“Sempering – Process and pattern in architecture and design” at MUDEC

The exhibition, curated by Luisa Collina and Cino Zucchi at MUDEC Milan focuses on the transformation of materials and components into elements that play a role in our culture and our daily lives.

 

Sempering , curated by Cino Zucchi & Luisa Collina © MUDEC

Sempering , curated by Cino Zucchi & Luisa Collina © MUDEC

 

Sempering is part of the XXI Triennale International Exhibition, an event on art, design and architecture spread out over different locations in Milan. The 2016 edition has the title 21st Century. Design After Design and is the first to be organised in 20 years.

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Franco Fontana “Architectural Abstractions” exhibition at Expowall Milan

Franco Fontana has devoted 42 photographs to represent the architectural structures of the Expo Milano 2015 pavilions. The photographer gives an original interpretation of the architecture as a cultural legacy for the city of Milan and for the visitors and observers from all over the world.

 

"Architectural abstractions" © Franco Fontana

“Architectural abstractions” © Franco Fontana

 

EXPOWALL, the new photo gallery opened by Pamela Campaner and Alberto Meomartini in Milan, will host from 12 to 30 January “Architectural Abstractions”, the photo exhibition by Franco Fontana on the expo 2015 pavilions.

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“Labics. La Città aperta” architecture and historical public space of Italy

The exhibition invites a parallel reading amongst two Labics projects – MAST and CITTA DEL SOLE – and several Italian historic public spaces. This relationship is the discourse on Italian public space and Italian attitude, and its capacity to introduce a certain specificity to the globalization of contemporary architecture.

 

“Labics. La Città aperta” © Casabella Laboratorio

“Labics. La Città aperta” © Casabella Laboratorio

 

The exhibition takes its direction from two different assumptions: the first one is that architecture is a civic art, an art that has the responsibility of creating and giving shape to collective space, spaces for shared experiences and knowledge. The second assumption relates to the modernity of the public spaces of the historic Italian city; a modernity conceived not as an abstract quality but as a spatial structure, with the intrinsic characteristics of a simultaneously open yet articulate fabric — both complex and varied, a space which is structurally and deeply democratic. (more…)

Milano Design Film Festival: third edition focuses on architecture, cities and territory

From October 15 to 18 an appointment with architecture and design returns to the big screen of the Anteo spazioCinema. The selection of more than 70 documentaries focuses on homages to indelible figures like Eileen Gray, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier, and Alvar Aalto, among others.

 

 

 

Milano Design Film Festival is celebrating today the opening of it’s third edition, focused more than ever on architecture and urban landscapes. From October 15 to 18 an appointment with  architecture  and  design  returns  to  the  big  screen  of  the Anteo spazioCinema, located just outside the heart of Milan.

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“Cities of Italy: metropolitan areas and urban dynamics” exhibition at Milan

Produced with the assistance of the fourteen metropolitan cities, the show – which is under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – offers the opportunity to know much more closely than other similar initiatives, what can rightfully be called the new face Italy will have in the near future.

 

"Cities of Italy" exhibition cover.

“Cities of Italy” exhibition cover.

 

A reflection on Italian urban culture  to take account of the transformations and prospects of development of the major Italian cities: this is the theme of the exhibition “Cities of Italy” promoted by the National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists and which was inaugurated on July 16, at the headquarters of the Province of Milan ( via Solferino 17 – 19). (more…)

Hangar Bicocca to reconstruct Tate Modern’s Juan Muñoz: Double Bind

The exhibition “Double Bind & Around” retraces this artist’s career through fifteen of his most significant installations, including the reconstruction of his most famous piece of work, Double Bind (2001).

 

 

 

Fondazione Hangar Bicocca is proud to present an exhibition on the work of Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz, one of the leading figures in contemporary sculpture during the last two decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition “Double Bind & Around” retraces this artist’s career through fifteen of his most significant installations.

Among the works shown are The Wasteland, two groups of the series Conversation Piece, six works from Hanging Figure series and the group Many Times, composed of fifty figures. However, the highlight of the exhibition certainly is the reconstruction of Juan Muñoz’s most imposing installation, Double Bind, conceived in 2001 for the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern and never exhibited since.

The work is formed by an architectural structure measuring more than 1500 square metres in surface area and including more than twenty sculptures. The exhibition alters in structure and perception the surroundings space, merging perspective stairways and creating a sense of disorientation in the viewer. This feeling is increased by the absolute silence pervading the exhibition despite the presence of sculptural groups which, by means of their arrangement and gestural nature, are suggestive of conversation and narration.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano


 

Juan Muñoz

 

Juan Muñoz (1953–2001) was one of the leading artists in contemporary sculpture during the last two decades of the twentieth century. His work reintroduced the human figure to the centre of the architectonic space after the long hiatus during which the avant-gardes excluded almost all representation of man from the language of sculpture.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

 

The artist gave sculpture new narrative possibilities by reinterpreting the tradition of Classical and Baroque statuary through the prism of the art movements of the 1960s and 70s – conceptual art, Minimalism and Arte Povera. His works and compositions set the human figure in the middle of an ambiguous relationship between the space of the work and the public, contributing to creating a sense of alienation in the viewer.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

 

Muñoz’s oeuvre has its origin in a personal and encyclopaedic universe of references that encompass literature, poetry, architecture, cinema, philosophy and music. His fascination with illusory characteristics of card games and card tricks was central to the creation of works pervaded by a strong sense of ambivalence, in which the boundary between reality and illusion becomes ever narrower, creating the space for sinister, disquieting images imbued with strong psychological tension.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

 

During the twenty-year period of his artistic activity, Muñoz, who liked to describe himself as a storyteller, chose sculpture as his preferred medium, though he often took an interest in drawing, writing, performance and sound, in some cases creating works conceived to be broadcast on the radio.

 

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano

Double Bind & Around. Juan Muñoz at Hangar Bicocca © Attilio Maranzano


 

Exhibition information

Double Bind & Around
9 April / 30 August, 2015
Thursday to Sunday, 11 am – 11 pm
Monday to Wednesday, closed
Free entrance

Fondazione HangarBicocca
Via Chiese, 2
20126 Milano

 


Information and images via Fondazione Hangar Bicocca
Photography credits © Attilio Maranzano. Courtesy of The Estate of Juan Muñoz, Madrid.
Cover image via ciaomilano.it

Design student’s view on future cities, showing at Galleria Jannone

The display is formed by the superimposition of fifteen of the Politecnico di Milano student’s designs, drawings and architectural models – resulting in a imaginary collective landscape both urban, natural and technological.

 

Nel Terzo Paradiso, 2015 © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Nel Terzo Paradiso, 2015 © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

The Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan is inaugurating today an exhibition created in collaboration with design students from the Scuola di Design from Politecnico di Milano. Called “In the Third Paradise“, the exhibition displays the student’s visions of a futuristic urban landscape from an immaginative, unprejudiced point of view.

The display is formed by the superimposition of fifteen of the student’s designs, drawings and architectural models – the result is a collective landscape both urban and natural, formed by “Men, animals, plants, unknown matter, orchards and videogames, secret gardens and molten metals, kennels and rocks, gyms, insects, feathers and even rooms to make love“.

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ARCHI DEPOT TOKYO: the architectural models of 41 Japanese designers on display at the Milan Triennale

Now on display at the Milan Triennale, these architectural models by the 41 major Japanese designers represent the deepest spirit of an architectural culture alive among avant-garde and memory.

 

Takaharu TEZUKA Yui TEZUKA © Fondazione Archi Depot

Takaharu TEZUKA Yui TEZUKA © Fondazione Archi Depot

 

The Foundation Archi Depot (Organization for the preservation of the culture of architecture) was established in 2015 by companies Terrada Warehouse and Tokyo Design Center to preserve architectural models and drawings of Japanese culture. The main purpose of the foundation is to preserve and show to  the public the architectural models that, even today, play an important role in spreading the thought of architects. (more…)

“Contrasts”, a photographic dialog between Milanese architecture

The Ordine degli Architetti di Milano is hosting a photography exhibition – Contrasts: Milanese architecture compared. Showing 47 buildings in Milan dating from the 50’s until today, they are paired up in order to provide new meaning and a broader discourse on Milanese architecture. It will be open until the 10th of July.

 

Carlo Aymonino, Complesso “Monte Amiata”, 1967-1974. Photo © Angela Di Palo.

Carlo Aymonino, Complesso “Monte Amiata”, 1967-1974. © Angela Di Palo.

 

The “Order of the Architects” of the Province of Milan is hosting  the photography exhibition “Contrasts: Milanese architecture compared“. The exhibition portrays 47 buildings in Milan, dating from the 50’s until today, pairing them together in order to provide new meaning and a broader discourse on Milanese architecture. It will be open until the 10th of July.

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“Italian Landscapes”, an aesthetic manifesto by Franco Raggi

Ten years after his first exhibition, Franco Raggi confirms his collaboration with Antonia Jannone Gallery, with 18 oil-pastel drawings on waxed paper, inspired by an equal number of postcards of Italian landscapes.

 

Forte dei Marmi, by Franco Raggi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Forte dei Marmi, by Franco Raggi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Italian architect and designer Franco Raggi is presenting a new series of drawings in the Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan. Inspired by traditional postcards, Raggi focuses on the possibility of redefining the sense of beauty  approached through a medium that is normally considered banal and uniteresting from an aesthetic point of view. The exhibition will be open until the 13th of June.

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