07 December 2013
The Sculpture Factory
Exhibition Quayola at MU | Strijp S MU | De Witte Dame Eindhoven, Netherlands, until 22 December.
Italian-born artist Quayola uses contemporary digital technology to tackle classic aesthetics and the universal rules for beauty and perfection. Until now he has mostly created his studies of Renaissance paintings in the form of projections, installations, photography, and multimedia adaptations. However, for this specially developed show he has entered the realm of sculpture. Inspired by Michelangelo: the unfinished series of four ‘Prigioni’, or Slaves, made between 1513– 1534, Quayola pays homage, while concentrating on the process of shaping the material. On show are: his studio, his sources, the software he has developed and the creativity that allows something new to arise from a work of art that has been around for centuries.
07 December 2013 / DAMn°41
Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China, until 28 February 2014.
UABB is co-organised by the closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Urban Border is premised on the pluralist values of urbanism, with UABB(SZ) at the centre of that global conversation. Globally, rapidly developing cities and a drive for urbanisation have, to a considerable extent, embodied certain kinds of mainstream tendencies and homogeneity: an alternative reading being the disregard or even effacement of urban diversity, difference, and specificity. Sociologically, ‘border’ can imply peripheral spaces of the city, fringe groups, marginal lifestyles; in the context of political science, ‘border’ can refer to how urban public resources are organised and distributed; and in urban geography, ‘border’ can denote the interstices of urban development as well as the interrelatedness between the city and natural ecologies.
06 December 2013 / DAMn°41
American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe MoMA
exhibition in MoMA, until 26 January 2014.
American Modern takes a fresh look at the museum’s holdings of American art made between 1915 and 1950, and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century. Including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, the show brings together some of the most celebrated masterworks, contextualising them across mediums and amid lesser-seen but revelatory works by artists who expressed compelling emotional and visual tendencies. The selection depicts subjects as diverse as urban and rural landscapes, scenes of industry, still-life compositions, and portraiture, and is organised thematically, with visual connections trumping strict chronology.
06 December 2013 / DAMn°41 by Anna Sansom
Mythologising a Legend
A book on Mandela’s prison
Nelson Mandela was an incredible human being. We all think so, but Koto Bolofo thinks so most. He has taken it upon himself to walk in Mandela’s shoes during the segment of his life that comprised of imprisonment on Robben Island. Capturing in images the details of this special man’s existence during that period by documenting all that he would have seen and done, in addition to the remnants and marks he left behind, the otherwise fashion photographer has made visible the evidence that testifies to Nelson Mandela’s time in confinement, thereby paying him great tribute. DAM..
05 December 2013 / DAMn°41
XX Models. Young Belgian Architecture.
Exhibition, Bozar Brussels, Belgium, until 28 February 2014
Presented is a collection of 20 models, each of which has been produced by an emerging Belgian architectural practice in the last 10 years. The scale models represent 20 buildings with a public or collective programme. Most of the projects are situated in the endless conurbation of Belgium, one of Europe’s most densely populated countries. In this context of urban sprawl, the political, cultural, social and linguistic borders are substitutes for the vanishing urban borders. This results in the creation of a complex field of shared territories and landscapes. With their public or c..
05 December 2013
These boots are made for...
Business of Design Week, Hong Kong, until 8 December.
This year’s Business of Design Week in Hong Kong is dedicated to Belgian creativity. One of the highlights of the Belgian Spirit program was the uncovering of the most expensive pair of diamond boots in the world. An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx designed a pair of black leather ankle boots with a paisley pattern completely covered 1,527 carats of white and natural fancy colored champagne, grey and pink diamonds from Diarough/UNI-Design. A team of highly skilled craftsmen at the Indian manufacturing plant of UNI-Design set all 38,883 diamonds on the boots. The diamonds were placed on the boots in a sophisticated manner, using 4,753 grams of gold. For the A.F.Vandevorst cross-shaped logo, extremely rare redish pink diamonds have been used. The whole process, from de- signing the boots, producing them, selecting, sorting and shipping the diamonds to finally the actual setting of the diamonds on the boots took 30,000 man hours.
04 December 2013 / DAMn°41
This small table has die-cast supports to hold a steel tray in a painted or copper finish.
04 December 2013 / DAMn°41
Design Miami/ 2013
Global forum for design, Miami, 4-8 December.
Today Design Miami / kikcks off. A certain eye-catcher is the public environment at the entrance to the fair, a pavilion called ‘Tent Pile’, designed by NY-based studio Formlessfinder. “Tent Pile refers to two phenomena very particular to Miami, the ubiquity of sand, the material Miami is literally built upon, and Miami’s architectural vernacular, a kind of tropical post-war modernism, with distinctive hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces, often covered by emblematic cantilevered roofs” Design Miami / director Marianne Goebl says.
03 December 2013 / DAMn°41
exhibition Irene Kopelman, La Verrière Hermès, Brussels,until 14 December.
The Gestes de la Pensée series continues with this installation – a hymn to asymmetry in nature. The artist combines scientific research and minutely detailed reconstruction, inviting the visitor to the pleasures of contemplation. Kopelman applies herself to the non-expert, deliberate, passionate re-appropriation of cognitive experience, drawing on the modes and forms of scientific investigation, but she also obliterates its speculative aims, falling back on a sense of wonder at those fascinating, complex, chaotic forms. As the presiding genius of the series, Marcel Duchamp would doubtless have saluted this hybrid installation’s meticulous formal associations and artisanship, which borders on poetry.
03 December 2013
Design Miami/ Laffanour Galerie Downtown
Solo exhibit of rare Charlotte Perriand pieces
Laffanour Galerie Downtown lauches a solo exhibition of rare pieces by pioneering modernist architect and designer Charlotte Perriand at Design Miami/, December 4-8, booth G10. "Charlotte Perriand - A House in Montmartre" brings together a selection of designs created for Maison Borot, the residence of industrialist Jean Borot and brilliantly encapsulates the breadth of Perriand's work. In addition to the exhibition, Laffanour will show original Perriand pieces at the Louis Vuitton boutique located in the Miami Design District, in conjunction with the Louis Vuitton tribute..
02 December 2013 / DAMn°41
I see you
Exhibition, Detroit International Videonale Kunsthalle, Detroit, until 17 December.
The Detroit International Videonale premieres works by: Bill Viola, William Kentridge, Alfredo Jaar, Brian Eno, Gary Hill, Isaac Julien, Vanessa Beecroft, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Monica Bravo, MentalKlinik (Yasemin Baydar and Birol Demir), Jennifer Bornstein, Jeremy Deller, Daniel Askill, Camille Henrot, Sabine Massenet, Corine Stuebi, Hugo Arcier, Mihai Grecu, Jeanne Susplugas, Eric Michel, Pleix, Emilie Essel, Judith Darmont, Photon Shepherds, Willie Doherty, and Amador, as well as screenings and events by: Aziz Cucher, Brandon Morse, Chris..
02 December 2013
Terminal 3, by Fuksas Architects
New airport Shenzhen inaugurated
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Terminal 3, designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, opened after a remarkably rapid design and construction process of 3 years. Terminal 3 includes pioneering eco-friendly design, and is the first airport terminal certified to the National Green Building Star Label in China, which assesses buildings based on several environmental indicators such as energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality and maintenance requirements. Terminal 3 will make Shenzhen the fourth-largest airport in China following Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, with a total capacity of 45m passengers per year.
01 December 2013 / DAMn°41
This chair began as a personal challenge to create a 3D form from a single 2D curve. Through bending layers of thin laminated strips it was possible to retain some of the wood's inherent flexibility and to contort the curve into its compound shape.
01 December 2013 / DAMn°41
exhibition, Design Academy Eindhoven and Royal College of Art, at MUDAC in Lausanne, until 09 February 2014
The mudac has made a habit of offering its spaces to recent graduates of the Swiss universities of art and design. But it has now been incited to open its doors to the latest generation of European creators, as a way of exploring recent trends beyond its national boundaries. The Design Academy Eindhoven and the Royal College of Art have a highly innovative approach to design, and neither has any qualms about challenging the conventional functionality of objects. In this way, both tend to come up with experimental and conceptual pieces imbued with humour and poetry. Hence they have ..
30 November 2013 / DAMn°41
Lars Beller Fjetland
The inspiration for the chair’s construction came in studying various tools, bikes, and domestic appliances. The cast metal is fused together with the wooden parts using an ancient method employed for hammers and axes. The ability of wood to retract, expand, and be squeezed by adding or removing water is what holds this structure together. When the wood dries, it instantly wants to find its natural shape and density. The inherent force of the ash wood seamlessly locks the two materials together.
29 November 2013
Atelier à Habiter
Z33, Hasselt, Belgium 01 December - 30 March 2014
Atelier à Habiter is a studio-experiment in which artists, architects, and designers rethink and redefine the concept of 'dwelling'. We are confronted worldwide with new demographic, social, environmental, and economic challenges, along with the reinvention of systems. Will modernism’s concept of the machine à habiter, the house as a machine for living in, built from standard elements to meet standard needs, experience a shift in identity and become the atelier à habiter, or workshop/studio as a machine for living in, where the creative resident her/himself presides as planner, organiser, and designer?
28 November 2013 / DAMn°41
A faithful remake of the iconic RM58 armchair originally designed by Roman Modzelewski in 1958. Created anew after over 50 years, it now uses polyethylene instead of fiberglass, and aside from the classic varnished version it is also available in a matte finish.
27 November 2013 / DAMn°41
Exhibition in Kemistry Gallery London, until 30 November.
Amsterdam-based illustrator Stefan Glerum spent four years in Breda studying illustration at the Academy St. Joost. He also worked as an assistant to one of the country’s most celebrated comic artists, Joost Swarte. Glerum’s style is like a melting pot of illustration heritage. While its subconscious familiarity has universal appeal, his work is also a point of study for those with knowledge of graphic design history. Inspired by early 20th century movements such as Art Deco, Bauhaus, Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, he combines his work with popular themes, executed in a style reminiscent of the clear line.
26 November 2013 / DAMn°41
This armchair tweaks the traditional design to nonchalantly assert itself,and is especially comfortable.
26 November 2013
Linked, the collection is networking
In Design Museum, Gent, Belgium.
An exhibition with the Design Museum best pieces, linked to other work from outside, thus establishing new surprising connections. ‘Linked-The collection is networking’ is in part an attempt at an inventory as the masterpieces of the current collection are the points of departure. At the same time the exhibition is a tribute to honorary director Lieven Daenens, who made the selection and was the museum director from 1974 until 30 September of this year.