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toP five: what to see this month
by Paola antonelli
senior Curator, Department of architecture and Design, museum of modern art, new york
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China
olafUR
Jean PRoUve
DesiGn
eliasson this is an actual flat-pack house designed by
now
Prouvé. when you do architectural shows in museums,
i’m particularly keen on there is always an element of frustration, because
finding and understanding very rarely are you able to show the real thing.
i’m really looking forward
designers, architects, you always show simulacra: models, drawings,
to seeing what my colleagues
artists, scientists and so fragments. there’s something really satisfying
at the v&a have put together
forth who don’t care who about being able to show the whole thing. it’s so
to show what is happening in
or what they are in terms appealing at all levels. it’s like going to an
China right now, not in terms
of labels. olafur has this amusement park: the idea that you have a masterpiece
of manufacturing but in terms
amazing capacity of working of architecture, and it’s actually there and you can
of an intellectual approach
and thinking in space, see it and hopefully walk through it. every time
to design.
modulating it by all means you are able to show the whole deal in the gallery,
necessary, be that light, fog, people remember it for years to come.
China is accomplishing
rainbows or ice, and he is
what Japan did in the 1980s
so impressive because he works maison Tropicale, by Jean PRoUve
and 90s, but much faster.
truly at an architectural
Until 13 aPRil, tate moDeRn, lonDon
what both these countries
scale. you had one of the
www.tate.oRG.UK
initially did was to import
best examples in london with
design models from the west,
his serpentine Pavilion.
while developing their own
he’s tackling real buildings,
technological capacity. when
and everything he does always
Japan became much more assured
has a very strong spatial
in terms of its own design
implication.
language, very quickly its
design conquered the world.
Take your Time:
i think China is approaching
olafUR eliasson
the same point, but faster. 20 aPRil – 30 JUne
the first time i went to China moma anD P.s.1, new yoRK
the local design was confined www.moma.oRG
to craft. but in the past
few years i’ve seen more and
more Chinese schools earn
prizes and develop their own
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proud of it. what i think is P
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included, very few products designers from all over the world. and not only
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and even work by scientists. city. you try to go to as much as you can, and
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it starts from the idea it’s definitely not possible to take it all in! h s
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that designers really work i never go with expectations about something in
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on taking technological and particular. because i am from milan, it would be
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making them available and think i’ve gone to the salone for nearly 20 years.
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understandable and usable some years we’re very lucky and the sun shines
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for really large audiences. and the wisteria blossoms, and other years it’s a
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disaster – it rains and it’s cold and it’s a mess!
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