“The Map and the Territory” at Jeu de Paume

This first retrospective of photographs taken outside his native Italy by Luigi Ghirri (1943- 1992) focuses on the 1970s. It covers a decade in which Luigi Ghirri produced a corpus of colour photographs unparalleled in Europe at that time.

 

Rimini, 1977, Luigi Ghirri © Succession Luigi Ghirri

 

Luigi Ghirri, who was a trained surveyor, began taking photographs at weekends in the early 1970s, devising projects and themes as he roamed up and down the streets, the piazzas and the suburbs of Modena. He cast an attentive and affectionate eye on the signs of the outside world, observing, without openly commenting on them, the changes wrought by humans to the landscape and the housing in the Reggio Emilia, his province of birth. It was a barometer for a local vernacular exposed to the advent of new forms of housing, leisure and advertising. “I am interested in ephemeral architecture, in the provincial world, in objects generally regarded as bad taste, as kitsch, but which have never been that for me, in objects charged with desires, dreams, collective memories […], windows, mirrors, stars, palm trees, atlases, globes, books, museums and human beings seen through images.” (more…)

“A room elsewhere. Architects’ hotels” at Villa Noailles

Whether they are developed within the framework of an architecture diploma, a biennial, a research project or a more conventional commission, the projects chosen for the exhibition “A Room Elsewhere” belong to both the phantasmagoria of the hotel as a locus for possibilities far from home, whilst also exhibiting a desire to find new means of hospitality that are far removed from the established norms.

 

pila (papageorgiou ilias architecture) veiled, concept, pavillon grec, biennale internationale d’architecture de venise, 2014 sous la canopée

 

As far away as the notion of travel has existed, having at one’s disposal a place to sleep has cadenced and conditioned people’s movements. In the west, industrial society developed a means of contractual hospitality which grants access to a domestic space when far from home, for a price. A comfortable and safe domesticity accessible anywhere, hotel rooms become the sine qua non condition for a boom in diplomacy, tourism, and commercial trade. “From one end of the planet to another, the traveller knows what to expect […] he can find the illusion of familiarity and calm his anxieties anywhere.” (more…)

“Suburban Transformations. Building The Metropolis with its inhabitants” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

Suburban areas are the product of democratization of ownership during unprecedented urban growth in the 20th Century. They now take up the majority of developed areas in the Greater Paris region.

 

“Suburban Transformations. Building The Metropolis with its inhabitants” at Pavillon de l’Arsenal © Laurent Grandadam

 

Property scarcity is one of the main problems when it comes to building new housing and the hike of real estate prices. This exhibition/research explores the untapped potential of suburban areas for the development of another housing production model based on a domestic scale. (more…)

“Where is my friend’s house?” at Maison des Arts de Malakoff

The exhibition “Where is my friend’s house?”, is a continuation of the commitments made by the Maison des Arts de Malakoff, and in its desire to present and address topics related to the news. By bringing together some twenty artists from the contemporary Syrian scene, the art center intends to offer artists a dialogue and the opportunity to testify.

 

Bissane Al Charif et Mohamad Omran : Sans ciel, 2014, film en stop-motion

 

A poetic nod to Abbas Kiarostami’s 1987 film, “Where is my friend’s house?” addresses the issue of loss and forced exile but also reconstruction, between memories, dreams and nightmares. Lost house, destroyed house, dream house, home invented … each of the artists with its history, its fractures and its humor, its poetry and its revolt, makes emerge a vibrant and sensitive world that tells us something else of the reality. (more…)

“Madrid, October 68: The Spanish experimental scene” at Frac Centre-Val de Loire

In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960’s and 1980’s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation.

 

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

 

These pioneers formed a community whose – collective – experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines. The first computer at the Spanish university made its appearance in 1968, marking the beginning of the Computing Center’s activities. After decades of cultural isolation, artists, architects and musicians began reflecting on the uses of computers within their creative processes. The Computing Center became the most significant space for creative freedom at the end of the dictatorship, thus asserting itself as a collective structure for experimentation, in a context where gathering together “had a special, almost subversive meaning.” (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…)

“Interactions” exhibition by Groupe-6 at la Galerie d’Architecture

For almost  50 years, Groupe-6 has taken  a collective  approach to developing its architectures, designing a wide variety of schemes in France and in Europe. The firm’s creations testify to its expertise in constructing the most complex  projects and its commitment to an architecture that serves the public good. It has no set hallmark; its signature is a process, not a specific style.

 

Logements " Casanova", Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

Logements ” Casanova”, Chartres, France, Groupe 6 Architectes, 2017 © Groupe-6

 

The architectures Groupe-6 designs are resolutely interactive in the way they infuse into their setting and in their potential for appropriation. This dialectic between form and openness is their common denominator. Through a panorama of the firm’s projects and buildings, presented through models, drawings, interviews and films, the exhibition  reveals the true face of Groupe-6. (more…)

“Tubology – Our lives in tubes” at FRAC Grand Large

Tubes are everywhere! Inside us – we’re made of tubes: auditory, digestive, bronchial and so on and so forth. All around us – in our Hauts-de-France Region you can hardly ignore the factory chimneys still standing up and down the coast. Outside us – the pipes and post-industrial cables that mean we can be connected and linked up with each other, with all the potential for doing things remotely offered by the Internet.

 

"Tubology - Our lives in tubes" exhibition view © FRAC

“Tubology – Our lives in tubes” exhibition view © FRAC

 

But here’s the thing: all this striving not to “go down the tubes” is generating an ecological emergency. So what kinds of mental, social and environmental ecologies do we need to take proper care of ourselves and others, humans and non-humans (animals, plants, minerals, etc.)? How can we do away with local and global hierarchies within the system of overall interconnectivity that is our lot today? (more…)

“In Tune with the World” at Louis Vuitton Foundation

Throughout the galleries of the Frank Gehry building, “In Tune with the World” (11th April – 27th August 2018) unveils a new selection of artists from the collection, of several different mediums, bringing together modern and contemporary works, most of which have never before been exhibited in these spaces.

 

François Morellet, vue d’installation, accrochage "Au diapason du monde" - Nouvelle sélection de notre Collection, galerie 6, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, du 11 avril au 27 août 2018. © Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

François Morellet, vue d’installation, accrochage “Au diapason du monde” – Nouvelle sélection de notre Collection, galerie 6, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, du 11 avril au 27 août 2018. © Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

 

Ever since the first exhibition of emblematic works from its collection, during the 2014 inauguration of the building designed by Frank Gehry, Fondation Louis Vuitton has regularly exhibited different selections of works following the Collection’s four distinct predetermined categories: Contemplative, Expressionist, Pop, Music & Sound (2014/2016), or groups of works from specific events dedicated to China (2016) and Africa (2017). (more…)