“Elogio della Luce” by Gianni Galassi at Fondation Wilmotte’s gallery in Venice

Thirty-six black and white images of rationalist buildings in Rome and its surroundings make architecture expresses itself through photography. As in a metaphysical painting, the city is depicted as both antique and modern, while the urban landscape evokes an inner world.

 

Photography by Gianni Galassi © All rights reserved

Photography by Gianni Galassi © All rights reserved

 

The Wilmotte Foundation’s gallery in Venice  inauagurated on the 6th of November a photography exhibition named Elogio della Luce” (“Praise of light”). The 36 black and white images of rationalist buildings in Rome and its surroundings, shot by Italian photographer Gianni Galassi, make architecture expresses itself through photography. As in the metaphysical painting tradition, the city is depicted as both antique and modern, while the urban landscape evokes an inner world, as some sort of self-portrait.

Elogio della Luce has been specifically designed for Wilmotte Foundation’s gallery in Venice, offering the opportunity to explore the development of historic cities through art and culture. The exhibition, curated by Laura Ginapri, will last until the end of February 2016. (more…)

RIBA exhibition ‘exposes’ the relationship between photography and architecture

Phil Coffey announces a new exhibition featuring never seen before images from his travels around the world alongside works from his practice, Coffey Architects. Exposure gathers photographs that span continents and subject matter, presented with designs that make up the ten-year history of his studio.

 

Fisherman. Coffey Architects "Exposure" at RIBA © Coffey Architects

Fisherman. Coffey Architects “Exposure” at RIBA © Coffey Architects

 

The projects of Coffey Architects have been produced by the talented individuals that make up this 20-strong practice. The firm has grown with many likeminded designers bringing their thoughts and skills to the team. However, having started the practice alone, the character of the office and its ethos began and remains with Phil Coffey. (more…)

José Manuel Ballester “Museos en Blanco” at Ivorypress Madrid

The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future.

 

"Museos en blanco" © José Manuel Ballester

“Tunel Crosstrail” 2013 © José Manuel Ballester

 

On 8 September Ivorypress starts off the season with the opening of Museos en blanco by Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960). The exhibition showcases his latest works—mainly photographic— which contain an invitation to ‘empty our museums’, both real museums and those embedded in our memory, to suggest two approaches that can serve to analyse our past as well as our future. The visual resources employed by Ballester in these works change the viewer’s position towards the outside world and towards their own memory.  (more…)

“Olivo Barbieri. Images 1978-2014” Retrospective at MAXXI

The exhibition is a retrospective that retraces Barbieri’s themes and research, through over 100 works and seven sections, illustrating the photographer’s career from the late 1970s to the present.

 

"Site Specific Houston" © Olivo Barbieri

“Site Specific Houston” © Olivo Barbieri

 

MAXXI Museum in Rome is hosting a retrospective exhibition on Olivo Barbieri, one of Italy’s certainly most acclaimed contemporary photographers for his pictures of cities, urban scenes and  technical experimentation. The exhibition takes form around a quote by Barbieri himself, designed as an itinerary for a critical, new and annotated interpretation of the work of this renowned artist. (more…)

“Virtual Control – Security and the Urban Imagination” at RIBA, Max Colson interrogates security design in UK cities

This summer, The Practice Space at RIBA will host an exhibition of photography, video and installation by the artist Max Colson, interrogating privatised public space and security design.

 

'Images of Enjoyment and Spectacle' Westfield, Stratford © Max Colson

‘Images of Enjoyment and Spectacle’ Westfield, Stratford © Max Colson

 

Presented by the UCL Urban Laboratory, with support from The Leverhulme Trust, ‘Virtual Control’ focuses on urban environments that are nominally public, but owned and managed by commercial entities. Elements of the exhibition explore how carefully camouflaged surveillance technology is used to monitor these areas, and, potentially, to manipulate behaviour, whilst other sections repurpose ‘photorealistic’ imagery, marketing material and 3D animation techniques used to present idealised versions of urban environments. (more…)

Architecture, design and photography join this summer in Lisbon’s MUDE

This summer, Lisbon’s MUDE is focusing on the relationship between architects and design, with two shows: Eminent Architects and Designer Architects. The installations comprise a broad display of designer objects of the Francisco Capelo Collection and a selection of black and white portraits by Ingrid von Kruse.

 

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects  © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

Designer Architects / Eminent Architects © MUDE. Museu do Design e da Moda

 

This summer, the MUDE -the Fashion and Design Museum of Lisbon– focuses on architecture with the inauguration of two simultaneous shows drawing on the relationship between architects and design.

Comprised by objects of the museums main collection, the Coleção Francisco Capelo, the exhibition Designer Architects located on the first floor of the museum displays a series of celebrated designer objects, ranging from chairs to lamps, signed by famous architects like Alvar Aalto, Andrea Branzi, Charles Eames, Michael Graves, Vittorio Gregotti, Arne Jacobsen, Gio Ponti, Jean Prouvé, Carlo Scarpa, Eero Saarinen or  Ettore Sottsass, among many others.

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“Modernities: Brazilian Photography (1940-1964)” exhibition at Gulbenkian Foundation Paris

History has taught us that cosmopolitism, people’s mobility and globalised artistic movements are not necessarily recent phenomena -this exhibition aims to demonstrate how contemporaneity does not emerge from a void but is built through continuities and ruptures.

 

Palais du Congrès National, Brasília vers 1960. Tirage contemporain gélatino-argentique . Marcel Gautherot © Courtoisie de l’artiste et de l’Instituto Moreira Salles

Palais du Congrès National, Brasília vers 1960. Marcel Gautherot © Courtoisie de l’artiste et de l’Instituto Moreira Salles

 

At the beginning of the 1940s, during the Second World War, Brazil was a destination of choice for thousands of emigrants. The country went through a unique modernisation process affecting all sectors of Brazilian society. The exhibition explores this extraordinary transformation through the eyes of four photographers with very different styles and sensibilities. Marcel Gautherot (1910-1996) was a Parisian from a working class background who greatly admired Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe’s work ; he had access to Brasília as early as 1958, thanks to his friendship with Oscar Niemeyer. Hans Gunter Flieg (1923) fled nazism as a German Jew and came to Brazil in 1939 where he specialised in photographing industries. (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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“Constructing Worlds”, architecture in the eyes of photography

Featuring over 250 works of eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930’s to present time, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in the architecture that shapes our society.

 

Luigi Ghirri, Cementerio de San Cataldo, Módena; el osario en invierno, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Cortesía Luigi Ghirri Estate

Luigi Ghirri, Cemetery of San Cataldo, Modena, 1986. © 2014 Eredi Luigi Ghirri. Courtesy of Luigi Ghirri Estate

 

On the occasion of the starting season of PhotoEspaña15, the Barbican Centre of London has brought their exhibition “Constructing worlds: Photography and architecture in the modern age” to the ICO Museum in Madrid,  one of the main sponsors and recurring hosts of the international photography festival.

Curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone for the Barbican Art GalleryConstructing Worlds brings together eighteen exceptional photographers from the 1930s to the present day who have changed the way we view architecture and perceive the world around us.

From the first skyscrapers in New York and decaying colonial structures in the Congo, to the glamorous suburban homes of post-war California, and the modern towers of Venezuela, the exhibition invites you on a global journey through 20th and 21st century architecture. Featuring over 250 works, this exhibition highlights the power of photography in revealing hidden truths in our society. The exhibition will remain open until September 6, 2015.

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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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