Benoit Maire: LETREBenoit Maire: LETRE

02 September 2014

Benoit Maire: LETRE

Upcoming exhibition, La Verrière, Brussels, Belgium, 6 September until 18 October.

Benoît Maire’s project engages with the core themes of the ongoing ‘Gesture, and thought’ season. The show called ‘LETRE’ plays with the French homonyms of its title – lettre or ‘letter’ and l’être, a creature or being – as the pretext for a vast installation of sculptures, materials and collages arranged as a composition governed by no explicit rules, exploring sensation and the expression of thought as a form.  Benoît Maire’s generation of artists draws on metaphysical references while at the same..

Benoît Maire, Mathias, 2012, lambda print, 120 x 80 cm.

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31th Art Biennial of São Paulo31th Art Biennial of São Paulo

01 September 2014

31th Art Biennial of São Paulo

6 September - 7 December.

For the first time after the death of architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Ciccillio Matarazzo Pavillion opens its doors to one of São Paulo’s most important cultural events: the art biennale. With the intent of creating an experience related to that of a journey, or perhaps one among several journeys, the curatorial team composed by Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv with associate curators Benjamin Seroussi and Luiza Proença, propose an exercise of imagination or mental transformation capable of changing the course of existing events. The deal is then to find a new narrative, stepping out of the modern one, and finding unexpected ties between past and present. The key concepts turn around conflict, collectivity and the idea of trans- (as in transgression, translation, transcendence, transgender, transsexuality, transformation) with a touch of mystical and spiritual qualities. Confirmed names include artist Prabhakar Pachpute whose inventive drawings resonate with the curators’ interests, Juan Downey who traveled across the Americas in the 1980s making videos with indigenous populations, Jo Baer and Walid Raad wh..

Muller Van Severen, new workMuller Van Severen, new work

31 August 2014

Muller Van Severen, new work

Exhibition and book launch, Gallery Valerie Traan, Antwerp, Belgium, 4 September - 25 October.

Photographer Fien Muller (1978) and sculptor Hannes van Severen (1979) made their debut as a design duo at Gallery Valerie Traan in Antwerp three years ago. What might at first have been construed as a pleasant escapade of two visuals artists to a border zone between art and design, soon got another scope. Their joint furniture project was almost immediately picked up internationally, and is now getting a promising sequel with the new work they present in premiere at Gallery Valerie Traan. They continue their inspired quest for sculpturally interesting furniture objects - spontaneously and ..

Fien Muller & Hannes van Severen

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IN RESIDENCE WORKSHOP #7 Today was TomorrowIN RESIDENCE WORKSHOP #7 Today was Tomorrow

30 August 2014

IN RESIDENCE WORKSHOP #7 Today was Tomorrow

Workshops and exhibition, 4th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Swiss Pavilion, Giardini, Venice, Italy, 9-13 September.

IN Residence promotes contemporary design research through a set of closely correlated activities: an annual theme-oriented workshop, talks, exhibitions and a string of publications. From 9 - 13 September, the Swiss Pavilion, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, will host the workshop TODAY WAS TOMORROW, within the project “Swiss Summer School”. Professional designers and students will decode together the central meaning of the role that objects play in the “here and now” and how these influence the human experience. Their key questions will be: how can an artefact object set up relations with its user? And through which means can objects symbolically define the experience of present time?

The International Alvar Aalto CaféThe International Alvar Aalto Café

29 August 2014

The International Alvar Aalto Café

Architecture and design seminar, Jyväskylä, Finland, 30-31 August

The International Alvar Aalto Café seminar, themed 'Abundance', will explore the future and expectations of human and human-centric architecture and design. The keynote speaker for the seminar will be Harvard University professor of architectural theory and criticism Sanford Kwinter. In addition to Kwinter, the floor will also be taken by the Australian transport planner for the Guggenheim Lab Rachel Smith, the architecture critic and curator Marco Brizzi and the architect Klaas Hofman from the MVRDV architecture and urbanism practice. A professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Luisa Collina, and the interior architect and designer Esa Vesmanen will elaborate on the theme from the point of view of design.

#03 WHAT IF the 99% rather than the 1% would rule the market?#03 WHAT IF the 99% rather than the 1% would rule the market?

28 August 2014

#03 WHAT IF the 99% rather than the 1% would rule the market?

#12whatifs launched in preparation to Interieur Biennial 14, Kortrijk, Belgium, 17-26 October.

This is the 3th question in the #12whatifs series developed by Interieur Kortijk, to stimulate debate on possible future changes between man and interior. It may be clear, the upcoming 27th Biennial in Kortrijk (17-26th of October) will trigger our attention with an abundance of more or less fundamental questions and statements. Like British architect and author Joseph Grima - curator of the cultural program of INTERIEUR 2014 - who will confront visitors with an investigation into the essence and meaning of our home, since “the home, as we know it, no longer exists”.

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The Sustainable Dance Floor, the world’s first energy generating dance floorThe Sustainable Dance Floor, the world’s first energy generating dance floor

27 August 2014

The Sustainable Dance Floor, the world’s first energy generating dance floor

Exhibition ‘Elements of Architecture’ at the 14th International Architecture Biennale, Giardini & Arsenale, Venice, Italy, until 23 November.

Dutch design company Energy Floors launched the world’s first energy generating dance floor. By dancing on the floor, the audience powers the LED lights creating a human powered light show right below their feet.Only within the past year, the Sustainable Dance Floor produced more than 13 million joules and provided fun and awareness regarding energy for about 350.000 people.  The light show enlarges the interaction between visitors and enables the audience to become a dancing ‘energymeter’ as the LED’s charge according to the generated energy. Rem Koolhaas (OMA)..

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Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a SkinPrêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin

26 August 2014

Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin

The Green Village, TU Delft campus, Delft, the Netherlands.

Since this month, the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has the world's most sustainable house on its campus. With their ‘Prêt-à-Loger, Home with a Skin’, the TU Delft student team won the first prize in the Sustainability category at the Solar Decathlon 2014 - the Olympic Games for sustainable construction.  Since the key sustainability challenge of the future is to improve existing buildings, the student team chose to improve the sustainability of a terraced house from the 1960s. They applied a 'second skin', including a glass ..

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25 August 2014


Exhibitions and performances, Lasipalatsi Square, Helsinki, Finland, 25-31th of August

TO THE SQUARE 2 (#TSQ2) re-invigorates the question of public space as the crucial locus for the articulation of the political and the art of protest. From Tahrir to Taxim, from Occupy Wall Street to Blockupy Frankfurt, the hopeful new generation of rebellions of circa 2011 has been repressed, marginalized and removed from urban space. Bringing together the wit and experience of artists, activists and theorists from “the square”, the international Re-Aligned Project re-opens the question of public space as the crucial locus for the articulation of the political, and the art of p..

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Trading places. Designers meet the collectionTrading places. Designers meet the collection

24 August 2014 by Joerg Zimmerman

Trading places. Designers meet the collection

Exhibition, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden, Germany, until 2 November.

New director Tulga Beyerle is setting strong benchmarks at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden. With three exhibitions in 2014, she gives an impression what to expect the next years. For the intervention 'Trading places. Designers meet the collection', five design studios have been invited to set their hand to the Kunstgewerbemuseum collection: Daphna Laurens, Dechem, Judith Seng, Loris & Livia and mischer’traxler. They were given glimpses into the Depot where the museum stores its knowledge, reflecting the collection's huge variety. The designers selected items to put into..

Rochaden exhibition Pillnitz Museum

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SIT – LIE – ROCK. Furniture from ThonetSIT – LIE – ROCK. Furniture from Thonet

23 August 2014 by Joerg Zimmerman

SIT – LIE – ROCK. Furniture from Thonet

Exhibition, GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, until 14 September.

Family-owned manufacturer Thonet is well known for its famous bentwood bistro chair No. 14 and steel-tubed seating of the Bauhaus era like the S43 by Marten Stam, but there are more discoveries to be made. The exhibition Sit – Lie – Rock shows about 130 pieces, a surprising ramble through almost 200 years of furniture history. For the first time, an almost full profile of the company’s milestones is displayed, starting with the Thonet’s classics, and with a focus on the firm’s development since 1945. Pieces of the 1950s and 1960s revived the former zeitgeist th..

Gartenschaukelstuhl ST 459 Entwurf: Hanno von Gustedt, 1958/59 Rundstahl, lackiert, Kunststoffschnüre; Holz, lackiert. Picture: Constantin Meyer.

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ON THE MOVE: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic DesignON THE MOVE: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design

22 August 2014

ON THE MOVE: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design

Upcoming exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 29 August 2014 - 18 January 2015.

On the Move reveals the many ways in which artists and photographers work today, also in collaboration with graphic designers. The title On the Move refers both to new developments in photography and to the photographers who are literally on the move, travelling through the Netherlands and abroad for their work. 28 projects were selected for the exhibition, created by both young and more established artists and designers.

Sarah Carlier, The Lamb (video still), 2013, courtesy Sarah Carlier en LhGWR gallery - See more at:

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21 August 2014


Contest, Łódź, Poland, exhibition 9-19 October.

The make me! International contest and exhibition are one of the landmarks of the Łódź Design Festival, aimed at young designers. The ultimate goal of make me! is to promote the young generation of designers and stimulating a new way of thinking about the reality which surrounds us. This year 21 projects have been selected out of 247 applications; the selected projects will be presented during the exhibition.

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Olafur EliassonOlafur Eliasson

20 August 2014

Olafur Eliasson

Exhibition opening today, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark, until 4 January 2015.

Olafur Eliasson fills the entire South Wing of the Louisiana with a huge project that reverses the relationship between nature outside and art inside. Eliasson has exhibited at Louisiana several times, but so far it has either been the presentation of new acquisitions to the permanent collection or thematic shows such as The World is Yours, in which he contributed an ice-covered car entitled Your Mobile Expectations. This exhibition, in contrast, is very much a site-specific project. For the artist, Louisiana is a museum characterised by the interplay between na..

Olafur Eliasson, Iceland Series, 2004, C-print, © Olafur Eliasson

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Group show: A Simple PlanGroup show: A Simple Plan

19 August 2014

Group show: A Simple Plan

Upcoming exhibition, VILLA T.D., Kruiskerke-Ruiselede, Belgium, 29 August-20 September.

The group show ‘A Simple Plan’, curated by art critic Sam Steverlynck, takes places in a private villa belonging to artist/collector Frank Tuytschaever and his partner Caroline Degezelle. The villa was designed by the renowned Belgian architect Stéphane Beel. 13 artists of different generations were selected to take part in the exhibition. Most of them have produced new, site- specific work that enters into dialogue with the remarkable architecture and its surroundings, the Flemish village of Kruiskerke. One of the key figures in the show is the Belgian architect/artist R..

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Grand Opening exhibition of the PhotoBookMuseumGrand Opening exhibition of the PhotoBookMuseum

18 August 2014

Grand Opening exhibition of the PhotoBookMuseum

Opening exhibition, The PhotoBookMuseum, Carlswerk, Cologne-Mülheim, Germany, opening 19th of August from 3pm on, exhibition until 3 October.

The PhotoBookMuseum is the first museum in the world dedicated to the medium of the photo book in all its facets. For the initial phase of the museum’s operation, Photoszene Köln and the Cologne Foundation are presenting an international expo. This occasion marks the 175th anniversary of photography. A total of 24 exhibitions and photo book studies are being shown in a space of more than 5,000 square metres. The diverse accompanying programme includes lectures, workshops, discussions, and book signings by exhibiting artists and members of the advisory board.

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Art in the woods: Sites en LigneArt in the woods: Sites en Ligne

16 August 2014

Art in the woods: Sites en Ligne

Upcoming: Open air art event, 8th edition of the sculpture & installation symposium in the woods of Silly, Belgium, 18-24 August.

The art works are created in the woods, in a spirit of respect for the natural heritage of the region. This 8th edition will feature installations and sculptures by 30 international artists & groups of artists. The public is welcome to observe the works in progress and vote for the awards, and to meet the artists in a nice and friendly atmosphere. From 18th to 22nd of august: works in progress, from 23rd to 24th of august: works and awards presentation.

Bienal do LivroBienal do Livro

15 August 2014

Bienal do Livro

Biennial, Anhembi Exhibition Pavilion, São Paulo, Brazil, 22–31 August.

Just as books transform the world, the 23nd São Paulo International Book Biennial transforms the city of São Paulo in August. Under one roof and covering a total area of 60,000 m², the biennial brings together Brazil’s main publishing houses, bookstores, and distributors, which present the most important editorial launches to some 800,000 visitors and offers a unique diversity of titles. In addition to being a place for doing business, the event gathers representatives from the creative and production chain. The event attracts a widely-varied audience, you..

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Line Depping is the winner of Formex's 2014 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the YearLine Depping is the winner of Formex's 2014 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the Year

14 August 2014

Line Depping is the winner of Formex's 2014 Nova Design Award – Nordic Designer of the Year

Line Depping is the winner of the Nova Award 2014 for her self-explanatory and esthetically assured design. Line Depping is from Denmark and has run her own design studio in Copenhagen since 2007. For Line Depping, it is crucial to see a good reason to create a new piece of furniture; an opportunity to add something to an object that expands its usefulness. Her expression is simple, and her emphasis on function also involves making room for disorder in order to accommodate the messy and chaotic aspects of life. Line Depping has a special focus on materials. She mainly works with wood bu..

Line Depping (r).

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Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for LondonGilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London

13 August 2014

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London

Exhitibion, White Cube, London (Bermondsey), UK, until 28 September.

The SCAPEGOATING PICTURES unflinchingly describes the volatile, tense, accelerated, and mysterious reality of our increasingly technological, multi-faith and multi-cultural world. It is a world in which paranoia, fundamentalism, surveillance, religion, accusation, and victimhood become moral shades of the city’s temper. Gilbert & George take their place in the shattered and spirit-like forms shown here. At times they are masked, at times grotesquely capering skeletons, at times dead-eyed and impassive. These ‘pictures’ consolidate and advance the art of the duo as a vi..

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