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Balkrishna Doshi. Architecture for the People, Weil-am-Rhein (Germany), Vitra Design Museum, 30 march / 8 september 2019
Alvaro Siza Vieira, Viagem Sem Programa, Siena, Santa Maria della ScalaÁlvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa, Venezia, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, 29 august / 11 november 2012 [ » read more ]
Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa. The Croatian Experience, Dubrovnik (Croatia), Galerija Umjetnička (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), 26 april / 26 may 2013
Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa, FAB Castellarano, Reggio Emilia (Italy), 9 june / 7 july 2017
Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa. Maio em Lisboa, Lisbon [Lisboa], Atelier Aires Mateus, 1 / 31 may 2018
Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa. Disegni e Ritratti, Siena (Italy), Santa Maria della Scala, 6 june / 8 september 2019

Alvaro Siza Vieira, Viagem Sem Programa, Siena, Santa Maria della ScalaThe travelling exhibition “Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa” opened in Siena on June 6th. It’s curated by Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti and organized by the Municipality of Siena and ProViaggiArchitettura. The exhibition was a side event of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Previously shown in the cities of Lisbon (2018), Reggio Emilia (2017) Dubrovnik and Zagreb (2013), it is now on display at Santa Maria della Scala until 8 September.

The exhibition includes portraits and travel drawings – created over a period of more than 60 years by the architect Siza who personally chose them – a video-documentary and unpublished contents presented on this particular occasion.
The project originated from the many meetings that the two curators had with Álvaro Siza at his studio in Porto. In addition to highlighting his extraordinary eidetic memory, it narrates his activity as an architect and chiefly the personal side of his life. Beginning with drawings made by Siza during his youth, then the frequent trips to Italy and abroad, the most recent dinners with friends, and relaxing moments free from the burden of work. The narrative is broadened with memories, meetings, ironic notes and views pertaining to that extraordinary "journey without a plan", which is life itself. Hence the creation of a unique, unpublished project, firstly through the digital restoration of the drawings that retrieve the traits and marks of each sketch and then return it to paper – via typo ink print technique with one-ff plate (prints personally authenticated by Siza - 53 works, 1/1 copy) – in order to reveal his technical growth and sensitivity in perceiving reality.

Alvaro Siza Vieira, Viagem Sem Programa, Siena, Santa Maria della ScalaIn Siena – a city studied and depicted in his notebooks – Álvaro Siza’s drawings interact with the evocative atmosphere of the Magazzini della Corticella inside Santa Maria della Scala thanks to the installation set up by Dumbo Design Studio in cooperation with Graniti Fiandre (formerly ADI Design Index Selection 2018 in the Exhibition Design category for the show at FAB - Fiandre Architectural Bureau in 2017) which includes varied areas and accompanies visitors on a tour that reveals the most intimate and personal aspect of human nature incorporated with design culture.
Large lecterns – with ceramic-based surfaces and structures designed purposely for this exhibition – present the works of the Portuguese architect and create a highly intimate and welcoming atmosphere. The exhibition also includes two video installations: the interview carried out by the curators in Siza's studio with a background of particularly significant areas of Porto and Lisbon (presented at the Milan Design Film Festival in 2017) and Atelier XYZ’s video-installation that virtually leads the viewer to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with a view point from the Boa Nova Casa da Cha restaurant (designed by Siza 1958/1963), amid the rock formations of Leça de Palmeira. The exhibition dedicated to Álvaro Siza's drawings also proposes – as already presented in other showings – a wide selection of photographs (here in small analog video frames) chosen from the hundreds of shots taken over the years by the two curators and friends and enthusiasts that narrate the origin of the project to the present and the countless contacts generated, which often go far beyond professional activities.
Un paysage de l'excellence, Trois figures de l'architecture française,  Frédéric Borel, Marc Barani, Ibos & Vitart, Paris, Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoineUn paysage de l'excellence. Trois figures de l'architecture française. Borel, Barani, Ibos & Vitart, 22 may / 16 september 2019
Un paysage de l'excellence, Trois figures de l'architecture française,  Frédéric Borel, Marc Barani, Ibos & Vitart, Paris, Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoineUn paysage de l'excellence. Trois figures de l'architecture française. Borel, Barani, Ibos & Vitart, 22 may / 16 september 2019
Un paysage de l'excellence, Trois figures de l'architecture française,  Frédéric Borel, Marc Barani, Ibos & Vitart, Paris, Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoineUn paysage de l'excellence. Trois figures de l'architecture française. Borel, Barani, Ibos & Vitart, 22 may / 16 september 2019
Human:Nature, Berlin, Aedes Architekturforum, 17 august / 26 september 2019
Architecture Speaks, The Language of MVRDV, Innsbruck, Austria, Adambräu, 2019Architecture Speaks: The Language of MVRDV, Innsbruck (Austria), Adambräu, 6 july / 28 september 2019

On July 5th, the Tyrolean Architecture Center (aut) in Innsbruck will open “Architecture Speaks: The Language of MVRDV”, a major exhibition on the role of language in defining recurring concepts in the oeuvre of the Dutch firm. The aut’s Adambräu Building, a former brewhouse, will be filled by a spatial intervention comprising four towers that serve as distillations of four concepts key to MVRDV’s designs. The exhibition, which investigates the creation and evolution of these four ideas and the words that describe them, is structured around the spatial intervention, creating an immersive experience that helps visitors easily grasp the fundamentals of the MVRDV thought process.

Architecture Speaks, The Language of MVRDV, Innsbruck, Austria, Adambräu, 2019The words studied in Architecture Speaks are “stack”, “pixel”, “village”, and “activator”. “Stack” denotes a layering of functions and spaces perfectly encapsulated by projects such as the Silodam; “pixel” is applied to a spatial module that can be combined with other pixels to introduce diversity, exemplified by projects such as DNB Oslo Headquarters; “village” describes a spatial arrangement that encourages community and social intimacy, as in projects such as Nieuw Leyden; and “activator” refers to elements that create productive social spaces, such as the Stairs to Kriterion. All four words were selected due to their roles in encouraging healthy and prosperous densification, reflecting MVRDV’s mission to accommodate an ever-growing human population in spaces that encourage society to flourish.

“Exhibitions such as this one at the aut are always a valuable tool to share our design approach with the world,” says MVRDV founding partner Nathalie de Vries. “But even more importantly, the creation and curation of Architecture Speaks was an opportunity for us to reflect on our work, to define theoretical categories and place projects from our firm’s recent trajectory into a larger framework of ideas.”

Architecture Speaks will investigate these ideas in a holistic, easily approachable fashion. The main space of the Adambräu Building will be transformed by four colourful towers, each a representation of one of the four words central to the exhibition, which will present MVRDV’s projects and the ideas behind them through images, text, models, drawings, videos, audio, interactive elements, and other experiential methods. In addition to each representing a different word from the language of MVRDV, each tower will present MVRDV buildings through different media, making a visit to Architecture Speaks a truly diverse experience that will enlighten and entertain a variety of audiences.

The exhibition on the work of MVRDV is the latest in a series of notable architecture shows at the aut, following Inhabiting: Pleasure and Luxury for Everyone in 2018 on the work of Lacaton & Vassal, and Snøhetta: Relations in 2017. Architecture Speaks: The Language of MVRDV is on display to the public from July 6th to September 28th at the aut’s Adambräu Building on Lois Welzenbacher Platz in Innsbruck, Austria. The aut is free to enter and is open from 11am to 6pm Tuesday – Friday, and until 5pm on Saturday.
Brazilian Modern: the Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, New York, NYBG New York Botanical Garden, 8 june / 29 september 2019

Apariencia desnuda: el deseo y el objeto en la obra de Marcel Duchamp y Jeff Koons, aun, Ciudad de México [Mexico City], Museo Jumex, 19 may / 29 september 2019
Aldo Rossi e la Ragione. Architetture 1967-1997, Padova (Italy), Palazzo della Ragione, 1 june / 29 september 2019
Rompete le righe! Disegno e Libertà creativa, Napoli [Naples] (Italy), AndreaNuovoHomeGallery, 10 may / 10 october 2019
Gianni Berengo Gardin fotografa Renzo Piano

Genova (Italy), Palazzo Ducale, Sala Liguria, 8 / 25 november 2018
New York, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 10 september / 10 october 2019
Paradigma. Il Tavolo dell'architetto Adolfo Natalini, Firenze (Italy), Museo del Novecento, 12 july / 17 october 2019
Tony Cragg a Boboli, Firenze, Giardino di Boboli, 5 may / 27 october 2019
Josef Hoffman - Otto Prutscher, Brtnice (Czech Republic), Josef Hoffmann Museum, 1 july / 27 october 2019

Josef Hoffman, Otto Prutscher, Brtnice, Czech Republic, Josef Hoffmann MuseumThe 2019 annual exhibition in the Josef Hoffmann Museum in Brtnice, a joint exhibition of the Moravian Gallery, Brno, and the MAK, Vienna, is dedicated to Josef Hoffmann’s (1870–1956) association with Otto Prutscher (1880–1949). Like Hoffmann an architect and designer, Prutscher was master of all materials used in the applied arts. He was an exhibition designer, a teacher, and a member of the most important reform movements in art from the Secession to the Wiener Werkstätte and the Werkbund. On the occasion of the 70th anni- versary of Otto Prutscher’s death this year, the exhibition highlights the importance of his work for the development of Viennese Modernism.

Josef Hoffman, Otto Prutscher, Brtnice, Czech Republic, Josef Hoffmann MuseumStarting in the 1980s—together with the protagonists of the “Vienna Style” around 1900— Otto Prutscher started to gain wider recognition. Similar to Josef Hoffmann, the first comprehensive studies of whose works appeared in Italy after the Second World War, in Otto Prutscher’s case it was the Italian architectural journal Metamorfosi that, in 1994, issued his “Unpublished works from archives in Como and Vienna”.

Ten years younger than Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos, Otto Prutscher belonged to the first generation of Vienna Arts and Crafts School students to benefit from the curricular reforms directed by Felician von Mayrbach and from the teaching of young professors such as Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. Prutscher mastered a range of materials in his father’s cabinetmaking workshop, as well as as in bricklaying and carpentry apprenticeships, completed in the summer vacations.

After his acceptance at the the Vienna Arts and Crafts School in 1897, Prutscher took a course with Willibald Schulmeister in ornamental drawing, and later for two semesters a specialist class in architecture with Josef Hoffmann. The training he received from the secessionist architect Hoffmann and the premodern painter Matsch was to leave its mark on Prutscher’s designs and completed works—in terms of both the graphic quality of his designs and his orientation towards current trends in architecture. From 1907 Prutscher began to work for the Wiener Werkstätte, and from 1909 he taught, like Hoffmann, at the Arts and Crafts School.

Hoffmann worked with Prutscher for decades on projects such as the Vienna Kunstschau of 1908 and the Cologne Werkbund exhibition of 1914, sharing with him an unbounded creative drive. Today Prutscher’s recorded oeuvre includes over 50 buildings (villas, apartment houses, and portals), nearly 50 exhibitions organized and designed alone or with others, some 170 installations, over 300 designs for installations, and over 200 suites and individual pieces of furniture.

Prutscher’s designs were implemented by more than 200 enterprises, principally the Wiener Werkstätte but also important manufactories such as Backhausen, Klinkosch, Augarten, Meyr’s Neffe, Schappel and Melzer & Neuhardt, and the Deutsche Werkstätten in Dresden. In addition he was artistic advisor to Thonet, Loetz Witwe, and Wienerberger. Twenty years after the first monograph on and exhibition of his work (Otto Prutscher. 1880–1949. Architektur, Interieur, Design [Otto Perutscher, 1880–1949: Architecture, Interior, Design], University of Applied Arts Vienna, 1997), the exhibition JOSEF HOFFMANN – OTTO PRUTSCHER discusses Prutscher’s complex achievement against the background of Hoffmann’s oeuvre. Both spatially and thematically, it is a continuation of the permanent exhibition JOSEF HOFFMANN: Inspirations, that since 2009 has been tracing the roots Hoffmann’s artistic inspiration in his birthplace Brtnice. Starting on 20 November 2019, the MAK will be presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition: OTTO PRUTSCHER. Allgestalter der Wiener Moderne [Otto Prutscher: Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism].
L’invenzione di un linguaggio. Franco Purini e il tema dell’origine, 1964-1976, Venezia (Italy), IUAV Tolentini, Aula Magna, Gallerie del Rettorato, 26 june / 30 october 2019L’invenzione di un linguaggio, Franco Purini e il tema dell’origine, 1964-1976, Venezia, IUAV, 2019
La Luce. Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Firminy (France), Église Saint-Pierre, 22 march / 2 november 2019La Luce. Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Firminy (France), Église Saint-Pierre
Mon Univers, Zürich (Switzerland), Pavillon Le Corbusier, 11 may / 17 november 2019

Mon Univers, Zurich, Switzerland, Pavillon Le Corbusier, Heidi WeberThe exhibition Mon univers extends over all floors and is dedicated to the Swiss architect’s passion for collecting, giving visitors a glimpse of his versatile creative cosmos. Throughout his life, Le Corbusier pursued the vision of a synthesis of the arts, and for this purpose he amassed objects and trouvailles from art, industry, folklore, and nature, which he arranged in assemblages. He drew on a wide variety of objects as references and sources of inspiration for his various artistic practices—including conch shells, ceramics from the Balkans, flotsam, and industrial glass. The exhibition brings together originals from Le Corbusier’s private collection with historical photographs, casts, and paintings, as well as finds from nature. Loans from the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, important private collections, and the Antikenmuseum Basel enter into a visual and thematic dialogue with the pavilion.

On the lower level, around fifty personal collectibles from the Fondation Le Corbusier are presented, along with film clips of Le Corbusier (taken with a 16mm camera), and a wall of large- format film stills.

The legendary 1931 installation Les arts dits primitifs dans la maison d’aujourd’hui is recreated in the two-story atrium on the ground floor. In this installation in his studio, Le Corbusier arranged a cast of the Attic calf-bearer known as the Moscophoros alongside a painting by Fernand Léger, a Peruvian Chimu ceramic piece, a chunk of glass, a Benin bronze, a brick, a wicker chair, and his own painting in an exciting ensemble.

While on the lower level originals are shown and on the ground floor copies, the upper floor is devoted to a few originals that Le Corbusier would have gladly collected in the opinion of the curators. These include a Nimba shoulder mask from the Baga people, a marble Aphrodite (Antikenmuseum Basel), frightening Ekoi head masks, and a large-format ceramic vessel known as a tinaja from the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich’s Decorative Arts collection.
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019
BIG Formgiving, Copenhagen [København], DAC Danish Architecture Center, 12 june 2019 / 5 january 2020

An Architectural Future History from Big Bang to Singularity explores how the world around us has taken shape – and has been given shape – from the past to the present, with 71 BIG projects as glimpses of and gifts to our future. The show is on view until January 5, 2020.

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019The 1,350 m2 / 14,000 ft2 solo exhibition transforms the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) into a chronological passage from the past, to the present and the future. Beginning with the Big Bang, the oldest known point in time, the exhibition traverses the stairway of the BLOX building to lead visitors into the main gallery dedicated to the present: projects that currently populate the drawing boards, model workshops and databases across BIG’s studios worldwide and provide glimpses into our future.

“The Danish word for ‘design’ is ‘formgivning’ – which literally means, to give form to that which has not yet been given form. In other words: to give form to the future. And more specifically: to give form to the world that we would like to find ourselves living in – in the future. To create the sense of how the world around us has taken shape – and has been given form – from the past to the present – we have transformed the stairs of the Danish Architecture Center into a timeline counting down from the Big Bang to the present. Our projects provide glimpses of specific fragments of our future five, ten, and fifty years into the future. Rather than attempting to predict the future, we have the power to propose our future,” said Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner & Creative Director of BIG.

Returning to DAC since BIG’s first exhibition Yes is More launched in 2009, Kent Martinussen, CEO of the Danish Architecture Center states: “BIG is one of the most successful and innovative architectural firms of our time, and the man behind it, Bjarke Ingels, is a master at pushing boundaries, creating innovative architecture and redefining the value of architecture. DAC’s newest exhibition gives visitors a unique glimpse into the master’s own workshop and explains the design philosophy that is changing our world. We say we’re only limited by our imaginations, but BIG’s imagination is limitless.”

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019At the core of BLOX, the main gallery hosts 71 projects grouped according to the Gifts they each give to their users, neighborhood, city, landscape and environment in the form of 10 strategies: Adapt, Show, Respond, Marry, Host, Lift, Bond, Productize, Grow and Pool.

Bjarke Ingels continues: “With each project, we have the ability and power as Formgivers to go above and beyond what we have been asked to do and give the world a Gift that no one asked for – but now that it has been given – the world would be a lesser place without it and future generations will be better for it. By giving a Gift to the future with every project we do, each groundbreaking becomes a concrete step towards a world that is more like our dreams: Pragmatic Utopia.”

The “Golden Gallery” dedicated to LEGO allows children and adults to imagine, co-create and co-habit the world they want to live and play in. 25 BIG-designed buildings are recreated in LEGO bricks by AFoL (Adult Fans of LEGO) master builders from all over the world. Each model is paired with the building’s three-dimensional digital information model that embodies all technical aspects of the project – from the functional layouts, structure and circulation to the mechanical services and materials – into a single digital twin of the built reality. With these two data points – the ‘low-res’ physical abstractions of the LEGO models and the ‘high-res’ digital specifications – visitors see the complexity behind the playful simplicity.

The timeline continues as visitors descend the stairs from the present to the Singularity: the furthest hypothetical point in time predicted by futurist Ray Kurzweil. Each stair landing expands on how we are currently giving form to the future of Thinking, Sensing, Making and Moving. The evolution of Thinking dives into the emergence of artificial and collective intelligence; Sensing goes beyond perceiving reality to creating virtual and augmented reality through a new virtual design platform Hyperform, developed in collaboration with Squint/Opera and UNStudio; Making spans manual construction to robotic manufacturing; and Moving takes us from the movement of life forms across planet Earth to the future of interplanetary migration.
BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, Formgiving, Copenhagen, København, DAC, Danish Architecture Center, 2019
A catalogue exploring the notion of Formgiving will be published by Taschen by the end of the year.

Formgiving was made possible due to the generous support from Realdania, Industriens Fond, Beckett Fonden, Lego, Ole Kirk's Fond and many of our sponsors: “The urban development of the future needs architects who can walk unexpected paths. Bjarke Ingels turns huge, global challenges into limitless possibilities. He is a Danish world phenomenon who mobilizes sustainable urban development with spirit, creativity and imagination. BIG shows us that architecture can be unpretentious and down to earth. Realdania is delighted to support this exhibition, which demonstrates through play and learning that architecture creates the framework for our lives and therefore has an impact on us all,” said Jesper Nygård, CEO of Realdania.

Text edit by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group
Michele De Lucchi, Radici al vento, testa nella terra, Padova (Italy), Orto botanico, 14 march 2019 / 5 january 2020
Olafur Eliasson: In real life, London, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, 11 july / 5 january 2020
Enzo Cucchi, Roma, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, 27 september 2019 / 26 january 2020
Cose normali. Abitare con Vico Magistretti, Milano, Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti, 4 april 2019 / 20 febbraio 2020
Gio Ponti. Amare l'Architettura, Roma, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, 7 november 2019 / 26 april 2020
Mondo Mendini, Groningen (Netherlands), Groninger Museum, 12 october 2019 / 5 may 2020
 
 
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