Prestigious guests at the Serpentine’s Miracle Marathon Weekend

The Serpentine Galleries in London have announced the programme of its Miracle Marathon Weekend on 8 and 9 October, dedicated to the theme of miracles and the sacred. Many participants will be joining in, among them artists Etel Adnan, Christo and Gustav Metzger, writers Marie NDiaye and Andrew O’Hagan, theorists Jacqueline Rose and Eyal Weizman, physicist Carlo Rovelli, with a presentation by Gilbert & George and Genesis P-Orridge.  The marathon is becoming a London festival in its own right because it will be held, for the first time since its 2006 birth, at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and the Second Home, in the Spitalfields building by architect Selgas Cano. The event will also be diffused by a live radio broadcast from the...

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Buenos Aires to host a new Art Basel initiative

Art Basel’s steering committee, having announced earlier this year, during its Hong Kong edition, the prospect of partnerships with other cities, has decided to launch a new fair in Buenos Aires at the end of 2017. Patrick Foret, one of Art Basel’s directors, is working on the project, namely with British architect David Adjaye, Swiss architect Jacques Herzog, a director of the Brooklyn Museum in New York, critic and curator Anne Pasternak and Chinese-art collector Uli...

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The Swiss pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale pays homage to Alberto Giacometti

In 2017, the Swiss pavilion’s exhibition for the 57th Venice Biennale, from 13 May to 26 November, will be curated by Philipp Kaiser and will pay homage to Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Titled “Women of Venice”, this group exhibition will focus on the contemporary legacy of the sculptor who systematically declined invitations to represent Switzerland in Venice.  Alberto Giacometti, born in Borgonovo in the Grisons canton, defined himself as an international artist and always refused to be associated with a national identity. Even when the new Swiss pavilion was constructed by his brother, architect Bruno Giacometti, in 1952, Alberto, invited to show his works there, suggested that another artist be featured instead of him. In 1956, he finally agreed to present, in the French pavilion, a set of sculptures called “Women of Venice”. Alberto Giacometti was awarded the Grand Prix for Sculpture in Venice in 1962, several years before his death, as a sign of international recognition of his...

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Thaddaeus Ropac moving to London in spring 2017

The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, based in Paris and Salzburg, has announced the opening of a gallery in Ely House in Mayfair, London, in spring 2017. Considered as one of the most elegant 18th century residences in London, Ely House was built in 1771 for Bishop Edmond Keene of Ely by architect Sir Robert Taylor (1714-1788). This listed monument is to be renovated by New York architect Annabelle Selldorf. The gallery will be directed by Polly Robinson Gaer. Four exhibition spaces will occupy five floors and over 1,500 m². Located at 37 Dover Street, the ground floor offers an extra exhibition space in the adjoining building. The second floor holds a drawing room and the historic library of Ely House, which will be transformed into a vast exhibition space with a ceiling height of six metres. In Salzburg, the gallery already occupies Villa Kast, a large 19th century building, as well as an industrial building, the Salzburg Halle. In Paris, the gallery offers exhibitions on the four floors of its space in the Marais district, as well as in a 5,000 m² former ironworks factory in Pantin, in the city’s...

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Death of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

Born on 31 October 1950 in Bagdad, Zaha Hadid was a major architect of our era and a figure of the Deconstructivist movement inspired by philosopher Jacques Derrida, a movement that refused the linear order of modern architecture. She passed away on 31 March 2016 in Miami, at the age of 65 years. The daughter of Muhammad Hadid, a wealthy Iraqi businessman and liberal politician, she spent her childhood in France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where she met Rem Koolhaas, in 1972, who became her teacher and mentor. Graduating in 1977, she parted ways with Rem Koolhas in 1979 to set up her own agency. A multiple prize-winner, she was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, one of the most prestigious architecture awards, as well as the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2015. Having constructed buildings on every continent, she often created controversy from making clumsy remarks as well as from some of her projects — that she sometimes abandoned — always extremely ambitious and uncompromising, at the limits of possibility. She was responsible for the MAXXI in Rome, the Canton Opera House, the Cardiff Opera House, the BMW plant in Leipzig. An international architect, her constructions stand in many world cities including Basel, Strasbourg, Beijing, Seoul, Taiwan, Naples, Milan, Barcelona, Rabat, Baku, Montpellier and Marseille. Her architectural work reflected her character: impetuous, unpredictable, a type of controlled chaos, like “challenges to gravity” or “explosions fixed in space” or “the combination of enormous energy and infinite delicacy”, in the words of Rem Koolhaas. Her “revolutionary” concept of architecture being intended to reconfigure the nature of social links, Zaha Hadid stated that “an architecture vanguard transforms public space into civic...

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