From June 28 to December 22, 2019, the city of Azay-le-Rideau is organizing the exhibition Babel’s Towers designed by the Regional Contemporary Art Fund of the Center-Val de Loire region. Presented in the exhibition hall Les Halles, the exhibition brings together more than 40 works and projects of experimental architecture in the form of models, drawings, collages, films on 180 m2.
“Les Tours de Babel”
28 June – 22 December, 2019
Place du 11 Novembre 1918, Azay-le-Rideau
It proposes a journey in the architectural and urban imaginary, from the post-war era to the present day, and shows how some architects take the model of the tower of architecture to rethink or even radically criticize the city and the habitat. This is an original and mainstream entry into contemporary artistic and architectural creation.
With the emergence of the industrial and modern city, architectural projects attempt to translate and respond to their urban concerns: sprawl, mobility of people, population growth, traffic saturation and need to preserve natural areas. Some architects imagine ways to conquer spaces that are still unexploited. The tower seems to particularly respond to this ideal of spatial conquest by architecture. Appearing in force in the United States in the late nineteenth century, this type of architecture plays the myth of Babel: the tower arrogantly jumps to the sky as Icare was trying to reach the sun.
As early as the 1950s, many artists and architects criticized the landscape of loneliness that now forms the profile of any modern city. Although it remains today the symbol of modernity and power, the tower is nevertheless the subject of much research by architects who seize it to experiment with innovative construction techniques and alternative living arrangements.
Supported by the City of Azay-le-Rideau and designed by the Regional Contemporary Art Fund of the Center-Val de Loire region, this exhibition is the preface to the second edition of the Biennial Architecture. The latter, entitled “Our years of solitude”, will take place from 11 October to 19 January 2019 Turbulences-Frac Center-Loire Valley (Orleans) and in several places in the Metropolis of Orleans and the region.