“Frei Otto. Thinking in Models” the biggest exhibition ever on the German master

The exhibition held at ZKM presents projects that are both known and completely unknown with material that encompasses over 200 models, approximately 1,000 photos, drawings, sketches, plans and films as well as a large-scale media projection.

 

Modell einer regelmäßigen Hoch- Tiefpunktfläche, Frei Otto, Larry Medlin, 1964 © saai | Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Werkarchiv Frei Otto photo: Bernd Seeland

Modell einer regelmäßigen Hoch- Tiefpunktfläche, Frei Otto, Larry Medlin, 1964 © saai | Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Werkarchiv Frei Otto photo: Bernd Seeland

 

Frei Otto (1925-2015) is one of the best known and most innovative international German architects of the 20th century and is a key figure in the architectural culture of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. In 2015 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Architecture for his work, also known as the Pritzker Prize, and is the highest honor for architecture in the world. The biggest exhibition on the oeuvre of Frei Otto is a shared project between the Archive of South West Germany for Architecture and Engineering (saai) of the KIT and the Wüstenrot Foundation in cooperation with ZKM | Karlsruhe. (more…)

“Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas” at ZKM Karlsruhe

On the occasion of the 150th birthday of Aby Warburg (1866-1929), the ZKM Karlsruhe is exhibiting a complete reconstruction of his Bilderatlas in original size. All panels will be provided with detailed commentary for the first time.

 

Aby Warburg, Tafel 37 des Mnemosyne Bilderatlas, historische Aufnahme der Originaltafel © Warburg Institute, London

Aby Warburg, Tafel 37 des Mnemosyne Bilderatlas, historische Aufnahme der Originaltafel © Warburg Institute, London

 

In addition, two of the total 63 panels can be exhibited for the first time since 1929 as exactly as Warburg himself had in mind: with the original images from the Warburg Institute in London. Furthermore, 13 “artists’ panels” which have been exhibited by contemporary artists for this occasion can be viewed. Among the artists featured are Linda Fregni-Nagler, Andy Hope 1930, Sarah Lehnerer, Jochen Lempert, Jannis Marwitz, Paul McCarthy, Olaf Metzel, Matt Mullican, Albert Oehlen, Tal R, Elfie Semotan, Christian Vind and Peter Weibel. (more…)

“Reset Modernity!” at ZKM

To conclude the GLOBALE, the Reset Modernity! exhibition, curated by Bruno Latour, Martin Guinard-Terrin, Christophe Leclercq & Donato Ricci, is being opened. Throughout six different procedures, visitors will have the opportunity to experiment  with  “resetting  modernity”, dealing with some stakes that the Moderns are facing at a time of deep ecological mutation.

 

Territorial Agency, Museum of Oil  © Territorial Agency

Territorial Agency, Museum of Oil © Territorial Agency

 

Regarding the exhibition, Bruno Latour‘s introductory text asks the visitor: what do you do when you are disoriented? For instance, when the digital compass of your mobile phone goes wild? You reset it. You might be in a state  of mild panic because you lost your bearings, but still you have  to  take  your time and follow the instructions to calibrate the compass and let it reset. The procedure depends on the situation and on the device, but you always have to stay calm and carefully follow instructions if you want the compass to regain  its ability to be sensitive to the signals sent by the arrays of satellites dispersed  in the sky way above your head.

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