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|London 2012 Festival||Design Miami/Basel||London Festival of Architecture|
|Various venues, London||Messe Basel Hall 5, Basel||Various venues, London|
|21 June 2012 – 9 September 2012||12-17 June 2012||23 June 2012 – 8 July 2012|
All eyes are on London this month as the Olympic Festival gets underway. There'll be plenty to celebrate off the field with visual arts events all over the country. Highlights include Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron's Serpentine Gallery pavilion, Olympic posters at Tate Britain and Martin Creed's plan to have us ringing in the games with hand bells, church bells and even door bells.
Design Miami/Basel will take place over five days this June. Coinciding with Art Basel, the contemporary design fair is a big attraction for followers of collectible design and always has a line-up of interesting galleries and curators involved. London's Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Paris-based Galerie Kreo will be there, alongside newcomers such as Galleria O. from Rome and Salon 94 from New York. Expect unique new pieces from Erastudio and Granville Gallery as part of the Design On/Site programme.
|The 2012 London Festival of Architecture is titled The Playful City – and plenty of urban revelry has been planned for the occasion. On the first night, London will stage its first Velonotte, a narrated nocturnal bike tour that promises to "turn the East End into an open-air museum", with insights by Peter Ackroyd, Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and others. Elsewhere, Bureau Spectacular will make a "domestic playground" in London Bridge and John Robertson Architects attempts to model architecture out of sponge cake.|
|Camouflage||Gordon Matta-Clark: Office Baroque||DMY Berlin|
|Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki||Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona||Tempelhof Airport, Berlin|
|15 June 2012 – 7 October 2012||6 June 2012 – 31 January 2013||6-10 June 2012|
The boundary between art and design is often blended, and Camouflage, an exhibition at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, is built around this dialogue. The show features the work of 15 invited artists, designers and collectives from Finland and abroad, who have made works that blur the disciplines by employing traditional craft skills and materials in new contexts. Among the works we look forward seeing up close are those by Kaisu Koivisto (pictured), which mix industrial materials with bone, fur and leather.
|Last May, the collector Harold Berg donated 46 photographs of Matta-Clark's "building cuts" to MACBA – a series documenting the artist's notorious practice of cutting out sections of buildings. The photographs are part of the show Office Baroque – titled after the project for which Matta-Clark cut a series of arcs through five storeys of an Antwerp office building (pictured above), an act that was inspired by the overlapping teacup rings he saw left on a drawing.|
|DMY Berlin is in its 10th edition, once again filling the vast space at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport with new products and ideas. The five-day festival prides itself on being more concept-focused than others on the circuit, with curated showcases dedicated to future thinking. DMY Maker Lab and DMY Materials will explore open-source design, new technology and the latest materials through workshops. Meanwhile, Jurgen Bey and Jerszy Seymour head up the DMY Awards judging panel.|
|Young Architects Program||Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity||This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s|
|MoMA PS1, New York||Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago||Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis|
|Until September 2012||30 June 2012 – 23 September 2012||30 June 2012 – 30 September 2012|
|Each summer, MoMA PS1's courtyard hosts a concert series and an accompanying installation by the winner of its Young Architects Program. Wendy, this year's design by New York based architect HWKN, uses thousands of metres of high-tech stretchy blue fabric to cool visitors while cleaning the air. A network of scaffolding houses the starburst shape, which has different programmatic zones sprouting from its arms to keep visitors entertained.|
|Chicago, birthplace of the skyscraper, makes a fitting host for this show on the multi-storey tower's symbolism and influence on other arts. Writers, artists, filmmakers and poets – as well as architects – have been asked to contribute works with the aim of exploring the skyscraper's "image, technology, myth and message". Works by artists including Jonathan Horowitz, Jennifer Bolande and Claes Oldenburg explore our longstanding desire to build ever higher.|
|Last September, the V&A sparked a 1980s revival with the show Postmodernism – a look at how the decade's changing politics, emerging technologies and shifting cultural attitudes took shape in art ¬and design. Now, the Walker Art Centre brings us its perspective, with a visual arts survey that reflects the decade's underlying fears and desires. Anti-nuclear protest, gender equality, the Aids crisis and the end of counterculture, as seen through the eyes of Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and others.|