London Festival of Architecture
Previously called the London Architecture Biennale, this new incarnation has over a month of festivities this summer, with 500 plus events curated across five London regions. The festival’s theme is “fresh”, with plenty of public participation, debates, talks, exhibitions, food stalls and a plethora of pavilions. Look out for Pecha Kucha at the Royal Albert Hall and the temporary pedestrianisation of Exhibition Road. Favourites from the Biennale will return, including the student festival and architecture’s equivalent to Eurovision... Architecture Rocks! There’s tonnes to see, so make sure you pick up The Icon Trail – your official guide – free with the July issue.
Various venues across London
20 June – 20 July
Contemporary makers in conversation
“I like to do things to objects that you’re not supposed to do, like squashing them and blowing them up,” announced Cornelia Parker at the first of four conversations around practice and material to mark the launch of the Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition. Her partner in conversation, Ron Arad, replied “The Eames chairs at the Pompidou squashes beautifully”. They are followed by Keith Harrison and Richard Wentworth, Edmund de Waal and Siobhan Davies, Hans Stofer and Paul Williams.
Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street
Monday 23 June, 6pm - Keith Harrison and Richard Wentworth
Monday 30 June, 6pm - Edmund de Waal and Siobhan Davies
Monday 7 July, 6pm - Hans Stofer and Paul Williams
Psycho Buildings: Architecture by Artists
The Hayward Gallery is having a mid-life crisis. As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, ten artists from around the world have hijacked the gallery’s brutalist exterior terraces and indoor spaces. Mixing the playful with the downright eerie, this exhibition will include an abandoned dollhouse village and a furniture-filled room captured mid-explosion.
The Hayward Gallery, London
28 May – 25 August
Yoshitomo Nara + Graf
Peering over Gateshead Quay, the chilly Baltic gallery will be warmed by the characters of one of Japan’s finest pop artists, helped out by design unit Graf.
14 June – 26 October
A century ago, Adolf Loos made a good stab at killing off ornamentation in architecture. This exhibition shows how it’s rearing its pretty head again.
Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
1 June – 21 September
Pop-Up Pavilion: The Brompton Stoops
As part of the London Festival of Architecture, 6a Architects has created a street scene of New-York style stoops that will line Exhibition Road. Made of high quality cardboard, the 2m-high steps can be linked together to create formal and informal seats, an arch and a complete amphitheatre. Icon has designed a pattern for them and is curating some street performances. Check LFA’s website before you head off.
Exhibition Road, London
21 June 10:00-18:30
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Bernd and Hilla Becher’s unique photographic project lasted over 50 years. This retrospective shows their joint, lifelong endeavour of creating a visual typology of industrial structures. The images are serene but arresting; water towers, blast furnaces and mine heads are lined up for neat comparison like butterflies in a 19th-century encyclopaedia.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
21 May – 25 August
100% Design Rotterdam
The famous Van Nelle tobacco and coffee factory will host the Netherlands’ only design trade event.
Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek, Rotterdam
Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons
Feeling grey? Add a splash of abstract expressionism to your life. The Tate lays on a major spread of Carolina-born Twombly’s work.
Tate Modern, London
19 June – 14 September
Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life
Missed out on Liverpool’s 2008 cultural celebrations so far? The first major exhibition of Klimt’s work in the UK provides the ideal opportunity to get on the train.
30 May – 31 August
Sophie Tarbuck’s first solo show, Place is the result of a study on the relationship between art and architecture, and emerges from the first intensive study by an artist into Modern houses in Cornwall.
Architecture Centre, Bristol
21 June – 25 August
Tisettanta and icon are holding a party for the launch of the new Metropolis System.
Date Thursday 12th June
Venue 11 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 4QB
The European counterpart of Design Miami’s winter show is back for a third year in Basel, Switzerland. The show is timed to coincide with the annual Art Basel feeding frenzy. Twenty-nine contemporary and long-established international design galleries display their wares under the Markthalle’s huge dome. This year’s foregrounded designers are Julia Lohmann, Martino Gamper, Max Lamb and Kram/Weisshaar.
Londoners were recently treated to this show at Tate Modern. New works will be added in Bilbao that will re-emphasise the loss the art world suffered when Muñoz died suddenly in 2001.
27 May – 28 September
The Folkestone Triennial
Folkstone will make a bid for the stars as artists including Mark Wallinger and Tracey Emin join forces to breathe some culture into a city too long associated with a ferry terminal.
Venues across Folkestone
23 June – 14 September
Dominique Perrault Architecture
Following in the substantial footsteps of messrs Piano, Nouvel and Rogers, Dominique Perrault gets a major retrospective at the Pompidou. Expect expansive minimalism by the bucket load.
Centre Pompidou, Paris
11 June – 22 September
The NAI provides a welcome antidote to the current furore with a blue-sky version of a Netherlands-hosted Games.
Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam
24 May – 21 September
Kahlo’s dirty laundry gets a thorough airing in this major show featuring typically frank self portraits and photographs of her intimate circle.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
14 June – 28 September
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