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March diary 04 March 2014

Written by Fatema Ahmed
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Ruin LustAisthisis – The origin of sensationsLiving Laboratory: Richard Pare on Le Corbusier and Konstantin Melnikov
Tate Britain, LondonVilla e Collezione Panza, VaresePM Gallery and House, London
4 March ­– 18 May 2014Until 2 November 201421 March to 11 May 2014

The recently refurbished Tate Britain turns to the subject of ruins for its first new show of the year. The exhibition explores how artists from the 18th century right up to the present day have used and interpreted ruins for their own purposes, and includes well known works by Turner and Constable as well as more playful modern responses by John Latham and Keith Arnatt.


This exhibition, a collaboration between the FAI and LACMA, displays 19 works by the artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell at an 18th-century Italian villa, including a new work by each artist. Turrell will realise a Ganzfeld – a space specifically lit to eliminate depth perception, and Irwin will produce a site-specific geometric maze using natural light and a scrim. There will also be displays of the artists’ projects and practice, with letters, texts, photographs, interviews and documentaries.

Living Laboratory examines the legacy of Le Corbusier and Melnikov through the images of the British photographer (and founding photographic curator of the CCA), Richard Pare. The exhibition will also focus on Pare’s photographic techniques, from his use of a conventional film and a view camera, to digital image-making. Pare has returned to some of the featured buildings again and again over the decades in order to capture new and unexpected views of famous sites.

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Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. DispersalSeven Deadly SinsRyan Gander: The Artists Have the Keys
MoMA, New YorkCentraal Museum, Netherlands2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London
1 February ­– 1 June 2014Until 18 May 2014Until 2 November 2014

The first exhibition of the Frank Lloyd Wright archive, recently acquired by MoMA and Colombia University, explores the architect’s thinking about the rapid growth of American cities in the 1920s and 30s. At the heart of the exhibition is the 12ft by 12ft model for “Broadacre City” that the architect revised throughout his life. Projects on display will reveal the extent of FLW’s ideas about density and cities, including his designs for a mile-high tower in Chicago and St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers in New York.

Taking a Hieronymus Bosch painting that depicts the Seven Deadly Sins as its starting point, Studio Makkink and Bey has reworked the themes of the paintings into a series of exhibits using the Centraal Museum collection and modern design. The exhibition presents Makkink and Bey’s contemporary interpretation of the sins through the “language of things”, creates a dialogue between the viewer and the objects. Combining work from the fashion, design and art worlds the exhibition provides a novel way to think about presenting collections.

Taking inspiration from the fixtures and fittings that Ernö Goldfinger designed for his family home at 2 Willow Road, British artist Ryan Gander has created a series of new works that will be interspersed with existing pieces in the house’s art collection. The works will range from audio visual works that will play in the space, to specific objects such as Anyone with a Family is Motivated by Money, a self-assembly money box designed and constructed with techniques used by Elizabeth Goldfinger for the lounge chairs in the house.

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Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent ScreenUnited Visual Artists: MomentumThink Global, Build Social! architectures for a better world
GRAD Gallery, LondonBarbican Centre, LondonArchitekturzentrum Wien, Austria
Until 29 March 2014Until 1 June 201415 March to 30 June 2014

As the UK/Russia year of culture begins, the GRAD Gallery opens an exhibition examining the golden age of Soviet film posters. Displaying some 30 works by Georgii and Vladmir Sternberg, Yakov Ruklevsky, Aleksandr Naumov and others, the show celebrates the advent of the new and radical graphic design that was created to advertise silent films in 1920s Soviet Union. To accompany the exhibitions, GRAD will also hold screenings to demonstrate the innovative techniques employed by the poster artists and film-makers of the era.

United Visual Artists will design the next installation for the Barbican in its wildly popular Curve space (that saw people queue for hours in the rain outdoors to enter the gallery and stand in rain controlled by Random International). The work will coincide with the London-based company’s 10th anniversary and aims to turn the gallery into a visual instrument. UVA will install a sequence of pendulum-like elements throughout the 90m gallery to create a constantly changing composition of light and sound.

This joint venture between Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), examines 22 socially responsible projects in contemporary architecture. Curator Andres Lepik focuses on the similar aspects of the very different architects who have designed schools, public spaces and houses. Conceived as the antithesis of starchitecture, the projects on show emphasise local skills and knowledge and developing the idea through close collaboration with local citizens.


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