Archive: Architecture
These are Anselm Kiefer’s teetering towers

These are Anselm Kiefer’s teetering towers

Anselm Kiefer - Installation view of the exhibition The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy, 2015
Anselm Kiefer – Installation view of the exhibition The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy, 2015
Photo: Agostino Osio

Anselm Kiefer’s abandoned 200-acre studio

German artist Anselm Kiefer has long maintained a studio at Barjac in southern France, where he assembled his large sculptures and painted some of his dark, disturbing canvases. Now he has abandoned the site, with the wish that it be allowed to “revert to nature.” People exploring the site have been struck by these towers, made of concrete slabs held rather tenuously together with steel cables and iron bars.

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Iran do Espírito Santo’s concrete ‘Playground’ in New York

Iran do Espírito Santo’s concrete ‘Playground’ in New York

Iran do Espírito Santo – Playground, concrete, 411,5 x 411,5 x 411,5 cm (162 x 162 x 162 in), Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, 2013-2014
Iran do Espírito Santo – Playground, concrete, 411,5 x 411,5 x 411,5 cm (162 x 162 x 162 in), Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, 2013-2014

Introduction

Iran do Espírito Santo has over the years managed to become one of the most fascinating contemporary artists not just in Brazil, but in the world as well. Today, he is primarily celebrated for his minimalist projects that cover issues of design, place, surface, structure and material. By using abstracted day-to-day objects, his installations assume a delicate mutiny of minimalism. As a result, Santo is often concerned with the tactile features of his chosen subjects and materials. Working with different mediums such as copper, steel, paint and stone, his work emphasizes the sleekness of surfaces and forms of manufactured goods to seduce audiences all over the world.

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Please step on this artwork – LikeArchitects

Please step on this artwork – LikeArchitects

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LIKEarchitects with Jen Lewin’s installation The Pool, Colombo Shopping Mall, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014

LIKEarchitects, a Porto-based architecture studio constructed the temporary exhibition at Colombo Shopping Mall in Lisbon, Portugal that would hold Jen Lewin’s highly interactive luminous installation titled ‘The Pool’.

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This tank is not a real tank – Andreas Angelidakis

This tank is not a real tank – Andreas Angelidakis

Andreas Angelidakis - Polemos, 2017, documenta 14, Fridericianum Museum, Photo Nils Klinger
Andreas AngelidakisPolemos, 2017, Foam and vinyl seating modules, Ten blocks: 50 × 70 × 70 cm, 110 blocks: 50 × 70 × 140 cm, 16 blocks: 50 cm × 70 cm diameter, documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Photo: Nils Klinger

Introduction

Named for the Greek spirit of war and battle, Polemos is comprised of 136 foam blocks covered in various camouflage fabrics. Together the blocks of foam and vinyl seating modules create a massive tank, which can be disassembled and reassembled in other formations-including seating for visitors to the Fridericianum Museum (where the piece was exhibited during documenta 14). Clearly, a comment on the uncertain nature of war, Polemos is the result of Andreas Angelidakis multidisciplinary practice in art and architecture.

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Watch the tremendous effect one book can have – Jorge Méndez Blake

Watch the tremendous effect one book can have – Jorge Méndez Blake

Jorge Mendez Blake - The Castle, 2007, Bricks, edition of Franz Kafka’s 'The Castle', 2300 x 1750 x 400 cm
Jorge Méndez BlakeThe Castle, 2007, Bricks, edition of Franz Kafka’s 'The Castle', 2300 x 1750 x 400 cm

The Castle by Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake, a mixed media conceptual artist, debuted in 2007. It featured a brick wall that was created by carefully arranging and stacking bricks over each other. The wall was made without mortar, and in the middle, a version of Franz Kafka’s The Castle rested crushed by the extreme pressure of the bricks. Therefore, the entire length and width of the wall balanced precariously on the single hardcover book.

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See how Peter Kogler’s hypnotic installations transform rooms

See how Peter Kogler’s hypnotic installations transform rooms

Peter Kogler - Dimensions, 2011
Peter KoglerDimensions, 2011

Peter Kogler’s Rooms

Peter Kogler is a renowned artist from Austria that currently works and lives in Vienna. Kogler is best known for his different psychedelic room installations. Through his paintwork and his intricate projections, he transforms ordinary looking rooms and spaces such as lobbies, galleries, and transit centers by making them look twisted, warped or distorted, which in turn has a psychedelic effect for the public.

Kogler’s room installations explore vital concepts in his art such as modularity and repetition. The rooms alter one’s perception of architecture, which serves as the primary medium for his art. Aside from his dizzying rooms, Kogler is also an important performance, film and video artist as well as a sculptor.

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Tomás Saraceno created this seemingly impossible installation

Tomás Saraceno created this seemingly impossible installation

Tomás Saraceno - In Orbit, 2013. Installation view, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
Tomás SaracenoIn Orbit, 2013, permanent installation at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf

Introduction

A massive installation by Tomás Saraceno titled In Orbit has to be one of the artist’s most notable and successful installations. At a height of more than 20 meters, Saraceno suspended a mesh construction within which audiences could move weightlessly on the net. The net construction, which was accessible on 3 levels, was designed to resemble a cloud setting or landscape.

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