“Reset Modernity!” at ZKM

To conclude the GLOBALE, the Reset Modernity! exhibition, curated by Bruno Latour, Martin Guinard-Terrin, Christophe Leclercq & Donato Ricci, is being opened. Throughout six different procedures, visitors will have the opportunity to experiment  with  “resetting  modernity”, dealing with some stakes that the Moderns are facing at a time of deep ecological mutation.

 

Territorial Agency, Museum of Oil  © Territorial Agency

Territorial Agency, Museum of Oil © Territorial Agency

 

Regarding the exhibition, Bruno Latour‘s introductory text asks the visitor: what do you do when you are disoriented? For instance, when the digital compass of your mobile phone goes wild? You reset it. You might be in a state  of mild panic because you lost your bearings, but still you have  to  take  your time and follow the instructions to calibrate the compass and let it reset. The procedure depends on the situation and on the device, but you always have to stay calm and carefully follow instructions if you want the compass to regain  its ability to be sensitive to the signals sent by the arrays of satellites dispersed  in the sky way above your head.

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“The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Meran” modernity and politics

The presented buildings document those two decades and show the variety of buildings that typify them. They range from mixed forms during the transition from Historicism to modernity, accessorized with local elements, to the puristic, unadorned buildings of Rationalism, down to the monumental, heavily decorated buildings of the Scuola Romana.

 

Trabrennplatz "The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Merano" © Merano Arte

Trabrennplatz “The Architecture of the 1920s and 1930s in Merano” © Merano Arte

 

The exhibition gives an overall picture of the projects that were developed in Meran during the 1920s and 1930s. It focuses on the architectural trends of those decades and relates them to the urban planning. That way, the architectural quality of the buildings erected during the ventennio, normally suspected of being unwelcoming, are given appreciation. Up until World War I, the appearance of the spa town was characterized by the splendid buildings of Historicism and Art Nouveau, but following the change in the political situation, modernity – largely unknown up to that time – found its way even to South Tyrol. (more…)

“Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” at LUCA Luxembourg

The exhibition curated for last years’ Luxembourg Pavilion in the Venice Architecture Biennale puts us on the tracks of five modernist scenarios in this country, as seen through the lens of a fictional detective story.

 

"Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?" © Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin

“Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” © Stéphanie Laruade, Bohumil Kostohryz, Sophie Langevin

 

The installation inside the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice has now been inaugurated in the LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture, where it will be on show during the summer months.

The title of the exhibition – “Modernity: loved, hated or ignored?” perfectly responds to the specific, common topic of “Absorbing Modernity – 1914-2014”, introduced by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, in the context of the Biennale’s yearly theme, which was “Fundamentals”. Each country was invited to study its’ last hundred years of architecture by choosing its’ own accents and defining its’ own original approach to the subject.

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LisbonWeek 2015, events and activities on history, art and architecture at Alvalade

From April 10 to 19, Alvalade, the ultimate modernist neighborhood in Lisbon, will become the place where past and future collide – like a platform of memories and ideas that highlight the best kept secrets in the city.

 

Autocarro Lisboa Moderna © LisbonWeek 2015

Alvalade neighborhood circa 1960 © LisbonWeek 2015

 

A co-production between ACTU (Associação Cultural e Turística Urbana), Lisbon’s City Council and the town council of Alvalade, LisbonWeek will explore this neighborhood through 11 cultural visits and 12 exhibitions, in a journey that will meet emblematic buildings that are part of Lisbonners’ daily life but whose relevance is still unknown to many.

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Vitra Design Museum offers a new insight on African Modernism

Showcasing over 80 buildings in five countries, the exhibition shows the countries’ efforts to join an architectural ideal of progress and modernity to the simultaneous nation-building process that was taking place in the 1960’s.

 

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 1973. Photo © Iwan Baan

Rinaldo Olivieri, La Pyramide, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 1973. Photo © Iwan Baan

 

The Vitra Design Gallery in Weil am Rhein is hosting an exhibtion on a remarkable and rather unknown period of architectural history, set in the 1960’s post-colonialist Africa. It adresses the relationship between the architectural production of five countries and their individual nation-building processes.

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