Ai Weiwei. According to What?Ai Weiwei. According to What?

24 April 2014 / DAMn°44

Ai Weiwei. According to What?

Exhibition, Morris A.& Meyer Schapiro Wing, Brooklyn Museum, New York, until 10 August.

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. Featuring over 30 works spanning more than 20 years, the exhibition explores universal topics of culture, history, politics, and tradition, showcasing the artist’s remarkable interdisciplinary career as a photographer, sculptor, architect, and activist. These works spotlight issues of freedom of expression, as well as individual and human rights both in China and globally. Many are minimal in form and method, while others manipulate traditional furniture, ancient pottery, and daily objects in ways that question cultural values and challenge political authority.

Ai Weiwei, 2012. Photo by Gao Yuan.

Donald Judd. Home and Studio.Donald Judd. Home and Studio.

24 April 2014

Donald Judd. Home and Studio.

restoration of 101 Spring Street by Architecture Research Office

Recently, the Donald Judd Home + Studio opened to the public, after a three-year restoration that made the building accessible to public for the first time in its history. Architecture Research Office led the meticulous, comprehensive restoration of 101 Spring Street, an 1870 cast-iron building that the artist Donald Judd purchased in 1968 and in which he lived and worked until his death in 1994. The building, designed by Nicholas Whyte, is notable for its elegant, extensively glazed exterior and for the signifi cant interior modifi cations that Judd made to display art, including work by h..

2nd floor. ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH OFFICE Donald Judd Home + Studio Photo credit: Joshua White-Judd Foundation Archives.

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Under the InfluenceUnder the Influence

23 April 2014 / DAMn°44

Under the Influence

Exhibiton, John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, The Photographers' Gallery, London, until 13 July 2014.

This exhibition explores the hidden corners and colourful characters of 1950s and early-60s London Soho, as seen through the eyes of John Deakin (1912 - 1972). Considered to be one of the greatest postwar British photographers, Deakin was renowned for his penetrating portraits, haunting street scenes, and striking fashion work. The exhibition includes rarely seen works, including portraits of the painters Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, and Francis Bacon. It also includes images of writers Dylan Thomas, Daniel Farson, and Jeffrey Bernard, the celebrated beauty and artistís model Henrietta Moraes, and Muriel Belcher, proprietor of the fabled drinking den The Colony Room.

Under The Infuence: John Deakin, Tony Abbro of Abbro & Varriano, newsagents, Dean Street, Soho, 1961, © John Deakin, The John Deakin Archive, 2013.


22 April 2014


Exhibition, until January 4th, 2015

Building on the premise of the book, the exhibition revisits the characteristics, attitudes, and mentalities that made Chicago and proposes five principles of architectural action and urban engagement that we call Chicagoisms: Vision Shapes History, Optimism Trumps Planning, Ambition Overcomes Nature, Technology Makes Spectacle, and Crisis Provokes Innovation. Mined from the history of the city, the Chicagoisms are also deployed as springboards for new experiments. Nine teams of co-conspirators – Bureau Spectacular, DOGMA, MVRDV, ORG, PORT, Sam Jacob Studio, Sean Lally/Weathers, UrbanLab, and WW – have conceived visions inspired by the city that project as models from an array of historical imagery, and together these elements construct a panorama of alternative urban worlds. By exploring Chicago's constructive history and offering views of possible futures, the exhibition calls for a renewed boldness to engage the contemporary city.

Letters to the MayorLetters to the Mayor

22 April 2014

Letters to the Mayor

Exhibition, Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street, New York, until May 24. Opening April 29, 7pm.

An exhibition featuring letters written by fifty international architects to the mayors of their cities and the winning entries of the Competition of Competitions. As a civic figure, the architect has the privilege and responsibility to articulate and translate the collective aspirations of society, and specifically of those not able to sit at the decision-making tables.

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Italian Futurism 1909–1944. Reconstructing the UniverseItalian Futurism 1909–1944. Reconstructing the Universe

21 April 2014 / DAMn°43

Italian Futurism 1909–1944. Reconstructing the Universe

Exhibition, Guggenheim, New York, until 01 September.

The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the US, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception, with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909, through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works, the chronological exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theatre, and performance. To convey the myriad artistic languages employed by the Futur..

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An oasis of calm in Museumpark RotterdamAn oasis of calm in Museumpark Rotterdam

19 April 2014

An oasis of calm in Museumpark Rotterdam

Start construction of The New Pavilion 2014 Yourtopia by SeARCH on 5 May

This summer Het Nieuwe Instituut is building a temporary house designed by architecture firm SeARCH on its grounds, directly opposite Sonneveld House. The pavilion opens its doors to visitors free of charge on 29 May. Bjarne Mastenbroek, founder of SeARCH, describes the design as a Yourtopia, a vision of 21st-century living that is as personal as it is utopian. Social themes such as the influence of globalisation, the longing for privacy, and the almost perverse imbalance in prosperity have radically altered the role of contemporary architects. In the pavilion design SeARCH returns to a fundamental question: what is the minimum needed to achieve a maximum quality of life?

Art Brussels 2014Art Brussels 2014

18 April 2014

Art Brussels 2014

Upcoming: contemporary art fair, Brussels Expo, Halls 1 & 3, Brussels, Belgium, 25-27 April.

This contemporary art fair brings together under one roof 190 contemporary art galleries from all over the world; more than 2000 artists (international well-known names as well as promising young talents); and 30.000 contemporary art lovers (among them local and international collectors). Art Brussels has the reputation of being Europe's leading cutting-edge contemporary art fair.

Evo MusartEvo Musart

16 April 2014 / DAMn°43

Evo Musart

upcoming: 3rd International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design, ETSIIT & CITIC, Granada, Spain, 23-25 April 2014

There is no doubt as to the importance of the field of evolutionary and biologically inspired (artificial neural network, swarm, artificial life) music, sound, art, and design. The use of biologically sourced techniques for the development of artistic systems is a recent, exciting, and significant area of research. There is a growing interest in the application of these techniques in fields such as visual art and music generation, analysis, and interpretation; sound synthesis; architecture; video; poetry; design; and other creative sectors. The main goal of Evo MUSART 2014 is to bring together researchers who are using biologically inspired computer techniques for artistic tasks, providing the opportunity to promote, present, and discuss on-going works in these areas.

Lingua FrancaLingua Franca

15 April 2014

Lingua Franca

D-Crit Conference, May 2, 12:30–7:00 p.m., in SVA Theatre, NYC.

The fifth annual conference organized by graduating students of the SVA MFA in Design Criticism will welcome British architecture critic and curator Justin McGuirk; author and critic Nicholson Baker; curator of Design and Architecture at Hong Kong's new museum M+ Aric Chen; critic, historian and theorist Sylvia Lavin; and creator of the MIT Press Mediawork project Peter Lunenfeld. “Here at D-Crit we want to reach as broad an audience as possible for our investigations into design, its contexts, and consequences. A perpetual, and yet engaging, challenge is to find a language and a way of talking about design that makes sense to regular people whose ‘mother tongue’ may not be design-ese; but without flattening out our deep research or rounding the edges of our distinctively accented perspectives. We find in design criticism the potential for a ‘lingua franca’ that would allow not only the freer trade of ideas and methods between disciplines, but also a means for more thoughtful public debate about design and its repercussions.”

Autonomy Exchange ArchiveAutonomy Exchange Archive

14 April 2014

Autonomy Exchange Archive

Exhibition, Paul Branca, David Horvitz & Fawn Krieger, West, Den Haag, the Netherlands, 24.04 - 07.06.

In 1934, Marcel Duchamp reproduced ninety-four of his works, annotating them and fitting them snugly into a cardboard box lined with green silk. Titled 'La boîte verte' (The green box) and created in an edition of 166, the series circulated Duchamp's ideas and objectives to a much wider audience. 'Autonomy Exchange Archive' presents works and artifacts originating from multi-faceted projects by New York based artists Paul Branca, David Horvitz, and Fawn Krieger. Through processes of exchange and intervention upon pre-existing structures or situations, 'residual' materials including documents, photographs, and objects are generated.

Welcome to IraqWelcome to Iraq

13 April 2014

Welcome to Iraq

Exhibition, South London Gallery, Peckham Road, London, until 1st of June.

The South London Gallery presents a restaging of the group exhibition, Welcome to Iraq, originally shown as part of the National Pavilion of Iraq in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Works in a variety of media by eleven contemporary artists, most of whom live and work in Iraq, were selected to highlight the breadth of artistic practice in Iraq and a creativity borne out of necessity in extraordinary historical circumstances.

Jamal Penjweny, Saddam is Here, courtesy the artist and RUYA Foundation

Roberto Cuoghi: Šuillakku CorralRoberto Cuoghi: Šuillakku Corral

12 April 2014

Roberto Cuoghi: Šuillakku Corral

Upcoming exhibition, Third Floor galleries, New Museum, New York, April 30–June 29.

Through an array of unconventional media, Roberto Cuoghi’s projects explore ideas of metamorphosis, hybridity, and violence. In the past, he has used mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and animation to confront the challenges of self-representation as well as psychological transformation. For his exhibition in the Third Floor galleries of the New Museum, Cuoghi will present Šuillakku – corral version (2008–14), an immersive sound installation in the form of an imagined ancient Assyrian lament from 612 BC, performed on a collection of handmade instrume..

Roberto Cuoghi, Šuillakku – corral version, 2008–14. Sound installation. Courtesy the artist and Massimo De Carlo.

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Design City 2014Design City 2014

11 April 2014

Design City 2014

Upcoming: Luxembourg Biennial 'Into the Process', from 23rd April to 15th June.

If you consider Luxembourg a boring banking village, only enhanced by buildings of European institutions, it is essential that you discover this rapidly changing small country for yourself as it is only 2 hours away by high-speed train from Paris. The third opus of the Design City biennial in Luxembourg is devoted to the question of design in public areas and its integration in everyday life. Against the grain of conventional clichés, the Design City Biennial organized by the Mudam is perhaps the first pretext to go and take an exploratory look at this up-and-coming country.

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Imagining Childhood Between Unlimited  Possibilities and Impossible LimitationsImagining Childhood Between Unlimited  Possibilities and Impossible Limitations

10 April 2014 / DAMn°43

Imagining Childhood Between Unlimited Possibilities and Impossible Limitations

exhibiition, Design Museum Holon, Israel 16 April – 31 May.

Opening during Holon Design Week 2014, the work of Israeli designers who engage in children's book illustration and in designing outdoor games and playgrounds, is being presented at the Design Museum. These designers enable children to explore a world of imagination and to contend with the challenges involved, alongside some actual and imaginary dreams.

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Felix & FoamFelix & Foam

10 April 2014

Felix & Foam

Upcoming: opening Felix &Foam, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam, 17th of April.

For six months Felix &Foam, a collaboration between photography museum Foam and its partners will be thé place where art, culture and events meet. The festive opening of Felix &Foam in Felix Meritis on the Keizersgracht 324 in Amsterdam takes place on 17 April. Foam presents 'The Space Between Us', an exhibition in Felix & Foam between 18 April and 22 June, containing a.o. works of Elza Jo.

Myself as a Mandrill 04, 2011 © Elza Jo. Courtesy the artist and Cokkie Snoei Amsterdam/Rotterdam.

Manifesto | the first retrospective on NUCLEOManifesto | the first retrospective on NUCLEO

09 April 2014

Manifesto | the first retrospective on NUCLEO

Retrospective, Italian Institute of Culture, Hôtel de Galliffet, Paris, until 6 May.

NUCLEO, a Turin based studio collective founded and directed by Piergiorgio Robino, represents artists, designers and artisans who give projects an artisanal form. The 15 works on show in the Hôtel de Galliffet are of different formats, all realised with various techniques developed during the past five years. They are made in resin, wood and metal, which all have as a common ground a history conceived in its complete form of past, present and future, that is then manipulated and folded in accordance with creation, investigating Mankind through Time. NUCLEO’s research is exp..

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DAMn° à la MilaneseDAMn° à la Milanese

08 April 2014

DAMn° à la Milanese

Bar Basso Party, 10 years of DAMn° magazine, Via Plinio 39, Take-off: 9 April, 10pm.

Earlier this spring we discovered that our friends from Punkt. have a fetish for pigeons... Especially those flying widowhood and carrying messages... DAMN° also has a weakness for the Columbidae family, be it more on a plate in our Food files... Anyway, for the 3rd time running, both parties join forces and invite you for a great time at Bar Basso. From bird worship to quirky cocktails, it will be a multisensory experience that we are pretty sure you won't want to miss.

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Source Material - a project by Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and Marco VelardiSource Material - a project by Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and Marco Velardi

07 April 2014

Source Material - a project by Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and Marco Velardi

upcoming: exhibition of 52 objects during the Salone, in Kaleidoscope Project Space, via Macedonio Melloni 33, Milano, 8-12 April.

The three organizers — designers Jasper Morrison, Jonathan Olivares and creative director Marco Velardi — asked a group of approximately forty creative minds, from the fields of architecture, art, cuisine, design, film and music, to provide a piece of source material of personal value, found within their regular working or living environment. Seen as points of departure — not ends — from which the creative mind orients itself, these references capture some of the raw impetus, pre-work scratchings of the group of people included.

ERWAN BOUROULLEC Sewing machine.

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A Touch of DivinityA Touch of Divinity

07 April 2014 / DAMn°43 by Veerle Devos

A Touch of Divinity

Exhibition Every Colour Is Divine, Salone del Mobile, Milan, 09–11 April.

Two years ago in Milan, Kvadrat impressed many visitors during the Salone with a refreshing exhibition, presenting innovative applications and variations on the Hallingdal 65 - one of the company's most successful and longstanding fabrics - by emerging and established designers from all areas. For this year’s edition of the fair, the Danish textile company has once more invited a varied bunch of highend international designers and curators to explore the various possibilities of yet another of Kvadrat’s upholstery materials, Divina. The whole project is being exhibited d..

DIVINA collection

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