vitra Design Museum

August 9, 2017

Vibrating with an innovative cultural life, the Midle East and North Africa regions are the focus of an exhibition featuring contemporary photographs, models and texts, conveying the dynamic atmosphere of individual locales and the relationship of inhabitants to their spatial surroundings.

 

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

 

Ankara, Baghdad, Tehran and Tangier are vibrant metropolises of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). They pulsate with an innovative cultural life – despite the political headlines. The exhibition »Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit« views these cities from a micro-perspective, examining their architecture, urban neighbourhoods and the protagonists who shape them.

The project is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the publishers of Dubaibased magazine Brownbook.  (more…)

Look! Look! Look! pavilion by Studio Morison at Berrington Hall

August 6, 2017

Inspired by the decadent social lives of the Georgians, Heather and Ivan Morison have brought to life the first stage of this plan with their contemporary creation, ‘Look! Look! Look!’, which now features in the garden.

 

Look! Look! Look! / Studio Morison © Ivan Morison

Look! Look! Look! / Studio Morison © Ivan Morison

 

It is a project supported and partially funded by Trust New Art and the Arts Council England. Its form is inspired by the story of pineapples being imported and eaten during the eighteenth century as a statement of wealth and we’ve found evidence of them being grown in the garden at Berrington. The Georgians were also fond of popping up temporary pavilions made from wood and canvas or material for shelter whilst, entertaining, dining, reading or even for illicit meetings. (more…)

‘Sala Beckett’ renovation of a theatrical space in Barcelona, by Flores y Prats

August 4, 2017

The project competition, which was won in 2011, led to years of research and design for the renovation and expansion of the existing spaces within the 1920’s original building. A unique project by Spanish architects Flores y Prats, photographed by Adrià Goula.

 

'Sala Beckett' Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

‘Sala Beckett’ Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

 

Barcelona-based architects Flores y Prats are the authors behind the impressive and comprehensive renovation project of ‘Sala Beckett‘, a theatre and drama space in Barcelona, located inside a 1920’s building. The architects’ aim was to maintain the building’s spatial design and decoration, preserving the unique qualities of a historical building, while proposing new usable, contemporary spaces for the ‘Obrador Internacional de Dramatùrgia’ who will be using the premises.  (more…)

Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) at Centro Niemeyer, Avilés

August 3, 2017

The Cultural Center designed by Brazilian architect Niemeyer is hosting until August 12 an exhibition showing the results of the XIII BEAU Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism, comprising the works of the architects awarded or shortlisted among the various categories of the Biennial.

 

'BEAU Spanish Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism' exhibition display © Centro Niemeyer

‘BEAU Spanish Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism’ exhibition display © Centro Niemeyer

 

The Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) is being shown in the Centro Niemeyer, a Center for the Arts and Culture in Avilés, Spain. The XIII BEAU, entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, has traveled to United States, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.  (more…)

Discover the 2017 Pilsen ‘Landscape Festival’ on it’s fifth anniversary

August 2, 2017

This yearly event, taking place from May to September, focuses on the many possibilities of the perception of our surroundings from an architectural approach. Exhibitions and site-specific installations set up a background for public dialog regarding landscape and architecture both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

 

OTTOTTO, workshop parallel path  © Matej Vesely

OTTOTTO, workshop parallel path  © Matej Vesely

 

From May to September, the landscape and public space of this West Bohemian metropolis will be the platform for a public dialogue on the possibilities of the perception of our surroundings. Once again, the Festival will present many inspiring exhibitions with examples of high-quality Czech as well as foreign landscape creations.

However, it is especially the site-specific installations by Czech and foreign artists and architects, which trigger a discussion on the future development and work potential in a modern and well-functioning city. In addition, debates, lectures, conferences and workshops on Festival themes will be held within the accompanying programme. (more…)