“Berenice Abbott. Portraits of Modernity” at Huis Marseille

This autumn Huis Marseille will present a large retrospective of the famous American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991). This is the first time that an extensive selection of her work, held by important American collections, will be shown in the Netherlands.

 

Berenice Abbott. Manhattan Skyline I, South Street and Jones Lane, 1936, 20,3 × 25,4 cm, The New York Public Library © Getty Images/Berenice Abbott

 

Abbott is one of the key figures in the history of 20th-century photography. Her legacy is not only an eclectic photographic oeuvre but also a strong opinion on the role of photography in society, to which she gave expression in numerous publications. Her work forms a bridge linking the artistic avant-garde in the ‘Old World’ with the emerging art scene of the 1920s and 1930s in New York. (more…)

“Station Point” at ifa Gallery Berlin

In technical drawings, a station point is the point from which a perspective is constructed. Anything that is located behind it, or in its blind spot, will be absent from the drawing. Innab’s Station Point probes spatial representation as a way to reflect on the entanglements of architecture and power. The exhibition unfolds across three chapters.

 

​Drawing study © Saba Innab

 

The show opens on a personal note, with a letter from Saba Innab to Malevich, highlighting the blind spots of European avant-gardes and registering the impossibility of love between a Palestinian architect and the modern art movements that nourished her education. (more…)

“Lumière Mystérieuse. Soane and the Architecture of Light” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The effects of light and shadow profoundly impact how we understand and experience architecture. Bringing together drawings and objects in the spaces of Sir John Soane’s Museum, Lumière Mystérieuse: Soane and the Architecture of Light examines Soane’s innovative use of light and optical devices in architectural design.

 

“Lumière Mystérieuse. Soane and the Architecture of Light”

 

Sir John Soane wielded light so successfully that it may as well have been another building material. This exhibition will explore how Soane utilised light, not just through the shapes and ornamentation of his architectural compositions, but also by implementing tools such as top lighting, grilles, coloured glass and mirrors. (more…)

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” exhibition at COAM Madrid

Organized by Weiqiao Wang + Yuan Studio and the COAM Architecture Foundation, this exhibition explores the 20 Chinese Buddhist monasteries in Zhejiang Province, focusing on the Temple of Seven Pagodas.

 

“The Itinerary Towards Tranquility” © COAM

 

Early in the morning I enter this ancient monastery, the rising sun shines in the mountains. A tree-lined and winding path that leads to a deeper place, lush and colorful flowers bloom around the Buddhist monastery. The mountain is so bright that the birds are more cheerful, the lake is clear and refreshing. At this moment all things are silent, leaving only the sound of the bell. (more…)

“Paola Pivi. World record” at MAXXI Rome

A gigantic expanse of mattresses covering more than 100 square metres, topped by another expanse, identical but overturned to create a padded cave, a narrow space for play or meditation into which the public is invited to climb.

 

“Paola Pivi, Exhibition view: World record, 2019” Foto Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy l’artista

 

A captivating site-specific project in which historic works alternate with more recent sculptures and installations. At the entrance, suspended above the heads of the public is a dense web of cushions knotted together and coloured in red and yellow. (more…)

“Gut Feeling” Eva Fàbregas at CentroCentro Madrid

The artistic research undertaken by Eva Fàbregas (Barcelona, 1988) focuses on the body knowledge and the sensory experience that facilitates the policies of the design industry and its continuous and growing production of objects.

 

“Gut Feeling” exibition view, Eva Fàbregas © Lukasz Michalak

 

The almost erotic relationship that exists in both directions -from us to objects and from objects to us – affects not only our bodies but also our desires. Can we talk about a design of emotions from the tactile condition of the material environment? What are the physical responses that the somatic produces in our bodies? (more…)

“Olafur Eliasson: Y/our Future Is Now” at Serralves Museum

The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with BPI and ‘La Caixa’ Foundation, are pleased to present Olafur Eliasson: Y/our future is now, the first solo presentation by the Danish-Icelandic artist in Portugal.

 

Festival of Future Nows. Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, 15.09.2017, Olafur Eliasson & Günther Vogt, 21 Yellow forest, 2017 © Foto: David von Becker

 

Eliasson is renowned for creating artworks that traverse the boundaries of conventional exhibition spaces – like the museum and gallery – in order to assume an active presence in civic space. In this new exhibition, Eliasson invites visitors to navigate a series of recent large-scale installations and sculptures that invoke cycles, arcs, and curves to embody movement. (more…)

“Layers of time” installation at MAO Ljubljana

The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) is opening the renovated courtyard of the renaissance Fužine Castle, thus entering a vibrant summer season. The author of this intervention is Julio Gotor Valcarcel, his proposal is understood as the addition of new layers of time.

 

“Layers of Time”, Julio Gotor Valcárcel © MAO

 

His idea is a simple, delicate proposal, according to the present reality of the castle and its use. In a nutshell, the intervention dialogues with these temporary layers which have shaped the reality of the castle, and their duration. The courtyard and corridors will be closed during the hottest months of the year: a series of retractable awnings allowing different positions depending on the programme. The proposal includes the use of curtains in the corridors next to the courtyard. A collection of flexible elements will be displayed, vegetation and furniture. (more…)

“The invention of a language. Franco Purini and the theme of origin, 1964-1976” at IUAV Venice

The exhibition, through projects and drawings by Franco Purini of the sixties and seventies – a historical moment of transition and re-establishment of the architectural discipline – aims to illustrate the “construction” of an architectural language in the research of the Roman architect.

 

Franco Purini, città compatta 1966

 

Inaugurated at the University IUAV of Venice, the exhibition “The invention of a language. Franco Purini and the theme of origin, 1964-1976”, is curated by Roberta Albiero and Laura Thermes, with the collaboration of Teresa Ianni.  (more…)

“Gardens of Stone” summer installation by Barbas Lopes Arquitectos at Garagem Sul

The Barbas Lopes studio has named the cork intervention that will transform the square of the Belém Cultural Centre in the summer of 2019 Gardens of Stone. This is a restless topography, a floor project that reconfigures the way we inhabit the building and opens up spaces still unknown to the public.

 

“Gardens of Stone” Barbas Lopes Arquitectos at CCCB

 

Construction in cork in the CCB Square. Every summer, in partnership with Amorim Isolamentos, Garagem Sul challenges an architectural studio to explore the material qualities – texture, smell, density and colour – of black cork agglomerate. To meet this challenge, the project by Patrícia Barbas connects different spaces in the building, using the comfort and warmth of cork to build several gardens that enter into dialogue with site. (more…)