Ron Arad in front of an etching that appears to depict several mysterious Mobius strips. Last Train, 2013 © Ron Arad
For over thirty years, Ron Arad has been producing unique objects that define a practise that falls somewhere between architecture, sculpture and design. If, in these creative fields, the longstanding question about whether form should follow function is still rife, the starting point for Ron Arad’s creations is often an object that has been taken out of its functional context and transformed. An original approach that still raises debate. (Interview by Jean-Philippe Peynot)
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Alvaro Siza @ Fondazione Querini Stampalia
The exhibition “Álvaro Siza. Viagem sem Programa” in the former Venetian Palazzo Querini, now the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, is the result of the many meetings the two curators – Greta Ruffino and Raul Betti – had with Álvaro Siza in his studio in Porto. The 53 works on show were developed from travel notes and sketches and were personally selected by the artist for the event. They narrate his work in architecture as well as his concept of life.
Biennale di Architettura 2012 Venezia © Jens Willebrand
”The emphasis of the 2012 Biennale is on what we have in common. Above all, the ambition of Common Ground is to reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas united in a common history, common ambitions, common predicaments and ideals.”- explains David Chipperfield, who directed the 13th Biennale di Architettura.
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima
Pirates are back, not only in the Indian Ocean. The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from the Litoral region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy in May of 2009, having as a goal to dock in Venice in time for the Biennale. Designed by the visual artist SWOON, the floating sculptures are descendants of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Seas (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006 and 2007).
Destination: Biennale of Venice
These 3 sculptural rafts will bring music, performance, and a ‘cabinet of wonders’ to Venice that will have been collected on the journey. We look forward to seeing them!
One of the three different rafts
see an interview of SWOON at Yatzer
to the ‘Swimming Cities’ website