“Interpretazione di una forma” Claudio Nardulli’s form and matter at Casa dell’Architettura

The exhibition shows Claudio Nardulli’s reflections and reinterpretation of Felix Candela’s concrete shells, displaying a photographic essay done by the artist, as well as a marble sculpture which echoes the building’s shapes.

 

"Interpretazione di una forma" Claudio Nardulli © Casa dell'Architettura

“Interpretazione di una forma” Claudio Nardulli © Casa dell’Architettura

 

Casa dell’Architettura in Rome has inaugurated an exhibition by Italian artist Claudio Nardulli entitled “Interpretation of a form“. This exhibition, which has been curated by Barbara Martusciello, displays several photographs made by the artist in which he shares a personal view on Felix Candela‘s well known Oceanografic building in Valencia, Spain. The pictures reflect Nardulli’s interest on form and materiality.

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“Other spaces” by Andrea Branzi, dreamlike scenes in models and drawings

The Galleria Antonia Jannone presents some of the Archizoom’s associate’s unseen works – a series of small scale models and sculptures depicting mythical spaces and scenes, as well as some drawings and photo-collages of the architect’s personal production.

 

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

Altri Luoghi, Andrea Branzi Photo-collage, 1987. Andrea Branzi © Galleria Antonia Jannone

 

Andrea Branzi returns to Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan from 8th February to 11th March, 2017 with the exhibition ‘Altri Luoghi’ (Other Places) showing a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings.

The sculptures depict mysterious scenes created by the Italian architect in which  he uses clay, plaster, marble stone and wood. Enclosed in plexiglass cases, these scenes remind us of classical stages and tales with cryptic meaning. The drawings, part of the 1987 Dolmen series, link these sculptures to the architect’s previous work as part of a long-term design research process. (more…)

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Abade Pedrosa Museum in Portugal

The two master architects have joined together in the design and construction of this double museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The building, located amidst traditional Portuguese architecture, presents both architects’ signature touches in it’s general approach and in the finishing details.

 

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Museum in San Tirso, Portugal © João Morgado

 

The two Portuguese contemporary master architects have joined together for the design and construction process of a new museum in Santo Tirso, Portugal. The museum, named the “Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum” integrates two buildings into a single complex: a sculpture museum “International Contemporary Sculpture Museum” and the Abade Pedrosa Muncipal Museum itself. (more…)

MACRO Roma presents Anish Kapoor’s first solo exhibition in Italy after 10 years

Intimate, imposing and dialectic, Kapoor’s work presented at the exhibition confronts and explores the conditions of matter, the dynamics of perception and the power of metaphor.

 

Anish Kapoor at MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma © MACRO

Anish Kapoor at MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma © MACRO

 

Anish Kapoor is back at long last for his first exhibition in an Italian museum in 10 years. From 17 December 2016 to 17 April 2017, an extraordinary show comes to the spaces of the MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, curated by Mario Codognato.

The exhibition is a testimony to Kapoor’s unflagging research in the formal and conceptual spheres, which has informed his artistic practice from the start, contrasting the highly engineered and more organic processes of his work. (more…)

Modernist icon La Pedrera to host retrospective on sculptor Jorge Oteiza

The exhibition, open until January 22nd, brings together sculptural pieces, drawings and collages by the Basque artist in a major retrospective in Barcelona.

 

"Jorge Oteiza: The dissocupation of Space" exhibition view © Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera

“Jorge Oteiza: The dissocupation of Space” exhibition view © Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera

 

The works by Spanish artist, sculptor and intellectual Jorge Oteiza (1908 – 2003) are the protagonists of one of the key exhibitions this fall in Barcelona, showing at one of the most celebrated historical buildings of the city: La Pedrera. Casa Milà, or “La Pedrera“, as it is commonly called, is the last civil building designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona’s art nouveau icon, and is now host of the cultural centre of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation. (more…)

“LandEscape” by Alfonso Maria Isonzo at Casa dell’Architettura

Alfonso Maria Isonzo presents the exhibition LandEscape, mixing photography and sculpture, using the transition from two-dimension objects into tridimensionality as a mean of reflecting about the idea of landscape.

 

LandEscape © Alfonso Maria Isonzo

LandEscape © Alfonso Maria Isonzo

 

The exhibition offers a reflection on the landscape themes through a specific research that Isonzo has carried out following an imaginary line that join two disciplines, the photographic and sculptural one.

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Theo Jansen’s Amazing Creatures take over Fundación Telefónica, in Madrid

Fundación Telefónica Space will be the home of some of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest between 23 October 2015 and 17 January 2016. Living and fossilized creatures will occupy the third floor of the Space – some of them will even be walking along the halls of the exhibition.

 

Strandbeest © Theo Jansen

Strandbeest © Theo Jansen

 

Theo Jansen (1948, Scheveningen) has been since the 1990’s imagining and building strange creatures to inhabit and roam the beaches of the Netherlands, stirring the sand and changing its landscape only with the help of the wind. The Strandbeest, or Beach Animals, are born, they walk about the beaches, evolve and die. Their lifetime is barely a year, and most of them will end up as fossils.

Fundación Telefónica Space will be the home of some of these living and fossilized creatures between 23 October 2015 and 17 January 2016Ordis, Currens Vaporis, Currens Ventosa, Rhinoceros Tabulae and Percipiere Primus will occupy the third floor of the Space. Some of them will even be walking along the halls of the exhibition, entitled Theo Jansen’s Amazing Beach Animals.

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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

Last chance to see Lee Bul’s itinerant retrospective, now in EAC·Castelló

Widely viewed as one of the most important Korean artists of her generation, her works draw on intellectual mechanisms ranging from idealism, modernism, science fiction and technological development adressing architectural utopias and political totalitarianism.

 

Lee Bul, "Via Negativa" (interior detail), 2012  © Photo by Remi Villaggi,  via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

Lee Bul, “Via Negativa” (interior detail), 2012 © Photo by Remi Villaggi, via MAM St.Étienne Metropole

 

The EAC-Castelló is presenting the recent work of Lee Bul, a Korean artist whose work walks on the thin line that separates sculpture, installations and live performance, frequently exploring the boundaries between history and idealism, questioning utopia and status quo.

The retrospective now showing in the Contemporary arts centre of Castellón (Valencia, Spain) closes the five-stop journey started by this itinerant exhibition in Seoul, followed by several shows in Luxemburg, Birmingham, London and Saint-Étienne Métropole.

 

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This summer, RIBA becomes The Brutalist Playground

Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play: The Brutalist Playground is a new commission by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill exploring post-war design for play. It will be open to the public until August 16.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 

This summer the RIBA will present The Brutalist Playground – an exhibition that is part sculpture, part architectural installation, which invites people of all ages to come and play, the Brutalist way.

Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by Turner Prize nominated design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill. It explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of post-war housing estates in the mid-twentieth century, but which no longer exist. They became playgrounds unsuitable for play.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

 

The exhibition draws on features from a number of London estates including Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate in Poplar. The playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect the preoccupations and social theories of society at that time.

 

Churchill Gardens, 1956 © John Maltby - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens, 1956 © John Maltby – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, archive image © John Donat - RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Churchill Gardens Estate, archive image © John Donat – RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Balfron Tower playgound, 2015 © Assemble and Simon Terrill, 2015

Balfron Tower playgound, 2015 © Assemble and Simon Terrill, 2015

 

Assemble and Simon Terrill have drawn inspiration from photographs and visual material in the RIBA’s collections, documenting the playgrounds when they were newly built and in use. The exhibition installation will recreate visual elements from the playgrounds in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive, contemporary space where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work. Archive images of the original playgrounds will be projected on the walls.

The exhibition and installation will be accompanied by a season of talks and events from June to August 2015. Check the online agenda clicking here.

 

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

The Brutalist Playground by Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

Assemble and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA

Assemble members and Simon Terrill © Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for RIBA


 

Practical Information

The Brutalist Playground
June 10 2015 / August 16 2015
Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm
Tuesdays from 10am to 8pm

The Architecture Gallery, RIBA
66 Portland Place, London

Entrance is free.

 


 

Exhibition information and images courtesy of the Royal Institute of British Architects.