“Gordon Matta-Clark. Anarchitect” at Jeu de Paume

Featuring one hundred artworks by Gordon Matta-Clark, the exhibition “Anarchitect” explores the importance of Matta-Clark’s practice towards a rethinking of architecture after modernism. Embracing a diversity of media that include photography, film and printmaking, the exhibition features a number of works related to contemporary urban culture that further contextualize Gordon Matta-Clark’s compelling critique of architecture.

 

Conical Intersect 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris

Conical Intersect, 1975, Gordon Matta-Clark, Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark et David Zwirner, New York / Londres / Hong Kong. © 2018 The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / ADAGP, Paris

 

Soon after completing his studies at Cornell University School of Architecture (1962-1968), Matta-Clark moved to New York and started developing a series of artworks in situ that seemed to perform an anatomy of sorts on the very body of the urban landscape by literally cutting structures apart and exhibiting the remnants as demonstration. (more…)

“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris

The exhibition by French photographer François Prost  will present 4 series produced between 2013 and 2017: After Party, Faubourg, Champs Élysées & Paris Syndrome. AfterParty recounts facades of French nightclubs, photographed in the light of day. These nightclubs, still in activity, are then under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the night atmosphere give way to a more standard and less glittery reality. 

 

"Photostories" exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris © François Prost

“Photostories” exhibition by François Prost at Superette Gallery Paris © François Prost

 

The After Party series presents facades of French nightclubs, photographed in daylight. These nightclubs, still running, are shown under a different face: neon and other sulphurous attributes peculiar to the nocturnal atmosphere that give way to a more standard and less spangled reality. The Faubourg series presents facades of Ile de France buildings from so-called sensitive areas. These buildings, erected in the 1960s, at the time of the large complexes were built to increase the housing stock and to give the middle / upper class all the modern comforts of the time. (more…)

“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…)

“Territory in movement” exhibition by OFICINA URBANA at la Galerie d’Architecture

Urban life is today the scenario for high-impact processes and tensions, and an urban designer is a guide that will set courses and lead the future ways and behaviors for these changes, transforming them into a new memorable event.

 

"Territory in movement" OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

“Territory in movement” OFICINA URBANA © la Galerie d’Architecture

 

This dialogue on projects is not a content in itself: it is an open process, taking place through successive interactions, which in its evolution celebrates the variety of disciplines that allow for the construction of that space. (more…)

“Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at Château du Rochechouart

The exhibition “Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art returns through new installations, older writings, wall drawings and sound documents, on the career of Yona Friedman. We rediscover a work between architecture and contemporary art, poetic and philosophical, with universal scope.

 

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

 

Born in Hungary in 1923, Yona Friedman has spent over 60 years reconsidering architecture and specifically the way we live together as a society. His holistic thinking resonates today with many major concerns such as dwindling natural resources, overpopulation, poverty, ecological issues and remodelling of homes and landscapes. (more…)

“Formes et Lumière” exhibition by Gitty Darugar

Form, function, light, and color are the concerns of architects and their constructive creations. In her photographs of the buildings of the architect Christian de Portzamparc, the photographer Gitty Darugar interprets these physical structures in abstraction – an abstraction of light and color that crystallizes these forms into compositions of unanticipated beauty.

 

"Formes et Lumière" Gitty Darugar © La Galerie d’Architecture

“Formes et Lumière” Gitty Darugar © La Galerie d’Architecture

 

The architect’s three-dimensional elements are, of course, present, but we do not see these «man-made» shapes until Darugar’s magical photographic eye has transformed them into two dimensions. Her architectural photographs demonstrate not only how Architecture and Nature imitate one another – but also how, through Darugar’s work, this dialogue can achieve further creative expression in photography. (more…)

“Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France. Portrait of a project 1988 – 1998” at BnF

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has given its architect Dominique Perrault ‘carte blanche’ to develop an exhibition dedicated to the building he designed in 1989 : with an original ‘mise en abyme’, a large-scale scenography presents the story of the conception and construction of the BnF, one of the most important contemporary public buildings in France.

 

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France  © Dominique Perrault Architecte

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France © Dominique Perrault Architecte

 

“I wish to be launched the construction and fitting-out of the – or one of the – biggest libraries in the world, of a completely new type.” announced François Mitterrand, the then President of the French Republic on July 14th 1988. In 1989, architect Dominique Perrault, aged only 36, was the winner of the international competition. After the Grand Louvre, the Opéra Bastille or the Institut du monde arabe, this new project located outside of Paris historical districts completed the policy of large public works projects led during the two seven-year terms of François Mitterrand. The architect’s mission was to create ‘a symbolic place for Paris and a library for France’, a place open to all, which is both a public area for passing through and the beginning of an initiatory journey. (more…)

Public Condenser in Saclay by Muoto Architecture

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

 

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The building directly and effectively expresses and illustrates the energy contained in the process of planning this living and breathing space. The vertical public space was conceived thanks to a subtle and clever arrangement of heavily glassed spaces. This general sense of transparency makes the structure the centre of the project and affords it a potent and unmistakeable presence.” (more…)

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a concentric structure in concrete defines the building’s layout. The result is a plan without a corridor, consisting only of a set of rooms with the double-height interior. Dwellings are surrounded by outdoor spaces that give them a high quality of interior.

 

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The structure provides a number of convincing solutions to the matter of tower blocks and high-rises. Without doubt, this project is best described as an oxymoron: compact/bright, bars/flexible, rational/diverse, concrete/scalability. A work there to serve its inhabitants, where the architect has wisely fused classic and modern culture.” (more…)

“Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” exhibition at Citè de l’Architecture

The exhibition focus on how architects have participated, alongside geographers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists… to discover the Globe and the cosmos, as well as their representation. And how, in return, this major discovery has haunted and still haunts architecture, from Adam Olearius (xvııe) to Rem Koolhaas to Buckminster Fuller.

 

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

 

This is the architecture presented in a very beautiful posture: a knowledge and a trade at the crossroads of arts and sciences. “Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” shows how architects were actors in the discovery of the world, bearers of universal aspirations, designers of monuments of knowledge. How they invented the first observatories or planetariums, adjusting their knowledge to that of scientists to meet a constructive challenge: to build large spherical volumes. In 90 major pieces, the exhibition tells the epic of spectacular buildings, carrying a humanist project of conquest and transmission of knowledge, and the adventures of architects with an exceptional destiny, in turn companions of scientists, utopians to their account, as CN Ledoux, directors of the Power as also sometimes inventors-jugglers of the Universal Expositions. (more…)