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…)

“Modelling for the camera. Photography of architectural models in Spain, 1925–1970″ at ICO Madrid

February 23, 2017

Through this exhibition, Museo ICO focuses on, for the very first time in Spain, the role of models and the photography thereof in the creation of the image of architectural modernity in Spain.

 

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

Sede de los Laboratorios JORBA, Madrid, 1965. Miguel Fisac Serna. Fotografía © C. Jiménez. Imagen cortesía de La Fábrica

 

The exhibition features 138 photographs, 14 albums and contact sheets, 20 magazines, 13 models and one projection, for the large part, all specimens are originals that reflect on modern architecture. The photographs were taken by around 35 photographers over more than four decades. Francesc Català-Roca, Kindel, Pando, Luis Lladó, Oriol Maspons-Julio Ubiña, Francisco Gómez, are just a few of the photographers on show at this exhibition.

Their cameras captured the models used for the most noteworthy architectural projects in modern history, and other less known projects, undertaken by the best Spanish architects of the mid- 20th century, such as Josep Lluís Sert, Miguel Fisac, José Antonio Coderch, Francisco de Asís Cabrero, Javier Carvajal, Alejandro de la Sota and Fernando Higueras. 
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Lyonel Feininger retrospective at Fundación Juan March

February 16, 2017

The exhibition offers a complete survey of the career of this German-American artist, Bauhaus teacher and key figure in the context of the artistic avant-gardes.

 

Feininger, Lyonel (1951) Lunar Web  © Fundación Juan March

Feininger, Lyonel (1951) Lunar Web © Fundación Juan March

 

From February 17, the Fundación Juan March presents a retrospective on Lyonel Feininger, the German-American artist from the early twentieth century, in its gallery space in Madrid. The exhibition, named Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), continues the Juan March’s long-established strategy of presenting insufficiently explored artists, periods and aspects of modern culture, can be described as a “concentrated retrospective” of the artist’s work.


 

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“Lyonel Feininger (1871 – 1956)”
February 17 – May 28, 2017
Fundación Juan March. Sede Madrid
Calle de Castelló, 77 Madrid
Spain

 


Nearly 400 works from public and private collections in Europe and the United States will be used to construct a survey of Feininger’s artistic activities, articulated around the different media in which he worked (drawing, graphic work, painting, photography and toy-making) and the principal themes within his oeuvre: caricature and satirical drawings; key places that inspired him, including Paris, Deep, Halle, Gelmeroda and Manhattan; and his recurring interest in bridges, towers, sea views and urban life.

 

Andreas feininger, Gelmeroda VIII, 1921. Whitney Museum of American Art, Nueva York. © Whitney Museum, N.Y.

Andreas feininger, Gelmeroda VIII, 1921. Whitney Museum of American Art, Nueva York. © Whitney Museum, N.Y.

 

The catalogue that accompanies the exhibition will be the first monograph on Feininger in Spanish, with essays and texts by some of the most reputed experts on his work, including Wolfgang Büche, Ulrich Luckhardt, Maurizio Scudiero, Heinz Widauer, Peter Selz, Achim Moeller, Danilo Curti-Feininger, Martin Faass and Sebastian Ehlert. To complement the catalogue there will also be a semi-facsimile complementary publication La ciudad en los confines del mundo [City at the Edge of the World], originally published in 1965 in English and German, with texts by the painter T. Lux Feininger and photographs by Andreas Feininger, two of the artist’s three sons.

 

Andreas Feininger, Nude Study [solarized], 1941  ©  2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger, Nude Study [solarized], 1941 © 2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

ABOUT LYONEL FEININGER

Feininger was born in New York but his parents, both musicians of German origin, sent him to Hamburg at the age of sixteen to complete his musical training. This dual German-American background would leave a permanent mark on his life and work.

In Germany, Feininger decided to give up music in order to devote himself to his true passion: drawing and illustration. After attending drawing classes at the Algemeine Gewerbeschule [Public School of Arts and Crafts] in Hamburg he focused on the emerging field of comics, in which he would be a pioneering figure. Feininger’s comic strips were soon published, albeit sporadically, in American and German magazines. He became fully established when he signed contracts with the German magazine Ulk in 1895, Lustige Blätter[Funny Pages] the following year, and The Chicago Sunday Tribune in 1906. For the latter Feininger created The Kin-der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie’s World, his most famous comic strips.
Cover from The Chicago Sunday Tribune with a satyrical image of Lyonel Feininger, 29 de abril de 1906. Colección Achim Moeller, Nueva York

Cover from The Chicago Sunday Tribune with a satyrical image of Lyonel Feininger, 29 de abril de 1906. Colección Achim Moeller, Nueva York

Having made his name as an illustrator, Feininger moved forward creatively with the aim of finding a means of expression that would allow him to fully express his abilities. In a natural, progressive manner he began to move away from comics in favour of painting.

While his earliest works maintain links with comic design, depicting street scenes and exaggerated characters, between 1906 and 1908 and following a period in Paris, he began to make use of a more abstract line, almost completely abandoning figures and adopting a language based on straight lines and fragmented planes of colour.

 

Andreas Feininger (1946) self-portrait  © LIFE

Andreas Feininger (1946) self-portrait © LIFE

Andreas Feininger (1955) The Photojournalist © MoMa /  2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger (1955) The Photojournalist © MoMa / 2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

 

In 1919 Walter Gropius invited Feininger to join the Bauhaus and direct the printmaking studio, where he taught until the school was closed down by the Nazis in 1932. This experience led him to fully develop his use of the technique of woodcut, allowing him to develop the interaction of spatial planes in his paintings. Following the rise to power of the Nazi regime Feininger’s work was classed as “degenerate”. In 1937 he decided to return to the United States where he spent the rest of his life.

 

News source and text: Fundación Juan March
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“Architecture of Appropriation” at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

January 30, 2017

The exhibition presents the first results of a long-term research project by the Research and Development department at Het Nieuwe Instituut with partners in the Netherlands and abroad. Architecture of Appropriation is on show from 27 January until 25 June 2017.

 

Plantage Dok, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

Plantage Dok, 2016 © Johannes Schwartz

 

What if the right to affordable housing, working and living rather than property rights were made the priority of urban transformation? Since the 1960s squatters, with this idea in mind, have made an important contribution to the development of the city, appropriating parts of the city and changing it from the inside out. This practice is explored in the exhibition Architecture of Appropriation. (more…)

“Factory Portraits” revisits Gabriele Basilico’s work 35 years later

January 26, 2017

Giuseppe Corbetta returns to the former industrial areas of Basilico’s celebrated work to document these factories further development -or destruction- after the recent changes both in Milan’s local and global economy.

 

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram  © Cascina Cuccagna

Gabriele Basilico. Via Savona, Osram © Gabriele Basilico Studio

 

Cascina Cuccagna‘s current exhibition “Milano Sud. Ritratti di Fabbriche” is Giuseppe Corbetta’s homage to Gabriele Basilico’s famous photographic work carried out between 1978 and 1980. Gabriele Basilico visited and documented the changing industrial landscape in the southern areas of Milan; now, 35 years later, Giuseppe Corbetta goes back to these same places and replicates Basilico’s shot in an aim to reflect the changes undergone by these areas. (more…)

“Anthroposophical Architecture: Rudolf Steiner” at Architectural Assotiation London

January 19, 2017

The Photo Library of the AA School of Architecture in London presents “Anthroposophical Architecture: Rudolf Steiner”, a photographic survey by Peter Jeffree on Rudolf Steiner’s work.

 

Rudolph Steiner, Goetheanum II, Dornach, Switzerland © Peter-Jeffree, 2015

Rudolph Steiner, Goetheanum II, Dornach, Switzerland © Peter-Jeffree, 2015

 

This exhibition presents photographs taken by Peter Jeffree of the Goetheanum, the world centre for the anthroposophical movement located in Dornach, Switzerland. (more…)

Paola di Bello’s other take on everyday Milan, now at Museo del Novecento

December 29, 2016

The artist’s work, both in photographs and video, transforms a common situation into something extraordinary, drawing it out of its everyday dynamics. The exhibition, entitled “Milano Centro”, will be open during the museum’s winter season, dedicated to Milan-based artists.

 

Paola Di Bello, L'Enigma dell'Ora, 2002 © Paola Di Bello

Paola Di Bello, L’Enigma dell’Ora, 2002 © Paola Di Bello

 

The Museum of the Twentieth Century has recently inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to an artist that has been adopted by the city of Milan: “Paola di Bello. Milano Centro” presents the photographic works by the artist, of which the museum has already acquired several works, and will also show a special work made for the occasion.

This exhibition has been made with the sponsorship of the Leonardo Society. (more…)

“Armin Linke. The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen” at PAC Milano

December 27, 2016

On the occasion of the 12th edition of the Contemporary Day dedicated to Italian art, the PAC presents The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen, an exhibition as a process of activating the archive of Armin Linke (*1966 in Milan) through dialogue

 

Greenhouse, El Ejido Spain, 2013 © Armin Linke

Greenhouse, El Ejido Spain, 2013 © Armin Linke

 

Armin Linke has set the initial frame by sharing photographs with thinkers from various fields and inviting them to react. By reading these images through their theories and concepts, each produces a selection illustrating their vision of contemporary society. These selections enter the exhibition organized as a changing topology of dialogues, transforming themselves in relation to PAC’s modernist architecture. (more…)

“Lost in the city” Urban life in the IVAM Collection

December 2, 2016

The central idea of this exhibition is to display a large number of works that will allow us to see the manifold visions, the different spaces and the large number of human lives that made up city life in the last century through the works in the collection of the IVAM.

 

Paul Citroën. Metropolis, ca. 1923 © IVAM

Paul Citroën. Metropolis, ca. 1923 © IVAM

 

The exhibition brings together about 300 works belonging to the collection of the IVAM, recently enriched with funds ceded in deposit by Cal Cego and Juan Redón. An important selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos by artists like Paul Citroën, Jan Kamman, Lee Friedlander or César Domela, Walker Evans, Horacio Coppola or Gabriel Cualladó, to Sigmar Polke, Gregory Crewdson, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Miquel Navarro, Bernd and Hilla Becher or Gordon Matta Clark. (more…)

“The Cathedrals of Energy” architecture, industry and landscape in Italy by Francesco Radino

October 27, 2016

The unprecedented colour photographic campaign, shot by Francesco Radino in 2016, illustrates the iconic buildings of the Azienda Energetica Municipale, all dedicated to the production of energy in Italy from north to south, with powerplants ranging from the early twentieth century to today.

 

Giochi d’acqua temporanei installati presso la ricevitrice nord Aem, Milano. Antonio Paoletti, 13 settembre 1938 Archivio storico fotografico Aem, Fondazione Aem, Milano

Giochi d’acqua temporanei installati presso la ricevitrice nord Aem, Milano. Antonio Paoletti, 13 settembre 1938. Archivio storico fotografico Aem, Fondazione Aem, Milano

 

With more than a hundred images the exhibition “Architecture, industry and landscape in the images by Francesco Radino and the Aem Historical Archives” tells about and describes the buildings, places and architectures of Aem, all dedicated to the production of energy in Italy from north to south. (more…)