“Smiljan Radić: Bestiary” at House of Art of České Budějovice

May 22, 2017

House of Art of České Budějovice presents “Smiljan Radić: BESTIARY”, a solo exhibition of the architect who runs a uniquely creative practice in Chile’s capital city of Santiago. BESTIARY will present modern-day bestiaries imagined by Radić through a presentation of 20 models symbolizing various imaginary creatures

 

"Smiljan Radic. Bestiary"   exhibition view © Michal Skoda

“Smiljan Radic. Bestiary” exhibition view © Michal Skoda

 

We are honored to be the first gallery in the Czech Republic to present the work of a greatly respected representative of contemporary world architecture, Smiljan Radic from Santiago de Chile. Radic has gained increased attention thanks to his unusual approach to architecture and his distinct creative perspective. His unique designs set him apart not only in his home country, but also on the international architectural scene in general. The exhibition is curated by Michal Škoda. (more…)

“Gaetano Pesce. Architecture and figuration” at Palazzo Ducale di Mantova

May 20, 2017

The great master Gaetano Pesce, considered one of the most influential artists of contemporary culture brings his architectural work and models to Mantova in a wonderfully curated exhibition staged as a part of Mantovarchitettura 2017.

 

Gaetano Pesce, Organic building, Osaka, 1989 © Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce, Organic building, Osaka, 1989 © Gaetano Pesce

 

The exhibition entitled “Gaetano Pesce: architecture and figuration” and curated by arch Renata Cristina Mazzantini, presents monumental architectural works and projects, some new, by Architect, designer and world renowned artist in Michael Sorkin’s opinion “the best furniture designer on the planet”. (more…)

“Caruso St John. Constructions and References” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

May 19, 2017

The Architektur Galerie in Berlin hosts reference images, photographs and concept models curated by the British architects: the three element display has been specially arranged to show their latest works and their personal approach to contemporary architecture.

 

Caruso St. John. Constructions and References © Photo: Ulrich Muller

Caruso St. John. Constructions and References © Photo: Ulrich Muller

 

British architects Caruso St John -Adam Caruso and Peter St John- have prepared a very special installation exhibition at the Architektur Galerie in Berlin. The exhibition features three elements which attempt to draw a narrative on the architect’s approach to architecture: from emotion and attention to details, rather than from abstraction.

These three elements – a central model area, a curtain-like surface as imageboard, and a series of large colour photographs of their works- have been specially arranged by the architects themselves for the Galerie’s main exhibition space. (more…)

“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…)

“Social housing” book presentation and exhibition at RIBA London

May 17, 2017

RIBA presents an exhibition based on Paul Karakusevic and Abigail Bachelor’s new book, which explores the theme of new public housing from across Europe at a pivotal time for the sector.

 

Hillington Square, UK; by Mae Architects © Photo: Jack Hobhouse

Hillington Square, UK; by Mae Architects © Photo: Jack Hobhouse

 

To celebrate the launch of Paul Karakusevic and Abigail Bachelor’s new book on the theme of social housing, the RIBA is hosting an exhibition, ‘Social Housing – Definitions and Design Exemplars’ running from 18 April – 28 May 2017. Curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects it features projects by diverse practices from the book including BIQ/Hans van der Heijden, Lacaton & Vassal and LAN architecture and a discussion on Tuesday 16 May. (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…)

10th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Planning Biennial exhibition at La Triennale di Milano

May 13, 2017

The exhibition includes the architectural and urban planning projects, publications, research projects, architecture student proposals and videos selected in every category from the 10th Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Planning Biennial, which were produced in 2013-2015 in the countries that comprise the Ibero-American community.

 

Arquipélago - Centro de Artes ContemporâneasFrancisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro

Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas Francisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro

 

The Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Planning Biennial (BIAU) was launched in 1998 by the Spanish government with the intention of making it one of the key events for understanding the current situation and future prospects of architecture and urban planning in the Ibero-American world. Curated by Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio Pedrosa,Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. (more…)

“Penumbra” Studio Mumbai / Bijoy Jain at Betts Project Gallery

May 13, 2017

The exhibition will present a landscape through an exploration of material studies varying in scales, forms & techniques, all interspersed through intuition and intention, to allow the audience to immerse themselves in these distant landscapes where existence is not reactionary but elemental. These landscapes are both notional and real at the same time.

 

Studio Mumbai, Window Grids, 2016, paint on wood, varied sizes. ©Studio Mumbai. Courtesy Betts Project.

Studio Mumbai, Window Grids, 2016, paint on wood, varied sizes. ©Studio Mumbai. Courtesy Betts Project.

 

Betts Project is delighted to present “Penumbra”, an exhibition of renowned Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK.  ‘Civilization is built on an aqueous foundation. A world that is in a constant flux, a culture continually in ebb and flow.’—Bijoy Jain (more…)

“Grenzen / Borders” European Architectural Photography Prize 2017 at DAM

May 10, 2017

The European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild is awarded every two years, and 2017 marks the 12th time since 1995. As always, photographers from all over the world were invited to submit in a series of four photographs their very personal interpretation of a specific topic.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 1 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 1 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

With “Grenzen / Borders” we all immediately recall images from the summer of 2015 of the flow of refugees in front of hastily erected barbed-wire borders. And in Germany we inevitably think of the lethal border that until 1989 cut through the country. As the 2017 competition brief states, borders are physically present and clearly legible or subtly noticeable, are perceived as protection or deterrent. The works submitted take this up and in extremely different ways tell of enclosure and exclusion.


 

Practical information

“Grenzen / Borders” European Architectural Photography Prize 2017
May 6 – August 6, 2017
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Schaumainkai 43, Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 


With its specific provisions, the competition aimed from the outset to promote an artistic, photographic exploration of the built environment. A series of four images enables stories to be told; the specific topic gives direction, but also always allows great leeway. What started out as an initiative of db deutsche bauzeitung has since 2003 been continued, with a great deal of voluntary work, by architekturbild e.v., which back then had recently been founded.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 3 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 3 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 4 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 4 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

The association is responsible for the competition, the touring exhibition, and the catalog. 2008 saw the beginning of the partnership with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), which subsequently took over the initial presentation of the prize-winning competition entries and became the venue for the award ceremony. The cooperation agreement with Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) also included the handing over of the competition archive, which is now part of the Frankfurt institute’s collection. In 2016 the Bundesstiftung Baukultur became the third partner.

 

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 2 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

Andreas Gehrke: ARRIVAL \ 2 © Photo: Andreas Gehrke \ architekturbild

 

To date the vast majority of entries come from German-speaking countries, where the competition originated. Photographers from ten countries including Japan, Canada, and the USA took part in the 2017 competition. 133 series of images were submitted. This was less than in previous years, but the quality was consistently high.

 

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 1 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 1 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 2 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 2 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

 

Ultimately, 28 series were honored. In 2017 the jury, as always made up of members from a wide range of professions and nations, was chaired by Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director of Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Alongside the photographic quality it particularly took into consideration the serial link between the images submitted as well as creativity with regard to the handling of the topic, whether it was interpreted in an experimental, narrative, documentary, strict, or surprising manner.

 

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 3 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 3 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 4 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

Matthias Jung: REVIER \ 4 © Photo: Matthias Jung \ architekturbild

 

1st prize went to the Berlin photographer Andreas Gehrke. His series entitled “Arrival” won the jury over with its unusual visualization of one of the major problems of our time. By taking a close look at the accommodation allocated to refugees, he succeeds in revealing the alienation of the people and the impact of exclusion and homelessness.

 

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 1 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 1 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 2 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 2 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

 

Three 2nd prizes were awarded in 2017. The series “Revier” by Matthias Jung shows us boarded-up façades, which to the viewer look almost surreal. Exclusion, here too; there is no way back for the former inhabitants. The deserted ghost town will soon succumb to surface mining. In his work entitled “Stone Record”, Daniel Poller documents conversion, demolition, and new builds in a totally different way.

 

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 3 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 3 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 4 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

Daniel Poller: STONE RECORD \ 4 © Photo: Daniel Poller \ architekturbild

 

Contemporary structures are encroaching on historical architecture such that only façades remain. What is old becomes a decorative backdrop for a city that can do little to counter the laws of the real-estate market. Die im Dunklen is the title Wilhelm Schünemann gave his entry.

 

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

 

Reflective windows and curtains prevent a view inside the offices of corporations that have opened close to the Bundestag, the German parliament, where they quietly go about their lobbying. Alexander Beck, Martin Dziuba, Philippe Grollier, Wolfram Janzer, and Sally-AnnNorman were also honored.

 

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild

Wilhelm Schünemann: DIE IM DUNKELN \ 1 © Photo: Wilhelm Schünemann \ architekturbild


 

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“Repairs” exhibition at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

May 9, 2017

“Repairs” is a group exhibition bringing works by Kader Attia – Arab Spring, 2014, Indépendance Tchao, 2014, and Mimesis as Resistance, Measure and Control, 2013 – face to face with works from the Frac Centre collection: Shigeru Ban, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Daniel Buren, John Hejduk, Tadashi Kawamata, Daniel Libeskind, Miguel Palma, Massinissa Selmani, among others.

 

Miguel Palma, Ecosystema, 1995 © André Morin

Miguel Palma, Ecosystema, 1995 © André Morin

 

Kader Attia conducts collisions between two worlds of repair: Europe and non-western worlds. ‘Repairs, in traditional cultures, are visible measures, renewal that changes the early form of the object forever. In the modern western world, in contrast, repair is synonymous with a return to the initial state of things and the elimination of the wound.’


 

Practical information

“Repairs”
April 28 – August 06, 2017
Frac Centre
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
France

 


The exhibition kicks off with Ecosystéma by Miguel Palma. In the first, the ecosystem proposed reveals the tensions between cycles and recycling between the environment, industry and mankind. Later, Indépendance Tchao by Kader Attia emerges as the fallen dream of 1960s separatist utopianism. At the end, Arab Spring stages the reality of art that turns into destruction.

 

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

 

Between these two destructions – reconstructions, islets lend order to the route. The precariousness of Tadashi Kawamata’s architecture blends into the immediate surroundings. Those by Shigeru Ban are a ‘fragile’ response to the fragility of the world. The models of Daniel Libeskind’s project reveal the potential future for a district of Berlin in a state of abandon since war damage. The Angel Catcher by John Hejduk, 1991, a monumental sculptural prosthetic system, attempts to catch the fallen angels of our dreams.

 

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

 

The installation 1000 villages, 2015, by Massinissa Selmani is a bitter criticism of Algeria’s utopian dream in the 1970s. Photographs by Bernd & Hilla Becher observe the ruins of industrial society while photomontages by Alina Slesinska & Eustachy Kossakowski are an attempt to move away from modernist ideology. Elsewhere in the exhibition, the ‘graft’ carried out by Daniel Buren in the courtyard of the Palais Royal, in Paris, Les deux plateaux, 1986, serves as a scarification inverting and deforming the classical architecture to reveal the substructure.

 

Daniel Libeskind, Projection Psycho-Cybernétique de Berlin, 1988 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Projection Psycho-Cybernétique de Berlin, 1988 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

 

The exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to engage by focusing and reflecting on the repair of the world continually highlighted by works of art and architecture.

 

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

 

POLITICAL SPRINGS 2017

With its Political Springs, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire wants to propose an open and living debate about the problematics and the challenges of our world, our common questions connected to creation and to the art of building our own society. This spring, invited pieces of art, happenings and words of creative thinkers, artists, philosophers, political women and men raise current topics wich are regarding each of us : the injury, the hospitality, the democracy. Starting from the premise that pieces of art are not mutually exclusive about the triviality of our world : at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire, springs are political.

 

John Hejduk, The Angel Catcher © François Lauginie, Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

John Hejduk, The Angel Catcher © François Lauginie, Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Eustachy Kossakowski, Cirque, 1961© Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Eustachy Kossakowski, Cirque, 1961 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Kossakowski Eustachy, Pont II, 1961 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Kossakowski Eustachy, Pont II, 1961 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Tadashi Kawamata, Sans titre, 1994 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Tadashi Kawamata, Sans titre, 1994 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

 

Artists and architects: Kader Attia, Shigeru Ban, Daniel Buren, Bernd & Hilla Becher, John Hejduk, Tadashi Kawamata, Alina Slesinska & Eustachy Kossakowski, Minimaforms & Krzysztof Wodiczko, Daniel Libeskind, Miguel Palma, Massinissa Selmani.


 

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