“Scraps and sketches from all over the world”, drawings by Gaetano Pesce

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milano will be showing the drawings and sketches of Gaetano Pesce’s architectural designs for all over the world. Famous for his dreamy and colourful pieces of furniture, Pesce has a lesser-known career in a personal style of modernist architecture.

 

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Gaetano Pesce. Frammenti e figure architettoniche ai quattro angoli del mondo © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Gaetano Pesces colourful objects and furniture have made him famous all over the world. His drawings and sketches are no less – taking inspiration from Japan to Brazil, filled with bright colours and imagination, over 40 works on paper will be seen on show in the Galleria Jannone until the 23rd of May, 2015.

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Garden of Machines: technical and organic beings together at Het Nieuwe Instituut

In the context of the 34th World Expo opening in Milan on May 1st, Het Nieuwe Instituut addresses this phenomenon from different perspectives between April 26 and August 23. The exhibition Garden of Machines speculates on a new ecosystem in which technical and organic beings learn to live together.

 

American Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal © Della Charlton

American Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal © Della Charlton

 

The Machinery formed an important section of the earliest World Expo’s: it was the place where the newest forms of mechanization were presented to the public. Almost one-and-a-half centuries later, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents the speculative exhibition Garden of Machines, which offers a radical vision of the future.

Over time, the latest technology has decreased in size, and has sometimes even vanished from sight altogether with the advent of digital production. A stark contrast to the massive, imposing machines that characterised the industrial revolution. Rather than presenting an array of awe-inspiring machines, Garden of Machines stages the technological promise, with as underlying leitmotiv a new, optimistic story of progress for the twenty-first century.

 

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Visionary structures, through the eyes of three generations of the Latvian avant-garde

The BOZAR in Bruxelles is hosting an exhibition on three different generations of Latvian avant-garde art through Russian Constructivism to the nineteen-seventies experimental design, as part of a larger scope on Latvian Art for this spring’s programme.

 

Valdis Celms_Architectural proposal Kinetic light object ‘Balloon’ (1978), Collection of the Latvian Artists' Union  © BOZAR

Valdis Celms_Architectural proposal Kinetic light object ‘Balloon’ (1978), Collection of the Latvian Artists’ Union

 

The Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels is hosting a comprehensive exhibition named “Visionary Structures – from Johansons to Johansons“, a three-stop journey through Latvian avant-garde art of the twenty and twenty-first century.

Through the works of three artists’ generations, from the Russian Constructivist 1920’s to contemporary avant-garde art, through the nineteen seventies Soviet revival in search of innovative forms and spatial experimentation, the retrospective organized by the Bozar in Bruxelles comprises works that comfortably sit on the edge of artistic research, reaching out to architecture, design and urban planning.

The exhibition, which will be open until the 31st of May, 2015 has been curated by Ieva Astahovska in partnership with the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga, as part of a larger programme organized by the BOZAR museum with the common theme of Latvian art, “Focus on Latvia“.

“Focus on Latvia” will bring Latvian Art to Brussels in two exhibitions: “Visionary Structures” and “Ola Vasilieva – The Limp of a Letter“.  Please download the full programme and exhibtion’s brochure, or read on for further information.

 

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Garbatella: revisiting tomorrow’s garden city at the Casa dell’Architettura

Until Friday the 24th of April, visitors will find drawings and explanations on Gustavo Giovannoni’s Garbatella, one of the best examples of the città leggera, a planning proposal halfway urban sprawl and garden city.

 

Garbatella courtyard © Paolo Fusco www.paolofusco.com

Garbatella courtyard © Paolo Fusco www.paolofusco.com

 

Casa dell’Architettura in Rome is being host to a small exhibition on the città leggera, an Italian expression referring to a particular kind of urban design halfway urban sprawl and garden city. Until Friday the 24th of April, visitors will find drawings and explanations on Gustavo Giovannoni‘s Garbatella, one of the best examples to fully understand this underrated style of city planning.

This Roman quarter -Garbatella- is situated in a high area between Viale San Paolo and Cristoforo Colombo, two main streets, a quiet retreat for a small town-like neighbourhood developed during the fascist period.

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40th anniversary of the Galleria Jannone: “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni” drawings exhibition

An unparalleled collection of original designs (with supplementary information, drawings and texts) by some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone.

 

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

Aldo Rossi Studio per il cimitero di Modena 1972 pennarello e tempera su carta © Galleria Jannone

 

Starting on April 14, for a month, the Ordine degli Architetti of Milan hosts the exhibition “Una galleria lunga quarant’anni”, a unique collection of original drawings by more than 30 internationally renowned architects and designers who exhibited their works at the Galleria Jannone in the last 40 years: from Mendini to Gregotti, from Sottsass to De Lucchi, from Gio Ponti to Botta, to Cibic, Muzio, Aldo Rossi, Álvaro Siza and many others.

The exhibition, curated by Franco Raggi, celebrates the anniversary of the Galleria, by gathering works of some of the most famous international architects and designers who over the years have shown their work at Galleria Jannone (they include Raimund Johann Abraham, Alessandro Mendini, Franco Purini, Massimo Scolari, Superstudio, Leon Krier, Ernesto La Padula, Roberto Gabetti & Aimaro Isola, Guglielmo Mozzoni, Guglielmo Ulrich, Massimo Josa Ghini, Aldo Cibic, Mario Botta, Andrea Branzi, Ugo La Pietra, Luca Pignatelli, Valentino Parmiani, Peter Eisenman, John Hejduk, James Stirling, O.M. Ungers and Franco Raggi). The authors that are part of this review, which is sponsored by the Ordine degli Architetti di Milano (Order of Architects of Milan), represent the most important figures from nearly 150 exhibits that took place between 1976 and the present.

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“Five projects from 1960s West Berlin” Ludwig Leo´s drawings at the AA

Despite having built three of the most important buildings in postwar West Berlin architecture – Charlottenburg Sports Hall, Circulation Tank of the Hydraulics Laboratory near Tiergarten station and a tower for the German Association of Lifeguards – Ludwig Leo’s work is now largely forgotten since his withdrawal from architectural discourse after the 70s. 

 

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert

Ludwig Leo and Christian Boës (Engineer), Circulation Tank 2 at the Hydraulics Research Centre in Berlin-Tiergarten, 1967–74 © Wilfried Roder-Humpert


‘Ludwig Leo: a most unusual architect’ is how Peter Cook, inspired by seeing the recently completed pink and blue Umlauftank (circulation tank) and the triangular DLRG headquarters in Berlin, entitled his 1975 article about Ludwig Leo. “The buildings are so original and so expertly achieved,” he said, “that in the long run, they MUST be exposed, they MUST be talked about, for there is so much crap around.”

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GLASS, the technology behind progress and experimentation in the World Expo

By the name of Innovation at the World Expo 1851 – now, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s exhibitions’ efforts focus on this single theme, trying to reveal through different approaches what makes Universal Exhibitions the perfect place for technological and formal experimentation, challenging scientists and designers alike.

 

El ultimo Grito. A Rematerialisation: Industries 2013. Borosilicate glass. Photo POI

El ultimo Grito. A Rematerialisation: Industries 2013. Borosilicate glass. Photo POI

 

In the context of the 34th World Expo opening in Milan this spring, Het Nieuwe Instituut is addressing this phenomenon from different perspectives, between April 26 and August 23, in three exhibitions: What is the Netherlands, GLASS and Garden of Machines. The recurring question in the programme is: under what conditions is innovation achieved, and what role do designers play within that process?

Under the name of Innovation at the World Expo 1851 – now, Het Nieuwe Instituut’s efforts focus on this single theme, trying to reveal through different approaches what makes Universal Exhibitions the perfect place for technological and formal experimentation, challenging scientists and designers alike.

 

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The façade, an evolving concept: seminar in the Spanish Academy in Rome

The Spanish Academy in Rome is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 17th of April. Named Facciata, concetto in evoluzione, this series of conferences will bring together fifteen architects in ten interventions on the subject of the façade and its evolving meaning in the architectural design processes from the early twentieth century to today. This event has been sponsored by the AECID -Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fundación Rafael del Pino and the BigMat Company.

 

Poster excerpt © Academia di Spagna in Roma

Poster excerpt © Academia di Spagna in Roma

 

The Spanish Academy in Rome is hosting a day-long symposium on Friday 17th of April. Named Facciata, concetto in evoluzione (Façade, an evolving concept), this series of conferences will bring together fifteen architects in ten interventions, from 10:00 to 19:00h.

The aim of the seminar is to look back on the history of the façade as an architectural element, examining its presence as part of the design process during the twentieth century to today. To this end, the curator of the symposium, Jesús Donaire -Secretary of the BigMat Award- has brought together renowned architects from the Spanish and Italian scene in order to discuss the subject both from a theoretical, academic point of view, as in a more practical approach.

Divided into morning and afternoon session, the Academia di Spagna will be host to actual proffesionals of architecture such as Alberto Morell, Héctor Fernández Elorza, Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori, Carlos García and Begoña de Abajo, and Jesús Aparicio; as well as academic figures such as Claudia Conforti, Maria Margarita Segarra, Roberto Cherubini and Fernando Villalonga -head of the Spanish Academy in Rome.

This event has been sponsored by the AECID -Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fundación Rafael del Pino and the BigMat Company.

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“What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived” exhibition at MUSAC León

The show encompasses multiple disciplines, using videos, installations, paintings, drawings and photographs by more than twenty international contemporary artists and collectives —including Yona Friedman or Lacaton & Vassal— to reveal the potential of utopia in today´s world.

 

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

 

What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived is the title of the project at MUSAC León, Spain, that examines the circumstances of the present moment based on what we expect, hope for or intuit about the immediate future. The exhibition attempts to sketch possible channels of future progress which, though not necessarily opposed to the prevailing systems in contemporary societies, do present alternatives that herald the advent of a different civic status quo.

 

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“A Clockwork Jerusalem”, the British Pavilion for this year’s Biennale, at the AA Gallery

Especially designed for the Venice Biennale, the exhibition programmed from May 9 to June 6 in the AA Gallery explores the many faces and the great extent of Britain’s Modernism, combining “traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction”.

 

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte


The Architectural Association Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition on British Modernism and its many faces: from early pop culture to the garden city utopia, the display attempts to explore how international influences came together with Britain’s very own vision of its future.

Especially designed for the British Pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”, the exhibition, comprising models, media installations and photographs will be displayed in the AA Gallery’s main space from May 9 to June 6, 2015.

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