“Wang Shu, Lu Wenyu. Amateur Architecture Studio” at Arc en Rêve Bordeaux

Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu develop a radically different approach to majority architecture in China as opposed to Chinese architectural traditionalism and an often destructive modernity from which they emancipate themselves.

 

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

Complexe Culturel, Fuyang, 2016 © Iwan-Baan

 

Arc en rêve centre d’architecture presents a major exhibition devoted to the work of Chinese architects Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu from 31 May to 28 October in the Large Gallery. Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu, with their firm Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, have developed an approach that is radically different from most Chinese architecture. Freeing themselves from Chinese architectural traditionalism and often destructive modernity, they have established new practices that are both inventive and critical. (more…)

“Zài Xīng Tǔ Mù: Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects” at AEDES

The exhibition reflects on the physical and curatorial positioning of museums as drivers of progress within the socio-political and cultural landscape in China today. Tasks and aims associated with museums and cultural spaces are examined against the backdrop of today’s global, digital, urban and demographic challenges.

 

Intangible Heritage Museum in Suzhou  © Chen Hao, Vector Architects

Intangible Heritage Museum in Suzhou © Chen Hao, Vector Architects

 

Already 15 years ago, the Aedes exhibition ‘TU-MU’ presented the first generation of independent architects from China – first in Berlin and later in Shanghai – thus bringing them to international attention and acknowledgement. When Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu attended the opening at Aedes in Berlin in 2001, it was his first time outside of China. Ai Weiwei for whom ‘TU-MU’ was the first exhibition in Germany, is now an artist of international fame.

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“Ai Weiwei. Translocation – Transformation” at 21er Haus

21er Haus presents Ai Weiwei first major solo exhibition in Austria. As a conceptual artist, documentarian and activist, his works deal not only critically with the history, culture and politics of his homeland China, they also react to social realities of migration between countries and continents.

 

Ai Weiwei, Lu 鯥, 2015 © Belvedere, Vienna

Ai Weiwei, Lu 鯥, 2015 © Belvedere, Vienna

 

This is the first time Ai Weiwei’s work will be shown in such a comprehensive exhibition within Austria. Entitled translocation – transformation, the show was conceived through a collaboration with the artist and will extend far beyond the scope of a mere solo exhibition. Not only does it feature aspects of Ai Weiwei’s life, the show also addresses current social issues, which affect us all”, explains Agnes Husslein-Arco, the director of the Belvedere and the 21er Haus. Central to translocation – transformation is the metamorphosis provoked by expulsion, migration, and deliberate change of location that is undergone by people and objects alike. The subject of transformation pervades throughout the life and work of Ai Weiwei; from his childhood, his beginnings in New York, his return to China, his time under house arrest, until his release from state custody and his migration to Berlin.

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