“Structuralism”, double exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

This weekend will be the last chance to visit the exhibition “Structuralism” which opened  last September and will close this Saturday (January 11th) in the big exhibition hall of Het Nieuwe Instituut.

 © Het Nieuwe Instituut

© Het Nieuwe Instituut


The exhibition focuses on Dutch Structuralism, a movement in architecture in the late ’50s and early ’60s that renounced the technocratic planning that characterised the post-war reconstruction of the country. Instead, its proponents asked space for the poetic and emotional aspects of architecture, in order to come to a truly dignified living environment. Structuralism constitutes the most important contribution from the Netherlands to modern architecture during the second half of the twentieth century. In the late 1950s it presented a poetic alternative to the technocratic architecture of the post-war reconstruction period, before flourishing in the 1970s. The ideal was to create a new social space where people could realise their full potential and that facilitated interaction, imagination and experimentation.


“Viollet-le-Duc, a visionary architect” at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris

On the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, a retrospective exhibition presents the unique work of this great architect, theorist and restorer who was also the founder of the National Museum of French Monuments, where the exhibition is showing.


Portrait présumé de Charles Nègre sur la tour sud de Notre-Dame de Paris Henri Le Secq (Jean Louis Henri Le Secq Des Tournelles, dit) (1818-1882), [1853?] / Contretype moderne d’après un négatif sur plaque de verre. Paris, Bibliothèque des arts décoratifs. © Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais /Henri Le Secq

Vue de Notre-Dame de Paris avec la flèche et l’ange du Jugement dernier. Charles Marville (1813-1879) © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski photographe


Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) is one of the few architects of the nineteenth century whose death did not drive him to oblivion, but quite on the contrary.

Despite the controversies, his restoration works have always been a reference for architecture professionals, and his genius has marked the history of art and architecture of the Middle Ages. For a long time, historians have attempted to put his archeological science and his ideas on restoration into perspective. Then, from the 1970’s on, his ideas on architectural design were subject of study and controversy.


Vue de Notre-Dame de Paris avec la flèche et l’ange du Jugement dernier Charles-François Bossu, dit Charles Marville (1813-1879) ; vers 1860 Photographie ; épreuve sur papier sec à partir d’un négatif verre au collodion sec. Paris, Musée d’Orsay, PHO 1985 200 © RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski photographe

Portrait présumé de Charles Nègre sur la tour sud de Notre-Dame de Paris. Henri Le Secq © Ministère de la Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine / Henri Le Secq


Now, thirty years after the last monographic exhibition was dedicated to him in Paris, it is the least known aspects and the most unexpected production of this talented artist which will be presented to the public, as a testimony of the richness and complexity of his personality.  We already know the rational nature of his approach to architectural practice: now is the turn to emphasize his work as a visionary of architecture. To illustrate, in other terms, the intimacy between the positivist system that Viollet-le-Duc represents, and his romantic delusions, the sources of his genius.  A personality which is  strange and complex, hyperactive and productive, relating his encyclopedic knowledge to the service of both a political and aesthetic plan.

The exhibition will be showing in the main venue of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris -at Place Trocadéro, 1- until March 9th, 2015.


Watch the online promotional video for the exhibition below.


Information translated from the original via Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine.
All images taken from the exhibition’s dossier, available here.


“Speculative Architecture”, seminar at The Prado Museum on architecture for the art

The gallery and Camilo José Cela University collaborate in a seminar entitled ‘Speculative Architecture’.

The Prado Museum and the Camilo José Cela University signed last December in the cloister of the gallery an agreement to collaborate in a seminar entitled “Speculative Architecture”, from January to April of this year, will cover the history of museums and how these have offered through history a “mirror image of society and what each society thinks of itself”.


The Prado Museum

The academic initiative, to be held at the Center for the Study of Cason del Buen Retiro, is directed by the writer Felix de Azua and Luis Feduchi, director of the School of Architecture and Technology, at Camilo José Cela University. De Azua also will also offer for the third year in a row and at the same venue the seminar “The Thinking Eye” about the transformations in the way art is understood since Romanticism revolution.
“Speculative Archictecture” comes from a sentence of El Greco collected in a Vasari´s volume which belonged to the library of the Cretan painter: “Painting, for being so universal, it is speculative.” “Speculative in that mirror,” explains De Azua. “And if the painting is a mirror reflection of societies, of course the museums are so”.


Cedric Price: the Dynamics of Time, itinerant exhibition showing now in Maastricht

Timmerfabriek in Maastricht will host until March 22nd the third iteration of this exhibition that has already been to London and Venice -showing new advances in research as well as an interactive Memory Bank video installation.




Dutch independent architectural institution Bureau Europa is proudly presenting “Cedric Price: The Dynamics of Time”, an exhibition on the British architect’s ideas and ambitions relating architecture in all its aspects – education, social spatiality, political approaches to the house and the city. This exhibition, complemented by a newly presented Memory Bank -an interactive video to learn on Cedric Price’s colleagues’ contemporary perspectives on his critical practice. The exhibition will be showing on the Timmerfabriek in Maastricht, until March 22nd 2015.


Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey to give conference as latest RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Irish architects and recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will be giving a conference hosted by RIBA on February 2nd. Also during the evening, the 2015 Honorary Fellowships will be presented.

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell. Courtesy of RIBA.

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell. Courtesy of RIBA.


After being shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize a record five times; most recently in 2014 for the London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student’s Centre in London, Irish architectural practice O’Donnell & Tuomey will present a conference on February 2nd 2015 at 6:30 pm, open to the general public at the cost of the correspondent entrance fee.


Giancarlo De Carlo’s unpublished sketches at Triennale di Milano

A sentimental exhibition of architecture and a small tribute to a lesser-known, more private side of Giancarlo De Carlo.


Giancarlo De Carlo’s controversial, critical and political approach to architecture is probably one the most international, famous and critically-acclaimed face of Italy’s twentieth-century architectural practice. However, there is another side to De Carlo’s practice: a lesser known, more private design process. Through different-scale drawings and sketches and multimedia installations, Triennale di Milano is offering a new view on the Italian architect’s relationship with landscape, territory, the city, private life and the public eye  -offering an interesting insight on De Carlo’s thoughts and actions.


Giancarlo De Carlo "Schizzi inediti" Ⓒ Triennale di Milano

Giancarlo De Carlo “Schizzi inediti” Ⓒ Triennale di Milano


Lasting from December 19 to January 11, 2015, the exhibition will be open to the public at the Triennale’s main building in Viale Alemagna  in Milan.



“Lina Bo Bardi in Italy”, a retrospective at MAXXI Roma

Celebrating the centenary of Lina Bo Bardi’s birth, the exhibition tells the story of the architect’s youth between Italy and Brazil.

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB

MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo. Photo montage and drawing by Lina Bo Bardi as concept development, 1957-1968. © Arquivo ILBPMB


Before her arrival to Brazil accompanied by her husband, Pietro Maria Bardi, Lina Bo had already made a name for herself in Italy thanks to her work as an architect in Milan with the collaboration of Gio Ponti and Carlo Pagani. Those early years following her graduation in Rome in 1939 and the difficult times during the War are the ones in focus at the exhibition “Lina Bo Bardi in Italia” organised by MAXXI Architettura in collaboration with Domus and the Instituto Lina Bo and P.M. Bardi, which will be open from December 19 to March 15th 2015.



“Olafur Eliasson: Contact” in Paris at Louis Vuitton Foundation

Conceived specifically for Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artworks in “Olafur Eliasson: Contact” appear as a sequence of events along a journey. Moving through passageways and expansive installations, visitors become part of a choreography of darkness, light, geometry, and reflections.


Contact, Olafur EliassonⒸ Iwan Baan photography.

Contact, Olafur EliassonⒸ Iwan Baan photography.


The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris opened last Wednesday 17th the second phase of the activity programme scheduled since it´s inauguration, with the presentation of “Contact”, an immersive exhibition by Olafur Eliasson that explores the relations between spectators, exhibition space and the universe, within the microcosmos that the artist has originated for the Foundation. It will be on view from December 17th until February 16th, 2015.

Conceived specifically for Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artworks in “Olafur Eliasson: Contact” appear as a sequence of events along a journey. Moving through passageways and expansive installations, visitors become part of a choreography of darkness, light, geometry, and reflections.

Along the way, optical devices, models, and a meteorite reflect Eliasson’s on-going investigations into the mechanisms of perception and the construction of space. The exhibition addresses the relations between body, movement, and the sense of self, between people and their surroundings.


“Industrial Topographies: the architecture of conversion” in Prague

The ehxibition responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the new use of industrial buildings.

Organized in partnership with the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FACTU in Prague, led by Benjamin Fragner, the exhibition follows a series of events, meetings and activities organized on the occasion of the Biennale of Industrial Heritage.

A comprehensive selection of over 30 examples of the new use of abandoned industrial buildings and sites will be presented in detail in the exhibition panels showing its historical and current situation, as well as an interactive map and examples from other countries. The exhibition will also be followed by a series of lectures and screenings. A reduced Czech-English version will also be available.

The project responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the use of industrial buildings and their relationship not only to architecture professionals, but also to the general public.

The exhibition will take place at the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague, and it will be open until January 2nd 2015.


Discover Herzog & deMeuron’s “Triangle” in Pavillon de l’Arsenal

From October 31st, the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris will host Herzog & de Meuron’s “Triangle”, an exhibition on the controversial skyscraper by the Swiss firm.


With over 60 process models gathered together for the first time, construction details, unpublished images and animation films, Pavillon Arsenale invites you to understand and discover “Triangle”, an exhibition imagined and put together by Herzog & de Meuron. The context, settlement, materials perception and environmental strategies are explained with detail, focusing on the technical innovations of the work.