“Sergison Bates Architects. The Practice of Architecture” at House of Art of České Budějovice

The fall and winter season at the České Budějovice House of Art will be dedicated to contemporary European architecture. The first event in this regard is “The Practice of Architecture” by Sergison Bates Architects. The studio, which has offices in London and Zurich, was founded in 1996 by Jonathan Sergison (1964) and Stephen Bates (1964), who were joined in 2006 by Mark Tuff.

 

Sergison Bates, Antwerp housing © Sergison Bates

Sergison Bates, Antwerp housing © Sergison Bates

 

In their breadth and scope, the studio’s projects touch on all areas of architecture and urbanism. The architects of Sergison Bates Architects work on a wide range of projects from urban planning to renovation; they design public buildings, residential projects, and private homes. The main characteristic of their work is a highly sensitive respect for the building site, a reductive approach to design, and a good sense for material. (more…)

“Case Milanesi 1923-1973. Images of a city” at Villa Necchi Campiglio

The period after the World War I to the early seventies was a moment of intense experimentation for the Milanese residential architecture that redesigned the urban house in the new context of the modern city. To these thriving fifty years and to the architects who with their projects have made Milan an open-air museum of the twentieth century, FAI dedicates the exhibition in the spaces of Villa Necchi Campiglio, icon of the thirties in the heart of the city.

 

Caccia Dominioni - Residenza in Via Vigoni @ Domus

Caccia Dominioni – Residenza in Via Vigoni @ Domus

 

The exhibition – curated by Orsina Simona Pierini and Alessandro Isastia, former authors of the volume Case Milanesi 1923-1973 (Ulrico Hoepli Editore) – will be an opportunity to discover a selection of the most significant Milanese houses of modernity. (more…)

Assemble completes London’s Goldsmiths Art Centre

Assemble were commissioned by Goldsmiths, University of London, to create a new public art gallery within the Grade II listed former Victorian bathhouse at Laurie Grove, New Cross. The 1000m2 building accommodates seven new gallery spaces, a café, curators’ studio and event space.

 

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art © Assemble

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art © Assemble

 

As a critical testing ground for exploration and discussion, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art will be a significant cultural resource for students, artists and the wider public, offering a diverse programme focused on exhibitions, events and education. (more…)

“Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer since 1900” at DAM

At the same time as the official opening of the new old town Frankfurt the exhibition “”Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town: Building between Dom and Römer” illuminates by a walk through history the scope of the debate about (old town) reconstruction.

 

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini mit Roy Barris, Martine Bedin, Giovanni de Carolis, Demetz & Ploner, Chris Stephens, Römerberg Projekt, 1979 © DAM, Superstudio / Adolfo Natalini

 

There is no other place in Frankfurt that boasts such a rich history in terms of architecture and its instrumentalization for identity and tradition as its old town. The exhibition Forever New: Frankfurt’s Old Town explores the events of the past 120 years. (more…)

“Happy Birthday Karl Marx!” at Architekturzentrum Wien

2018 is the year of the 200th birthday of Karl Marx (1819–1893). In the series of international reflections on the topical relevance of Marx’s ideas we provide a special contribution to the history of his impact on architecture.

 

Happy Birthday Karl Marx! Collection with a View #4  Image: eSeL.at – Joanna Pianka

Happy Birthday Karl Marx! Collection with a View #4 Image: eSeL.at – Joanna Pianka

 

In Vienna, the names of the two well-known council housing estates Karl Marx Hof and Friedrich Engels Hof bear testimony to the influence that the political revolutionary had on built history. In the 1980s Manfredo Tafuri, founder of a neo-Marxist theory of architecture, ushered in an enduring architectural renaissance of Viennese council housing with his ground-breaking book Vienna Rossa. (more…)

“The Map and the Territory” Luigi Ghirri at Museo Reina Sofía Madrid

“The Map and the Territory” is the first major Luigi Ghirri retrospective to go on show outside the artist’s native Italy. The focus of the exhibition rests on the 1970s, a key period in the expansion of the suburbs and the service economy, the emergence of conceptual art and the mainstreaming of Pop and its strategies of appropriation.

 

"The Map and the Territory" Luigi Ghirri © Luigi Ghirri

“The Map and the Territory” Luigi Ghirri © Luigi Ghirri

 

Framed inside this context, Ghirri, who used tools and processes from amateur photography — a small Canon camera, colour film – began to photograph the suburbs of Modena, thus creating an unmatched body of work inside the prevalent art photography of the time. (more…)

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

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…)

“ALFAROSIZA. Ideas encontradas” Álvaro Siza – Andreu Alfaro in Valencia

The origin of this exhibition was born in 2015, during a visit to the studio of Álvaro Siza, where the architect Fran Silvestre, together with the master and postgraduate students of MArch. Architecture and Design, presented the work of Andreu Alfaro.

 

"ALFAROSIZA. Ideas encontradas" Álvaro Siza - Andreu Alfaro in Valencia © Jesus Orrico

“ALFAROSIZA. Ideas encontradas” Álvaro Siza – Andreu Alfaro in Valencia © Jesus Orrico

 

On Thursday 24th the inauguration of the exhibition “ALFAROSIZA. Ideas encontradas” took place. This exhibition is a sample that includes a comparative study of the creative facet of the Valencian sculptor Andreu Alfaro and the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. (more…)

“Roland Rainer. (Un)­Disputed. New Findings on the Work (1936–1963)” at Architekturzentrum Wien

At least since the study commissioned by the City of Vienna of person-related street signs, where Roland-Rainer-Platz is categorised as “a case requiring discussion”, issues have arisen around the gaps the architect himself left in his biography during the Nazi period.

 

Roland Rainer (Un)Disputed: Roland Rainer, Stadthalle Wien, 1953–1958, 1150 Vienna  Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Roland Rainer (Un)Disputed: Roland Rainer, Stadthalle Wien, 1953–1958, 1150 Vienna Image: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

 

Roland Rainer (1910–2004) numbers among the most notable Austrian architects of the 20th century. His buildings are key to the identity of modern democratic Austria. Rainer’s housing estate concept for the “structured and dispersed city”, realised in parts at Am Mauerberg in Vienna (1962–1963) and in Puchenau near Linz (from 1963), is still considered an important model of space-saving housing. (more…)

“Hans Poelzig. Projects for Berlin” at Tchoban Foundation

With this exhibition of drawings by Hans Poelzig, the Museum for Architectural Drawing in cooperation with the Architecture Museum of the Technical University Berlin present the work of an architect who, with Walter Gropius, Bruno Taut, Mies van der Rohe and Peter Behrens, was undoubtedly one of the most important German architects of the first half of the 20th century.

 

Grosses Schauspielhaus, an amazing Expressionist theatre by Hans Poelzig

Grosses Schauspielhaus, an amazing Expressionist theatre by Hans Poelzig

 

His oeuvre was diverse as his personality was colourful: in parallel with his architecture, he painted and created stage designs and film sets. He was director of the School of Art and Design in Breslau and later taught at the Technical High School of Charlottenburg, Berlin. (more…)