“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza” at Fondazione Querini Stampalia

The body’s relationship with architecture and the complex phenomenon of corporality have always played an important role in the history of European culture. The exhibition, curated by Francesco Dal Co, director of Casabella and BigMat International Architecture Award member of the jury, aims to investigate this aspect of architecture: the link between the depiction of the body and eroticism.

 

Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Carlo Scarpa, La nuova Sfinge, Collezione privata © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

The direct reference is to the classical tradition and Vitruvius, the ancient Roman architect and inventor of this juxtaposition which has enjoyed such success in the history of art. In De Architectura he compares the human body to a construction, and from this comparison he makes a series of affirmations which over time have facilitated the understanding of terms such as proportion, symmetry and harmony.


 

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“Giulio Romano’s I Modi and the ‘Modi’ of Carlo Scarpa and Álvaro Siza”
 March 11– May 15,  2016
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Santa Maria Formosa
Castello 5252, Venice
Italy

 


Inspired by Vitruvian thought, many great architects, particularly those more gifted in the art of drawing, have experienced the moment in which the pleasure of depicting the human anatomy takes on an erotic value. A drawing, the first appearance of the process which attributes a form to the substance, can indicate the establishment of a sensual relationship between the architect’s hand, the graphic support and the tools used. (more…)

Andrea Branzi at Al Blu di Prussia gallery

In collaboration with Antonia Jannone, the gallery presents a new exhibition about Andrea Branzi, one of the greatest exponents of neo-modern design and founder of the collective Archizoom (1964-1974). In addition, his series of sculptures “Dolmen”, acquired by the Centre Pompidou last year, will be the center of a monographic exhibition at the parisian institution.

 

Andrea Branzi © photo: albludiprusia

Andrea Branzi © photo: albludiprusia

 

Al Blu di Prussia, located within the stunning Art Nouveau building on Via Gaetano Filangieri – Palazzo Mannajuolo – was and is an important point for the Neapolitan culture around which gravitated the best intellectual forces of the city. Its activity, anything that diminished, continues with the work of the designer Andrea Branzi. The veteran Italian architect and designer, who set up radical architecture studio Archizoom in the 1960s and co-founded the Domus Academy, has packed his multi-decade career with regular exhibitions of his work.

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“A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory” by Santiago Borja at Sonneveld House

At the invitation of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Mexican artist and architect Santiago Borja is building an observatory on the roof of Sonneveld House. Devoted to Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, the observatory offers a space of contemplation for visitors to Sonneveld House.

 

Het Nieuwe Instituut, BIHS Archive, date unknown. Adapted by Santiago Borja. © Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut, BIHS Archive, date unknown. Adapted by Santiago Borja. © Het Nieuwe Instituut

 

Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited the internationally operating visual artists Santiago Borja, Eva Rothschild and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster to make successive works for Sonneveld House in 2016.

Santiago Borja will first create an observatory on the roof of the museum house. A Mental Image – Blavatsky Observatory is based on Borja’s research into the influence of Western esotericism on the principles of Dutch Functionalism. The observatory is devoted to Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, and will provide a place of contemplation for visitors to Sonneveld House from 13 February to 22 May 2016. (more…)

Community: Italy. Architecture, city and landscape from the postwar period to 2000

The exhibition aims to begin telling the story of Italian architecture of the late twentieth century as a whole, a story whose temporal proximity, along with other factors, had prevented a more broad and general discourse until now.

 

Superstudio, Morte. “Community: Italy Architecture” © Superstudio

 

The main body of the exhibition, which develops along the large curve on the ground floor of the Palazzo dell’Arte, consists of approximately 120 works, including models, original drawings and albums that illustrate the design aspects in detail. From Ludovico Quaroni, Ignazio Gardella and Aldo Rossi to Renzo Piano (to name only a few), works by the biggest names in the history of Italian architecture since the postwar period to the year 2000. Alongside the former are projects and works of those less celebrated yet equally important, like Guglielmo Mozzoni, Paolo Soleri and Arturo Mezzedimi. (more…)

“Märkli. Chair of Architecture 2002–2015” at ETH Zurich

With this exhibition and accompanying book, the Architecture Department is paying tribute to Peter Märkli, who ceased his teaching activities at the ETH Zurich in the fall of 2015.

 

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

 

The exhibits will be displayed in the Main Hall of the ETH Zurich within a site-specific architecture specially designed for this purpose by Peter Märkli himself and Chantal Imoberdorfgta Verlag is publishing a book for the exhibition entitled: Märkli. Chair of Architecture at the ETH Zurich 2002–2015


 

Practical information

“Märkli. Chair of Architecture at the ETH Zurich 2002–2015”
February 24 – -April 3, 2016
Mo-Fr 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat and Sun 8 a.m.–5 p.m
ETH Zurich, Main Hall
Stefano Franscini Platz 5
8093 Zurich

 


Emptiness and boundaries are central themes in Peter Märkli’s teaching of architecture and construction at the ETH Zurich. Structural design involves formulating a conception of life that is reflected in architectural structures.

 

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

 

The articulation of empty outdoor spaces is as essential as the expression of a façade, the design of the boundary between inside and outside.  As a professor of architecture and construction, Märkli conveyed his conception of architecture to his students. A selection of roughly 110 student projects carried out in his department since 2002 illustrates his concerns and his approach, and attests to the abundance and rich variety of his teaching.

 

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

 

PETER MARKLI (b. 1953, Switzerland)
Lives and works as an architect in Zürich. Has had his own office in Zürich since 1978. 2002–2015 Chair of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich. Since 2013 visiting professor at the MARCH School of Architecture in Moscow. His buildings include La Congiunta in Giornico (Ticino), a museum for reliefs and half-figures by the Swiss sculptor Hans Josephsohn (1992); the new organ in the Basel Minster (2003); large-scale projects such as the Belvoirpark College of Hotel Management (2014) and a housing block on Gutstrasse (2013) in Zürich, the new Synthes corporate building in Solothurn (2012), an office building on Picassoplatz (2008) and the Novartis Visitor Center (2006) in Basel, the Schule im Birch school building in Zürich (2004), as well as alterations and extensions to the Viktor Hufnagl School facilities in Wörgl, Austria (2003).

 

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

 

His publications include the monograph Approximations and exhibition catalogues (e.g. for the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). His drawings have been  exhibited in Zürich, Basel, London, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Moscow, among other places.

 

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich @ Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016

Märkli. Chair of Architekture at the ETH Zurich © Photo: Martin Stollenwerk 2016


 

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“RCR Arquitectes. Shared Creativity” at ICO Museum Madrid

The ICO Museum of Madrid opens its 2016 season with the work of RCR Arquitectes: Rafael Aranda, Carme and Ramon Vilalta Pigem. The exhibition showcases 25 years of career for the first time in Madrid.

 

Restaurante Les Cols, Olot. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

Restaurante Les Cols, Olot. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

 

The architecture of RCR, very expressive, is made of materials such as Cor-ten steel, natural stone, exposed concrete and large glass surfaces, among others. Its buildings blend into the landscape in which they sit, dematerializing the boundaries between interior and exterior. Models, sketches, various construction elements used in their buildings and audiovisual pieces constitute part of this exhibition. Drawings, sketches and watercolors play a major role in the project phases and materialization of their buildings.


 

Practical information

“RCR Arquitectes. Shared Creativity”
February 24 – May 8, 2016
ICO Foundation Museum
Tue-Sat: 11.00-20.00, Sun: 10.00-14.00
C/ Zorrilla, 3
28014 Madrid

 


“RCR Arquitectes is one of the most internationally acclaimed Spanish architecture bureau” said Monica de Linos, Director of the ICO Foundation. “With the exhibition RCR Arquitectes. Shared Creativity“, adds Linos, “we have delved into one of the lines that guide many of our actions: collaboration with public institutions, this time with the Generalitat of Catalunya. And, moreover, we keep sharing Spanish architecture with the visitors of the ICO Museum, which at the end of 2016 can enjoy the work of  Sevillian architects Cruz & Ortiz.”

 

Carpa en el Restaurant Les Cols, Olot. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

Carpa en el Restaurant Les Cols, Olot. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

Espacio Público Teatro La Lira, Ripoll. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espacio Público Teatro La Lira, Ripoll. Gerona @ Pep Sau

 

Among the works to be exhibited are the Olot Athletic Stadium, the Bell-Lloc Winery in Palamós, Pavilions for Restaurant Les Cols in Olot, or Waalsekrook media library in Ghent (Belgium). In addition, there will be on display recent projects like Le Jardin Suspendu (Brussels) and L’Estuaire in Bordeaux (France) or Hashim and Ibrahim Houses in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and the Musée Soulages in Rodez (France); the latter received last October 28 the International Spanish Architecture Prize 2015 awarded by the Superior Council of Colleges of Architects of Spain.

 

Centro de Arte La Cuisine, Nègrepelisse. Francia @ RCR Aquitectes

Centro de Arte La Cuisine, Nègrepelisse. Francia @ RCR Aquitectes

Pabellón en el Estanque - Llagostera - Girona @ Pep Sau

Pabellón en el Estanque – Llagostera – Girona @ Pep Sau

Casa Horitzó, La Vall de Bianya - Gerona @ Pep Sau

Casa Horitzó, La Vall de Bianya – Gerona @ Pep Sau

 

ICO Museum exhibition “RCR Arquitectes. Shared Creativity” is the fusion of the samples “RCR Arquitectes. shared creativity” (Palau Robert, from 26 March to 13 September 2015) and “RCR Arquitectes. Papers” (Arts Santa Monica, from 19 May to 13 September 2015), organized respectively by the Department of the Presidency and the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, in collaboration with RCR BUNKA private foundation.

 

Espacio de Sombra Lotus Blau, Santa Coloma de Farners. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espacio de Sombra Lotus Blau, Santa Coloma de Farners. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Parque Pedra Tosca, Les Preses. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

Parque Pedra Tosca, Les Preses. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

 

RCR ARQUITECTES
Based in Olot, Gerona, RCR Arquitectes was created in 1987 by Rafael Aranda, Carme and Ramon Vilalta Pigem. His architectural projects include the special understanding of lace works in their environment and the landscape. His career has been widely recognized. Over these years, RCR has received numerous accolades for their active role in contemporary architecture.

 

Espai Barberí (estudio RCR Arquitectes). Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espai Barberí (estudio RCR Arquitectes). Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espai Barberí (estudio RCR Arquitectes) Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espai Barberí (estudio RCR Arquitectes) Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

 

RCR Arquitectes‘ trajectory is linked to the landscapes of the county of Garrotxa, Catalonia, with its volcanic rocks, forests and light, and to the proximity of artisans and manufacturers. The three architects imagine and build in order to ensure that their architecture brings something positive, beyond purely functional buildings, and these roots are manifested far from their land.

 

Espai Barberí (estudio RCR Arquitectes). Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espai Barberí (estudio RCR Arquitectes). Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espai Barberí (estudio de RCR Arquitectes). Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

Espai Barberí (estudio de RCR Arquitectes). Olot. Gerona @ Pep Sau

 

“To live and work in harmony with the countryside“ – this slogan has been accompanying the Catalan studio since its very beginning. This is also one of the reasons for which the architects have established themselves in the little town of Olot, situated at the foothills of the Pyrenees. Although they create their works far from the pulsating city of Barcelona, they demonstrate on several fundamental projects that rural environments are not completely unknown to contemporary conceptions of architecture.

 

Musée Soulages, Rodez. Francia @ Pep Sau

Musée Soulages, Rodez. Francia @ Pep Sau

Crematorium, Hofheide. Bélgica @ Gijs son de Wim Van Nueten

Crematorium, Hofheide. Bélgica @ Gijs son de Wim Van Nueten

 

Despite a complete breach of established interpretations of construction suitable for these places, their architectonic works correlate delicately with the surrounding countryside and are in a complete harmony with nature. Using patinating steel known under the name of Corten, which considerably lowers the rate of corrosion, the RCR studio has included in its constructions a material that completely identifies itself with the character of the ambient countryside.

 

Guardería El Pettit Comte. Besalú. Gerona. @ Eugeni Pons

Guardería El Pettit Comte. Besalú. Gerona. @ Eugeni Pons

Les Cols, Pabellones, Olot. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

Les Cols, Pabellones, Olot. Gerona @ Eugeni Pons

Le Pavillon Vide. París. 2015 © RCR Arquitectes

Le Pavillon Vide. París. 2015 © RCR Arquitectes

Musée Soulages. Rodez, 2014 © RCR Arquitectes

Musée Soulages. Rodez, 2014 © RCR Arquitectes

Rafael, Carme, Ramon @ RCR Arquitectes

Rafael, Carme, Ramon @ RCR Arquitectes


 

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“Trashlation” Basurama at CentroCentro Madrid

TrashLation is an artistic project produced by the collective Basurama, the purpose is to research and reflect about the concept of consumption-identity and waste, visualizing at world level how much waste each and every one of us produce regardless our social class, country of origin or age.

 

Trashlation © basurama.org CCBY-NC-SA 4.0

Trashlation © basurama.org CCBY-NC-SA 4.0

 

Trashlation compile diptychs made up by portraits and photographs of the (not organic) waste that participants have generated during the 24-48h before immortalizing the image. This allows to have a global view of the waste that each of us produces, no matter the social status, country or age.

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“Aldo Rossi: La Finistra del Poeta” at EPFL Lausanne

The exhibition explores architectural thinking and introduces the visitors to critical ways of looking at Rossi’s prints. The content includes his collection of prints and a selection of plates magnified by drawings, photographs and sketches that are significant for understanding Rossi’s flow of creativity.

 

Aldo Rossi, Dieses ist langer - Ora questo è perduto, 1975, etching, collection Bonnefantenmuseum © Eredi Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi, Dieses ist langer – Ora questo è perduto, 1975, etching, collection Bonnefantenmuseum © Eredi Aldo Rossi

 

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Aldo Rossi’s museum in Maastricht, the Bonnefantenmuseum produced an exhibition on the fascinating Opera Grafica of this versatile architect and artist. Along with the exhibition, titled “La finestra del poeta” after a favourite subject of Rossi’s, Silvana Editoriale has published the book Aldo Rossi: Opera Grafica, a work conducted in close cooperation with the museum and the Fondazione Aldo Rossi in Milan, and ARCHIZOOM is publishing a map and an application on the Città analoga. (more…)

“The Unseen”, from Informalist painting to the postwar photobook (1945-1965)

The exhibition at Fundación Juan March, in Madrid, introduces the viewer to the destructive, torn art made by the Informalists after World War II, alongside the new approach to photography that happened during these years.

 

 Jacques Villeglé. Boulevard Saint Martin, 1959 © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva. Photograph: Sandra Pointet

Jacques Villeglé. Boulevard Saint Martin, 1959 © Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva. Photograph: Sandra Pointet

 

The exhibition THE UNSEEN. From Informalist painting to the postwar photobook (1945-1965) presents European painting from the immediate postwar period to the mid-1960s alongside photography from those same decades with the aim of submerging viewers in the historical context of the time in order to achieve an understanding of the break that artists brought about following the war.

The exhibition includes 160 works of art, documents and films loaned from different institutions and public and private collections in both Spain and abroad, including the Fondation Gandur pour l’Art in Geneva, the Centre Pompidou, the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, the Dietmar Siegert Collection, the Fundación Foto Colectania, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, among others. (more…)

“Reinventing Paris” exhibition of the results of the competition at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

How will Paris be in the next decades? The exhibition “Reinventer Paris” (Reinventing Paris) showcases 23 winning designs, 74 finalists and all 358 entries submitted by multidisciplinary teams – formed by architects, urban designers, engineers, farmers, young entrepreneurs, philosophers, and artists – who entered an innovative urban design competition organized by the Municipality of Paris.

 

“Reinventing Paris” exhibition © Pierre L'Excellent

Sou Fujimoto site winning design at  “Reinventing Paris” exhibition © Pierre L’Excellent

 

The 23 sites, many of them emblematic of Paris’ history, are located in nine of Paris’ twenty arrondissements and they are all very different in terms of their layout and characteristics, thereby enabling a multitude of possible responses from candidates. (more…)