[Exhibition] “Arkhè” new exhibition devoted to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection

July 7, 2018

The new series of exhibitions devoted to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection, invites the visitor to reconsider the very foundations on which architectural experimentation has been built since the start of the 1950s.

 

Coop Himmelb(l)au Villa Rosa, 1967 Scale model Bois, plastique, plexiglas, métal, peinture, mousse synthétique, polystyrène 44 x 68 x 68 cm 999 01 01 © Philippe Magnon

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Villa Rosa, 1967 Scale model Bois, plastique, plexiglas, métal, peinture, mousse synthétique, polystyrène 44 x 68 x 68 cm © Philippe Magnon

 

This first phase called “Arkhè”, looks back over contemporary interpretations of architecture’s founding myth. From the teachings of Vitruvius, in the 1st century BC, to Reyner Banham’s flamboyant and resolutely pop iconoclasm, architecture has not ceased unveiling its origins: primitive hut or first fire, woven canvas or sculpted monument, garden of Eden or mother’s womb… Behind each model, behind each new start, is a certain vision of man: the first architecture prescribes what the last man will be.


 

Practical information

“Arkhè”
July 7, 2018 – September 16, 2019
Frac Centre
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
France

 


Thus the exhibition reverses the “futurological” perspective that regularly accompanies the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection. The “prospective” often indicates an obsession with innovation and new beginnings. It succumbs to that form of headlong flight that is typical of the avant-garde, and that constantly re-enacts the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.

 

Coop Himmelb(l)au Villa Rosa, 1968 Drawing Encre de Chine et letraset sur calque 66.5 x 98.2 cm 999 18 02 © François Lauginie

Coop Himmelb(l)au Villa Rosa, 1968 Drawing Encre de Chine et letraset sur calque 66.5 x 98.2 cm © François Lauginie

Coop Himmelb(l)au Open House, 1983-1992 Presentation Model Scale model Métal, bois, plastique, carton 63 x 151 x 140 cm 992 01 10 © Tom Bonner

Coop Himmelb(l)au Open House, 1983-1992 Presentation Model Scale model Métal, bois, plastique, carton 63 x 151 x 140 cm © Tom Bonner

 

Yet no one can help but search for their origins. Planning for the future means always proposing a “cosmogony”, that is to say writing a genesis using a starting point to thus envisage an outcome. Experimental architecture therefore appears as reconsideration of the foundations of all things – an arkhè – opening up a multitude of possible worlds. With no exclusion of any given one.

 

Haus-Rucker-Co Pneumacosm, 1968 Projet de Günther Zamp Kelp et Manfred Ortner Scale model Plexiglas, plastique, métal, adhésif, bois 54.5 x 72 x 70 cm 002 14 01 © Philippe Magnon

Haus-Rucker-Co Pneumacosm, 1968 Projet de Günther Zamp Kelp et Manfred Ortner Scale model Plexiglas, plastique, métal, adhésif, bois 54.5 x 72 x 70 cm © Philippe Magnon

Haus-Rucker-Co Leisuretime Explosion, 1967-1968 Projet de Günther Zamp Kelp et Manfred Ortner Collage sur papier 48 x 67.5 cm F-002 14 02 © François Lauginie

Haus-Rucker-Co Leisuretime Explosion, 1967-1968 Projet de Günther Zamp Kelp et Manfred Ortner Collage sur papier 48 x 67.5 cm © François Lauginie

 

With the artworks of: BIOTHING, Aristide Antonas, Cavart, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Hans Hollein, Haus-Rucker-Co, Riccardo Dalisi, François Dallegret, David George Emmerich, Yona Friedman, Vittorio Giorgini, David Greene (Archigram), Günter Günschel, Angela Hareiter, Haus-Rucker-Co, Martin Honert, Wes Jones, Dušan Kuzma, Ugo La Pietra, František Lesák, María Mallo, OCEAN Design Research Association, Walter Pichler, Arthur Quarmby, Franco Raggi, Philippe Rahm, Charles Simonds, Olivier Seguin, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Superstudio, Piere Székely.

 

Walter Pichler Compact City, 1964 Scale model Plâtre, laiton, plastique, peinture 50 x 34 x 20 cm 003 04 01

Walter Pichler Compact City, 1964 Scale model Plâtre, laiton, plastique, peinture 50 x 34 x 20 cm

Vittorio Giorgini Rivercrane, 1993 Scale model Bois, laiton 60 x 120 x 80 cm Donation Vittorio Giorgini 002 17 07 © François Lauginie

Vittorio Giorgini Rivercrane, 1993 Scale model Bois, laiton 60 x 120 x 80 cm Donation Vittorio Giorgini © François Lauginie

Vittorio Giorgini Villagio, scenari urbains futuristes, 1966-1967 Scale model Fonte d'aluminium 11.5 x 73.5 x 59 cm Donation Vittorio Giorgini 002 17 01 © Philippe Magnon

Vittorio Giorgini Villagio, scenari urbains futuristes, 1966-1967 Scale model Fonte d’aluminium 11.5 x 73.5 x 59 cm Donation Vittorio Giorgini © Philippe Magnon


 

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