“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” at MAXXI Rome

September 22, 2018

An homage to the recently deceased architect and artist, made through the presentation of architectural drawings in which the unique use of the medium of painting is the instrument through which constructed reality is investigated and revealed.

 

"Dario Passi. Forma Urbis" © Dario Passi

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” © Dario Passi

 

Some of the emblematic works that sanctified Dario Passi’s abandonment of architecture in favour of painting will be shown. At the entrance to the Architecture Archives Centre are two large oil canvas paintings, recently acquired, that represent a kind of cultural legacy of Dario Passi, whose activity over time passed from architectural practice, always carried out through high quality graphic representations, to tout-court artistic creation. (more…)

“Mario Bellini. Il disegno del progetto” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

September 16, 2018

The exhibition presents over two hundred sketches and drawings made by Mario Bellini and his studio in the last forty years, concerning some of the most significant projects developed in his long and prolific career.

 

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

 

It is to be considered an introductory review ranging from design to architecture, with some fantastic digressions; four architectural projects in chronological order; nine furniture design projects.Looking at the sequences of drawings, witnesses of the different design paths undergone by Bellini, it is clear that the drawing is the place where the project takes shape. Drawing becomes an instrument of research, of thought, of examination of reality; an effective means of communication to visualize, verify and share an idea; a powerful memory aid, which refers to the personal repository of images and references, stratified over time, which the architect can use – even unconsciously – whenever he undertakes a new interpretative or design adventure. (more…)

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes at Pirelli HangarBicocca

September 13, 2018

Through her sculptures Leonor Antunes (Lisbon, 1972) reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the Modernist tradition, in its most radical and experimental instances. Thanks to a meticulous research into several projects and works, Antunes, after selecting specific details and fragments, transforms them into new forms and elegant artworks.

 

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view ©  Pirelli HangarBicocca

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view © Pirelli HangarBicocca

 

For her sculptures Antunes prefers to use natural and organic materials on which the traces of time passing remain visible—rope, wood, leather, brass, rubber, and cork, among others—employing artisanal and vernacular techniques in clear opposition to mass production, in an ongoing attempt to preserve and hand down knowledge and traditional skills. (more…)

“Nahum Tevet – Five Rooms” at House of Art of České Budějovice

September 10, 2018

The České Budějovice House of Art is honored to be the first venue in the Czech Republic to present the work of Israeli artist Nahum Tevet. The work of Nahum Tevet is founded on three main pillars: painting, sculpture, and architecture. One typical feature of his work (both his smaller works as well as his large installations) is a sense of “incompleteness” and working with scale.

 

Nahum Tevet – Five Rooms © České Budějovice House of Art

Nahum Tevet – Five Rooms © České Budějovice House of Art

 

Tevet’s language of archetypal forms resembling objects of everyday use – books, boxes, tables, chairs, beds, boats – possesses multiple meanings through which he asks various questions. His colorful constructions, which change as the viewer moves through the installation, form the foundation for structures that we are incapable of reading as a whole. The aforementioned archetypal forms combine to produce mysterious and restless places filled with multiple meanings and references. One such example is his largest sculpture to date, Seven Walks – a remarkable work created in 1997–2004 that was last exhibited at Munich’s Villa Stuck in late 2017 and early 2018. (more…)

“Manifesto of Prefabrication. BBGK Architekci” at SATELLIT Architektur Galerie Berlin

September 6, 2018

The apartment building Sprzeczna 4, completed by BBGK Architekci in 2017, is considered a prototype in Poland. With its combination of excellent architecture and quality of execution, it counters the battered reputation that modular construction has in Poland due to the countless concrete housing estates from the communist era.

 

Sprzeczna 4  BBGK Architekci © Juliusz Sokolowski

Sprzeczna 4 BBGK Architekci © Juliusz Sokolowski

 

The multifamily building was built on a small, irregular plot of land – itself an anomaly given the stereotype of the slab block throughout Poland – located within a 19th century block-edge development in the Praga district of Warsaw. The architects made use of various prefabrication technologies, such as the use of large elements, colored exposed concrete with prints and reliefs, electrical installations integrated into the walls, and heated ceiling systems. (more…)

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

September 4, 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. (more…)

“Mai 68. L’architecture aussi!” at Citè de l’Architecture

September 2, 2018

The exhibition “Mai 68. L’architecture aussi!” invites to revisit this fifteen years (1962-1977) which supposed the renewal of the society but also the appearence of a new architecture and urbanism. 

 

Dessins et jeux sur un parking quartier des sablons, 1968 © Jacques Windenberger

Dessins et jeux sur un parking quartier des sablons, 1968 © Jacques Windenberger

 

The directions taken by architecture and its teaching from the mid-1960s are multiple and intersections sometimes dangerous. The first major disturbances broke out at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts around 1966. They were accompanied by a demand for the most advanced students of architecture for the “capital” theory and for, at the end, a status of intellectuals , based on the decisive contribution of the human sciences in the training of architects. (more…)

“Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

August 31, 2018

The Vitra Design Museum exhibition “Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface”, is the Dutch designer’s first solo presentation outside her native country. The exhibition will be shown from 18 August 2018 until 20 January 2019 at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.

 

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

 

For Christien Meindertsma, the creation of a product is only one element of the design process. In her unique approach, she explores the mechanisms of modern industrial production, undertaking expeditions to factories and conducting meticulous detective work at waste disposal sites and workshops – while bringing her unquenchable thirst for knowledge to interviews with the protagonists of these adventures. The exhibition focuses on Christien Meindertsma’s work with the materials of wool, flax, incinerator bottom ash and recycled wool. On display are projects such as the »One Sheep Sweater« (2010) – for which she produced garments from the coats of individual sheep – or the »Flax Chair« (2015), an innovative, sustainable piece of furniture made from a now rarely used material, which was nominated for the New Material Award (2016) and won the Dutch Design Award (2016). (more…)

“Interactions” exhibition by Groupe-6 at la Galerie d’Architecture

August 29, 2018

For almost  50 years, Groupe-6 has taken  a collective  approach to developing its architectures, designing a wide variety of schemes in France and in Europe. The firm’s creations testify to its expertise in constructing the most complex  projects and its commitment to an architecture that serves the public good. It has no set hallmark; its signature is a process, not a specific style.

 

Logements " Casanova", Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

Logements ” Casanova”, Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

 

The architectures Groupe-6 designs are resolutely interactive in the way they infuse into their setting and in their potential for appropriation. This dialectic between form and openness is their common denominator. Through a panorama of the firm’s projects and buildings, presented through models, drawings, interviews and films, the exhibition  reveals the true face of Groupe-6. (more…)

El Equipo Mazzanti in Alghero “We play, you play”

August 28, 2018

The exhibition “We Play, You Play” is imagined as a Role-Playing in which the visitor engages in different activities and events and becomes an active player rather than a just an observer. The randomness of the game itself allows to break the routine to experience an alternative reality where rules and procedures generate new behaviors.

 

"We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti" © Equipo Mazzanti

“We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti” © Equipo Mazzanti

 

We wanted to create an exhibition made out of the actions produced by the user rather than a display of architectural images meant to be observed. The goal is to allow the visitor to become a member of the El Equipo Mazzanti as he/she adopts the role of the architect by working with his/her own hands. By playing with a set of pieces and rearranging in different manners the office’s built projects, the visitor is capable to understand the rules and protocols that organize our architecture which is often planned as an open system composed by pieces and modules.

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