[Exhibition] “Yona Friedman Architecture mobile = Architecture vivante”

Dedicated to Yona Friedman (1923), architect, artist and theorist, this monographic exhibition was created in 2015 to celebrate the deposit of an important piece of his works at the  National Centre for Visual Arts.

 

Lycée David d’Angers (lycée bergson) à Angers © Yona Friedman

Lycée David d’Angers (lycée bergson) à Angers © Yona Friedman

 

Through a chronological and thematic path, visitors are invited to appropriate the tools of Friedman’s lively, changeable and organic architecture. The many architectural, social and educational proposals of Yona Friedman undoubtedly find applications in our society. This exhibition also features two irregular structures realized in scale 1 , offering visitors to participate in the installation.


 

Practical information

“Yona Friedman Architecture mobile = Architecture vivante”
May 11 – November 6, 2016
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro
75116 Paris, France

 


Between past, present and a possible future, the exhibition reveals its own universe, full of  universal myths, folk art and many models illustrating the proposals. Alongside his modelmaking, Friedman never stopped inventing fun and universal languages to engage the local people into taking ownership of their environment. His drawings, slidesshows and numerous publications state with realism and optimism the current impasses such as poverty, debt and global warming to think of an architecture that adapts better to modern life, offering achievable prospects to the public. Yona Friedman is recognized as one of the great theorists of the postwar utopia.

 

Colline des vents, vers 1990 FNAC 07-015 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / Cnap / photo : Yves Chenot

Colline des vents, vers 1990 FNAC 07-015 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / Cnap / photo : Yves Chenot

 

ABOUT YONA FRIEDMAN

Yona Friedman was born in Budapest in 1923, he studied architecture in Hungary and Israel, where he began his career, until moving  to Paris in 1957. His vision of architecture, urban planning, art and society is totally visionary and anticipates most of the changes the world is going through.

 

The City above your Head, 2001 FNAC 07-072 (2) Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / Cnap / photo : Yves Chenot

The City above your Head, 2001 FNAC 07-072 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / Cnap / photo : Yves Chenot

 

Between creative utopia and reality, he advocates for autonomy, the development of the individual and the quality of social relations. These human values are reflected in the field of architecture by self-planning, mobility, project economy and reversibility.

 

Yona Friedman avec une maquette architecturale dans le salon de son appartement parisien, boulevard Pasteur, 1968 © Manuel Bidermanas

Yona Friedman avec une maquette architecturale dans le salon de son appartement parisien, boulevard Pasteur, 1968 © Manuel Bidermanas

 

In the 1950s, he theorized and disseminated the concept of “mobile architecture” thought for the inhabitants. His “Spatial City”, a suspended, removable structure that can be transformed by its occupants is one of his many proposals.

 

Ville Spatiale, vers 1960 FNAC 07-050 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / CNAP / Photo : Yves Chenot

Ville Spatiale, vers 1960 FNAC 07-050 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / CNAP / Photo : Yves Chenot

 

The Spatial City is primarily a social project and the expression of an ideal infrastructure for humane urban planning. It is a new vision of the city that Yona Friedman built intuitively first from imaginary cities. Secondly, he confronted his visionary drawings to reality and developed the “housing bridge”, and “legged structure.” His spatial structures are thus empty tetrahedral frameworks, which are supported over uninhabited areas, such as railway stations like Bercy Saint-Lazare, the Seine, the Sahara, Tunis, Venice…

 

15. Yona Friedman Pictogrammes de la Genèse, 1975, sérigraphie, FNAC 07-094 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / CNAP / Photo : Yves Chenot

Yona Friedman Pictogrammes de la Genèse, 1975, sérigraphie, FNAC 07-094 Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris / CNAP / Photo : Yves Chenot

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

This exhibition presents the deposit of Friedman funds in the National Centre for Visual Arts at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. The exhibition enjoys the patronage of B. Gallery, Altuglas International partnership and the support of the company members of the City Club. Along with the exhibition, a free, 25-page booklet will also be available for visitors: ” Yona Friedman. Architecture mobile = Architecture vivante, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, 2016″

 

Vues des décors muraux de l’appartement de Yona Friedman. Collection Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris/Cnap/photo : Yves Chenot

Vues des décors muraux de l’appartement de Yona Friedman. Collection Centre national des arts plastiques © Adagp, Paris/Cnap/photo : Yves Chenot


 

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