“Contrasts”, a photographic dialog between Milanese architecture

The Ordine degli Architetti di Milano is hosting a photography exhibition – Contrasts: Milanese architecture compared. Showing 47 buildings in Milan dating from the 50’s until today, they are paired up in order to provide new meaning and a broader discourse on Milanese architecture. It will be open until the 10th of July.

 

Carlo Aymonino, Complesso “Monte Amiata”, 1967-1974. Photo © Angela Di Palo.

Carlo Aymonino, Complesso “Monte Amiata”, 1967-1974. © Angela Di Palo.

 

The “Order of the Architects” of the Province of Milan is hosting  the photography exhibition “Contrasts: Milanese architecture compared“. The exhibition portrays 47 buildings in Milan, dating from the 50’s until today, pairing them together in order to provide new meaning and a broader discourse on Milanese architecture. It will be open until the 10th of July.

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This summer, RIBA becomes The Brutalist Playground

Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play: The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill exploring post-war design for play. It will be open to the public until August 16.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 

This summer the RIBA will present The Brutalist Playground – an exhibition that is part sculpture, part architectural installation, which invites people of all ages to come and play, the Brutalist way.

Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by Turner Prize nominated design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill. It explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century, but which no longer exist. They became playgrounds unsuitable for play.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 

The exhibition draws on features from a number of London estates including Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate in Poplar. The playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect the preoccupations and social theories of society at that time.

 

Churchill Gardens, 1956 © John Maltby - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens, 1956 © John Maltby – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, archive image © John Donat - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, archive image © John Donat – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Balfron Tower playgound, 2015 © Assemble and Simon Terrill, 2015

Balfron Tower playgound, 2015 © Assemble and Simon Terrill, 2015

 

Assemble and Simon Terrill have drawn inspiration from photographs and visual material in the RIBA’s collections, documenting the playgrounds when they were newly built and in use. The exhibition installation will recreate visual elements from the playgrounds in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive, contemporary space where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work. Archive images of the original playgrounds will be projected on the walls.

The exhibition and installation will be accompanied by a season of talks and events from June to August 2015. Check the online agenda clicking here.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

Assemble members and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA


 

Practical Information

The Brutalist Playground
June 10 2015 / August 16 2015
Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm
Tuesdays from 10am to 8pm

The Architecture Gallery, RIBA
66 Portland Place, London

Entrance is free.

 


 

Exhibition information and images courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Ettore Spaletti exhibition, ad hoc for Palazzo Cini in Venice

From 25 April to 23 August the artist Ettore Spalletti will be in Venice for a new exhibition project in the second floor of Palazzo Cini, a gallery that conserving masterpieces of Renaissance art from Tuscany and Ferrara.

 

Exhibition view. Ettore Spaletti © Palazzo Cini

Exhibition view. Ettore Spaletti © Palazzo Cini

 

From 25 April to 23 August 2015 in Venice, on the occasion of the yearly reopening of Palazzo Cini, San Vio, Venice, a gallery that conserves masterpieces of Renaissance art from Tuscany and Ferrara that belonged to the collector Vittorio Cini, Ettore Spalletti will be creating an ad hoc exhibition project in the second floor of the Palazzo.
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ARCHI-SCULPTURE, interferences between architecture and sculpture at Villa Datris

The exhibition aims to explore the interactions between architecture and sculpture, understanding the richness and interferences that can be achieved through the dialogue between both worlds.

 

Wim DELVOYE "Cement Truck" Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Paris © Tim Perceval

Wim DELVOYE “Cement Truck” Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Paris © Tim Perceval

 

In 2015 Danièle Kapel- Marcovici, President of the Villa Datris, a private foundation dedicated to contemporary sculpture, chose to organize the exhibition ARCHI-SCULPTURE  in tribute to its member Tristan Fourtine, who died in January 2013. The theme was evident: a combination of sculpture, the original purpose of the Foundation – and architecture, in tribute to Tristan, a passionate of contemporary art. (more…)

Alvar Aalto retrospective at CaixaForum Barcelona

The exhibition includes Aalto’s most iconic buildings and designs, but also lesser-known projects that remained on paper, as well as Armin Linke’s new photographs and footage on the architect’s work.

 

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959, 1961-1963 © Armin Linke, 2014. Gentilesa de la Galleria Pescamara, Pescara

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France, Alvar Aalto, 1956-1959, 1961-1963 © Armin Linke, 2014. Courtesy of Galleria Pescamara, Pescara

 

The ”la Caixa” Foundation, together with the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany) and the Alvar Aalto Museum (Jyväskylä, Finland), presents the exhibition Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design, a major retrospective of this legendary architect that takes a new look at his work and analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images produced by Armin Linke.

A new section of the exhibition has been added for its tour of Spain, detailing Aalto’s visits to our country in 1951. The exhibition will be open until August 23, 2015.

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Anish Kapoor’s “Descension” at Galleria Continua San Gimignano

Anish Kapoor returns to Italy with “Descension”, an exhibition project conceived specially for the former cinema and theatre space of Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. The heart of the show is the installation in the stalls area, Descension, from which the exhibition takes its name.

 

Anish Kapoor - Descension 2015, Acciaio, acqua, motore, 500 x 500 cm © Galleria Continua

Anish Kapoor – Descension 2015, Acciaio, acqua, motore, 500 x 500 cm © Galleria Continua

 

Kapoor belongs to the line of artists who pose alchemical questions, and who also proceed by way of paradoxical concepts, producing works that push us beyond appearance in search of being. In so doing he makes us reflect on the latent state of the power of matter itself, of the energy contained within it, and for this reason a metaphor of the entire universe.

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“Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona” housing and public space at CCCB Barcelona

The Mayor’s Office of Medellín and Barcelona City Council, in association with the Museo de Antioquia and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), present the exhibition Piso Piloto. Medellín-Barcelona, which both cities will be hosting from June to October 2015 in an attempt to foster the exchange of experiences and knowledge.

 

Project: Cooperativa en cessió d’ús a Can Batlló Authors: Cooperativa La Borda, Plataforma Recuperem Can Batlló, Ajuntament de Barcelona © Cristina Gamboa / La Borda

Project: Cooperativa en cessió d’ús a Can Batlló Authors: Cooperativa La Borda, Plataforma Recuperem Can Batlló, Ajuntament de Barcelona © Cristina Gamboa / La Borda

 

A PROJECT THAT REFLECTS ON HOUSING

The aim of the exhibition is to encourage debate and present a series of proposals that will help provide an answer to the most important problems facing both cities with regard to housing and its relationship with public space. These proposals could be extrapolated to other cities in the world. (more…)

“Italian Landscapes”, an aesthetic manifesto by Franco Raggi

Ten years after his first exhibition, Franco Raggi confirms his collaboration with Antonia Jannone Gallery, with 18 oil-pastel drawings on waxed paper, inspired by an equal number of postcards of Italian landscapes.

 

Forte dei Marmi, by Franco Raggi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Forte dei Marmi, by Franco Raggi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Italian architect and designer Franco Raggi is presenting a new series of drawings in the Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan. Inspired by traditional postcards, Raggi focuses on the possibility of redefining the sense of beauty  approached through a medium that is normally considered banal and uniteresting from an aesthetic point of view. The exhibition will be open until the 13th of June.

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“Constructing Worlds”, architecture in the eyes of photography

Featuring over 250 works of eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930’s to present time, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in the architecture that shapes our society.

 

Luigi Ghirri, Cementerio de San Cataldo, Módena; el osario en invierno, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Cortesía Luigi Ghirri Estate

Luigi Ghirri, Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Luigi Ghirri Estate

 

On the occasion of the starting season of PhotoEspaña15, the Barbican Centre of London has brought their exhibition “Constructing worlds: Photography and architecture in the modern age” to the ICO Museum in Madrid,  one of the main sponsors and recurring hosts of the international photography festival.

Curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone for the Barbican Art GalleryConstructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, the exhibition invites you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture. Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in our society. The exhibition will remain open until September 6, 2015.

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“When architecture erases handicaps” exhibition at Euralille

Maison de l’architecture et de la Ville de Lille is showcasing twenty-four projects that prove handicap-aware design is possible, and must be present throughout the whole architecture design process and concept development. The exhibition will be open until June 20.

 

Room Room, by Takeshi Hosaka ©  Koji Fujii Nacasa&Partners Inc.

Room Room, by Takeshi Hosaka © Koji Fujii Nacasa&Partners Inc.

 

Buildings fit for everyone, conscious of collectives with special necessities or disabilities – this is the sort of architecture that the Maison de l’architecture et de la Ville de Lille is showcasing in an exhibition, proving that handicap-friendly design is possible and must be present throughout the whole design process and concept development.

Through twenty-four projects, ranging from a large-scale hospital building to an almost minimal house in which the domestic environment is adapted to the owners special needs, the exhibition stated off last April 14 with a round-table lecture, and will remain open until June 20.

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