“30 years architecture in Flanders: The wonder years in models”

The exhibition brings together 57 models and dozens of photographs from over 70 projects that have helped shape the wonder years: high-profile buildings by pioneers, projects of the ‘young gods’ who followed in their footsteps, and work by the new generation who have been active since the turn of the century.

 

'RTS Champ Continu'. Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Office

‘RTS Champ Continu’. Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen © Office

 

Over the past three decades, architecture in Flanders has enjoyed unprecedented growth.  The exhibition ‘30 Years in Flanders – The wonder years in models’ showcases ground-breaking and controversial projects from that period. It also offers a comprehensive overview of the leading figures, facts and events that have contributed to the flourishing architectural culture. (more…)

Max Bill’s first Spanish retrospective, at Fundación Juan March

This is the first retrospective in Spain on the Swiss artist, featuring examples of his painting, drawing and printmaking, sculpture, architecture, book and magazine design, industrial and furniture design and advertising.

 

Max Bill retrospective © Fundación Juan March

 

From Friday 16 October to 17 January 2016, the first complete retrospective in Spain on Max Bill can be seen at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid.

The Swiss artist Max Bill (Winterthur, 1908 – Berlin, 1994) was a multi-talented figure whose life was structured around his artistic activities and his reflection on a focused series of major ideas, namely form, realisation, function, figure, beauty and configuration. Bill can be located within the Renaissance tradition of an homo universalis, a “configurator” who combined the virtues of the homo faber and the homo ludens throughout the course of his highly active life. (more…)

SUPER SUPERSTUDIO: the group’s ultimate exhibition at PAC Milano

The exhibition will reconstruct Superstudio’s most important projects by bringing together their most representative pieces of design, installations and films, and by building a dialogue with 19 works by 19 contemporary artists, who have drawn the raw material for their oeuvre from the Florence group’s research.

 

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali,Vita Superficie, 1971. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. © Fondo Superstudio

Superstudio, Atti Fondamentali,Vita Superficie, 1971. MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma. Collezioni MAXXI Architettura. © Fondo Superstudio

 

The Milan PAC presents the oeuvre of Superstudio (1966-1978), the group of radical architects and radical designers from Florence, which not only influenced the way of thinking and designing of renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, but also definitively questioned the boundary between art and architecture, and which is regarded as the last great Italian avant-garde. (more…)

“Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy” at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the death of Sir John Soane’s beloved wife Eliza, a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum will examine the recurring themes of death and mortality in the renowned architect’s life and work.

 

Soane Office, View of objects cinerary urns copy © Sir John Soane’s Museum

Soane Office, View of objects cinerary urns copy © Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy (23 October 2015 – 26 March 2016) will look at Soane’s long-held professional interest in the architecture of mausolea, funerary sculpture and monuments, and at the architect’s personal tragedy of losing his wife. On display will be a selection of items illustrating Soane’s professional and personal relationship with mortality from the Museum’s vast collection, with rarely exhibited items, including a design for a monument to the Duke of Wellington created by Soane’s own architectural office. (more…)

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s “Finite Format” at House of Art of České Budějovice

The exhibition in České Budějovice consists of two parts: “Finite Format” and “Infinite Motive” – two works that confirm PvE’s approach and can help us to understand not only artistic qualities in architecture but also the architectural attributes of works of art.

 

“Infinite Motive” exhibition Pezo von Ellrichshausen © České Budějovice House of Art

“Infinite Motive” exhibition Pezo von Ellrichshausen © České Budějovice House of Art

 

Over the past more than ten years, the chilean studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen have created a remarkably concise body of work, with a distinctive signature style, independent of the latest trends, and with a clear eye towards designing structures imbued with enduring value.

The studio garnered widespread attention – not just from the professional community – with the 2005 Poli House, situated on the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean 500 kilometers from Santiago de Chile. This remarkable building can be seen as representative of the studio’s work: a sense for material, form and light, a comfortable space created by the limited range of materials – primarily wood and exposed concrete. (more…)

“The World of Charles and Ray Eames” at Barbican Art Gallery

The story of the Eames Office is that of the trajectory of visual and material culture in the post-war period of the last century. Charles and Ray Eames moved fluidly between the mass-production of objects for everyday use and the transmission of ideas through exhibition, film or installation, in anticipation of the global ‘information age’.

 

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

Still of Glimpses of the U.S.A, Moscow, 1959 © Eames Office LLC

 

The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a major new exhibition surveying the careers of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office: a ‘laboratory’, active for over four decades, where the Eameses and their collaborators and staff produced an array of pioneering and influential work – from architecture, furniture, graphic and product design, to painting, drawing, film, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation and exhibitions, as well as new models for education. The World of Charles and Ray Eames opens at Barbican Art Gallery on 21 October 2015. (more…)

EXIT by Diller Scofidio + Renfro at Palais de Tokyo

The exhibition, inspired by a quote by philosopher Paul Virilio, is composed of a series of immersive animated maps generated by data that investigate human migrations today and their leading causes, including the impacts of climate change.

 

Exit 2008-2015 Scenario “Rising Seas, Sinking Cities” Collection of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Stewart Smith and Robert Gerard Pietrusko

Exit 2008-2015. Scenario “Rising Seas, Sinking Cities” © Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan and Ben Rubin, in collaboration with Stewart Smith and Robert Gerard Pietrusko

 

The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is honored to present the innovative installation EXIT at the Palais de Tokyo from November 25, 2015 to January 10, 2016. Based on a prompt set out by French philosopher and urbanist Paul Virilio, this experimental work was created by American artists and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with architect-artist Laura Kurgan and statistician-artist Mark Hansen with a core team of scientists and geographers. Originally commissioned for the exhibition Native Land, Stop Eject in 2008, EXIT is now part of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain’s permanent collection.

EXIT is composed of a series of immersive animated maps generated by data that investigate human migrations today and their leading causes, including the impacts of climate change. Its complete 2015 update has been planned to coincide with the pivotal Paris-based United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). A crucial opportunity to limit global warming, the COP21 provides a powerful context in which to consider the issues at the heart of Exit: “It’s almost as though the sky, and the clouds in it and the pollution of it, were making their entry into history. Not the history of the seasons, summer, autumn, winter, but of population flows, of zones now uninhabitable for reasons that aren’t just to do with desertification, but with disappearance, with submersion of land. This is the future.” (Paul Virilio, 2009) (more…)

Theo Jansen’s Amazing Creatures take over Fundación Telefónica, in Madrid

Fundación Telefónica Space will be the home of some of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest between 23 October 2015 and 17 January 2016. Living and fossilized creatures will occupy the third floor of the Space – some of them will even be walking along the halls of the exhibition.

 

Strandbeest © Theo Jansen

Strandbeest © Theo Jansen

 

Theo Jansen (1948, Scheveningen) has been since the 1990’s imagining and building strange creatures to inhabit and roam the beaches of the Netherlands, stirring the sand and changing its landscape only with the help of the wind. The Strandbeest, or Beach Animals, are born, they walk about the beaches, evolve and die. Their lifetime is barely a year, and most of them will end up as fossils.

Fundación Telefónica Space will be the home of some of these living and fossilized creatures between 23 October 2015 and 17 January 2016Ordis, Currens Vaporis, Currens Ventosa, Rhinoceros Tabulae and Percipiere Primus will occupy the third floor of the Space. Some of them will even be walking along the halls of the exhibition, entitled Theo Jansen’s Amazing Beach Animals.

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“20 years of RIBA Stirling Prize” exhibition at RIBA

In 2015, the RIBA Stirling Prize turns 20 and to celebrate this the RIBA has brought together all 19 of the previous winners in an exclusive exhibition of orginal and new models. From High-Tech to Pop-Tech, Modernism to Industrialism discover the buildings and projects that have defined British architectural debate from 1996 to 2014 and beyond.

 

RIBA Stirling Prize 2005 winner: Scottish Parliament by EMBT & RMJM ©  Scottish Parliament

RIBA Stirling Prize 2005 winner: Scottish Parliament by EMBT & RMJM © Scottish Parliament

 

Every year the prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The prize is for the best building in the UK by an RIBA chartered architect or International Fellow. (more…)

Creative play: Constant’s New Babylon arrives at MNCARS

Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid is hosting over 65 works of Constant’s utopian, life-long project: models, paintings, drawings and collages that show his idea of the planning of this new city, a large and complex labyrinth that transformed the world into a single network.

 

New Babylon - DEN Haag (New Babylon - The Hague) © Collection Gemeentemusem Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

New Babylon – DEN Haag (New Babylon – The Hague) © Collection Gemeentemusem Den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands

 

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía present an exhibition dedicated to the figure of the Dutch artist Constant (Constant Anton Nieuwenhys, Amsterdam, 1920 – Utrecht, 2005).

Under the title of New Babylon, the show focuses above all on the artist’s most emblematic project,  his concept of the city of the future. For nearly twenty years (1956-1974), Constant made models, paintings, drawings and collages that showed his idea of the planning of this new city, a large and complex labyrinth that transformed the world into a single network. The land would be collectively owned, work would be automated  and carried out by robots, and people would be free to devote their time to creative play. (more…)