“The utopian city: from the futuristic metropolis to EUR42” exhibition in Rovereto

Part of the celebrations commemorating 500 years since the publication of Thomas More’s “Utopia”, MART Rovereto presents an exhibition showcasing valuable archival materials in the Depero House of Futurist Art.

 

Adalberto Libera, Palazzo dei Ricevimenti e Congresi de all’EUR42 "La Città Utopica" © Mart Museum

Adalberto Libera, Palazzo dei Ricevimenti e Congresi de all’EUR42 “La Città Utopica” © Mart Museum

 

The exhibition will showcase drawings, plans and documents from the collections of the Mart, the Museo Civico Ala Ponzone of Cremona, from the Order of architects, planners, landscape architects and conservators of Bologna, and from the Luigi Saccenti Quirino De Giorgio Archive from Vigonza. These are drawings of artists and architects who, in the early decades of the twentieth century, represented the theme of the city as a privileged place of modernity, of the future, speed and movement. (more…)

“Gaëtan le Penhuel & Associés: Grands Formats” at La Galerie d’Architecture

Using films projected onto a large screen, Gaëtan le Penhuel & Associés present a selection of the most emblematic buildings they have delivered in recent years, together with a prospective project called «Les Monades Urbaines». This theoretical research, the fruit of architectural experience, travels around the world and dreams, provides an utopian but possible vision of how cities may evolve.

 

Les Monades Urbaines © Maison Générale

Les Monades Urbaines © Maison Générale

 

Gaëtan le Penhuel & Associés was created in 1994, following a successful proposal for a Europan 3 project in Reims, and now has around 20 staff. Having delivered several major projects, the architects  look back on the work through an exhibition at the Galerie d’Architecture, a selection of projects created by the studio in more than 20 years, some of which are presented in screenings of large format film segments. twinned with a special issue of the magazine Archistorm.

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Landscapes of air: a conversation between Yona Friedman, Luigi Ghirri and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle

Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice invite the Friedman/Decavèle duo to readress the Vigne Museum from Ghirri’s perspective: “a frame that allows to find the museum works among buildings and squares, glimpses of towns and countryside, identifying them in the folds of history”.

 

Paesaggi d'aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Cittanova di Modena. Paesaggi d’aria (2015), photo: Luigi Ghirri © Fondazione Querini Stampalia

 

The Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice has recently inaugurated the exhibition “Paesaggi d’aria“, both a conversation and photography display between Luigi Ghirri, the famous Italian photgrapher, Yona Friedman, architect and critic, and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, French artist and photographer.

Both Friedman and Decavèle had previously worked together on many occasions, and the interaction between photographer Luigi Ghirri and the Friedman/Decavèle duo occurs in a common context of many art studies after the Second World War: the need is to demolish a perception of works and places structured by means of frames, showcases, pedestals and architectures, and to subvert the distinction between the object and its containers, the building and the environment. (more…)

“Instant City” travelling exhibition, now at Collège Maximilien de Sully

The exhibition is dedicated to Instant City, flagship project of the English group Archigram. In the early 1968-1969 while the society of the spectacle announced by Guy Debord causes both rejection and fascination, the “instant city” embodies the desire for an architecture liberated from any anchor, a flying and aerial city that transforms the architectural situation.

 

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City Visits Bournemouth", 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City Visits Bournemouth”, 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

 

In 1963, the British architect Peter Cook founded the group Archigram with W. Chalk, D. Crompton, D. Greene, R. Herron and M. Webb. Together, they revolutionize the architectural language by introducing popular culture, advertising, science fiction and comics. (more…)

“Buckminster Fuller Inc: Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Lars Müller Publishers

The monograph, written by Mark Wigley, offers a deep exploration of the American architect’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world.

 

"Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio" by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller.

“Buckminster Fuller Inc. Architecture in the Age of Radio” by Mark Wigley. Published by Lars Muller 

 

Lars Müller Publishers have just released a monographic book on Buckminster Fuller, the american architect, inventor and all-twentieth century pioneer, written and edited by Mark Wigley. The book focuses on Fuller’s approach to architecture in the time of radio and the discovery of the new technologies that would change the world forever.

Bucky Inc. offers a deep exploration of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world. It shows that Fuller’s entire career was a multidimensional reflection on the architecture of radio. He always insisted that the real site of architecture is the electromagnetic spectrum. His buildings were delicate mobile instruments for accessing the invisible universe of overlapping signals. Every detail was understood as a way of tuning into hidden waves. Architecture was built in, with, for and as radio. (more…)

“Flying on Megalopolis. Napoli Città Metropolitana” utopic visions of Naples

The exhibition, in collaboration with the Provincial Order of Architects, aims to build an iconography of the metropolitan city of Naples through the modern history of its growth and its urban transformation. The eleven architects who participate were asked to formulate utopian visions for the city of Naples.

 

Francesco Vozza, Nuove piazze © Francesco Vozza

Francesco Vozza, Nuove piazze © Francesco Vozza

 

The exhibition is part of the schedule of the event “Illuminiamo i monumenti dentro e fuori” (“Lighting the monuments inside and out”), promoted by the city of Naples. The exhibition aims to show the possibilities of utopia in the  Naples Metropolitan Area.

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“La Ciudad abierta de Amereida, Chile. Utopia in Progress” at CIVA

Besides the architectural drawings, models and videos tracing it’s history, unveiled in an audiovisual scenography, the exhibition appeals to the challenges adopted by its foundations, which are artistically reproduced on the walls. Philosophy and poetry, two essential elements of the process of teaching at Valparaiso faculty are fundamental guide to visitors.

 

Cementery. La Ciudad abierta de Amereida, Chile. Utopia in Progress © CIVA

Cementery. La Ciudad abierta de Amereida, Chile. Utopia in Progress © CIVA

 

The Ciudad Abierta, founded in 1970 on Ritoque sand dunes, north of Valparaiso, was born out of the encounter between poetry and different professions, united in the search for a consonance between speech and action. The project dates back to the 50s when the Design and Architecture School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile primed a process of research and reflection on their own work, guided by the poetic word. (more…)

“When water meets architecture” utopia and enviroment at Musée de la Marine de Loire

The exhibition presents alternative solutions in form of rational or utopian projects, realized or not, which incorporate water in different ways. Appearing as a new territory, the water is covered with floating or underwater architectures, inhabited bridges and lake cities.

 

R&Sie(n), Venise, Acqua Alta, 1998 © FRAC Centre

R&Sie(n), Venise, Acqua Alta, 1998 © FRAC Centre

 

The question of adapting architecture to the fluctuating presence of water arises globally today. Extreme weather events and the consequences of climate change – in 2015 the World Climate Conference will be held in Paris – recall how this theme is of central importance.

Appearing as a new territory, the water is covered with floating or underwater architectures, inhabited bridges and lake cities. It is also the inspiration of a “liquid architecture” dominated by fluid and moving lines. And finally, in liquid or gaseous form, it becomes a material of architecture. The models, drawings and video in the exhibition reflect this research and are applied to all environments: the marine environment with the coastline, the fluvial and lacustrine environment. (more…)

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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“What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived” exhibition at MUSAC León

The show encompasses multiple disciplines, using videos, installations, paintings, drawings and photographs by more than twenty international contemporary artists and collectives —including Yona Friedman or Lacaton & Vassal— to reveal the potential of utopia in today´s world.

 

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

CECILIA BARRIGA. Still of the film Tres instantes, un grito (2013). Courtesy of the artist © CECILIA BARRIGA

 

What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived is the title of the project at MUSAC León, Spain, that examines the circumstances of the present moment based on what we expect, hope for or intuit about the immediate future. The exhibition attempts to sketch possible channels of future progress which, though not necessarily opposed to the prevailing systems in contemporary societies, do present alternatives that herald the advent of a different civic status quo.

 

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