“Giacomo Quarenghi architect in the imperial St. Petersburg” at Accademia Carrara

The exhibit, consisting of a selection of about seventy of the architect’s pages drawn from the Carrara collection, is the ideal conclusion of the celebrations that began in 2015 under the aegis of the Municipality of Bergamo and the Quarenghi Observatory, culminating in the 2017 anniversary, the bicentenary of the architect’s death.

 

Giacomo Quarenghi a Carskoe Selo. Accademia Carrara Bergamo

 

Over little less than forty years of work in Russia, Quarenghi contributed significantly to shaping the plans of Empress Catherine II of Russia and, later, of her son Alexander, who set out to transform St. Petersburg into a European capital. (more…)

“Álvaro Siza. In/Discipline” at Serralves Museum

Name: Álvaro Siza. Discipline: as little as possible. This confessional note – once written by Álvaro Siza on the inner flap of one of his sketchbooks – was the point of departure for the exhibition commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Álvaro Siza, image from Sketchbook .Col. Álvaro Siza Fonds – Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (CCA)

 

Álvaro Siza: in/discipline reveals the salutary disquiet and insubordination that inform Siza’s creative method, construed over more than six decades in the cross-fertilization of knowledges, cultures, geographies, works and authors, and subsidiary to his questioning of architecture on the grounds of both what is inside and what is outside of this disciple. (more…)

“Reflections: The Anatomy of Form” at the Design Museum

Showing for the first time in London, this exhibit explores the work behind Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), an interdisciplinary practice responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings.

 

"SOM. The Engineering of Architecture" © photo: Saskia Wehler

“SOM. The Engineering of Architecture” © photo: Saskia Wehler

 

A series of models offer insight into SOM’s exploration of the idea architects and engineers practice a poetry of inquiry, experimentation and ingenuity. The exhibit showcases a selection of SOM’s ground-breaking projects, all of which anticipated new ways of living, working, and learning. The display includes projects from different typologies and height, including Exchange House and Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, JTI headquarters in Geneva; John Hancock Centre (875 North Michigan Avenue) and the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago, as well as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
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“Landscapes of knowledge. Red Location” Jo Noero at Cagliari

The exhibition deals with the housing and cultural issues and its manifestations of production, performance and exchange, which have opened up new ways of thinking, making cities and architecture in South Africa.

 

“Landscapes of knowledge.Red Location” © Jo Noero

 

The architecture and conference exhibition “Landscapes of knowledge Red Location” will be presented on September 5th at 4 pm. The exhibition, curated by Massimo Faiferri, Samanta Bartocci, Fabrizio Pusceddu, Lino Cabras and Rosa Manca, will be open until 27 September 2019. (more…)

“Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection” at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut – Museum for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture – presents “Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection”, an exhibition about the history and evolution of the computer virus, from 5 July to 10 November 2019. Using the most infamous examples, the exhibition explores the cultural impact of malware and raises questions concerning security, warfare and geopolitics.

 

Malware exhibition, including AIDS virus and other DOS viruses. Image: Ewout Huibers

 

The first computer virus was designed 33 years ago. Since then, more than a million viruses have been developed, hundreds of millions of devices have been infected, billions of euros have been lost due to reduced productivity, and the so-called malware has become a digital weapon of geopolitical significance. (more…)

“It’s Urgent! – Part II” at Luma Westbau

The point of departure for “It’s Urgent!” is an exhibition model that Hans Ulrich Obrist started (with Christian Boltanski and Betrand Lavier) in 1993 with “do it”. For this on-going, flexible and open-ended show, we invite artists to write instructions, scores and recipes that can then be interpreted by others each time they are presented.

 

Tony Cokes, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nora Turato, Etel Adnan, Eileen Myles, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lauren Halsey, Hans Haacke. It’s Urgent!, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2019. Photo by David Stjernholm.

 

For example, poet Eileen Myles (who is also included in the new It’s Urgent! project) made a piece called How to Run for President of the United States. Her text is a reminder that even in these frightening times, democracy belongs to the people, and that art can be a means of reclaiming it. (more…)

“O.M. Ungers: the construction of the urban place” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

The third exhibition of the cycle presents three important works from the professional career of Oswald Mathias Ungers (1926-2007): the German Museum of Architecture, Frankfurt, 1979-84; the Baden Regional Library, Karlsruhe, 1980-84; the Frankfurt Fair, 1980-84.

 

“O.M. Ungers: the construction of the urban place” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

 

The exhibition completes a cycle of three exhibitions curated by Professor Stefan Vieths and dedicated to the great German architect Oswald M. Ungers. (more…)

“When architecture erases disability” at Halles de Pau

The exhibition, designed by Lille’s Maison de l’architecture, focuses on questioning the extent to which architecture can participate and foster a life together. The event presents some twenty local and international achievements, showing how architecture can help overcome disability.

 

“When architecture erases disability”

 

The generalized idea of ​​disability architecture spontaneously and reductively refers to the addition of glued elements, after construction, on buildings such as freight elevators, access ramps or barrier barriers. These incongruous prostheses have the effect of further stigmatizing disability and do not create a coherent architectural work. Asking the question of disability first requires distinguishing families of disabilities that affect the physical, sensory, mental, cognitive or psychic functions of the individual, each of whom is likely to become disabled, sick, accident or aging. (more…)

“Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist” at Haus der Architektur Graz

The radical conceptual approach of Superstudio, a group of architects and artists that formed in Florence in 1966, made 20th-century architecture history with the design proposal “The Continuous Monument: An Architectural Model for Total Urbanization” (1969). The first and only constructed version of this design was realized in 1969 in Graz as part of the three-country biennial “trigon 69: architektur und freiheit”.

Superstudio, Liebe Grüße aus Graz von Superstudio (Ansichtskarte), 1969 – © Superstudio, courtesy Privatsammlung, Berlin

 

In 1969, the Triennial Biennial Trigon under the title “Architecture and Freedom” took place in Graz as part of the second Steirischer Herbst festival entitled “The future as will and imagination”. In a competition, artists and architects, in particular, were called upon not to engage in utopian speculation, but to critically confront current developments and confront their work with the negative global trends of today. (more…)

“Original Bauhaus” the centenary exhibition at Berlinische Galerie

The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects.

 

Woman wearing a theatrical mask by Oskar Schlemmer and seated on Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chair, c.1926. Photo: Erich Consemüller, dress material: Elisabeth Beyer-Volger, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Dr. Stephan Consemüller

 

Around 1,000 exhibits will be on display: art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy. (more…)