The Venice Biennale – 15th International Architecture Exhibition – Opening

On the 26th and 27th of May the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice opened the doors of the halls and rooms of the Arsenale, with what appears to be a new mission, of a more concrete and humanist architecture in action as a tool of social and political life.

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No longer just an exhibition for professionals only, or exposure for architects and artists, but international opportunity for dialogue and to have a comparison of strong and compelling themes related to architecture. “You have to speak to the audience,” says Paolo Baratta, the Biennale president “to all possible decision-makers and agents of the actions with which it realizes the space of our lives, individually and as a community. If the architecture is the most political of the Arts, The Architecture Biennale can only recognize it.”

Representing the Biennale, the curator and Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, chooses in this regard an evocative image: the archaeologist Maria Reiche, the lady on the scale that reaching the summit can take advantage of a wider horizon and thereby conquering his “expanded eye “, a differe vision and one that is more complete, almost a look at the optimistic future and eager for positive change.

archeologa Maria Reiche, la signora sulla scala che arrivando in cima può sfruttare un più vasto orizzonte e così facendo conquista un suo “expanded eye”
L’ archeologa Maria Reiche, la signora sulla scala che arrivando in cima può sfruttare un più vasto orizzonte e così facendo conquista un suo “expanded eye”.

The themes that want to deal with “Reporting from the front,” the title of the Biennale this year, have been deliberately extended and no longer are they only concerned with art and culture, but range from issues related to new migrations, quality of life, the right to urban space, to the suburbs, to talk about pollution, traffic, waste and environmental sustainability.


In addition to the 64 pavilions of countries from around the world, these important issues will be addressed in various shows (Three pavilions dedicated to special projects: Reporting from Marghera and other Waterfronts, A World of Fragile Parts, Urban Age), events that will throughout Venice and Meetings with architects-authors dedicated to the public once a month, for the entire duration of the Biennale, to “share knowledge and exchange experiences.”

For the Gardens we would like to point out:

Pavilion of Spain, with its exhibition Unfinished has won this year’s Golden Lion, a must visit.

SPAINLAB – Cada Loco con su Tema – Presentation Video from SpainLab on Vimeo.

Pavilion of Denmark with the exhibition Art of many and the Right to Space, a pavilion set up with projects of more than 70 Danish architectural firms. They want to make the architecture something really special, and give evidence of a deep social commitment (in Denmark there is a movement for the house that seeks to ensure equal access to a housing at reasonable prices). Take a walk in the pavilion of scaffolding, ladders, and see up close all 130 interesting projects put on display.

Exit Utopia, Gellerupparken
Exit Utopia, Gellerupparken

Pavilion of Belgium with the Bravoure exposition, for the message it brings to our attention, “because in times of scarcity imagination is in danger. While the imagination is precisely the opportunity to find bargains in scarcity. Bravoure through scarcity is BEAUTY. It is an appeal to consider the universal dimension of architecture as the art of thinking by doing. ”

 BRAVOURE, Filip Dujardin, untitled from series Fictions, 2007
BRAVOURE, Filip Dujardin, untitled from series Fictions, 2007 via

What not to miss the Arsenal:
Turkey, Darzanà: Two Arsenals, A vessel. Visit it because the last galley Bastarda created in the pavilion is incredible. Ship in actual size made entirely with waste materials found in the old arsenal of Istanbul and brought to Venenzia, to suggest a new Mediterranean connection.

Darzanà. Foto di Cemal Emdem
Darzanà. Foto di Cemal Emdem

Singapore, now considered one of the most livable cities in the world, at the Biennale with his installation of raw glass lanterns Space to imagine, Room for Everyone. You can walk through a room lit by lanterns made of glass off the man’s height ceilings that create an almost mystical effect. They represent the “Homes of Singapore”, a photographic journey with images collected over a period of three years to portray the diversity, culture, individuality, creativity and colors within the tenements.

Impression of the image lanterns at the Singapore pavilion (© Red Bean Architects)
Impression of the image lanterns at the Singapore pavilion (© Red Bean Architects)

Now Sarajevo: People’s museum, to reach the Hall of Sarajevo you will be ferried to the channel there as Charon, and just for that it deserves. The exhibition highlights the changes of a post-war Sarajevo (Arsenal North, Tesa 100, collateral event, until the 1st of July).

URBAN-THINK TANK & BAIER BISCHOFBERGER
URBAN-THINK TANK &
Baier Bischofberger

Data on the Architecture Biennale 2016

  • It is the largest international architectural event in the world with over 60 pavilions
  • It takes place from May 28th to November 27th, 2016 in Venice (Giardini and Arsenale in particular)
  • The first Biennale of Architecture in Venice took place in 1980
  • This year’s theme is reporting from the front
  • The curator of this 15th International Architecture Exhibition is the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena
  • Major prizes awarded this year: the XV Biennale Golden Lion awarded to the Spanish pavilion curated by Iñaqui Carnicero and Carlos Quintans; Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement “for his attention to the community” assigned to the Brazilian Paulo Mendes da Rocha; Golden Lion for best designer at the Paraguayan architect Solano Benitez.
  • More info devoted to the Biennale are available on the website: www.labiennale.org/it/architettura/

FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections – Florence (IT)

An unmissable chance to see the Guggenheim collection in Italy: Constraint Magazine attended the Palazzo Strozzi’s opening exhibition “From Kandinsky to Pollock, The Art of the Guggenheim Collections” in Florence.

Palazzo Strozzi
Palazzo Strozzi, outdoor detail. Photo by Jenny Stelmakh.

Constraint Magazine continues its tour in the Italian overview: it moves, investigates, picking new ideas to enrich his experience and, we hope, those of our readers.

Today we want to describe our experience in Florence, where we are for an exhibition’s opening, a major exhibition starting on Saturday, March 19.
We’re at Palazzo Strozzi, an historic palace of the Renaissance and an exceptional location, specifically chosen to host some of the works of the Guggenheim collections.
The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, which presents more than 100 works including European and American Art, from the twenties to the sixties of the twentieth century.

Roaring Lion II, Mirko Basaldella (1910–1969), 1956. Bronze, 77 x 94 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Gift, Vera and Raphael Zariski 2004
Photo by David Heald
Roaring Lion II
Mirko Basaldella (1910–1969), 1956. Bronze, 77 x 94 cm, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Gift, Vera and Raphael Zariski 2004
Photo by David Heald

The exhibition’s uniqueness is not only guaranteed by the unquestionable importance of the works or the exceptional names, cornerstones of the avanguards of the twentieth century. The exhibition creates a thread, a story with images, a network of narratives that describe the life and passions of Peggy and the uncle Solomon, the biography of the artists, their relationship with collectors as well as the development and maturation of the art in the season of the avantgarde.
The story tells about an eclectic uncle and an ambitious nephew linked together by the taste and love for contemporary art: the story of Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim, the bulwarks of modern art patronage.
That’s right. The patronage of the past, the one of Florence during the Renaissance, from Cosimo “Il Vecchio” to his nephew “Lorenzo il Magnifico”, that blends and takes on a new role and recurs to our eyes.
Different artistic movements are then confronted: the masters of modern art (from Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso), informal art (Europeans informal as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet) until American art of the fifties and sixties (like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly).

Roy Lichtenstein, Preparedness, 1968
Roy Lichtenstein, Preparedness, 1968. Photo by Jenny Stelmakh.

The exhibition takes place in nine rooms: in addition to the Guggenheim collections room, the second room has particular importance on the relationship between the two continents, “Europe and America”. This room tells us about the new avant-garde birth; then continue in a space (room 3) entirely dedicated to the artist Pollock, strongly supported by Peggy.
The journey between the images leads us then in the 4th room, dedicated to abstract expressionism (especially important the works of William de Kooning); then along the 5th hall dedicated to the new trends in the 2nd post-war scenario; the hall 6, however, is the one that opens the season’s exhibition at the Guggenheim Collection in Venice at “Palazzo Venier dei Leoni” (at the end of World War II, Peggy bought Palazzo Venier where he decided to open one of his private collection to the public).
Going beyond the magnificent room 7 entitled “the great American painting”, the next room consecrates the iconic figure of Mark Rothko (Peggy was a great admirer, so much so to dedicate an exhibition at her gallery called “Art of This Century”, around the middle of the Forties).
The tour ends in room 9, entitled “The sixties. The beginning of a new era “: in this room you can admire one of the greatest works of Lichtenstein, “Preparations” which opens a new art period, the Pop Art.

Jackson Pollock - The Moon Woman 1942
Jackson Pollock, The Moon Woman, 1942. Photo by Jenny Stelmakh.

An itinerant journey. Entering the first room (Room 1. Guggenheim and their collections) there are some of the works presented in an original and at the same time familiar scenario. The feeling is in fact to be in the spaces of the two New Yorkers collectors: on the left is presented a picture from the “Art of This Century” show, the Peggy’s museum / gallery opened in 1942, while to the right there’s a photo of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, an internationally renowned place, known by everybody.
The observer is brought into a spatial and temporal dimension far away from reality, certainly imaginary, but that somehow brings him closer to the Peggy and Solomon’s life spaces and places.
We believe this is one of the most significant features of the exhibition: it encourages the visitor to produce with a bit of imagination a credible scenario that in some way creates a bond, an intimate relationship by perceiving that sense of closeness to the taste and passion of both collectors.
Thanks to this travel with the imagination, we can project ourselves into Peggy’s living room, while she cuddles her Pekingese Twinkle, sitting on her sofa, maybe enjoying the discovery of a new artist with the uncle Solomon. Both seduced by the beauty surrounding them, never satiated by art and newness, always curious and inspired to amaze and surprise.

Vasilij Vasil'evič Kandinskij, Dominant Curve, 1936
Vasilij Vasil’evič Kandinskij, Dominant Curve, 1936. Photo by Jenny Stelmakh.

In the same days of Palazzo Strozzi’s opening exhibition a new documentary on Peggy Guggenheim’s life is being released, directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. One more opportunity to learn about this emblematic figure of the twentieth century.

Address: PALAZZO STROZZI: Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze
Period: 19 March-24 July 2016
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Review by Chiara Tomè (Twitter @ChiarTom Instagram @chiaratm)
Photos by Jenny Stelmakh (Instagram @ssovietica)

Ai Weiwei – Royal Academy of Arts – London

If you have plans to go to London until the end of the week, to visit Winter Wonderland or one of the thousands (expensive) Christmas markets spread through the city, well, we suggest you a way more tempting alternative. Until December 13, in fact, the only unmissable event in the capital city of the Kingdom is the Ai Weiwei’s exhibition that takes place at the Royal Academy of Arts, in the crowded Piccadilly.

Until December 13, in fact, the only unmissable event in the capital city of the Kingdom is the Ai Weiwei’s exhibition that takes place at the Royal Academy of Arts, in the crowded Piccadilly.

Ai Weiwei’s reputation precedes him, and nobody knows if he is more famous for his skills as an artist and an architect or for his political and social commitment, commitment that has seen him also incarcerated by the Chinese government for 81 days. No doubt all this peculiarities of him stand out from the retrospective London dedicated to him, the biggest ever realized in the city, even though Ai has already worked in London five years ago for the famous “Sunflower Seeds” installation at the Tate Modern.

The retrospective opens up to the city in every sense: once reached the public courtyard of the Royal Academy of Arts, in fact, one collides right away with the Trees installation, made up of eight trees that naturally died in the mountains of southern China. The installation has been funded by a RA Kickstater campaign, that has seen more than 1300 backer and over 100.000 pounds collected.

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Inside the building, the retrospective runs through 11 galleries, each of which greets the guest bluntly, leaving him immediately in front of the current piece of art. Pieces that are often majestic, and always full of meaning. Disarming is the installation, in the third gallery, regarding the 2008 Sichuan earthquake: on the walls we found the names of the children who died in the destroyed schools; on the floor reinforcing steel bars, coming directly from the collapsed structures and illegally recovered by Ai.

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Not less powerful is the series of works in the next gallery, who narrate the sad conclusion of Ai’s studio in Shanghai, asked for by the municipality and then destroyed nearly completed by the government, as a revenge for the extremely critical opinions Ai has had towards it. In a corner takes place the famous installation He Xie, a cascade of river crabs representing dissidence, since the word, meaning both crab and harmonious, is used by the opponents to exemplify how the regime tries to create an harmonious society, deprived of contestants.

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The exhibition continues placing the visitor constantly in front of themes such as privacy or perception of measure, until arriving at a realistic representation of Ai’s life in prison, made through eight model portraying real life situations lived by the artist during the incarceration. The spirits are lighten only at the end of the exhibition, where the site – specific installation Bicycle Chandelier stands out, a piece of art realized by Ai expressly for this exhibition.

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Therefore, if you happen to be in London in the next few days, you cannot miss this experience. To meet the visitors’ needs the Royal Academy is opening up for 56 hours straight during the final weekend: an after party at an art gallery has never been so tempting.

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Udine3D forum, workshops and talks, Udine, Italy

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From 6 to 8 november Udine3D forum will present workshops and master classes for 3D artists, makers, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs and computer graphics entusiasts in the historic Palazzo Toppo-Wasserman in Udine. Here’s some information:

Sign in (italian)
Workshop list (italian)
Timetable (italian)

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Now in its fifth edition, Udine3D Forum (www.udine3d.it) is an event addressed to companies, professionals, students and to all those who are interested in discovering the most innovative technologies and applications in the fields of graphic design, 3D printing and digital imaging. Created and promoted by Confartigianato Udine (www.confartigianatoudine.com), the most important and representative association of artisans and small businesses in Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the collaboration of Segnoprogetto Srl (www.segnoprogetto.it), Udine3D Forum is sponsored and supported by institutional bodies such as the Professional Orders of Architects and Engineers, ADI, the University of Udine, the Municipality and the Province of Udine. The success of the past editions of Udine3D Forum is proved by the response from the public and by the audience, which has been growing over the years and led to record more than 600 entries in the edition of 2014. Quite significant, as well, is the growing interest among students from universities and high schools, who in the same edition have almost equaled (43% of visitors) the number of professionals and entrepreneurs (44%).

 

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In the wake of this success of previous editions and driven by the will to improve and grow year after year, this edition of Udine3D Forum proposes for the first time a three days schedule – 6, 7 and 8 November at Palazzo Di Toppo-Wassermann, a short walk from the historic center of Udine – where conferences, technical and educational workshops and accompanying events will alternate. The main theme of this year is Thinking Space. Data production and processing systems and tools for 3D graphics and virtual reality are developing at such a high rate that a revolution is taking place in the way in which 3D models and also real environments are created.

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The adoption of Building Information Modeling tools (BIM) by architects and engineers and the developing technologies related to the Internet of Things are deeply changing design workflows and the actual creation of smart environments, virtual and real. During the conferences, which will be open to the public, some of the most important players in the industry and some authoritative voices from journalism and the academia will speak and confront. As has always been the purpose of this event, each conference will be designed to accompany professionals, students and whoever’s interested in the discovery and exploration of digital technologies, their possible future developments and their practical applications, from a business point of view but not only.

In order to meet the different perspectives of interest, the conferences have been scheduled on Friday 6 in two separate sessions, with different themes and aimed at different audiences: the morning session will be addressed to university and high school students and young people and it will explore issues more informative and eye-catching, while the evening session will be devoted to entrepreneurs, professionals and operators from the industry and will have more technical and formative content. Beside conferences, a rich and diversified list of workshops will be offered, in which participants will be able to deepen issues and topics related to three different business sectors:

    • Architecture and Design;
    • Engineering and Prototyping;
    • Graphics and Digital Animation.

The activities which are going to be carried out in these workshops will range from the use of advanced design and 3D modeling softwares (Blender, AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max, Nemetsheck AllPlan and Cinema 4D, SketchUp, ZBrush, VRay, Nuke and Rhinoceros) to rapid prototyping through tools for rapid manufacturing like the latest generation of 3D printers, from the management of interactivity to the design and development of video games, from the use of open hardware boards (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black) to the virtualization and digitization of workstations for rendering processes.

 

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Among the activities of the Forum a series of specific events will also be organized and structured with the aim to accompany professionals and entrepreneurs in the approach to leading and most innovative 3D and digital technologies developed for their specific business, such as the Building Information Modeling (or BIM) for the architecture and engineering.
Alike, a dedicated path has been designed for students, to whom some free workshops will be specifically dedicated on Saturday, 7 November, and who will have the opportunity to meet the designers of Rainbow Academy, the prestigious school of 3D digital animation created by Rainbow CGI, a European leader in the production of audiovisual products for children and creator of the cartoon Winx.
Sunday, 8 November, will be dedicated to educational and entertaining activities designed for young people and families. Event of the day will be the Robotic Challenge, with Line Following and Robotic Sumo competitions, while the open and free workshops and laboratories will allow the audience to live active hands-on experiences such as building a small robot.

 

Casa della Contadinanza

 

Besides the technical and scientific events, Udine3D Forum also includes a few moments of conviviality and creation of new relationships. On the evening of Friday, 6 November, it will be possible to take part in an aperitif and a networking dinner, which are going to be held at Casa della Contadinanza, the historic and charming restaurant situated on the castle hill of Udine.
These moments of informal meeting will be attended by the speakers of the Forum and will be an opportunity to explore and deepen the issues covered during the day and to create new relationships and connections between professionals, to share experiences and projects and maybe to enter into new partnerships.
To facilitate and promote this openness to discussion and networking, the aperitif which forego the dinner will be enriched with some short speech in which selected guests will present their professional experiences or share important projects for which they are looking for partners or collaborations.

The organization and the scientific supervision of the event are managed by Confartigianato Udine and Segnoprogetto Srl, with the support of a dedicated Scientific Committee which gathered representatives of the Professional Orders (Order of Architects and Engineers), ADI, the University of Udine, Municipality of Udine, the Science and Technology Park “Luigi Danieli “, the District of Digital Technologies and ASDI Sedia.