“Landscape as architecture” exhibition at Centro Cultural de Belém

This exhibition is twofold in nature. It is about two architects – João Gomes da Silva and Paulo David – and two disciplines, and deals with two quite distinct geographies: the island of Madeira and the city of Lisbon.

 

"Landscape as architecture" © CCB / Diogo Nunes

“Landscape as architecture” © CCB / Diogo Nunes

 

But this exhibition is not about the history of the relationship between the two architects. It starts with their collaborations together, but then it moves from this central core to look at other individual projects, other geographies and other times. It is not an exhibition about a common history, but the illustration of a path that begins with a common core of works and then goes off in other directions. From a more ambitious and comprehensive standpoint, Landscape as Architecture is, above all, designed to provoke reflection about the complex relationship between landscape and architecture. (more…)

Last chance to see Lee Bul’s itinerant retrospective, now in EAC·Castelló

Widely viewed as one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, her works draw on intellectual mechanisms ranging from idealism, modernism, science fiction and technological development adressing architectural utopias and political totalitarianism.

 

Lee Bul, "Via Negativa" (interior detail), 2012  © Photo by Remi Villaggi,  via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

Lee Bul, “Via Negativa” (interior detail), 2012 © Photo by Remi Villaggi, via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

 

The EAC-Castelló is presenting the recent work of Lee Bul, a Korean artist whose work walks on the thin line that separates sculpture, installations and live performance, frequently exploring the boundaries between history and idealism, questioning utopia and status quo.

The retrospective now showing in the Contemporary arts centre of Castellón (Valencia, Spain) closes the five-stop journey started by this itinerant exhibition in Seoul, followed by several shows in Luxemburg, Birmingham, London and Saint-Étienne Métropole.

 

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“Serralves Villa: The client as architect” exhibition at Serralves Library

Who is the author of the Serralves Villa? Unlike other art forms, architecture is a result of collective processes and shared decisions. In the case of Serralves the following is true: Marques da Silva coordinated the project and took responsibility for the completed work.

 

Serralves Villa © Serralves Foundation

Serralves Villa © Serralves Foundation

 

Charles Siclis may have sketched the image of the façades, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann may have suggested the scale and the nature of the main rooms in the house, Alfred Porteneuve may have detailed the design, Jacques Gréber may have defined the form of the gardens, but the decisive character that brought everything together was Carlos Alberto Cabral, the client of Marques da Silva. Cabral had the vision, the taste, the desire and the necessary resources to conceive his house. The archive documents in this exhibition illustrate the adventure of realizing this dream, under Cabral’s command and the patient and efficient coordination of architect Marques da Silva. (more…)

Landscape Festival Praha 2015 and CZECHSCAPE exhibition at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

The CZECHSCAPE exhibition deals with the increasingly discussed theme of landscape architecture. This showcase of Czech creations, with generous overlap into other related disciplines, deliberately exceeds the borders of conventional understanding of the field.

 

Exhibition image © Czechscape Exhibition / Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Exhibition image © Czechscape Exhibition / Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

 

The third year of the interdisciplinary festival tries to present the public space and landscape using the media, photography, design and contemporary art. The Czech public has a great interest in the quality of public space, which is an important factor in the development of society. The proof is in attendance of the last year’s festival in 2014, which reached almost 30 000 visitors in three months. A very important factor was the participation of both professional architects and artists, and the involvement of many volunteers, NGOs and students who participated in the multi-layered structure of the program. This year the festival will be held in three locations – Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 6. (more…)

“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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