Yves Saint Laurent: Style is EternalYves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal

06 July 2015

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal

Exhibition, The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle, Co Durham, UK, 11 July – 25 October

Highlighted are the defining elements of Yves Saint Laurent’s vision, and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear. After heading up the Christian Dior fashion house from 1957 to 1960 as Artistic Director, the designer created his own fashion house with partner Pierre Bergé. For 40 years, Yves Saint Laurent focused entirely on the creative side, defining a new style and composing the quintessential elements of the modern woman’s wardrobe: the pea jacket and&..

Yves Saint Laurent: Cocktail dress, Fall/Winter 1966, inspired by Pop Art


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Young Architects Program 2015Young Architects Program 2015

06 July 2015

Young Architects Program 2015

Exhibition, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, until 7 September.

The winning project of the 16th Young Architects Program (YAP) is a unique construction by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, called COSMO. It's a moveable artifact, made out of customized irrigation components, to make visible and enjoyable the so-far hidden urbanism of pipes we live by. An assemblage of ecosystems, based on advanced environmental design, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the PH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. It takes four days for the 3,000 gall..

COSMO by Andres Jaque / Office for Political Innovation


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Mary Reid Kelley Mary Reid Kelley 

05 July 2015

Mary Reid Kelley 

Exhibition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA, until 27 September

Trained as painter, Mary Reid Kelley creates narrative videos set within her own stylised black and white drawings. In her works, her characters – all roles usually played by the artist – move through black-and-white scenery and speak in poetic verse written by the artist. Beginning with a video exploring the Greek myth of the Minotaur, a second video tells about the Minotaur’s family history, rich with bawdy double-entendres and visual language. The third work of the trilogy premiers in Reid Kelley’s Hammer Project. A mix of Greek cartoon, slapstick, and multidimensional wordplay, the artist’s videos explore the roles of women, sexuality, language, and art historical tropes.

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley; still from Swinburne's Pasiphae, 2014; HD video, b+w, sound, 8:58 min; courtesy of the artists, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, and Pilar Corrias, London


Individual Stories: Collecting as Portrait and MethodologyIndividual Stories: Collecting as Portrait and Methodology

05 July 2015

Individual Stories: Collecting as Portrait and Methodology

Exhibition, Kunsthalle Wien, Museums Quartier, Vienna, Austria, until 11 October

Photographs, books, and knick-knacks: artists collect a variety of objects. Their interest may lie in the formal, the aesthetic, or the conceptual. While they generate personal collections regardless of their artistic practice, they also create collections based on artistic methods. The collection may itself reach the status of a work of art. Individual Stories considers the collection a portrait of its collector and also an artistic method, an expression of curiosity, transforming discovery, or a systematic approach to certain worlds of objects. The result is a compilation of individual collections that could not be more different.

Woman lying down and sharks' teeth, from Collection préhistorique, 2009, by Camille Henrot; C-type print, 40 × 30 cm; © Camille Henrot, ADAGP, and galerie kamel mennour, Paris


David Adjaye selectsDavid Adjaye selects

05 July 2015

David Adjaye selects

Exhibition, Cooper Hewitt, New York, USA, until 14 February 2016

Architect David Adjaye mines the museum’s permanent collection for the 12th exhibition in the on-going Selects series. On view in the Marks Gallery, the exhibition features 14 West and Central African textiles from the museum’s textile holdings, including an Asante kente cloth from Ghana, a bògòloanfini mud cloth from Mali, a Dyula ikat wrapper from Ivory Coast, a Yoruba indigo dyed wrapper from Nigeria and men’s hats from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Cameroon.

Pelete Bite cloth from the Kalabari Ijo people of Nigeria, 1930s; hand-loomed cotton, plain weave with withdrawn-thread patterning; 363 x 87 cm; Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund, 1988; photo by Matt Flynn


Michael Van den AbeeleMichael Van den Abeele

04 July 2015

Michael Van den Abeele

Exhibition, M Museum Leuven, Belgium, until 4 October

Michael Van den Abeele experiments with optical effects, texture, the use of colour, and various materials. This exploration treats specific themes: from science fiction to exoticism and from palaeontology to camouflage. In his abstract works – often reproductions of digital compositions – Van den Abeele pursues this experiment further. In a new series of paintings, he depicts dinosaurs and landscapes in outer space. At M, he presents this series in conjunction with an animated film and some earlier works, in the form of a spatial installation.

© Michael Van den Abeele


Serpentine PavilionSerpentine Pavilion

04 July 2015

Serpentine Pavilion

Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, until 18 October

Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world's greatest architects. This year the honour goes to Spanish architects selgascano, an award-winning studio headed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano. The design is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like web..

Serpentine Pavilion: Design by SelgasCano, 2015; rendering - night view © Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano


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03 July 2015


Michael Anastassiades for FLOS

Flos, legendary for its superior Italian lighting craftsmanship, just launched a table lamp providing diffused light: Copycat. The lamp created by Cypriot-born designer Michael Anastassiades is made of two touching spheres that hold up each other in a delicate and poetic balance. The smaller sphere, available in several finishes, hides an LED source that radiates the lighting beam inside the glass sphere, thus delivering a smooth and uniform light.  


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Ode to OsakaOde to Osaka

03 July 2015

Ode to Osaka

Exhibition, Nasjonalmuseet – Arkitektur The Fehn Pavilion and The Vault, Oslo, Norway, until 13 September

In 1970, Sverre Fehn took part in a competition to design the Nordic Pavilion for the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, which he did not win. Fehn’s proposal has now been recreated here, inside the exhibition pavilion that was also designed by Fehn. His concept for the breathing pavilion in Japan consists of two inflatable forms in which fresh air stands in contrast to Osaka's heavily polluted outside air. Seventy-seven countries contributed to the exhibition, the main theme of which was Progress and Harmony for Man..

Concept for the Nordic Pavilion for the World Expo in Osaka, designed by Sverre Fehn, 1970; photo by Sverre Fehn


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Century of the Child: Nordic Design for ChildrenCentury of the Child: Nordic Design for Children

03 July 2015

Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children

Exhibition, Design Museum Copenhagen, Denmark, until 30 August

From junk playgrounds and Odder’s perambulators to Winther’s tricycles and LEGO blocks. As well as reflecting the prevailing attitudes towards children at various points in history, this exhibition reflects the phenomenon of childhood itself. Here you can explore 20th century Nordic art, architecture, and design for children. The presentation covers all aspects of child-centred design, from posters, toys, and children’s books to furniture, schools, and playgrounds – with a particular focus on Danish design.

Century of the Child: Babysitter, by BabyBjörn, 1961; photo © BabyBjörn


Tapestry? From Picasso to MessagerTapestry? From Picasso to Messager

02 July 2015 by Anna Sansom

Tapestry? From Picasso to Messager

Exhibition, Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Angers, France, until 31 October.

The question mark in the exhibition's title is a deliberate provocation that is intended to invite reflection on the status of tapestry. The assembled works exemplify how, over the course of the last century, diverse techniques have been developed resulting in textile pieces becoming sculptural and collaged.

Ulla von Brandenburg, detail curtain, photo courtesy Art Concept Paris


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ECAL Appartement 50ECAL Appartement 50

02 July 2015

ECAL Appartement 50

Exhibition, Cité Radieuse, Marseille, France, 4 - 19 July

Twelve Master Product Design students of ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne were invited to reflect on a collection of objects to meet everyday needs in the Cité Radieuse in Marseille. The outcome of this research is being displayed as part of an exhibition staged in Apartment 50.

Overview: © Michel Bonvin



01 July 2015


The festival brings together exhibitions and exchanges around an international competition open to young designers. In a manner similar to its fashion and photography festival, design parade furthers the assistance the villa Noailles provides towards young artists and unites designers, industry professionals, journalists and the public.


Aldo Bakker: Containing ContentAldo Bakker: Containing Content

30 June 2015

Aldo Bakker: Containing Content

Exhibition, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam, Netherlands, until 26 July.

Containing Content’, is a solo exhibition focussing solely on Dutch designer Aldo Bakker's pouring vessels, of which three will be presented for the first time. Looiersgracht 60 is a non-profit exhibition centre for art, design and architecture located along its namesake canal in Amsterdam’s gallery district. Previously a cardboard and bottling plant built in 1850, the space has been repurposed to facilitate a dynamic programme focusing on projects that defy traditional categorisation.   

Aldo Bakker, Containing Content, exhibition view, images by Erik & Petra Hesmerg


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Facing East : Chinese Urbanism in AfricaFacing East : Chinese Urbanism in Africa

29 June 2015

Facing East : Chinese Urbanism in Africa

Exhibition, Storefront, New York, USA, until 1 August.

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa investigates the impact of Chinese development on fast-growing African cities. It is built around personal stories of individuals involved in the urbanization process, based on local interviews with over a hundred Chinese and African architects, politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, students, developers, artists, and individuals who are involved in or touched by Africa's rapid process of urbanization. Facing East is curated by journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium, Amsterdam) and architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture, Shanghai), based on ..

Site manager on the construction site of the new light rail, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo by Daan Roggeveen.


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Wild NoiseWild Noise

29 June 2015

Wild Noise

Exhibition, El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba, until 6 August

The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana (MNBA) have announced an unprecedented joint arts initiative that is the culmination of years of planning and collaboration. Featured are works created from the 1960s to the present that reveal how contemporary artists are addressing questions of identity, urban life, and community. More than 100 works from the Bronx Museum’s permanent collection are on view. The title – Wild Noise – is taken from a Victor Hugo poem, “Ma vie est déjà dans l’ombre de la mort”, and refers to the sublimity and chaos of urban spaces, the wild noise where infinity begins.

Wild Noise: Clifton, 2010 by Huma Bhabha; Karachi, Pakistan Ink on C-print with collage



28 June 2015


Exhibition, House of Cyprus, Athens, Greece, until 3 July.

In times of growing unrest, reshaping human lives, no matter who we are or where we live, boundaries in all their forms, are challenges and limits which continuously define the world, ourselves, and our place in it. Borderlines reflects different approaches of investigating in and around existing territories as well as ways of perceiving the unstable relationship between identity, territory and boundaries.

Maria Gruzdeva


Every inclusion is an exclusion of other possibilitiesEvery inclusion is an exclusion of other possibilities

27 June 2015

Every inclusion is an exclusion of other possibilities

Art event, SALT, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, until 2 August.

Every inclusion... brings together aspects of 3 private, independent collections in order to open a dialogue and critique around the act of collecting and to publicly share the works they have come to hold. "We live in a country where there are no public collections of contemporary visual practice overseen by the city or the state. We also lack publicly funded collecting institutions. The material memory of contemporary art in Turkey resides in various degrees of privacy. Less than a handful of privately run institutions both bear the burden and delineate the field of the contemporary. Save for a few, personal collections are either unwieldy, short of clear vision, or remain out of sight in storage or on the walls of private residences." The works in the exhibition have been selected from the private collections of Bilge and Haro Cümbüşyan, Ayşe and Saruhan Doğan, and Tüten and Agah Uğur.

Oliver Laric



26 June 2015


Exhibition, MAXXI, Rome, Italy, until 8 November

The Food exhibition is an exploration of architectural issues associated with the storing, distribution, consumption, and disposal of food and raw materials, stimulating debate over the primary question of the space and the time we inhabit. Informing us of how food crosses, changes, and influences the body, houses, streets, cities, and landscape of the entire world are over 50 works by different artists and architects that, in a presentation that ranges from the dimension of the human body to that of the planet, from the kitchen to the home, from the city to the region and the world, tackle the global political, social, urban, and economic effects on communities and territories.

Vulkan Beehives, Oslo (NO), by Snøhetta, 2014; photo by Morten Brakestad


Yto Barrada: Salon MarocainYto Barrada: Salon Marocain

25 June 2015

Yto Barrada: Salon Marocain

Exhibition, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, until 20 September.

'Salon Marocain’ is the first solo exhibition in Portugal of the work of the Paris-born Moroccan artist Yto Barrada. Continuing with her exploration of Moroccan identity and the question of origins, Barrada transforms the Serralves Villa into a museum of modern and natural history. Among the works presented are colour photographs of Berber toys from the collections kept in the Musée du quai Branly, in Paris, and a set of crafted objects produced as part of the burgeoning market for fossil craft and their production in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. A selection of previously u..

Yto Barrada, Reprendre Casa. Carrières centrales, Casablanca, 2013. Chromogenic print. 60 x 60 cm. ©Yto Barrada. Commission: Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Courtesy: Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Hamburg - See more at: http://www.serralves.c


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