“Frederick Kiesler: Architect, Artist, Visionary” at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

March 22, 2017

Martin-Gropius-Bau is devoting an exhibition to the universal artist Frederick Kiesler, whose complex oeuvre is presented in all its facets for the first time in Germany. Central projects, important artistic friendships and collective works illustrate his importance in 20th-century architecture and art history and map out his environment.

 

 Frederick Kiesler, Film Guild Cinema, Screen-o-Scope, New York 1929 Photo: Ruth Bernhard, reproduced with permission of the Ruth Bernhard Archive, Princeton University Art Museum © Trustees of Princeton University

Frederick Kiesler, Film Guild Cinema, Screen-o-Scope, New York 1929. Photo: Ruth Bernhard, reproduced with permission of the Ruth Bernhard, Archive, Princeton University Art Museum © Trustees of Princeton University

 

Frederick Kiesler, born 1890 in Czernowitz (Chernivtsi), died 1965 in New York, was an Austro-American architect, stage designer, designer, artist and theoretician. His artistic approach blurring boundaries between individual artistic genres, his concept of an endlessly flowing space and his holistic theory of design Correalism belong to the greatest visions of the 20th century and enjoy undiminished topicality. Over and above this, Kiesler was a central figure in the network of New York’s aesthetic community, and his circle of friends reads like a Who-is-Who of the avant-garde. (more…)

“Peter Märkli” exhibition of drawings and models at Betts Project

March 18, 2017

Betts Project is delighted to present a selling exhibition of renowned Swiss architect Peter Märkli, alongside relief-sketches by the sculptor Hans Josephsohn. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, showing works –from his famous ‘Language drawings’ to 3D drawings and models– that are related to selected projects.

 

"Peter Märkli" exhibition view © Betts Project

“Peter Märkli” exhibition view © Betts Project

 

‘The sketch is the germ of an idea, with no detail in it. The sketch has to be kept small, otherwise you’d have to flesh out certain details. It’s like a writer coming up with an idea for a novel. He might be clear that there will be three main characters, but he doesn’t yet know how the plot will unfold. (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…)

“The value in mathematics – How do we learn?” exhibition by Falke Pisano at C3A Córdoba

March 16, 2017

In her latest series of works, “The value in mathematics”, Pisano examines the often overlooked relationship between culture and mathematics. Through sculptures, texts, diagrams, and videos, she investigates how western cultural values, such as progress, rationality, and universality, have influenced the way we have come to think about mathematics.

 

"The value in mathematics - How do we learn?", exhibition view © Álvaro Carmona

“The value in mathematics – How do we learn?”, exhibition view © Álvaro Carmona

 

Falke Pisano‘s work (Netherlands, 1978), is based on long-term projects, which she conceives as organised fields of research, production, and reflection. Her installations explore the status of knowledge and learning programmes with the aid of diagrammatic structures and abstract sculptural forms. (more…)

Elytra Filament Pavilion, an outdoor installation from the exhibition “Hello, Robot”

March 14, 2017

The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart.

 

Installation view Vitra Campus »Elytra Filament Pavilion« 2017 © Vitra Design Museum, Photo: Julien Lanoo

Installation view, Vitra Campus »Elytra Filament Pavilion« 2017 © Vitra Design Museum, Photo:
Julien Lanoo

 

With the exhibition »Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine«, the Vitra Design Museum presents a major exhibition that examines the current boom in robotics. It shows the variety of forms that robotics takes today and at the same time broadens our awareness of the associated ethical, social, and political issues. Outside the museum, the »Elytra Filament Pavilion« complements this exhibition. The bionic baldachin is an impressive example of the growing influence of robotics on architecture. Its individual modules were defined by an algorithm and then produced with the help of an industrial robot, realised by a team from the University of Stuttgart. After its premiere at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, it is now on view on the Vitra Campus. (more…)

“Housing and the City. James Gowan and Álvaro Siza” at Architectural Association London

March 13, 2017

This exhibition at the Architectural Association offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933).

 

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

Álvaro Siza (*1933), Perspective sketch of the Patio of the Bouça Housing Estate in Porto, Portugal, c. 1972. Pencil and ink on paper, 503 × 752 mm. © The architect.

 

It offers a close comparative reading of the design process within housing projects by James Gowan (1923-2015) and Álvaro Siza (b. 1933), with particular reference to the specific architectural problems that confronted both architects when addressing the typologies of stacked maisonettes and terraced houses in the decades after 1963. Gowan is represented by his designs for Greenwich and East Hanningfield, and Siza by Bouça and Vila Viçosa. (more…)

“The Gulliver Airship” at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art Prague

March 11, 2017

The exhibition describes the conceptual side of the creation of the airship, its inspirations, technical design, and its construction. This unique monumental architectural intervention in the shape of an airship was inspired by the idea to invade the DOX Centre’s modern industrial building with a “parasitic“ structure that would contrast with its existing architecture.

 

"The Gulliver Airship" © DOX Centre

“The Gulliver Airship” © DOX Centre

 

In 2013 the DOX Centre’s director, Leoš Válka, contacted internationally acclaimed architect Martin Rajniš, the 2014 winner of the Global Prize for Sustainable Architecture. For more than two years together with wood and steel specialists they worked on the design of what finally turned out to be a 42m long and 10m wide structure inspired by the shapes of the giant airships that began to cruise the skies at the dawn of the twentieth century. (more…)

“Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square” at RIBA

March 9, 2017

Presented together for the first time, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to draw comparisons between the design methods of two of the most highly recognised architects of the 20th century, and to trace the continuity in purpose and approach that unites two seemingly dissimilar architectural creations.

 

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

Proposed Mies van der Rohe-designed tower block for the Mansion House Square scheme. Image © John Donat / RIBA Collections

 

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) unveils a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square (8 March 2017 – 25 June 2017) offering a renewed examination of two iconic architectural schemes proposed for the same site in the City of London. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates’ newly listed Number One Poultry. (more…)

“Bruno Munari. Total Artist” at Museo Ettore Fico

March 9, 2017

The exhibition illustrates the multifaceted creative activity of Bruno Munari (Milan, 1907-1998), one of the most important figures in the international artistic and cultural scene of the 20th Century .

 

"Bruno Munari. Total Artist" © Museo Ettore Fico

“Bruno Munari. Total Artist” © Museo Ettore Fico

 

The exhibition highlights the varied research and experimentation works by the artist, opening to the general public a wide range of his creative works: drawings, projects, collages, paintings, sculptures, “unreadable books”, new techniques of image reproduction, industrial design objects, editorial graphical works, architecture, as well as new teaching proposals – only to mention the most representative disciplines of his projects in the  synthesis of the arts. The exhibition is curated by Claudio Cerritelli. (more…)

Bauhaus‐Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung presents “Bauhaus in Motion”

March 7, 2017

The range of exhibited pieces encompasses works from classes at the Bauhaus – such as motion studies from the preliminary course – as well as paintings, photographs, architectural drafts, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and works on paper.

 

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

 

From 1 March 2017 to 8 January 2018 the BauhausAArchiv / Museum für Gestaltung is showing “Bauhaus in Motion”. This special exhibition presents the connection between the Bauhaus and movement on various levels: the theme of motion can be found in works by famous Bauhaus teachers, such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as in numerous student works. (more…)