“Guardiola House” Peter Eisenman at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

The Guardiola House (1986-1988) evokes traces left by decomposing the movements of a form sliding along a slope, much like a wave on the sand. Designed for Cadiz bay in Spain, the housing project is the result of operations that manipulate (rotation, displacement, superposition, shift) a basic geometrical figure: the cube.

 

"Guardiola House" Peter Eisenmann at Frac Centre-Val de Loire © Peter Eisenmann

“Guardiola House” Peter Eisenmann at Frac Centre-Val de Loire © Peter Eisenmann

 

Peter Eisenman is an internationally renowned architect, theorist and teacher, who made his mark during the 1980s in United States as a leading figure in deconstructive architecture. The constant parallel he established between philosophy and linguistics allowed him to rethink architecture’s history, along with its functioning and limits, inventing configurations that intensify the user’s spatial and temporal experience. (more…)

“Patrick Bouchain” exhibition at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

On the occasion of the donation of his archives to the Frac Centre- Val de Loire, a retrospective exhibition will retrace 4 decades of creation, pay tribute to his methodology, showcase years of learning and teaching, and highlight his political commitment to architecture.

 

Patrick Bouchain, Accadémie Fratelleni, 2002. Photographie : Michel Denancé

Patrick Bouchain, Accadémie Fratelleni, 2002. Photographie : Michel Denancé

 

The exhibition will seek to describe the process behind his work as an “architectural director”, resulting in interpretational and experimental buildings with “high human qualities”. Special attention will be paid to his drawings, and an exhaustive presentation of the scale models of his projects will showcase the full extent of his work. (more…)

“Repairs” exhibition at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

“Repairs” is a group exhibition bringing works by Kader Attia – Arab Spring, 2014, Indépendance Tchao, 2014, and Mimesis as Resistance, Measure and Control, 2013 – face to face with works from the Frac Centre collection: Shigeru Ban, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Daniel Buren, John Hejduk, Tadashi Kawamata, Daniel Libeskind, Miguel Palma, Massinissa Selmani, among others.

 

Miguel Palma, Ecosystema, 1995 © André Morin

Miguel Palma, Ecosystema, 1995 © André Morin

 

Kader Attia conducts collisions between two worlds of repair: Europe and non-western worlds. ‘Repairs, in traditional cultures, are visible measures, renewal that changes the early form of the object forever. In the modern western world, in contrast, repair is synonymous with a return to the initial state of things and the elimination of the wound.’


 

Practical information

“Repairs”
April 28 – August 06, 2017
Frac Centre
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
France

 


The exhibition kicks off with Ecosystéma by Miguel Palma. In the first, the ecosystem proposed reveals the tensions between cycles and recycling between the environment, industry and mankind. Later, Indépendance Tchao by Kader Attia emerges as the fallen dream of 1960s separatist utopianism. At the end, Arab Spring stages the reality of art that turns into destruction.

 

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

 

Between these two destructions – reconstructions, islets lend order to the route. The precariousness of Tadashi Kawamata’s architecture blends into the immediate surroundings. Those by Shigeru Ban are a ‘fragile’ response to the fragility of the world. The models of Daniel Libeskind’s project reveal the potential future for a district of Berlin in a state of abandon since war damage. The Angel Catcher by John Hejduk, 1991, a monumental sculptural prosthetic system, attempts to catch the fallen angels of our dreams.

 

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014 © Oak Taylor-Smith

 

The installation 1000 villages, 2015, by Massinissa Selmani is a bitter criticism of Algeria’s utopian dream in the 1970s. Photographs by Bernd & Hilla Becher observe the ruins of industrial society while photomontages by Alina Slesinska & Eustachy Kossakowski are an attempt to move away from modernist ideology. Elsewhere in the exhibition, the ‘graft’ carried out by Daniel Buren in the courtyard of the Palais Royal, in Paris, Les deux plateaux, 1986, serves as a scarification inverting and deforming the classical architecture to reveal the substructure.

 

Daniel Libeskind, Projection Psycho-Cybernétique de Berlin, 1988 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Projection Psycho-Cybernétique de Berlin, 1988 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

 

The exhibition is an opportunity for visitors to engage by focusing and reflecting on the repair of the world continually highlighted by works of art and architecture.

 

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Buren, Les 2 plateaux. Aménagement de la Cour du Palais Royal, Paris, 1986 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

 

POLITICAL SPRINGS 2017

With its Political Springs, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire wants to propose an open and living debate about the problematics and the challenges of our world, our common questions connected to creation and to the art of building our own society. This spring, invited pieces of art, happenings and words of creative thinkers, artists, philosophers, political women and men raise current topics wich are regarding each of us : the injury, the hospitality, the democracy. Starting from the premise that pieces of art are not mutually exclusive about the triviality of our world : at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire, springs are political.

 

John Hejduk, The Angel Catcher © François Lauginie, Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

John Hejduk, The Angel Catcher © François Lauginie, Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Eustachy Kossakowski, Cirque, 1961© Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Eustachy Kossakowski, Cirque, 1961 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Kossakowski Eustachy, Pont II, 1961 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Alina Slesinska et Kossakowski Eustachy, Pont II, 1961 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Tadashi Kawamata, Sans titre, 1994 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Tadashi Kawamata, Sans titre, 1994 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

Daniel Libeskind, Berlin City Edge, Bauausstellung Site Model, 1987 © Olivier Martin-Gambier

 

Artists and architects: Kader Attia, Shigeru Ban, Daniel Buren, Bernd & Hilla Becher, John Hejduk, Tadashi Kawamata, Alina Slesinska & Eustachy Kossakowski, Minimaforms & Krzysztof Wodiczko, Daniel Libeskind, Miguel Palma, Massinissa Selmani.


 

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Architectural nomadism on focus at “Partir” exhibition

This year’s FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s “Rendez-vous de l’histoire” (“History meetings”) has been organized in collaboration with CAUE Loir-et-Cher at a very special venue: the Blois Royal Castle.

 

Yona Friedman, Ville spatiale, 1959 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans - Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans - Photo : François Lauginie

Yona Friedman, Ville spatiale, 1959 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans – Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans – Photo : François Lauginie

 

The 2016-2017 events programme opens with this new exhibition, “Partir” (“Leaving“), which brings together the works of many French architects that have questioned and observed mankind’s evolution towards nomadism from the 1950’s until now. (more…)

“Traversées Urbaines” at Frac PACA, Marseille

The selection of videos in this exhibition brings together the production of artists and architects for whom the city is a subject of analysis as much as as a field of intervention.

 

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1975 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1975 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans

 

It creates a dialogue among contemporary works with  proposals from the 1960-1970’s radical movement: close to Arte Povera, conceptual art, body art and land art, European and American radical architects start creating urban performances; they activate prototypes that work as sensory environments by locating them in public spaces, developing an approach both action-bound and sociological towards urban space. (more…)

“The City, Faraway” at Frac Centre

In April 2016, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire inaugurates its new artistic and cultural project with the exhibition “The City, Faraway”, an exhibition conceived like a narrative in four acts, in Orléans, Rouen, Montpellier and Marseille.

 

Stazione spaziale - Ritorni, 2010. Luca Galofaro © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

Stazione spaziale – Ritorni, 2010. Luca Galofaro © Frac Centre. La ville au loin

 

The exhibition proposes a plunge into the seething life of the city, trying to capture both the intimacy of a street corner and the vastness of cityscapes. Now that the Earth has become a set of urban localities, how are local systems installed, how do hopes about what is far away resist and persist? The path of this show is situated in the interstice.

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(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)”

The highlight of the events programmed is a week-long workshop carried out by Peaks, a French architecture office, with the help of high-schoolers of Orléans.

 

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(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)” © FRAC – Les Turbulences

 

The regional center for contemporary arts in Orléans, France -namely Les Turbulences FRAC Centre, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects in 2013- is ending its summer activities with a final line-up of events that will take place from the 16th to the 20th of september.

FRAC will bring to an end the Relief(s) cycle of exhibitions and activities, coinciding with the official European Heritage Days, with a “(mini)Festival” in which futuristic architecture and contemporary arts will be joined by a festive and exciting program, organized in partnership with L’Astrolabe, CCNO and CDN.

 


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013


 

Workshop

Workshop “Construction and evolution of Systèmes des Objets” by Peaks
16/09/2015 — 20/09/2015

Showing a desire to offer a generous place for the young architectural scene, the cycle Relief(s) invites the four architects of Peaks to appropriate the Galerie des Turbulences and the Frac Centre’s spaces.
This weeklong workshop will be an opportunity to produce an evolving arrangement, which can be used by the public and adapted to the programme of events that will be held during the week of the (mini)Festival.

The produced surfaces will trigger alternative actions and uses, serving as an evolving floor for concerts, lectures, discussions and performances.

In an ongoing state of reconfiguration, the Turbulences will be transformed every day by architects and young participants from the Pothier High school (Orléans).

 

Peaks

Peaks is a group of four French architects formed in 2013 by Charles Aubertin, Camille Dupont, Samuel Jaubert de Beaujeu et Eva Maloisel.

Their experiments seek to create the conditions of a new relation between users and architectural space. Through the constant dismantling and reassembly of a series of scenographic arrangements, they broadly question the contem¬porary practice of architecture through its relation to users, to the programme, to matter and to its own history.

Their collaboration has given rise to a series of projects involving the occupation of spaces executed in institutional settings (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Bozar in Brussels), as well as propositions made for international competitions (120H, IMOA). Peaks is currently involved in the realization of private and public commission projects.

 


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013


 

Events programme

Exhibition “Reverse of volume FC” by Yasuaki Onishi
10/04/2015—20/09/2015

Exhibition “Gérard Singer”
10/04/2015—20/09/2015

Conference “Un créateur doublement engagé : Gérard Singer”
Conference by Jean-Luc Daval, historian and art critic.
With the presence of Claudette Singer.
16/09/2015, 17h

Free workshop visits
Discover the Galerie des Turbulences, which will change everyday through the interventions of the architects and students!

Flash Visits all day long
Discover the Turbulences accompanied by a mediator (every hour, 30-minute visits)

Pop Up Atelier
Experiment pop-up and make a souvenir-letter!

 

… and many more! Check the whole week’s programme here, or download the brochure


 

Visitor information

FRAC _ Les Turbulences
88 rue du Colombier
45000 Orléans, France

(mini)Festival
From Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 September : 12h-19h
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September : 10h-19h
Entrance via Boulevard Rocheplatte
Free admission

 


Images and information courtesy of FRAC – Les Turbulences

Relief(s), cycle of exhibitions and events at Les Turbulences – Frac Centre

A group show titled Reliefs – Architecturing the Horizon will create a dialogue between the FRAC Centre’s collection and contemporary art, emerging and recognized alike.

 

Yasuaki Onishi, reverse of volume RG, 2012 - Commission Rice University Art Gallery - Photographie  Nash Baker

Yasuaki Onishi, reverse of volume RG, 2012 – Commission Rice University Art Gallery – Photographie Nash Baker

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In spring 2015, Les Turbulences – Frac Centre will be inaugurating a new cycle of exhibitions and events titled Relief(s). As a sign and as a mythical object, the mountain is a geographical category of the common sense which summons up a collective and universal imagination. For architecture, this “ultimate form of relief” represents a pure otherness, a form of resistance that is in a state of tension with its original programme of analysis and organization of the world.

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“The City as a Vision” prospective urban concepts from last fifty years in Frac Centre, Orléans

[19/09/2014-22/02/2015] Following historical projects taken from the FRAC Centre’s own collection, the exhibition also presents contemporary schemes by NLÉ, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, and many others.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

Sou Fujimoto Architects Souk Mirage, 2013 © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image Courtesy of FRAC Centre

 

Divided into two sections – one historical, the other prospective – this exhibition pays tribute to historian and critic Michel Ragon who, in his books Où vivrons-nous demain? [Where will we live tomorrow?] (1963) and Prospective et Futurologie[Forecasting and Futurology] (1978), gave an introduction to the issues of experimental architecture – a field that lies at the heart of the Frac Centre’s collection. (more…)