“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” at Musil Brescia

The Swiss landscape will be portrayed on 36 panels and three movies, starting from historical gardens and developing into current landscape infrastructures, showing how they have played an essential role in the evolution of landscape architecture.

 

"The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture" © Musil

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture” © Musil

 

“The Swiss Touch in Landscape Architecture – The Landscape Architecture in Switzerland” is an educational exhibition by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, curated by Michael Jakob and hosted at musil – the Hydroelectricity Museum in Cedegolo. The exhibition’s aim is to  underline the great relevance of landscape policies.

From June 11 until September 11, the exhibition will tour to musil in Cedegolo inviting visitors to discover the richness and beauty of its landscape, showing how a traditional urban environment can be transformed into a different, more ecological living wellness space. (more…)

“André M. Studer. On the measure of things” at S AM Basel

Based on original documents, this 2016 summer exhibition at S AM provides the first general overview of the oeuvre of Swiss architect André M. Studer, who died in 2007. André M. Studer adopted a special position of significance in post-war Swiss architecture.

 

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67  © Christian Kahl, 2016

André M. Studer Terrassenhaus Zurbriggen-Abgottspon, Visp, 1964-67 © Christian Kahl, 2016

 

His expressive organic language of forms was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Based on theories of harmonic proportion, Studer developed his own concept of holistic architecture. Influential figures such as Sigfried Giedion, Werner M. Moser and Bernhard Hoesli described him as one of the most talented in his generation. (more…)

John Hejduk’s drawings at ETH Zurich

“The arguments and points of view are within the work, within the drawings; it is hoped that the conflicts of form will lead to clarity which can be useful and perhaps transferable.” ETH Zürich will be showcasing a selection of American architect John Hejduk’s drawings, commemorating the previous three exhibitions held in the past.

 

John Hejduk, sketch for 'Victims', 1986 © Hejduk

John Hejduk, sketch for ‘Victims’, 1986 © Hejduk

 

“The arguments and points of view are within the work, within the drawings; it is hoped that the conflicts of form will lead to clarity which can be useful and perhaps transferable.” — John Hejduk, 1964

In the run-up to the gta’s 50th anniversary in 2017, we are working with Drawing Matter and Alexander Lehnerer’s Chair of Architecture and Urban Design to put together an exhibition on the 20th century American architect John Hejduk. Hejduk’s drawings will be displayed to commemorate the three Hejduk exhibitions held by the gta between 1973 and 1983, including his legendary 1973 exhibition with Aldo Rossi. (more…)

“Richard Neutra – The new furniture” at Architekturforum Zürich

With his light-flooded homes, Richard Neutra’s (1892-1970) influence is the image of Californian modernism. Born in Vienna, a student of Adolf Loos and Swiss landscape architect Gustav Ammann, he built numerous schools, office buildings and villas, including projects in Switzerland. However, little is known about Neutra’s work on the interiors of his houses.

 

"Camel Table" stand, Richard Neutra © Ralf Nadolski/Prospettive

“Camel Table” stand, Richard Neutra © Ralf Nadolski/Prospettive

 

With his light-flooded homes, Richard Neutra’s (1892-1970) influence is the image of Californian modernism. Born in Vienna, a student of Adolf Loos and Swiss landscape architect Gustav Ammann, he built numerous schools, office buildings and villas, including projects in Switzerland. Little is known , however, as just a small part in his whole work, is Neutra’s work on the interiors of his houses .

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“This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978” at S AM Basel

The exhibition presents a series of twelve episodes – beginning in the 1950s – that look at the ferment of new ideas as architects began to reconceive space in response to the conditions of a newly affluent society and the emergence of the electronic age.

 

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

Michael Webb, Sin Centre, 1961. © The architect

 

S AM Swiss Architecture Museum presents Spatial Positions 11 «This Was Tomorrow: Reinventing Architecture 1953-1978» an exhibition by the Drawing Matter collection about architectural imagination, and the power, processes and poetics of creation and invention. (more…)

“Aldo Rossi: La Finistra del Poeta” at EPFL Lausanne

The exhibition explores architectural thinking and introduces the visitors to critical ways of looking at Rossi’s prints. The content includes his collection of prints and a selection of plates magnified by drawings, photographs and sketches that are significant for understanding Rossi’s flow of creativity.

 

Aldo Rossi, Dieses ist langer - Ora questo è perduto, 1975, etching, collection Bonnefantenmuseum © Eredi Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi, Dieses ist langer – Ora questo è perduto, 1975, etching, collection Bonnefantenmuseum © Eredi Aldo Rossi

 

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Aldo Rossi’s museum in Maastricht, the Bonnefantenmuseum produced an exhibition on the fascinating Opera Grafica of this versatile architect and artist. Along with the exhibition, titled “La finestra del poeta” after a favourite subject of Rossi’s, Silvana Editoriale has published the book Aldo Rossi: Opera Grafica, a work conducted in close cooperation with the museum and the Fondazione Aldo Rossi in Milan, and ARCHIZOOM is publishing a map and an application on the Città analoga. (more…)

National Museum Zurich extension by Christ & Gantenbein

The shape, volume and materiality of the building proposed by the Swiss Architects contrast and dialogue with the existing museum by Gustav Gull, built in 1898. The new wing will allocate a library, gallery spaces and an auditorium for the National Museum, but will also create an enclosed garden for visitors.

 

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

Swiss National Museum extension (2012-2016) Christ & Gantenbein © Roman Keller

 

The new wing of National Museum Zurich, designed by Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein, has been finally unveiled after over 4 years of works in the building.

The existing museum, which houses one of the largest collections of historical objects in Switzerland, will be provided with new, ample spaces in order to host events and activities: exhibition galleries, an auditorium and a library, enclosed in an angular, robust concrete building attached to the existing stone building from the late 19th century. (more…)

“Art Brut Biennial II: Architectures” in Lausanne

Launched in 2013, the Art Brut Biennials continue this year with the “Architectures” exhibition presenting two hundred and fifty drawings, paintings, sculptures and textile creations. By fifty-one different Art Brut authors, the works on show thus testify to a very wide range of techniques, materials, dimensions and formal languages.

 

Patrick Gimel, untitled, 1981 © Adn-VdL. Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Patrick Gimel, untitled, 1981 © Adn-VdL. Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

 

This second edition biennial highlights architecture: it presents a range of works—some of which have never before gone on display—exclusively focused on the theme of construction. Showcased side-by-side, representations of houses, buildings and cities, together with floor plans, elevations of facades, cross-section and perspective views are invited to dialogue among themselves. Their Art Brut authors have rejected all the geometric constraints and demands of convention ordinarily governing architectural drawings, diverting the laws of perspective in favor of their own, highly personal interpretations. (more…)

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” at S AM Basel

The exhibition invites visitors on a fascinating search for traces of moving images of Swiss architecture. In continuation of a series of exhibitions initiated in 2012 to examine the various media through which architecture is conveyed, the focus is now on film.

 

"Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image" S AM © Tom Bisig

“Constructing Film. Swiss Architecture in the Moving Image” S AM © Tom Bisig

 

Here, ‘film’ is understood to mean a broad spectrum of moving visual documents. A very wide range of different technologies and film genres that depict Swiss architecture in a documentary manner are taken into account – from traditional architecture documentaries to films made with mobile phone cameras, through to real-estate advertising films. A broad definition of the term ‘architecture’ is also applied: cinematic approaches to realised buildings, planned buildings, infrastructure constructions and urban landscapes are all included. (more…)

Max Bill’s first Spanish retrospective, at Fundación Juan March

This is the first retrospective in Spain on the Swiss artist, featuring examples of his painting, drawing and printmaking, sculpture, architecture, book and magazine design, industrial and furniture design and advertising.

 

Max Bill retrospective © Fundación Juan March

 

From Friday 16 October to 17 January 2016, the first complete retrospective in Spain on Max Bill can be seen at the Fundación Juan March in Madrid.

The Swiss artist Max Bill (Winterthur, 1908 – Berlin, 1994) was a multi-talented figure whose life was structured around his artistic activities and his reflection on a focused series of major ideas, namely form, realisation, function, figure, beauty and configuration. Bill can be located within the Renaissance tradition of an homo universalis, a “configurator” who combined the virtues of the homo faber and the homo ludens throughout the course of his highly active life. (more…)