On this grid the park’s circular tree gardens are represented by circular brushes. Our oeuvre is printed on 2 high plastic/voile curtains. Their layout is site-specific, creating an inner and outer space where it is possible to experience, through the narration of 70 projects, the combination of knowledge, technology and craftsmanship of Inside Outside.
“Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective”
13 December, 2018 – 20 January, 2019
Palazzo della Triennale
Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6, Milano
Physical models will be exposed in the rooms created by the two curtains. Next to them additional moving images of our projects and inspirations will be screened. At the left side of the space, a line of curtain samples will be exposing a diversity of textiles and materials.
As the name implies, the variable relationship between inside and outside is a central issue in the design practice of the studio, which combines knowledge and craftsmanship from several fields in an interdisciplinary way. Since its beginnings, Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse has been closely collaborating with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) as well as with many other architects, curators and craftsmen; by designing textiles, entire interiors up to large landscapes.
Furthermore, the show will feature an unprecedented range of exhibits – curtains, material samples, models and videos – in order to give an overview on exemplary projects by Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse and to make the creative process and practice of the studio tangible. As a case study, among others the “Giardini di Porta Nuova” – a large-scale landscape project in Milan that is to be completed this fall – will be investigated in the exhibition. In a contemporary interpretation of a botanical garden, the park follows the concept of a library of trees which transforms this urban project into a cultural campus.
Another case study is dedicated to the “LocHal” project in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The former nineteenth-century locomotive factory is currently being converted into a cultural center housing a library, workplaces and spaces for flexible use. Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse designed six monumental curtains, which as mobile walls address the specific spatial challenges of the industrial hall. In the exhibition, sketches, samples and so-called recipe-books will represent the essential design strategies of Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse.
During the exhibition, there will be a program of lectures and talks with renowned protagonists from the fields of research and practice, that will unfold along central topics inherent to the practice of Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse. The program is being developed in cooperation with the Engadin Art Talks. Initiated on the occasion of the retrospective, an extensive monograph will be published in 2019.