“Sáenz de Oíza 1918 – 2018” at COAM Madrid

The COAM Architecture Foundation present at the COAM headquarters “Sáenz de Oíza 1918 – 2018”, title of the commemorative exhibition of the birth of the architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza (Cáseda – Navarra 1918), which shows practically all the work of this fundamental figure in Spanish and Madrid architecture in particular.

 

Palacio Congresos Santander, Saénz Oíza © Ana Amado

Palacio Congresos Santander, Saénz Oíza © Ana Amado

 

The exhibition takes place in four rooms. The first collects, in chronological order, both the work built and some ideas not made, along with the diverse material that accompanied the study of work of Oiza, as well as the objects of his family and affection of his home. Three unique works are separated from this atmosphere and constitute other spaces collected here today. (more…)

“Transform” exhibition, Lacaton & Vassal at S AM Basel

For this show, three independent positions have been selected: “99¢ Space” by agps in Santa Ynez (USA), “Cité du Grand Parc” by Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin in Bordeaux (France) and the front structure for “Halle 118” by Baubüro in situ in Winterthur (Switzerland).

 

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

 

Today, the half-life of buildings is decreasing rapidly. When their function changes, they are often simply replaced. However, criticism of this spatial throwaway culture is growing. An ever-increasing number of architects are once again investigating structures’ potential for transformation and, in their reinterpretation, discovering scope for experimentation. To address this topic, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition “Transform” from the 29th of September to the 4th of November 2018.  (more…)

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” at MAXXI Rome

An homage to the recently deceased architect and artist, made through the presentation of architectural drawings in which the unique use of the medium of painting is the instrument through which constructed reality is investigated and revealed.

 

"Dario Passi. Forma Urbis" © Dario Passi

“Dario Passi. Forma Urbis” © Dario Passi

 

Some of the emblematic works that sanctified Dario Passi’s abandonment of architecture in favour of painting will be shown. At the entrance to the Architecture Archives Centre are two large oil canvas paintings, recently acquired, that represent a kind of cultural legacy of Dario Passi, whose activity over time passed from architectural practice, always carried out through high quality graphic representations, to tout-court artistic creation. (more…)

“Mario Bellini. Il disegno del progetto” exhibition at Politecnico di Milano

The exhibition presents over two hundred sketches and drawings made by Mario Bellini and his studio in the last forty years, concerning some of the most significant projects developed in his long and prolific career.

 

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini. Louvre competition © Mario Bellini

 

It is to be considered an introductory review ranging from design to architecture, with some fantastic digressions; four architectural projects in chronological order; nine furniture design projects.Looking at the sequences of drawings, witnesses of the different design paths undergone by Bellini, it is clear that the drawing is the place where the project takes shape. Drawing becomes an instrument of research, of thought, of examination of reality; an effective means of communication to visualize, verify and share an idea; a powerful memory aid, which refers to the personal repository of images and references, stratified over time, which the architect can use – even unconsciously – whenever he undertakes a new interpretative or design adventure. (more…)

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes at Pirelli HangarBicocca

Through her sculptures Leonor Antunes (Lisbon, 1972) reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the Modernist tradition, in its most radical and experimental instances. Thanks to a meticulous research into several projects and works, Antunes, after selecting specific details and fragments, transforms them into new forms and elegant artworks.

 

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view ©  Pirelli HangarBicocca

“The last days in Galliate” Leonor Antunes exhbition view © Pirelli HangarBicocca

 

For her sculptures Antunes prefers to use natural and organic materials on which the traces of time passing remain visible—rope, wood, leather, brass, rubber, and cork, among others—employing artisanal and vernacular techniques in clear opposition to mass production, in an ongoing attempt to preserve and hand down knowledge and traditional skills. (more…)

“Nahum Tevet – Five Rooms” at House of Art of České Budějovice

The České Budějovice House of Art is honored to be the first venue in the Czech Republic to present the work of Israeli artist Nahum Tevet. The work of Nahum Tevet is founded on three main pillars: painting, sculpture, and architecture. One typical feature of his work (both his smaller works as well as his large installations) is a sense of “incompleteness” and working with scale.

 

Nahum Tevet – Five Rooms © České Budějovice House of Art

Nahum Tevet – Five Rooms © České Budějovice House of Art

 

Tevet’s language of archetypal forms resembling objects of everyday use – books, boxes, tables, chairs, beds, boats – possesses multiple meanings through which he asks various questions. His colorful constructions, which change as the viewer moves through the installation, form the foundation for structures that we are incapable of reading as a whole. The aforementioned archetypal forms combine to produce mysterious and restless places filled with multiple meanings and references. One such example is his largest sculpture to date, Seven Walks – a remarkable work created in 1997–2004 that was last exhibited at Munich’s Villa Stuck in late 2017 and early 2018. (more…)

“Manifesto of Prefabrication. BBGK Architekci” at SATELLIT Architektur Galerie Berlin

The apartment building Sprzeczna 4, completed by BBGK Architekci in 2017, is considered a prototype in Poland. With its combination of excellent architecture and quality of execution, it counters the battered reputation that modular construction has in Poland due to the countless concrete housing estates from the communist era.

 

Sprzeczna 4  BBGK Architekci © Juliusz Sokolowski

Sprzeczna 4 BBGK Architekci © Juliusz Sokolowski

 

The multifamily building was built on a small, irregular plot of land – itself an anomaly given the stereotype of the slab block throughout Poland – located within a 19th century block-edge development in the Praga district of Warsaw. The architects made use of various prefabrication technologies, such as the use of large elements, colored exposed concrete with prints and reliefs, electrical installations integrated into the walls, and heated ceiling systems. (more…)

“Arkhè” new exhibition devoted to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection

The new series of exhibitions devoted to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire’s collection, invites the visitor to reconsider the very foundations on which architectural experimentation has been built since the start of the 1950s.

 

Coop Himmelb(l)au Villa Rosa, 1967 Scale model Bois, plastique, plexiglas, métal, peinture, mousse synthétique, polystyrène 44 x 68 x 68 cm 999 01 01 © Philippe Magnon

Coop Himmelb(l)au, Villa Rosa, 1967 Scale model Bois, plastique, plexiglas, métal, peinture, mousse synthétique, polystyrène 44 x 68 x 68 cm © Philippe Magnon

 

This first phase called “Arkhè”, looks back over contemporary interpretations of architecture’s founding myth. From the teachings of Vitruvius, in the 1st century BC, to Reyner Banham’s flamboyant and resolutely pop iconoclasm, architecture has not ceased unveiling its origins: primitive hut or first fire, woven canvas or sculpted monument, garden of Eden or mother’s womb… Behind each model, behind each new start, is a certain vision of man: the first architecture prescribes what the last man will be. (more…)

“Mai 68. L’architecture aussi!” at Citè de l’Architecture

The exhibition “Mai 68. L’architecture aussi!” invites to revisit this fifteen years (1962-1977) which supposed the renewal of the society but also the appearence of a new architecture and urbanism. 

 

Dessins et jeux sur un parking quartier des sablons, 1968 © Jacques Windenberger

Dessins et jeux sur un parking quartier des sablons, 1968 © Jacques Windenberger

 

The directions taken by architecture and its teaching from the mid-1960s are multiple and intersections sometimes dangerous. The first major disturbances broke out at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts around 1966. They were accompanied by a demand for the most advanced students of architecture for the “capital” theory and for, at the end, a status of intellectuals , based on the decisive contribution of the human sciences in the training of architects. (more…)

“Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface” at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

The Vitra Design Museum exhibition “Christien Meindertsma: Beyond the Surface”, is the Dutch designer’s first solo presentation outside her native country. The exhibition will be shown from 18 August 2018 until 20 January 2019 at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery.

 

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

Production Chain for »Flax Chair« Christien Meindertsma (2015)

 

For Christien Meindertsma, the creation of a product is only one element of the design process. In her unique approach, she explores the mechanisms of modern industrial production, undertaking expeditions to factories and conducting meticulous detective work at waste disposal sites and workshops – while bringing her unquenchable thirst for knowledge to interviews with the protagonists of these adventures. The exhibition focuses on Christien Meindertsma’s work with the materials of wool, flax, incinerator bottom ash and recycled wool. On display are projects such as the »One Sheep Sweater« (2010) – for which she produced garments from the coats of individual sheep – or the »Flax Chair« (2015), an innovative, sustainable piece of furniture made from a now rarely used material, which was nominated for the New Material Award (2016) and won the Dutch Design Award (2016). (more…)