“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

October 22, 2018

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (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…)

“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…)

“Tubology – Our lives in tubes” at FRAC Grand Large

August 27, 2018

Tubes are everywhere! Inside us – we’re made of tubes: auditory, digestive, bronchial and so on and so forth. All around us – in our Hauts-de-France Region you can hardly ignore the factory chimneys still standing up and down the coast. Outside us – the pipes and post-industrial cables that mean we can be connected and linked up with each other, with all the potential for doing things remotely offered by the Internet.

 

"Tubology - Our lives in tubes" exhibition view © FRAC

“Tubology – Our lives in tubes” exhibition view © FRAC

 

But here’s the thing: all this striving not to “go down the tubes” is generating an ecological emergency. So what kinds of mental, social and environmental ecologies do we need to take proper care of ourselves and others, humans and non-humans (animals, plants, minerals, etc.)? How can we do away with local and global hierarchies within the system of overall interconnectivity that is our lot today? (more…)

“In Tune with the World” at Louis Vuitton Foundation

August 18, 2018

Throughout the galleries of the Frank Gehry building, “In Tune with the World” (11th April – 27th August 2018) unveils a new selection of artists from the collection, of several different mediums, bringing together modern and contemporary works, most of which have never before been exhibited in these spaces.

 

François Morellet, vue d’installation, accrochage "Au diapason du monde" - Nouvelle sélection de notre Collection, galerie 6, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, du 11 avril au 27 août 2018. © Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

François Morellet, vue d’installation, accrochage “Au diapason du monde” – Nouvelle sélection de notre Collection, galerie 6, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, du 11 avril au 27 août 2018. © Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

 

Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different selections of works following the Collection’s four distinct predetermined categories: Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound (2014/2016), or groups of works from specific events dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017). (more…)

“Gordon Matta-Clark. Anarchitect” at Jeu de Paume

July 28, 2018

Featuring one hundred artworks by Gordon Matta-Clark, the exhibition “Anarchitect” explores the importance of Matta-Clark’s practice towards a rethinking of architecture after modernism. Embracing a diversity of media that include photography, film and printmaking, the exhibition features a number of works related to contemporary urban culture that further contextualize Gordon Matta-Clark’s compelling critique of architecture.

 

Conical Intersect 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris

Conical Intersect, 1975, Gordon Matta-Clark, Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris

 

Soon after completing his studies at Cornell University School of Architecture (1962-1968), Matta-Clark moved to New York and started developing a series of artworks in situ that seemed to perform an anatomy of sorts on the very body of the urban landscape by literally cutting structures apart and exhibiting the remnants as demonstration. (more…)

“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris

June 15, 2018

The exhibition by French photographer François Prost  will present 4 series produced between 2013 and 2017: After Party, Faubourg, Champs Élysées & Paris Syndrome. AfterParty recounts facades of French nightclubs, photographed in the light of day. These nightclubs, still in activity, are then under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the night atmosphere give way to a more standard and less glittery reality. 

 

"Photostories" exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris © François Prost

“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris © François Prost

 

The After Party series presents facades of French nightclubs, photographed in daylight. These nightclubs, still running, are shown under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the nocturnal atmosphere that give way to a more standard and less spangled reality. The Faubourg series presents facades of Ile de France buildings from so-called sensitive areas. These buildings, erected in the 1960s, at the time of the large complexes were built to increase the housing stock and to give the middle / upper class all the modern comforts of the time. (more…)

“Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu. Amateur Architecture Studio” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

June 5, 2018

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu develop a radically different approach to majority architecture in China as opposed to Chinese architectural traditionalism and an often destructive modernity from which they emancipate themselves.

 

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture presents a major exhibition devoted to the work of Chinese architects Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu from 31 May to 28 October in the Large Gallery. Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, with their firm Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, have developed an approach that is radically different from most Chinese architecture. Freeing themselves from Chinese architectural traditionalism and often destructive modernity, they have established new practices that are both inventive and critical. (more…)

“Territory in movement” exhibition by OFICINA URBANA at la Galerie d’Architecture

May 23, 2018

Urban life is today the scenario for high-impact processes and tensions, and an urban designer is a guide that will set courses and lead the future ways and behaviors for these changes, transforming them into a new memorable event.

 

"Territory in movement" OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

“Territory in movement” OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

 

This dialogue on projects is not a content in itself: it is an open process, taking place through successive interactions, which in its evolution celebrates the variety of disciplines that allow for the construction of that space. (more…)