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February Diary 2013

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woodsIndabaStockholm copy
Lebbeus Woods. ArchitectDesign IndabaStockholm Furniture and Light Fair
SFMoMA, San FranciscoCape Town International Convention Centre, Cape TownStockholmsmässan, Stockholm
16 February 2013 – 2 June 201327 February 2013 – 3 March 20135-9 February 2013

This show celebrates the legacy of Lebbeus Woods, who passed away last October. The museum, which started collecting the architect’s drawings and models in the mid 1990s, has gathered 75 works that describe his experimental, imaginary projects. Woods’ fractured and dystopian visions, of a realm that mirrors the problems of our own, addressed postwar cities like Zagreb and Sarajevo, and earthquake-stricken San Francisco itself.

Cape Town has just been announced as World Design Capital 2013 and this year’s Design Indaba, showcasing the latest and greatest from the fields of architecture, design, graphics and textiles in Africa, promises to be as exciting as ever. The line up for the event, a combination of conference and expo, is still a secret but we expect to be impressed – last year the speakers included Bjarke Ingels, Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Hellicar and Lewis.

Nendo’s Oki Sato, will be the tenth Guest of Honour at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair and will design the entrance hall lounge at this major trade fair in the design calendar. Communication is this year’s theme and a new Show and Tell feature invites special guests to present new ideas and products in five-minute slots. There’ll be plenty going on outside the fair too for Stockholm Design Week (4-10 February).

Junya IshigamiWait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter RothUrban Landscapes: Indian Case Studies
de Singel Arts Campus, AntwerpMoMA, New YorkBritish School at Rome
8 February 2013 – 16 June 201317 February 2013 – 24 June 20135 February 2013

Junya Ishigami’s ethereal approach to architecture is inspired by natural metaphors. The travelling exhibition How Small? How Vast? How Architecture Grows makes its way to the de Singel Arts Campus in Antwerp this month, with 56 miniature models of the Japanese architect’s residential works to see. The exquisitely detailed Little Gardens (pictured), fingertip-sized cups of little plants, encourage us to think about architecture and nature at a range of scales.

Dieter Roth is known for using traditional materials in extreme ways, with his works with paper perhaps the best known vehicle for his artistic expression. Snow, a huge volume of his paper works made during the 1960s, forms the centrepiece of MoMA’s exhibition. Five hundred of Roth’s drawings are reproduced in the book as well as never-before seen pages. You can also see the newly acquired Literaturwurst series: sausage skins stuffed with the cut up pages of magazines.

Architect and educator Rahul Mehrotra is the sixth speaker in this lecture series on informal urbanism in Delhi and Mumbai. He proposes that Indian cities have two parts; a Static City of buildings in concrete and steel, and a Kinetic City, a constantly changing composition of temporary structures in plastic sheets, scrap metal and waste wood. The Kinetic City, he argues, with its ability to modify and reinvent itself in a pattern of its own logic, has crucial lessons to offer the many urban designers drawing up plans for a rapidly developing nation.

Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings UncoveredKAMA: Sex and DesignThe Bride and the Bachelors
Soane Museum, LondonTriennale Design Museum, MilanBarbican Centre, London
15 February 2013 – 18 May 2013Until 10 March 201314 February 2013 – 9 June 2013

This month the Soane Museum is displaying 16 preparatory drawings by Piranesi – works made for his last great graphic project Différentes Vues de Pesto, published after his death in 1778. The drawings depict three Doric temples in Paestum, using theatrical scenery techniques to show both technical and atmospheric detail. This show looks at influences of Piranesi’s work on Soane himself and on wider architectural teachings and taste during the 18th century.

Prepare to be aroused. A selection of erotic design is on display at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum this month, named after Kama, the Hindu god of sexual pleasure. The show’s exhibits range from the suggestive to the explicit with everything inbetween, including Salvador Dali’s Mae West Lips sofa (1937) and Jamie McCartney’s Great Wall of Vagina (2011). Eight pieces, including Nendo’s quivering bowls and a sculptural phallus by Betony Vernon (pictured) have been specially commissioned for the shows.

As part of its Dancing Around Duchamp season, the Barbican Art Gallery is looking at the influence of the French “father of conceptual art” on four modern artists: composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham and visual artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. Twenty-three works by Duchamp including some of his readymades will be on show, along with two of Rauschenberg’s White Paintings from 1951 and 1952.

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