CIVA Brussels presents “(re)compose the city” exhibition

The exhibition considers the period of reflection on the North-South Connection, from 1836 to 1952, as a town planning laboratory to turn Brussels into the capital of Belgium. The exhibition is based on several unbuilt projects that highlight this period, selected from entries of competitions, research works and other controversial approaches, preserved in the Civa archives.


Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

Zuidstation, Lucien de Vestel, [1936], ingebed in Brussel, 2018 © Marie TROSSAT

The North-South Connection is generally seen as a trauma in the belief of Brussels denizens, a major error and the result of a lack of a strong-willed and coherent urban policy. The reflection on this railway layout linking the city’s North and South stations actually led to a broader town planning approach on the scale of Brussels – from its beginnings, in fact, in 1836, because this layout is closely linked to the creation of a station in the heart of the city. This aim persisted when construction work on the tunnel resumed in 1935, because the choice of an open trench required recomposing the urban structure over more than two kilometers in length. (more…)

“Colosseum. An Icon” discovering the history of the Roman monument

The Colosseum tells its own story for the first time in a major exhibition. From March 8, 2017, to January 7, 2018, in the ambulacrum of the second level, the millions of visitors to the Flavian amphitheater will be able to explore the whole history of the monument.


Colosseo - Un'icona. Photo: A. Jemolo © ELECTA

Colosseo – Un’icona. Photo: A. Jemolo © ELECTA


The event Colosseum. An Icon goes beyond recounting its history under the Caesars to retrace the site’s long and intense life over the centuries. From the bustling yet little-known commercial, residential and religious activities that characterized the Colosseum in the Middle Ages to the fascination exerted over the great architects and painters of the Renaissance. (more…)

“Tours et Détours: The History of La Défense (1883-1989)”

The Departmental Council of Hauts-de-Seine present, in partnership with Defacto, “Tours et detours: the history of La Défense (1883-1989)”, an exhibition on the history and architecture of the business district of La Défense in Departmental Archives of Nanterre.


Le CNIT et le rond-point de la Défense en 1958. Archives départementales des Hauts-de-Seine

Le CNIT et le rond-point de la Défense en 1958. Archives départementales des Hauts-de-Seine


The opening of the exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Tower (now RTE Nexity), the first offices to be built according to the initial development plan for the district of La Défense. Thanks to some outstanding original documents showcased in the exhibition, it will be possible to understand how, in a century, the territory of La Défence has experienced a true urban revolution. (more…)

“The lives of the Pavilion. Intermittent account of an essential space” at Barcelona Pavilion

The exhibition will be located on the esplanade between the Magic Fountain on Montjuïc and the Pavilion, thereby establishing a constant reference to the work by Mies van der Rohe and its setting, structured around three nuclei that represent each of the lives of the Pavilion.


"The lives of the Pavilion" exhibition view © Pepo Segura

“The lives of the Pavilion” exhibition view © Pepo Segura


This is an intermittent account that combines presence with absence. It is an interrupted history, beset with uncertainty from the very beginning, a pavilion that the German authorities did not decide to build until the last minute and which was constructed hastily in less than three months, and a reconstruction, the fulfilment of a desire on the part of several generations, the positive outcome of a handful of trials, errors and false starts. (more…)

The Barcelona Pavilion’s «lost drawings», for the first time in Bologna

On the occasion of the Bologna Design Week, ABC presents the unpublished drawings of the Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe to represent Germany at the Universal Exhibition of 1929, as drawn by his assistant Ruegenberg after the originals were destroyed during WWII.


Postcard sent by Sergius Ruegenberg to Mario Ciamitti: "Portrait of Mies Van der Rohe"

Postcard sent by Sergius Ruegenberg to Mario Ciamitti: “Portrait of Mies Van der Rohe”


ABC, an association who is always ready to acknowledge and work on the proposals from the creative sectors  of the city of Bologna, will open the fall season on September 24, at 18.30, with the exhibition “The Barcelona Pavilion in Bologna. A history of designs by Mies van der Rohe to Ruegenberg “, open until 24 October 2015. (more…)

“A History. Art, Architecture, Design from the 1980s until today” at Centre Pompidou

A History, a new presentation of the Centre Pompidou contemporary collections, proposes an interpretation of art inspired by the very way in which artists have positioned themselves in relation to the profound changes in the last thirty years.


Kengo Kuma, Model for the CG Prostho Museum Research Center, Kasugaishi, Japan, 2008-2010 Acrylic, 27.5 x 59.4 x 42 cm, scale 1/50, weight 5 kg musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Centre Pompidou, mnam/cci

Kengo Kuma, Model for the CG Prostho Museum Research Center, Kasugaishi, Japan, 2008-2010 Acrylic, 27.5 x 59.4 x 42 cm, scale 1/50, weight 5 kg musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris © Centre Pompidou, mnam/cci

The new presentation of the contemporary collections of the Centre Pompidou, provides an overview of contemporary art since the Eighties through a circuit of almost 400 works and objects by nearly 200 artists, architects and designers. With paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, films, drawings, photographs, architecture and design, this new presentation offers a new approach to the art of the last thirty years.