“Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” at La Triennale di Milano

Broken Nature is an in-depth exploration of the strands that connect humans to the natural environment that have been intensely compromised, if not entirely severed, over the years.

 

Llareta #0308-2B31 (Up to 3,000 years old ; Atacama Desert, Chile), from The Oldest Living Things in the World by Rachel Sussman

 

By casting a wide net on architecture and design projects, the exhibition will underline the concept of restorative design, highlighting objects and concepts at all scales that reconsider human beings’ relationship with their environments – including both natural and social ecosystems. (more…)

“I See That I See What You Don’t See” at La Triennale di Milano

The Dutch contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano comprises a programme of events in both Milan and Rotterdam, and a publication. It takes the complex relationships between light and dark, between seeing and not seeing, as a starting point for an exploration of their conflicting effects on humans, the Earth and other organisms.

 

Panorama I See That I See What You Don’t See, Rudy Guedj, 2019 © Daria Scagliola

 

The Netherlands is one of the most illuminated countries on the globe. Its productive landscape – dependent on data, technology and energy – illustrates a 24 hour economy that emphasises efficiency and growth. At the same time, this Cartesian territory reflects the changing relationship with the natural rhythms connected to, and affected by, the cycles of light and darkness. In a world that is always switched on, the traditional dichotomy between day and night no longer seems relevant in terms of productivity, while the experience of clear, starry skies has become a rarity. (more…)

“Re-build in the built environment” at La Triennale di Milano

In the European year dedicated to Cultural Heritage, from 14 December to 20 January 2019, the Triennale di Milano hosts an exhibition that stages the relationship between contemporary architecture, historical protection, philological valorization and built heritage.

 

Morgan Library | New York | Renzo Piano Building Workshop © RPBW

 

Curated by Simona Galateo, “Re-build in the built environment” presents a series of international projects, told through technical drawings, design elements and photographs by Giovanna Silva. The exhibition was also the occasion for the Triennale di Milano to realize with Capoferriun an intervention in the structure of the exhibition hall: the reopening of the three original windows designed by Giovanni Muzio in 1933, the first step towards the rereading and the return of the architectural system to its original design. (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…)

El Equipo Mazzanti in Alghero “We play, you play”

The exhibition “We Play, You Play” is imagined as a Role-Playing in which the visitor engages in different activities and events and becomes an active player rather than a just an observer. The randomness of the game itself allows to break the routine to experience an alternative reality where rules and procedures generate new behaviors.

 

"We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti" © Equipo Mazzanti

“We play, you play. El Equipo Mazzanti” © Equipo Mazzanti

 

We wanted to create an exhibition made out of the actions produced by the user rather than a display of architectural images meant to be observed. The goal is to allow the visitor to become a member of the El Equipo Mazzanti as he/she adopts the role of the architect by working with his/her own hands. By playing with a set of pieces and rearranging in different manners the office’s built projects, the visitor is capable to understand the rules and protocols that organize our architecture which is often planned as an open system composed by pieces and modules.

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“Machines à penser” at Fondazione Prada Venice

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Machines à penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, exploring the correlation between conditions of exile, escape and retreat and physical or mental places which favor reflection, thought and intellectual production.

 

"Machines à penser" exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

“Machines à penser” exhibition view at Fondazione Prada Venice © Mattia Balsamini

 

“Machines à penser” focuses on three major philosophers of the 20th century: Theodor W. Adorno (1903-1969), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). The latter two shared a life-long need for intellectual isolation: Heidegger spent long periods of his life in a secluded hut in the village of Todtnauberg in the Black Forest in Germany, whilst Wittgenstein retreated on several occasions to a small mountain cabin situated in a fjord in Skjolden, Norway. Adorno, on the other hand, was forced into exile from his native Germany during by the Nazi regime, first to Oxford and then to Los Angeles, where he wrote Minima Moralia, a collection of aphorisms that also reflects on the fate of forced emigration. These reflections inspired the installation conceived by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay in 1987 titled Adorno’s Hut, a centerpiece of the exhibition alongside architectural reconstructions of the actual huts of Heidegger and Wittgenstein. (more…)

“The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931” at Le Stanze del Vetro

The autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO will highlight the importance of the M.V.M. Cappellin glassworks between the 1920s and 1930s, thanks also to the contribution made by the young Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa.

 

Vaso in pasta vitrea rossa e coppa in pasta vitrea gialla e rossa, 1930 ca. Ph. Enrico Fiorese

Vaso in pasta vitrea rossa e coppa in pasta vitrea gialla e rossa, 1930 ca. Ph. Enrico Fiorese

 

‘The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa 1925-1931′, curated by Marino Barovier and dedicated to the glassworks run by Giacomo Cappellin between 1921 and 1931, is the next autumn exhibition at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, open to the public on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore from 10 September 2018 to 6 January 2019. (more…)

“Invernaderos” Gaia Cambiaggi photography at Studio Gibel Palermo

The exhibition Invernaderos, curated by Emilia Giorgi, presents one of the most successful photographic research by Gaia Cambiaggi (Genoa, 1977), which investigates the transformations of the agro-food production system in the world, with particular attention to greenhouse agriculture.

 

"Invernaderos" © Gaia Cambiaggi

“Invernaderos” © Gaia Cambiaggi

 

The project, which will be presented for the first time in a dedicated monographic exhibition in the spaces of Studio Gibel in Palermo, will start in 2013 to intercept geopolitical issues related to the territory, the community economy and the flow of workers involved. (more…)

“Manifesta 12 Education Hub” ENORME Studio within Manifesta 12 Palermo

Education Hub is a project of Manifesta 12 Education Department made in collaboration with the University and Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo and the transport company AMAT. Education Hub is generously supported by DGAAP, the Contemporary Art and Architecture Department of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

 

"Manifesta 12 Education Hub" © ENORME Studio

“Manifesta 12 Education Hub” © ENORME Studio

 

The Hub is a travelling education platform to reach out to and engage with various communities in the neighbourhoods of Palermo throughout the duration of Manifesta 12. The project is set up in a city bus, radically transformed by the students of the University of Palermo (Industrial Design course led by prof. Viviana Trapani) and Academy of Fine Arts (Graphic Design course led by prof. Cinzia Ferrara) under the guidance of Madrid-based architectural bureau ENORME Studio. (more…)