“Märklin Modernism – From Architecture To Assembly Kit And Back Again” at DAM

Germans are surprisingly modern when it comes to their basement workshops – in the model railway sets of the “Miracle on the Rhine” era, architecture was more than merely a backdrop. Here the flying roof, glass dome and grid-like facade were part and parcel of the urban landscape. The exhibition will be the first to show just how enthusiastic about architecture the supposedly philistine model railway builders really were.

 

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

Megacity at Haus-im-Haus Photo: Moritz Bernoully

 

Everyone could afford a “Villa in the Ticino” back then – for 4.75 Deutschmarks, you could get a 1:87 scale model. This was modeled on an actual residential house on the St Gotthard Pass, which doubly inspired the Faller brothers in 1961. They had a similar villa built at the company headquarters in Gütenbach and in parallel developed an injection-molded kit of the building. Curious stories also surround the glass tower restaurant, an embattled town church and a postmodern high-rise. (more…)

‘Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit’ architecture from the MENA region at Vitra Design Museum

Vibrating with an innovative cultural life, the Midle East and North Africa regions are the focus of an exhibition featuring contemporary photographs, models and texts, conveying the dynamic atmosphere of individual locales and the relationship of inhabitants to their spatial surroundings.

 

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

Qatar University in Doha, Qatar © Markus Elblaus

 

Ankara, Baghdad, Tehran and Tangier are vibrant metropolises of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). They pulsate with an innovative cultural life – despite the political headlines. The exhibition »Mudun مدن Urban Cultures in Transit« views these cities from a micro-perspective, examining their architecture, urban neighbourhoods and the protagonists who shape them.

The project is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the publishers of Dubaibased magazine Brownbook.  (more…)

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo

Forming part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, the exhibition looks at public space design between 1955 and 1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo, and their approach to architectural Modernism.

 

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) by Eurico Prado Lopes and Luiz Benedito Castro Telles © RIBA

 

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo looks at public space design between c.1955 and c.1975, during a crucial period for the development of two world cities, London and São Paulo. Though located in very different cultures, the designers of the eight public spaces on show shared a common frame of reference, whatever their view of it: architectural Modernism. (more…)

“A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965” exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias

The exhibition is organised in 6 sections and comprises 105 panels, 52 original documents, 15 pieces of furniture and 8 works of art, allowing the visitor to bring together a latent collective imagination which is none other than that of the architecture itself as seen everyday.

 

Proaza Power Station, Don Joaquin Vaquero Palacios 1965 © Fotofilatelia

Proaza Power Station, Don Joaquin Vaquero Palacios 1965 © Fotofilatelia

 

Based on the book “Modernity again: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965”, by Fernando Nanclares and Nieves Ruiz -awarded with the Prize of the Architect’s Association of Asturias-, the exhibition “A golden age: Architecture in Asturias 1950-1965” shows a new interpretation on the golden age of modern Asturian architecture, developed during the fifties and the first part of the sixties. During these years, the modern spirit  and the avant-garde ideas that had already given excellent results during the times of the Second Spanish Republic (1931 – 1939) emerged again.  (more…)

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past.

 

Intérieurs du Cabanon © FLC/ADAGP

Intérieurs du Cabanon © FLC/ADAGP

 

Istanbul, Turkey, 17 July—The World Heritage Committee this morning inscribed four new sites on the World Heritage List: the transnational serial site of The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland), along with sites in Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil and India. Today’s inscription gives Antigua and Barbuda their first World Heritage site.

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“À ciel ouvert, Open Air” installation by Felice Varini at Ville Radieuse in Marseille

Felice Varini intervenes on the entire rooftop of the building with three pieces (red and yellow) providing three different views. The Ville Radieuse has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with other seventeen buildings designed by the Swiss-French architect.

 

Felice Varini, Marseille 2016 “A ciel ouvert”, MAMO – Centre d’Art de la Cité Radieuse, Marseille © André Morin

Felice Varini, Marseille 2016 “A ciel ouvert”, MAMO – Centre d’Art de la Cité Radieuse, Marseille © André Morin

 

After the exhibitions featuring the works of Xavier Veilhan, Daniel Buren and Dan Graham, Felice Varini will be next, offering from July 2 to October 2nd a close encounter with Le Corbusier’s architecture in MAMO, the art center founded by Ora Ito on the roof terrace of the Ville Radieuse in Marseille. (more…)

Modern architecture in Northern Italy, in AUT Innsbruck

After the success of “Italomodern 1”, Martin and Werner Feiersinger continue their research focusing on unique architectures: a selection of 130 buildings spanning the whole of Northern Italy, ranging from the experimental, brutalist, neo-realist to architectural “freaks”.

 

Mario Cereghini, Biwak Grignetta, 1966 – 67 © Werner Feiersinger

Mario Cereghini, Biwak Grignetta, 1966 – 67 © Werner Feiersinger

 

Martin and Werner Feiersinger curated in 2011 the exhibition “Italo Modern”-accompanied by a publication of the same name-, the first comprehensive inventory of post-war architecture in Northern Italy which established the wide range of different currents; from neo-realists to rationalists, brutalists and what were considered architectural “freaks”.

The success and the great interest in “Italo Modern” encouraged Martin and Werner Feiersinger to continue their  research and travel activities and to present the results in “Italo Modern 2”. With a focus ranging from unique items to experimental, though not necessarily spectacular architectures, the exhibition and book gather more than 130 buildings. All of them are a clear expression of that stage of the economic and cultural boom in which people believed in the architectural design of the future. The display shows projects from Bolzano to Colle di Val’Elsa, from Trieste to San Remo and from the Adriatic Sea all the way up to over 2,000 m.  (more…)

“Modernika” exhibition: Modernist and International Style in Belgium

Taking as its starting-point the legendary Expo 58, with its contribution to spreading the “American way of life” in Belgium, the exhibition demonstrates the various ways in which the American dream manifested itself. The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to (re)discover Modernist and International Style architecture.

 

The Information Pavilion at Expo 58 on the Place De Brouckère, Brussels. The architects were Lucien-Jacques Baucher, Jean-Pierre Blondel and Odette Filippone, while René Sarger was the civil engineer.  © Archives d’Architecture Moderne, Brussels

The Information Pavilion at Expo 58 on the Place De Brouckère, Brussels. The architects were Lucien-Jacques Baucher, Jean-Pierre Blondel and Odette Filippone, while René Sarger was the civil engineer © Archives d’Architecture Moderne, Brussels

 

As part of its exhibitions devoted to architecture, the Atomium proposes as of October 29th 2015 until April 10th 2016, Modernika, devoted to architecture in Belgium after 1945. Examples reflecting Belgium’s aspiration towards American-style cities include the Martini Tower in Brussels, conceived as a “city within a city” and Antwerp’s BP Tower, with its totally suspended façade. (more…)

“Alvar Aalto 1898-1976. Organic Architecture, Art and Design” at CaixaForum Madrid

This major retrospective of this legendary architect analyses how Aalto’s affinity for organic form was mediated by his close dialogue with many artists of his time, among them László Moholy- Nagy, Jean Arp, Alexander Calder and Fernand Léger, illustrated by a total of 350 exhibits, among them models, furniture, lamps, original drawings, period photographs and new images.

 

Aino Aalto en una cadira Paimio, fotomuntatge, dècada del 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

Aino Aalto on a Paimio chair, circa 1930 © Alvar Aalto Museum, Artek Collection, VEGAP, Barcelona, 2015

 

Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), who was called the “Magus of the North” by the architectural critic Sigfried Giedion, is the best known Finnish architects of his generation and one of the chief proponents of a human-centred modernism. His buildings such as the Paimio Sanatorium (1933) for patients suffering from tuberculosis, and Villa Mairea (1939) embody a masterful interplay of organic volumes, forms and materials. Aalto’s Paimio Chair (1931–1932) and his Stool 60 (1933) were milestones in the development of modern furniture, and his emblematic Savoy Vase (1936) has become the symbol of Finnish Design.

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“Radically Modern. Urban planning and architecture in 1960s Berlin” at Berlinische Galerie

This exhibition is the first detailed overview of the context in which this architecture emerged, examining formal aspects and underlying international influences on the architecture developed in both East and West Berlin and stimulates a reevaluation of this contentious period of construction.

 

Georg Kohlmaier, Barna von Sartory, Rollende Gehsteige am Kurfürstendamm, Repro Bildcollage, 1969, © Georg Kohlmaier/Elisabeth von Sartory/Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Markus Hawlik

Georg Kohlmaier, Barna von Sartory, Rollende Gehsteige am Kurfürstendamm, Repro Bildcollage, 1969, © Georg Kohlmaier/Elisabeth von Sartory/Berlinische Galerie, Repro: Markus Hawlik

 

Architecture and urban design from the sixties shape Berlin’s cityscape to this day. Significant urban planning decisions where taken in that decade and there arose numerous, striking architectural works, which today are at risk. Inspired by the spirit of a new beginning and technological euphoria, urban planners and architects designed radical new cityscapes for a modern society. Often unjustly criticized as inhumane or unsightly, important examples from this period of architecture have often already been torn down, disfigured by later alterations, or are threatened with demolition today.  The Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture reopens after a period of renovation with the exhibition ‘Radically Modern’. (more…)