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For the 7th edition of AD Intérieurs, Ora Ito and Daniel Buren have joined forces to dazzle the Monnaie de Paris until 18th September. The two partners have arranged interplaying mirrors and taut lines to maximise their 20m2 exhibition area creating a monumental effect with minimal resources. This year the editors of AD magazine asked interior designers to establish a decor around collections of objects they care about. “Rather than a traditional cabinet of curiosities, they’re asked to arrange bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens or studies, with the idea of living surrounded by personal treasures.” Lire la suite…

 

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In tandem with Felice Varini’s “À ciel ouvert” open-air installations opening at MAMO (until 2nd October), Le Corbusier’s architectural work was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site at the World Heritage Committee’s 40th session on July 17th in Istanbul. 17 sites spanning 7 countries have set themselves apart as “human creative genius.” “Selected from Le Corbusier’s body of work, they are testament to the invention of a new architectural expression that make a break with the past,” stipulates UNESCO. Lire la suite…

 

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The Magical House is a project designed for Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris) by the Atelier Bow-Wow (Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima and Yoichi Tamai, Tokyo) and Didier Fiuza Faustino (Bureau des Mésarchitectures, Paris). These architects have long explored the issue of the habitat, inventing innovative and often provocative ‘machinery / habitats’. Lire la suite…

 

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David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin present Subbar, Sabra at Galerie Albert Baronian during group show “Le Language des Fleurs et des Choses Muettes (CH. Baudelaire)” until 16th july. Imported from Mexico in the 16th century, the prickly pear cactus, or Barbary fig, was called subbar by the Arabs of Palestine. Planted in rows, it served to mark the boundaries of neighbouring parcels of land. In those days, the impassable barriers of spines served as a cadastre, or property map. The useful plant later became a metaphor for Jews putting down roots on the same land. Its Hebrew name, sabra, came to stand for all Jews born in the region before 1948 and their Israeli descendants. But as the Arab villages were razed, the roots of the cacti planted around the gardens survived, and over the years the subbar regrew to become the ghostly imprint of the Arab presence in the territory. The biblical hills saw cactus fences re emerge to surround empty spaces. Lire la suite…

 

"Triangles percés" Marseille 2016

Following in the footsteps of Xavier Veilhan, Daniel Buren and Dan Graham, Felice Varini goes face-to-face with Le Corbusier’s architecture at MAMO, the art centre created by Ora Ito on the roof terrace of Cité Radieuse in Marseille (France) from 2nd July to 2nd October. The French-Swiss artist living in Paris finds himself in a unique situation, “This is the first time that I have exhibited on, in and with architecture designed by Le Corbusier. This place is a landmark, a huge influence. It is a true microcosm, designed as a small city with its range of complex volumes, a small city with a view over the large city of Marseille. It is extremely exciting!Lire la suite…

 

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Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain just reopened, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new look. Indeed, the reopening of the Casino Luxembourg coincides 20 years later, to the day, with its creation on 22nd March 1996. Driven by Kevin Muhlen, its artistic director since 2009, this must for those who love contemporary creation in Luxembourg has a new layout with smoother circulation, a new café restaurant and has totally overhauled its exhibition design with the entire destruction of its white cube system. Lire la suite…

 
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In their recent video works, David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin explore the margins of territories and boundaries – geographical, political, moral and psychological – that humans, at times brutally, have appropriated and defend or (un)consciously ignore. Curious and intrepid, the two artists go wherever their research takes them, working in the field and in direct – occasionally physical – confrontation with their subjects. Risk-taking is integral to their approach, and the terrains on which they venture can prove extremely fruitful. Lire la suite…
 

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Starting from the plaster used in building the Casino Luxembourg exhibition spaces, the Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui probes the geologic strata beneath them in search of the plaster’s mineral raw mineral counterpart – gypsum – for potential exploitation. At the same time, she explores the materiality of the architectural envelope that covers and houses the gypsum. A play of relationships emerges between the powdery presence and the subterranean mineral property, between the building’s architecture and its physical reality, but also between the building and its urban context. Lire la suite…

 

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Conceived the day after the November 13th attacks in Paris, the neon light “We’re Going to Have A Minute’s Silence” by the Brognon-Rollin duo resonates all the more bitterly having just opened at the Cercle Cité Luxembourg as part of the exhibition “The present is yours, the future is mine” (curator Karolina Markiewicz, from 12/03 to 17/04/2016). “The state of emergency in which we have been living for several years made this phrase a new secular prayer of sorts that we wanted to code and integrate into the present, like an almost whispered reminder. A moment’s contemplation transcribed in Pitman Shorthand, a form of shorthand created by Isaac Pitman in 1837 to rapidly communicate a message,” summarises the pair. This system of writing based on phonetic transcription remained very popular in England and the United States until 1996. No specific equipment was required as it was handwritten in an elegant, almost calligraphic style.  Lire la suite…

 

Portrait Ora Ito ok Ellen Von Unwerth

In 1997, Ora ïto hijacked top brands with his virtual Vuitton and Apple products that instantly became global icons of the digital revolution. A phenomenon in pop culture, he is the youngest designer of his generation to collaborate with jewels of luxury goods and industry, after the huge multi-acclaimed success of his aluminium Heineken bottle. Cappellini, Bouygues, Alstom, Laguiole, Zanotta and Accor highly rate his sculptural design that has become a mark of modernity. Lire la suite…