“Gaetano Pesce. Architecture and figuration” at Palazzo Ducale di Mantova

The great master Gaetano Pesce, considered one of the most influential artists of contemporary culture brings his architectural work and models to Mantova in a wonderfully curated exhibition staged as a part of Mantovarchitettura 2017.

 

Gaetano Pesce, Organic building, Osaka, 1989 © Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce, Organic building, Osaka, 1989 © Gaetano Pesce

 

The exhibition entitled “Gaetano Pesce: architecture and figuration” and curated by arch Renata Cristina Mazzantini, presents monumental architectural works and projects, some new, by Architect, designer and world renowned artist in Michael Sorkin’s opinion “the best furniture designer on the planet”. (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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Organic Growth. Izaskun Chinchilla to build the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion

Izaskun Chinchilla’s winning design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. The proposed design employs old umbrellas, stools and bicycle wheels, giving them a new life after they have become unfit for their original purpose.

 

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

Organic Growth © Izaskun Chinchilla

 

Since 2010, FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have hosted a competition to design and build an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, NY. This year, along with American office BanG Studio, Spanish architect Izaskun Chinchilla has won the ‘City of Dreams’ Pavilion competition. The Pavilion is intended to be a sheltered gathering place for 50 or more people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, engage in a performance or lecture, and the historic context of Governors Island. The theme of ‘the City of Dreams’ looks to the future – of cities, people and crucially, to our relationship with materials and the sustainability of our environment. The competition asks entrants to consider how architecture and design can address these concerns through the materials, practices and relationships they embed within their design.

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