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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…

 

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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…

 

Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain © photo Eric Chenal

On 22nd March 2016, the Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain will reopen, 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.

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[FAUSTINO] Misarchitectures_Book_01

Didier Fiuza Faustino : Misarchitectures brings together for the first time the entire work of Didier Faustino. Through drawings, photographs and essays this part-monograph part-manifesto explores the ideas that drive Faustino’s architectural and artistic works : the political and ethical conditions for constructing sites and spaces within the socio-cultural layout of the city, and in particular how to critically approach the problem of the body in both private and public space. At the same time,  the book revisits Faustino’s projects – from sculptures and installations, to public art, architectures and books – up to his most recent work, offering new insight into the artist-architect’s perspective. Lire la suite…

 

[FAUSTINO] Transformers_01

Until March 28, 2016 the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI) in Rome, reveals a group exhibition curated by Hou Hanru and Anne Palopoli bringing together the works of the the Franco-Portuguese Didier Faustino, the Korean Choi Jeong-hwa, the Italian Martino Gamper and the Mexican Pedro Reyes. Entitled “TRANSFORMERS” the project takes the shape of a critical operation, according to Hou Hanru : « in the work of Choi Jeong-hwa, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Martino Gamper and Pedro Reyes emerges the most contemporary creativity in its social and political commitment in a world in rapid transformation, a globalized world marked by economic, geopolitical and cultural conflicts » . Lire la suite…

 

[FAUSTINO] This_is_not_a_love_song_2015_01In front of the Architectural Association‘s building, in Bedford Square, the second rendition of This is not a Love Song (first created in Meudon, France in 2014) is presented until December, 12. This pavilion, designed by the architect and artist Didier Faustino is part of his solo show « Undomesticated Places » at the Architectural Association.

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From 12th September 2015 until 3rd January 2016, MAGASIN, Centre National d’Art Contemporain in Grenoble, is devoting a solo exhibition to the architect, artist and founder of Bureau des Mésarchitectures Didier Faustino. He develops multi-faceted work blending architecture, performance, installation, video, design and scenography…This monographic exhibition called ‘Des Corps & Des Astres,’ provides an individual as well as collective territory. Lire la suite…

 

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Born in 1978 in Canada, Kapwani Kiwanga has gained a growing international intention in the recent years. In 2015, she benefited from four monographic exhibitions (Berlin, London, Milan, Valence). This upcoming October, three new solo shows will be devoted to Kapwani Kiwanga in Paris at FIAC and Jérôme Poggi Gallery and London for 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.  Lire la suite…

 

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From 6th September to 11th October 2015, Diogo Pimentão presents ‘Disjunctive’ at Galerie Untilthen. A series of new pieces by the Portuguese visual artist is brought together under one name in the form of precarious balance, a search for truth between negation and affirmation modelled on the first piece conceived by the artist for this exhibition: ‘A piece that is unbalanced in the space, displayed on the structure of the gallery between the ground and the ceiling lending it scale. Two single points of contact, like a large needle that emphasises the disequilibrium and fragility of the space. I like this idea of the disequilibrium as a search for truth. Sport or walking puts us into in a permanent state of disequilibrium: endless dropping down and rising up to propel forward. This series of little falls creates movement. I am in this same relationship between equilibrium and disequilibrium with paper; I am obliged to listen to where it wants to go. It commands a certain folding, a direction.  For this piece like for all the others, the paper thus becomes a permanent object, but it also remains visually soft and malleable with apparent folding, a sensitive shape.Lire la suite…