“Portrait of a Landscape” exhibition at S AM Basel

From the 7th of July to the 16th of September 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents the exhibition “Portrait of a Landscape” by Pierre-Philippe Hofmann. This Belgian-Swiss artist has hiked across Switzerland along ten axes – from the outermost borders to the geographical centre: Älggi Alp in the canton Obwalden.

 

Portrait of a Landscape © Pierre-Philippe Hofmann

Portrait of a Landscape © Pierre-Philippe Hofmann

 

Along the way, Hofmann captured countless images, thus producing a gigantic panorama of the country. Now, his video installation at S AM offers visitors a new way of experiencing Switzerland as a space. This exhibition is a continuation of the research into Switzerland that the museum commenced with its “Schweizweit” show. After the architectural portrait of Switzerland conveyed by that exhibition in 2016/2017, a territorial portrait of Switzerland is now revealed. With this exhibition, S AM is also launching a new mediation programme for children and youths: summer holiday workshops with city tours and hands-on activities. (more…)

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura

The exhibition presents a series of interactive installations, conceived and built by the students of the atelier of Riccardo Blumer at the USI Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, representative of an educational path that insists on learning the fundamental principles of architecture through the understanding of the potentialities of the human body and its being a unit of measurement of the humanized world.

 

"Seven automatic architectures and other exercises"  by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

“Seven automatic architectures and other exercises” by Atelier Blumer at Teatro dell’architettura © USI

 

Teatro dell’architettura will host the exhibition “Atelier Blumer. Sette Architetture Automatiche e altri esercizi” from March 9 to May 31. The exhibition is the opening event of a long series of activities aimed at testing the potential of the building: an array of lectures, debates, film screenings and conferences that will lead to the major show Louis Khan e Venezia in October. (more…)

“Mario Botta. Spazio Sacro” at Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca in Locarno

Pinacoteca Comunale Casa Rusca in Locarno begins its exhibition program for 2018 with a show on Mario Botta, extending its range of research to architecture. The exhibition is held in the spaces of the Pinacoteca and in a striking pavilion built for the occasion in the outer courtyard.

 

Cattedrale della Resurrezione Évry, Francia 1988-95 Fotografia Pino Musi

Cattedrale della Resurrezione, Évry, Francia, 1988-95, Fotografia Pino Musi

 

This is the first event to bring together 22 works of architecture built in different countries: Switzerland, Italy, France, Israel, Ukraine, South Korea and China. The works include 18 buildings, 3 works in progress and a proposal for a chapel at the Malpensa airport of Milan. All documented with original models, drawings and photographs. “Mario Botta. Spazio Sacro “is an exhibition project curated by the Mario Botta Architetti studio, under the scientific direction of Rudy Chiappini. (more…)

“Graue Energie” exhibition by Karsten Födinger at Archizoom-EPFL Lausanne

The tools, materials, and manual skills of the construction site have enabled the German artist Karsten Födinger to imagine a genre of sculpture that springs, like that of some of his contemporaries, from a passion for the art of construction. This passion has enabled a radical transformation of contemporary artistic creative processes since the 1960s.

 

“Graue Energie”  © Karsten Födinger

“Graue Energie” © Karsten Födinger

 

As an artist, Födinger deals with the concepts of the strength of materials and the statics of structures and uses them to create devices capable of measuring the passage of time, recording the intensity of energy, and countering the precarious nature of equilibrium. Gravity is the invisible force that brings the materials he has selected crashing to the ground and generates their form, traversing his plinths, his pillars and his wedges made of reinforced concrete, steel, and wood. In order to resist that force, all the sculptural members are combined in figures with powerful lines that, in their multiplication and reinforcement, announce the urgent need to react to the imminence of catastrophe. (more…)

Ex-Macello Lugano presents “Schweizweit. Recent Architecture in Switzerland”

The gallery located in the former slaughterhouse in Lugano presents an exhibition organised and curated by S AM Basel, where it had been previously shown earlier this year. The exhibition is a visual atlas of recent architectural production in Switzerland.

 

Conversion Obstalden lilitt bollinger studio Obstalden (GL), 2016 © Mark Niedermann

Conversion Obstalden lilitt bollinger studio Obstalden (GL), 2016 © Mark Niedermann

 

The image of Swiss architecture today is still very strongly characterised by the 1990s, when it was catapulted into the global spotlight and became a model of architectural minimalism. The architects who stood for this reduced and sublimated concept of building at the time – such as Herzog & de MeuronDiener & Diener, Peter ZumthorPeter Märkli, etc. – are still regarded as pars pro toto for Swiss architecture, at least from an international perspective. We hear much less about the architects of the subsequent generations, who have been intervening more and more actively in the architecture debate since then.’Schweizweit’ tracks down the architecture firms that have developed over the past two decades. (more…)

“in Land aus Land. Swiss Architects Abroad” at S AM Basel

In this exhibition, S AM presents selected examples of built and planned projects from the past ten years. Here, special attention is also paid to the backflow from this work: How has the experience influenced local architectural practice?

 

Baby Dragon Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China 2004-2006 HHF architects Foto: Benjamin Krüger

Baby Dragon, Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China 2004-2006 HHF architects Foto: Benjamin Krüger

 

Swiss architects trying their luck abroad is not a new phenomenon, but it was Ticino’s Tendenza and German-speaking Switzerland’s minimalism that first helped Swiss architecture to make its international breakthrough. The projects realised abroad are often larger, more monumental or more experimental than those in Switzerland.

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“miniatures and landscapes” model exhibition at BALTSprojects

The exhibition miniatures and landscapes shows a series of large-scale models, which attempt to miniaturize architectural space or spatial systems. A university building, a residential block, a sports hall – each model was built in scale of 1:50, 1:20 or 1:33.

 

BALTSprojects, exhibition view © Leon Faust

BALTSprojects, exhibition view © Leon Faust

 

A series of photographs projected onto the wall poses a dynamic pole to the presence of the large-scale models. The photographs depict rural, as well as urban landscapes, through which the architectural models move – Spaces and spatial systems are set in motion, and become ar-chitecture rather than remain architecture. (more…)

“Schweizweit. Recent Architecture in Switzerland” at S AM Basel

Following the facade installation ‘Imagine la Suisse’, marking the start of the new S AM programme under the lead of director Andreas Ruby, S AM is opening the exhibition ‘Schweizweit‘, a visual atlas of recent architectural production in Switzerland.

 

Thal school Angela Deuber Thal (SG), 2013 © Schaub Stierli Fotografie

Thal school, Angela Deuber, Thal (SG), 2013, © Schaub Stierli Fotografie

 

The image of Swiss architecture today is still very strongly characterised by the 1990s, when it was catapulted into the global spotlight and became a model of architectural minimalism. The architects who stood for this reduced and sublimated concept of building at the time – such as Herzog & de Meuron, Diener & Diener, Peter Zumthor, Peter Märkli, etc. – are still regarded as pars pro toto for Swiss architecture, at least from an international perspective. We hear much less about the architects of the subsequent generations, who have been intervening more and more actively in the architecture debate since then.’Schweizweit’ tracks down the architecture firms that have developed over the past two decades. (more…)

“MAN transFORMS: The Documents” Hans Hollein in the new space created by Petra Blaisse

The exhibition “MAN transFORMS: The Documents” explores the exhibition “MAN transFORMS” – the opening show of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design in New York in 1976 – which was conceived by Hans Hollein and Lisa Taylor.

 

Photograph of the installation SACRED SPACE by Mandala (Nader Ardalan and Carl Schlamminger), opening exhibition of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976. Image from the press kit of the exhibition MAN transFORMS

Photograph of the installation SACRED SPACE by Mandala (Nader Ardalan and Carl Schlamminger), opening exhibition of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976. Image from the press kit of the exhibition MAN transFORMS

 

The exhibition was developed by a group of architects over the course of two years and challenged the notion of design and tested the potential of a national museum of design. With the inclusion of such diverse architectural positions as Richard Buckminster Fuller, Arata Isozaki, Richard Meier, Ettore Sottsass and Oswald Mathias Ungers, Hollein created a curatorial framework which allowed a very broad and yet substantial examination of the notion of design to emerge against the background of an environment profoundly shaped by man. (more…)

Contemporary Swiss architecture, this fall at Casa dell’Architettura di Roma

The Casa dell’Architettura in Rome starts its fall season with a series of events dedicated to the dissemination of some of the best examples of contemporary Swiss architecture, through an exhibition and three lecture sessions.

 

Bündner Kunstmuseum, Barozzi Veiga © Barozzi Veiga

Bündner Kunstmuseum, Barozzi Veiga © Barozzi Veiga

 

Between October 11 and November 8, the House of Architecture in Rome (Casa dell’Architettura) will host a program of conferences entitled “Contemporary Architecture in Switzerland. New Museums and cultural centers” and the exhibition “Architecture in Switzerland. Dialogue between history and contemporary living”, dedicated to contemporary Swiss Architecture and Museums.

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