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Mariela Ajras: “I Think of the City as a Large Canvas Loaded With Morphological and Historical Stories”

Addressing themes involving memory, oblivion and gender, the Argentinean visual artist and muralist, Mariela Ajras, displays her art on the walls of numerous cities around the world such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Mexico City, Bogota, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, among many others. With a background in psychology, she has participated in different urban art festivals, exhibitions, fairs and public art projects, one of the largest murals in the city of Buenos Aires being the one she developed for the project "Corredor de la Memoria", commemorating the 25th anniversary of the AMIA bombing.

New Exhibition at Glyptothek Museum to Feature Sculptures and Paintings by Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava and the Glyptothek Museum
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava and the Glyptothek Museum

The Glyptothek Museum will showcase the first exhibition dedicated to Santiago Calatrava's array of sculptures and paintings inspired by Greek Antiquity. Running from June 21st to October 23rd, "Beyond Hellas: Santiago Calatrava in the Glyptothek" traces the architect's career as a sculptor, highlighting the influence of histories and cultures on Calatrava's design process.

Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol, the Chilean Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial 2022

The Turba Tol Hol-Hol Tol Pavilion is a collective project led by curator Camila Marambio that proposes an experimental path towards the conservation and visibility of peatlands, a type of wetland considered to be the most efficient natural ecosystem for accumulating carbon in the atmosphere and yet one of the least researched.

Presented by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Chile at the 59th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, which will have its official opening on the 23rd of April, was a collaborative work between art, science and traditional knowledge, promoting research and ecological transition from the environmental humanities. In this sense, a diverse multidisciplinary team was brought together: sound artist, Ariel Bustamante; art historian, Carla Macchiavello; filmmaker, Dominga Sotomayor; and architect, Alfredo Thiermann.

Counterspace Director Sumayya Vally Has Been Named Curator of Inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale

Courtesy of Counterspace
Courtesy of Counterspace

Diriyah Biennale Foundation recently revealed the curatorial team of Saudi Arabia's inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale, highlighting the past and present art of the Islamic culture. Among the curators is Sumayya Vally, co-founder of Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, responsible for designing the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion. Taking place in Jeddah in early 2023, the Islamic Arts Biennale will foster artistic exchanges and further establish Saudi Arabia's status within the art scene.

New Exhibition Co-Curated by Kazuyo Sejima Explores the Art and Architecture Programme Reviving the Island of Inujima

A new exhibition at the Japan House in London explores the large-scale art and architecture project driving the transformation of the Japanese island of Inujima for the past 13 years. Titled Symbiosis: Living Island, the show co-curated by the project's artistic director Yūko Hasegawa and architect Kazuyo Sejima showcases how the innovative scheme of accessible art, pavilions and creative projects brought together artists and locals in the effort to revitalize and secure a future for this island in the Seto Inland Sea confronted with diminishing population. Running from 21 May to 4 September 2022, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey around the island that illustrates the transformative impact of the Inujima' Art House Project' through architectural models, photography, videos and testimonies of the residents.

Inujima "Art House Project" S-Art House Haruka Kojin : contact lens, 2013. Image © Takashi HommaInujima "Art House Project" A-Art House Beatriz Milhazes : Yellow Flower Dream, 2018 . Image © Yoshikazu InoueFormer site of a stonecutter's house Yusuke Asai : sprouting 01, 2016. Image © Yoshikazu InoueInujima "Art House Project" F-Art House Kohei Nawa : Biota (Fauna/Flora), 2013 . Image © Takashi Homma+ 8

The Second Studio Podcast: Interview with Jimenez Lai

The Second Studio (formerly The Midnight Charette) is an explicit podcast about design, architecture, and the everyday. Hosted by Architects David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, it features different creative professionals in unscripted conversations that allow for thoughtful takes and personal discussions.

A variety of subjects are covered with honesty and humor: some episodes are interviews, while others are tips for fellow designers, reviews of buildings and other projects, or casual explorations of everyday life and design. The Second Studio is also available on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

This week David and Marina are joined by Jimenez Lai, Founder of Bureau Spectacular to discuss civic and infrastructural spaces in cities; collage architecture; what makes a living room, a living room?; his current project, “Citizens With No Places”; his book “Citizen of No Place”; living and studying at Taliesin West; and suburban developments.

Flying Fleet of Social Zones. Image Courtesy of The Second Studio PodcastPool Party MoMA PS1 Entry. Image © Kevin PazikAnother Primitive Hut. Image © Injee UnshinTower of Twelve Stories. Image © Jeff Frost+ 10

What Is Art Nouveau?

Emerged in a period marked by the development of the industry and the experimentation of new materials, the Art Nouveau artistic movement was opposed to historicism, favoring originality and a return to handicrafts. In this context, it is portrayed as an attempt at dialogue between art and industry, revaluing beauty and making it available to everyone through series production.

Victor Horta © Arco Ardon licensed under CC BY 2.0Glasgow School of Art. Image © Flickr user stevecadman licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0Escadaria Victor Horta. Via Victor Horta The Architect of Art Nouveau by David Dernie and Alistair Carew-CoxVictor Horta © Creative Commons user estebanhistoria licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0+ 11

Google Arts & Culture Opens Free Virtual Exhibition About Brasília

After launching virtual exhibitions about Parma (Italy), Pittsburgh and Milwaukee (United States), and Lagos (Nigeria), the online platform Google Arts & Culturehas opened the virtual exhibition Brasília: um Sonho Construído (Brasilia: a Built Dream), which presents an immersive tour of the Brazilian federal capital designed by Lúcio Costa.

Curated by the National Museum of the Republic, the exhibition had the collaboration of the Public Archives of the Federal District, the Institute of Architects of Brazil, the Chamber of Deputies Museum, the Federal Supreme Court, and other organizations based in Brasília. Through images from Google Street View, visitors travel through the corridors of six museums in the capital in 360° virtual tours, including the Museu de Valores (Museum of Currencies), the Square of the Three Powers, and also the Supreme Federal Court building.

5 Art Movements that Influenced Architecture

As far as history goes back, art and architecture have always been interrelated disciplines. From the elaboration of the Baroque movement, to the geometric framework of modernism, architects found inspiration from stylistic approaches, techniques, and concepts of historic art movements, and translated them into large-scale habitable structures. In this article, we explore 5 of many art movements that paved the way for modern day architecture, looking into how architects borrowed from their characteristics and approaches to design to create their very own architectural compositions.

Pop Art Influence on Architecture. Image via Flickr User Ruth Hartnup | Flickr User Noel Y. Calingasan (nyclovesnyc)Surrealist Render. Image © Victor EnrichPop Art Influence on Architecture. Image © Jamie McGregor SmithDe Stijl Influence on Architecture. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Claude Truong-Ngoc+ 13

What is Art Deco Architecture?

Art Deco architecture derives from a style of visual arts of the same name that emerged in Europe in the 1920s, which also influenced the movie industry, fashion, interior design, graphic design, sculpture, painting, and other forms of art, in addition to architecture. The milestone of this style was the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925, from which it took its name.

Chrysler Building. Image via Creative Commons"The Chrysler Building" by AdeRussell is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0"NYC: Chrysler Building - Entrance" by wallyg is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0"Empire State Building" by Luigi Rosa is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0+ 11

Smiljan Radic and Javier González Pesce Disappear an Art Gallery in Chile

“Museo en Campaña”, intervention designed by Javier González Pesce and Smiljan Radic. Image © Fabián Dejtiar“Museo en Campaña”, intervention designed by Javier González Pesce and Smiljan Radic. Image © Fabián Dejtiar“Museo en Campaña”, intervention designed by Javier González Pesce and Smiljan Radic. Image © Fabián Dejtiar“Museo en Campaña”, intervention designed by Javier González Pesce and Smiljan Radic. Image © Fabián Dejtiar+ 10

An inflatable and soft body—a silver balloon—scatters towards the sidewalk in the heart of Santiago, Chile. People walk by touching the strange artifact, curiously looking at the object moving over the public space. Behind the pillow, the Gabriela Mistral Gallery disappears.

Squid Game: Minimalist Chic and Spaces of Oppression

People die in Squid Game. Lots of people. But while violence is one of the most appealing ingredients for the success (or failure) of a television show, that's not the only reason the series has become so popular worldwide. Pop culture, mesmerizing scenarios, and a plot full of social metaphors all contribute to this.

Available for streaming since September 2021, the Netflix series Squid Game “will definitely be our biggest non-English language show in the world, for sure,” and has “a very good chance it’s going to be our biggest show ever,” according to Ted Sarandos, the platform's co-CEO and Head of Content. The survivor thriller by director Hwang Dong-hyuk tells the story of a group of 456 people who are deeply in debt competing to win 45.6 billion won (around €33 million, $38 million) in prize money.

Japan's Art Islands: The Works of Sou Fujimoto, Ryue Nishizawa, and Kazuyo Sejima

Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima are the three main islands of an archipelago in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. What sets them apart from the many other Japanese islands is the large number of exceptional architectural works designed by some of the greatest architects and artists in the world. These projects are part of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, an art complex idealized by billionaire businessman Soichiro Fukutake in the 1980s, composed of eighteen museums, galleries, and open-air installations.

Naoshima Pavilion / Sou Fujimoto. Image © Haruo MikamiYellow Pumpkin / Yayoi Kusama. Image © Haruo MikamiNew Port Terminal Building in Naoshima / Sanaa. Image © Haruo MikamiNew Port Terminal Building in Naoshima / Sanaa. Image © Haruo Mikami+ 47

Erasing Walls: Ceramic Tile Murals in Brazilian Modernism

"I felt like I was Nino Rota and Oscar Niemeyer was Fellini, it was like I was creating an important piece of music in that work of art." Renowned visual artist Athos Bulcão uses this comparison between the Italian composer and the film director to refer to the relationship between his work with ceramic tiles and architecture. This fusion between art and architecture marked an important period in the history of Brazil, shedding light on issues such as national identity, the massification of art, and architectural techniques aimed at the tropical climate.

Clássicos da Arquitetura: Ministério de Educação e Saúde / Lucio Costa e equipe. © Marina de HolandaClássicos da Arquitetura: Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima / Oscar Niemeyer. © Marcel Gautherot. Via Blog do Instituto Moreira SallesClássicos da Arquitetura: Igreja da Pampulha / Oscar NiemeyerClássicos da Arquitetura: Igrejinha Nossa Senhora de Fátima / Oscar Niemeyer. © Marcel Gautherot+ 13

Japan's Art Islands: The Work of Tadao Ando in Naoshima

Few places in the world have so many cultural and artistic facilities as the islands of Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima, in Japan's Seto Inland Sea. Eighteen museums, galleries, and installations make up the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, a project idealized by billionaire businessman Soichiro Fukutake in the 1980s.

At the time, Fukutake invited none other than architect Tadao Ando to design the Benesse House Museum on the island of Naoshima, which went beyond an economic reboot to create a simpler, slower way of life - evidently for those who can afford it - far removed from the Japanese megacities.

Benesse House Hotel. Image © Haruo MikamiBenesse House Museum. Image © Haruo MikamiChichu Art Museum. Image © Haruo MikamiRock Sculpture Garden. Image © Haruo Mikami+ 48

The Close Relationship Between Art and Architecture in Modernism

The idea of integration between art and architecture dates back to the very origin of the discipline, however, it took on a new meaning and social purpose during the Avant-Garde movement of the early twentieth century, becoming one of the most defining characteristics of Modernism. This close relationship is evident in the works of some of the greatest modern architects, such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, and Oscar Niemeyer, to name a few.

Palácio da Alvorada through the eyes of Joana França. © Joana FrançaAD Classics: Ministry of Education and Health Building / Lucio Costa e equipe. © Marina de HolandaGardens of the Gustavo Capanema Palace. © Flickr jcoarq. Used under Creative CommonsPhotographer Yueqi “Jazzy” Li Captures the Dynamism of Mexico City's UNAM Campus. © Yueqi "Jazzy" Li+ 8