“Cities of Italy: metropolitan areas and urban dynamics” exhibition at Milan

Produced with the assistance of the fourteen metropolitan cities, the show – which is under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – offers the opportunity to know much more closely than other similar initiatives, what can rightfully be called the new face Italy will have in the near future.

 

"Cities of Italy" exhibition cover.

“Cities of Italy” exhibition cover.

 

A reflection on Italian urban culture  to take account of the transformations and prospects of development of the major Italian cities: this is the theme of the exhibition “Cities of Italy” promoted by the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists and which was inaugurated on July 16, at the headquarters of the Province of Milan ( via Solferino 17 – 19). (more…)

Richard Long’s TIME AND SPACE at Arnolfini Bristol

A major new solo exhibition celebrating Bristol-based artist Richard Long, including several new works and recreations of previous works that have been made for this exhibition. For the exhibition TIME AND SPACE, the artist’s personal relationship to place is considered through early text works of walks that either began or ended in Bristol.

 

Richard Long: TIME AND SPACE, 2015 © Photo Stuart Whipps

Richard Long: TIME AND SPACE, 2015 © Photo Stuart Whipps

 

Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol announces a major new exhibition of work by Richard Long. Part of the programme celebrating Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, TIME AND SPACE includes several new works and recreations of previous works that have been made for this exhibition, and will be accompanied by a new publication. Richard Long was born in Bristol, where he continues to live and work and this will be the most comprehensive exhibition by the artist in his home city since 2000. (more…)

The CCA Montreal presents “The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76”

An exhibition documenting the pioneering experiment that empowered architects and citizens to create housing with a place in the city. The exhibition is organized by the Fundação de Serralves – Contemporary Art Museum, Porto, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.

 

"The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76" © Álvaro Siza

“The SAAL Process: Housing in Portugal 1974–76” © Álvaro Siza

 

Born out of the Portuguese revolution of 25 April 1974, SAAL―the Serviço Ambulatório de Apoio Local (Local Ambulatory Support Service)―was a pioneering architectural and political experiment designed to address extreme housing shortages and poor living conditions in Portuguese cities. With the support of the new temporary socialist government, SAAL established technical teams, known as brigades, that were led by architects in collaboration with local communities and aimed to develop housing solutions with the direct input of residents. The brigades reinvented the practice of architecture from start to finish, not only designing buildings but also surveying living conditions, supporting resident committees, and monitoring land use, resulting in projects designed with the residents and not just for them. In only twenty-six months, until October 1976, SAAL produced some 170 projects involving more than forty thousand families. (more…)

“BICs of the twentieth century” at LASEDE COAM Madrid

Madrid architecture from the second half of the twentieth century is not yet officially recognized in the Spanish heritage register. Until August 31st you can enjoy at the headquarters of the COAM (Official College of Architects of Madrid) the exhibition “BICs of the twentieth century”.

 

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © "BICs of the twentieth century" COAM

Colegio Maravillas Gymnasium. Alejandro de la Sota © “BICs of the twentieth century” COAM

 

The exhibition is a sample that includes the most important twentieth century buildings in Madrid which,  either because their temporary proximity or programmatic modesty, have not been recognized as BIC (Well of Cultural Interest). This exhibition was created with the aim of supporting the efforts from the COAM which is underway to request the addition of 20 buildings as BIC and 150 sets as BIP (Heritage Resource). Thus, it is intended that society gives more importance to these works thaty, usually,  go unnoticed and so the locals discover and value the role of architects in designing the landscape of the city of last 60 years. (more…)

Hangar Bicocca to reconstruct Tate Modern’s Juan Muñoz: Double Bind

The exhibition “Double Bind & Around” retraces this artist’s career through fifteen of his most significant installations, including the reconstruction of his most famous piece of work, Double Bind (2001).

 

 

 

Fondazione Hangar Bicocca is proud to present an exhibition on the work of Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz, one of the leading figures in contemporary sculpture during the last two decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition “Double Bind & Around” retraces this artist’s career through fifteen of his most significant installations.

Among the works shown are The Wasteland, two groups of the series Conversation Piece, six works from Hanging Figure series and the group Many Times, composed of fifty figures. However, the highlight of the exhibition certainly is the reconstruction of Juan Muñoz’s most imposing installation, Double Bind, conceived in 2001 for the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern and never exhibited since.

The work is formed by an architectural structure measuring more than 1500 square metres in surface area and including more than twenty sculptures. The exhibition alters in structure and perception the surroundings space, merging perspective stairways and creating a sense of disorientation in the viewer. This feeling is increased by the absolute silence pervading the exhibition despite the presence of sculptural groups which, by means of their arrangement and gestural nature, are suggestive of conversation and narration.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano


 

Juan Muñoz

 

Juan Muñoz (1953–2001) was one of the leading artists in contemporary sculpture during the last two decades of the twentieth century. His work reintroduced the human figure to the centre of the architectonic space after the long hiatus during which the avant-gardes excluded almost all representation of man from the language of sculpture.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

 

The artist gave sculpture new narrative possibilities by reinterpreting the tradition of Classical and Baroque statuary through the prism of the art movements of the 1960s and 70s – conceptual art, Minimalism and Arte Povera. His works and compositions set the human figure in the middle of an ambiguous relationship between the space of the work and the public, contributing to creating a sense of alienation in the viewer.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

 

Muñoz’s oeuvre has its origin in a personal and encyclopaedic universe of references that encompass literature, poetry, architecture, cinema, philosophy and music. His fascination with illusory characteristics of card games and card tricks was central to the creation of works pervaded by a strong sense of ambivalence, in which the boundary between reality and illusion becomes ever narrower, creating the space for sinister, disquieting images imbued with strong psychological tension.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

 

During the twenty-year period of his artistic activity, Muñoz, who liked to describe himself as a storyteller, chose sculpture as his preferred medium, though he often took an interest in drawing, writing, performance and sound, in some cases creating works conceived to be broadcast on the radio.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano


 

Exhibition information

Double Bind & Around
9 April / 30 August, 2015
Thursday to Sunday, 11 am – 11 pm
Monday to Wednesday, closed
Free entrance

Fondazione HangarBicocca
Via Chiese, 2
20126 Milano

 


Information and images via Fondazione Hangar Bicocca
Photography credits © Attilio Maranzano. Courtesy of The Estate of Juan Muñoz, Madrid.
Cover image via ciaomilano.it

Le Corbusier in Milan, architectural debate 1934-1966

The exhibition, entitled “Le Corbusier, Milan and architectural debate 1934-1960” is aimed to document the presence of the Swiss master in Milan throughout original and reproduced documents and materials.

 

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster

 

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Scuola Speciale di Archittetura of the Politecnico di Milano, coinciding with the fiftieth memorial of the death of Le Corbusier (August 1965), Politecnico di Milano and Triennale di Milano are organizing an exhibition with the support and collaboration of Fondation Le Corbusier and Archivio Bottoni.

The exhibition, entitled “Le Corbusier, Milano e il dibattito architettonico 1934-1966” is aimed to document the presence of the Swiss Master in Milan throughout original and reproduced documents and materials.

 

Le Corbusier in Rome, 1921. Courtesy of Fondation Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier in Rome, 1921. Courtesy of Fondation Le Corbusier

 

The display is divided into several thematic sections, celebrating the most significant moments of Le Corbusier’s confrontation with Italian culture and entrepreneurs in  the city of Milan: the conference at Circolo Filologico (19 June 1934), his participation in “De Divina Proportione” for the Triennale exhibition in Milan of 1951, and the project of Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti at Rho-Milan (1960-1964).

A supplementary chronological section is provisioned along the exhibition, in order to briefly document the presence of Le Corbusier in Italy.

 

Sketches made during the Milano conference of 1934.

Sketches made during the Milano conference of 1934.

 

During the opening period of the exhibition, several activities will be programmed to take place as a series of events conforming what Politecnico and Tirennale have called “Le Corbusier tra noi” (Le Corbusier among us), quoting the famous eulogy which Ernesto Nathan Rogers gave at Milan Faculty of Architecture in May 26, 1966.

The annual conference of Deans of Architecture Schools, affiliated with the European Association for Architectural Education – EAAE (27-30 August 2015) will be held aming the exhibition spaces, so a particular section in the exhibition will be devoted to the second “Reunion Internationale des architectes” (held in Milan on  September 15, 1933), which was sponsored by “L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui” on theme of architectural training and was attended by 130 foreign delegates.

 


 

Exhibition information

Le Corbusier tra noi
Le Corbusier, Milano e il dibattito architettonico 1934-1960
June 30 – September 11, 2015
Mon – Fri, 10 am – 7 pm
Closed 8th to 23rd of August

Guido Nardi Exhibition Hall
Politecnico di Milano

Scuola di Architettura e società
Via Ampère 2,
20133 Milano

 


 

Exhibition information and images via Politecnico di Milano and EAAE meeting Milano 2015

“Concept & notation”: Bernard Tschumi’s retrospective travels to Basel

From the 9th of May to the 23rd of August 2015, the Swiss Architecture Museum presents the exhibition “Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept & Notation”, an adaptation of his first great European retrospective, which was first shown in 2014 in the Centre Pompidou.

 

"Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: concept & notation" ©  SAM / Centre Georges Pompidou

“Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: concept & notation” © SAM / Centre Georges Pompidou

 

From the 9th of May to the 23rd of August 2015, the S·AM (Swiss Architecture Museum) presents the exhibition “Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept & Notation“. The exhibition is an adaptation of the first great European retrospective on this influential theorist and practitioner Bernard Tschumi, which was first shown in 2014 in the Centre Pompidou, Paris. (more…)

“Radically Modern. Urban planning and architecture in 1960s Berlin” at Berlinische Galerie

This exhibition is the first detailed overview of the context in which this architecture emerged, examining formal aspects and underlying international influences on the architecture developed in both East and West Berlin and stimulates a reevaluation of this contentious period of construction.

 

Georg Kohlmaier, Barna von Sartory, Rollende Gehsteige am Kurfürstendamm, Repro Bildcollage, 1969, © Georg Kohlmaier/Elisabeth von Sartory/Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Markus Hawlik

Georg Kohlmaier, Barna von Sartory, Rollende Gehsteige am Kurfürstendamm, Repro Bildcollage, 1969, © Georg Kohlmaier/Elisabeth von Sartory/Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Markus Hawlik

 

Architecture and urban design from the sixties shape Berlin’s cityscape to this day. Significant urban planning decisions where taken in that decade and there arose numerous, striking architectural works, which today are at risk. Inspired by the spirit of a new beginning and technological euphoria, urban planners and architects designed radical new cityscapes for a modern society. Often unjustly criticized as inhumane or unsightly, important examples from this period of architecture have often already been torn down, disfigured by later alterations, or are threatened with demolition today.  The Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture reopens after a period of renovation with the exhibition ‘Radically Modern’. (more…)

“RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity” at Palau Robert Barcelona

The Palau Robert presents the innovative, shared creativity of the Olot-based studio RCR Arquitectes, created by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, in an exhibition that looks back over the past 25 years of a trajectory committed to seeking out an architecture that is in pure harmony with the environment.

 

RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity © Palau Robert. Generalitat de Catalunya

RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity © Palau Robert. Generalitat de Catalunya

 

“RCR Arquitectes – Shared creativity”, organised by the Government of Catalonia in conjunction with RCR BUNKA Private Foundation and sponsored by SOLVIA, shows these architects’ work, which is based on seven fundamental concepts. Curated by Josep Maria Montaner, an architect and professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB), the exhibition will be open to the public from 26 March to 13 September 2015 in Room 3 at the Palau Robert in Barcelona. (more…)

“The Ring” exhibition, José María Sánchez García at The Blue House Madrid

In this new exhibition at The Blue House, developed by CentroCentro and curated by Jacobo García-Germán, José María Sánchez García Architects presents one of their most important work to date, carried out by one of the Spanish architects with greater projection and international recognition.

 

"The Ring" International Center for Sports Innovation. Cáceres, Spain © José María Sánchez García Architecture Office

“The Ring” International Center for Sports Innovation. Cáceres, Spain © José María Sánchez García Architecture Office


The Blue House
(La Casita Azul)  is a permanent space dedicated to increase the presence of architecture in Madrid´s cultural offer. A small space for large works. An urban pocket that will host some of the most important architects that will bring their work to the public in an accessible way, thanks to the display´s scale. (more…)