“The Bauhaus #itsalldesign” exhibition at Vitra Design Museum

The exhibition encompasses a multiplicity of rare, in some cases never-before-seen exhibits from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography. At the same time, it confronts the design of the Bauhaus with current debates and tendencies in design and with the works of contemporary designers, artists and architects.

 

Vitra Design Museum. The Bauhaus #itsalldesign © Vitra Design Museum

Vitra Design Museum. The Bauhaus #itsalldesign © Vitra Design Museum

 

With the major exhibition »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« (26.09.2015 – 28.02.2016), the Vitra Design Museum presents, a comprehensive overview of design at the Bauhaus for the first time.  In this way, »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« reveals the surprising present-day relevance of a legendary cultural institution. Bauhaus artists and designers featured in the exhibition include Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky and many more. Contemporary participants include the works of Olaf Nicolai, Adrian Sauer, Enzo Mari, Lord Norman Foster, Opendesk, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Alberto Meda and Jerszy Seymour.

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“Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design” at CaixaForum Madrid

This major retrospective of this legendary architect analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, among them László Moholy- Nagy, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images.

 

Aino Aalto en una cadira Paimio, fotomuntatge, dècada del 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

Aino Aalto on a Paimio chair, circa 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

 

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), who was called the “Magus of the North” by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion, is the best known Finnish architects of his generation and one of the chief proponents of a human-centred modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933) for patients suffering from tuberculosis, and Villa Mairea (1939) embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. Aalto’s Paimio Chair (1931–1932) and his Stool 60 (1933) were milestones in the development of modern furniture, and his emblematic Savoy Vase (1936) has become the symbol of Finnish Design.

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“Neppert gardens” 59 dwellings at Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal

The project is located between Bulher street and Neppert street in Mulhouse, Neppert gardens ZAC (joint development zone). It includes 59 social rental dwellings developped by SOMCO, with an approach in the continuity of Cité Manifeste’s dwellings project. 

 

59 dwellings, Neppert gardens, Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

59 dwellings, Neppert gardens, Mulhouse by Lacaton & Vassal © Philippe Ruault

 

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“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” at Museo ICO Madrid

The exhibition features over thirty projects by the British architect from all over the world. It is focused on the materiality of the physical models, as they are the only pieces which are impossible to access through other methods.

 

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

“Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015” © Julio César González

 

Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects 1985-2015 exhibition is a retrospective that brings together for the first time in Madrid over thirty years of the professional career of the renowned British architect David Chipperfield.

The exhibition, which will be open at the Museo ICO from 30 September to 24 January 2016, features the most relevant projects by David Chipperfield Architects in some of the most important cities in the world, and makes it possible to analyse David Chipperfield’s work from his early days, both individually and in the aggregate. (more…)

The Barcelona Pavilion’s «lost drawings», for the first time in Bologna

On the occasion of the Bologna Design Week, ABC presents the unpublished drawings of the Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe to represent Germany at the Universal Exhibition of 1929, as drawn by his assistant Ruegenberg after the originals were destroyed during WWII.

 

Postcard sent by Sergius Ruegenberg to Mario Ciamitti: "Portrait of Mies Van der Rohe"

Postcard sent by Sergius Ruegenberg to Mario Ciamitti: “Portrait of Mies Van der Rohe”

 

ABC, an association who is always ready to acknowledge and work on the proposals from the creative sectors  of the city of Bologna, will open the fall season on September 24, at 18.30, with the exhibition “The Barcelona Pavilion in Bologna. A history of designs by Mies van der Rohe to Ruegenberg “, open until 24 October 2015. (more…)

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam: 8-10 October 2015

Featuring over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as debates, lectures and seminars, the festival provides a podium for discussing the city and future of spatial development.

 

The Chinese Mayor

The Chinese Mayor (Hao Zhou, China 2014)

 

This year, the Architecture Film Festival of Rotterdam will take place from the 8 to 11 October. Featuring over one hundred international documentaries, feature films and short films, as well as debates, lectures and seminars, the festival provides a podium for discussing the city and future of spatial development.
 
Film is one of the most accessible media for addressing complex urban design and architectural subjects. By programming films in a particular context and complementing them with debates involving filmmakers, architects, philosophers and urban designers, the festival appeals to a wide, international audience. Attracting some six thousand lovers of the city, architecture and cinema, AFFR is now the biggest architecture film festival in the world.

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“Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon” retrospective at Garagem Sul

Despite being anthological in nature, the exhibition is above all a manifestation of way of looking, something that has been present since the start of his career. Here it is illustrated using the city of Lisbon, with which he has worked for over 30 years.

 

Expo’98: Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, 1995–1988/2005–2011; Pavilhão Multiusos, concurso, segundo prémio 1994  © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Expo’98: Pavilhão do Conhecimento dos Mares, 1995–1988/2005–2011; Pavilhão Multiusos, concurso, segundo prémio 1994 © João Luís Carrilho da Graça

 

From the materials presented in this retrospective, the exhibition sheds light on what is a veritable theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. This theory holds that the construction of a city and its architecture is underpinned by the human routes and settlements that were there before, which in turn are determined by the main lines and points of the topography of the land.

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Kenneth Frampton’s A Genealogy of Modern Architecture, by Lars Müller Publishers

Swiss publishers Lars Müller’s have edited the latest reference work by the british architect, a fundamental figure in contemporary architecture critique. Richly illustrated, “A genealogy of modern architecture” will be available from October 2015.

 

Kursaal Hall, by Rafael Moneo, featured in A genealogy of modern architecture, by Kenneth Graham ©  Lars Müller Publishers

Kursaal Hall, by Rafael Moneo, featured in A genealogy of modern architecture © Lars Müller Publishers

 

A Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a reference work on modern architecture by Kenneth Frampton, one of today’s leading architectural theorists. Conceived as a genealogy of twentieth century architecture from 1924 to 2000, it presents fourteen comparative analyses of canonical modern buildings, ranging from exhibition pavilions and private houses to office buildings and various kinds of public institutions.

The paired buildings are compared in terms of their hierarchical spatial order, circulation structure, and referential details, revealing how modern tradition has been diversely inflected. Richly illustrated, A Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a  new standard work in architectural education.

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New African Architecture on the spotlight at arc en rêve in Bordeaux

The cultural centre and gallery devoted to architecture is organizing, in partnership with Frac Acquitaine, a competition and exhibition on young architects working in Africa.

 

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

Youngs Architects in Africa exhibition © Beatty-Vermeiren

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture, located in Bordeaux, France presents the exhibition Young Architects in Africa from 24 September to 22 November.

Organised by Architecture-Studio, the competition and exhibition entitled Young Architects in Africa aim to showcase architectural creativity in Africa by turning the spotlight on a young generation of architects that shows great promise from an international perspective. The exhibition focuses on the environmental and participative nature of the projects, which represent the social and community values embodied by young architects in Africa. (more…)

Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957

The exhibition traces the history of this university experiment in its main outlines. In the first few years of its existence, the college was strongly shaped by German and European émigrés – among them several former Bauhaus members such as Josef and Anni Albers, Alexander “Xanti” Schawinsky and Walter Gropius.

 

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

Black Mountain College, Collegegebäude, A. Lawrence Kocher (Architekt), Lake Eden Campus 1940-41 © Courtesy of Western Regional Archives, States Archives of North Carolina

 

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin presents the first comprehensive exhibition in Germany devoted to the legendary Black Mountain College. Founded in 1933 in North Carolina, USA, Black Mountain rapidly rose to fame on account of its progressive teaching methods and the many prominent figures who taught and studied there. Its influence upon the development of the arts in the second half of the 20th century was enormous; the performatisation of the arts, in particular, that emerged as from the 1950s derived vital impetus from the experimental practice at Black Mountain. The founders wanted to establish a democratic, experiential, interdisciplinary educational facility in line with the forward-thinking pedagogical ideas of philosopher John Dewey. (more…)