Michael Van den AbeeleMichael Van den Abeele

04 July 2015 / DAMNº51

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

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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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COPYCATCOPYCAT

03 July 2015

COPYCAT

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

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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

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DESIGN PARADE #10DESIGN PARADE #10

01 July 2015

DESIGN PARADE #10

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.

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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

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BorderlinesBorderlines

28 June 2015

Borderlines

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

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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

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FOOD DAL CUCCHIAIO AL MONDOFOOD DAL CUCCHIAIO AL MONDO

26 June 2015

FOOD DAL CUCCHIAIO AL MONDO

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

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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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MAK Design Salon #4 DUNNE & RABY The School of Constructed RealitiesMAK Design Salon #4 DUNNE & RABY The School of Constructed Realities

25 June 2015

MAK Design Salon #4 DUNNE & RABY The School of Constructed Realities

Exhibition, MAK Branch, Geymüllerschlössel, Vienna, Austria, until 04 October

At SALON #04, fiction and reality are the focus. With their contribution The School of Constructed Realities, London-based designer duo Dunne & Raby explore the potential of speculative design in view of the challenges and forecasts brought by the 21st century. Works by the studio serve as case studies for a fictitious school of design inaugurated at the Geymüllerschlössel, a platform to weave different ideas and experiments together, aimed at how yet-to-exist worlds can be presented through design. Visitors are encouraged to think about the role of design education in relation to how different futures are imagined and shaped.

MAK DESIGN SALON #04: Untitled, Fictions series, 2007, by Filip Dujardin; photo © Filip Dujardin

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STEAM-PavilionSTEAM-Pavilion

24 June 2015

STEAM-Pavilion

temporary pavilion, New School of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, USA

Students from the NewSchool of Architecture & Design were given the challenge to design, construct and install a pavilion and entrance to the 2015 STEAM Conference. The STEAM Pavilion idea originated from the necessity to accommodate the activities that take place at the annual conferences of STEAMConnect - involving talking, sitting, eating and, above all, meeting. Together with NewSchool professors Ramiro Losada and Victor Navarro, sixteen students were selected to be a part of this fast-paced project. The students worked collaboratively, developing several designs for the spac..

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Album Covers. Vinyl revivalAlbum Covers. Vinyl revival

23 June 2015

Album Covers. Vinyl revival

Exhibition, Kunstindustrimuseet Oslo, Norway, until13 September

Despite the digital revolution, recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the LP album cover as a graphic medium and expression of cultural history. The exhibition presents defining examples of international and Norwegian album covers from 1940 to today. The selection spans the whole spectrum of musical genres and styles, from jazz and classical through to rock, and the multitude of other contemporary forms of music. In addition, visitors can admire record players from different eras. 

The Revival of Vinyl, designed by Jarl Christian Axel Hansen, 2012; photo by Magnus Ekström

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Provocations : The Architecture And Design of Heatherwick StudioProvocations : The Architecture And Design of Heatherwick Studio

23 June 2015

Provocations : The Architecture And Design of Heatherwick Studio

Exhibition, Cooper Hewitt, New York, USA, opening tomorrow 24th of June, running until 03 January 2016

Presented is the work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, infrastructure, and temporary structures such as the U.K. Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, to, most recently, large-scale architecture projects around the world.

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Zanele Muholi - Isibonelo /EvidenceZanele Muholi - Isibonelo /Evidence

22 June 2015

Zanele Muholi - Isibonelo /Evidence

Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, until 1 November

Zanele Muholi meshes her work in photography, video, and installation with human rights activism to create visibility for the black lesbian and transgender communities of South Africa. This exhibition is the most comprehensive museum presentation to date of Muholi’s works and features several of the artist’s ongoing projects about LGBTI communities, both in her home country and abroad. Presented are 87 works created between 2007 and 2014, including her Faces and Phases portrait series, which uses firsthand accounts to speak to the experience of living in a country that constitutionally protects the rights of LGBTI people but often fails to defend them from targeted violence.

Ayanda & Nhlanhla Moremi's wedding I. Kwanele Park, Katlehong, 9 November 2013. Chromogenic photograph, 107⁄16 x 149⁄16 in. (26.5 x 37 cm), framed. © Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York

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