“Renzo Piano”

Pierre Huygue wins the Nasher Prize in Dallas

The Nasher Sculpture Centre in Dallas has chosen French artist Pierre Huygue as winner of the Nasher Prize, worth $100,000. The prize ceremony in Dallas has been scheduled for 1 April 2017, and the trophy is designed by Renzo Piano – who also constructed the Nasher Sculpture Centre. The jury was composed of international artists, art historians and museum directors, including artist Phyllida Barlow, senior curator of the National Gallery of Art, Lynne Cooke, and Nicholas Serota, the new chairman of Arts Council...

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Peter Zumthor chosen for Fondation Beyeler extension

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been picked to extend the Fondation Beyeler building designed by Renzo Piano. This project, costing $82 million, will be built on a private plot in the Iselin-Weber Park in Riehen, just near Basel, thus creating a new exhibition space. “The sky above Basel, the city and its surroundings – those are the landscapes of my youth. It is heart-warming to be able to design a major building here,” declared the 2009 winner of the Pritzker Prize. The architect has already designed the highly acclaimed Kunsthaus Bregenz and the Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne, and he is currently working on his most ambitious project, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. For now, the Fondation Beyeler’s extension plans are yet to be unveiled, and will be publicised in autumn by Atelier Peter Zumthor &...

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Renzo Piano at Shanghai’s Power Station of Art

The Power Station of Art museum, situated in Shanghai, China, is to host the exhibition “Piece by Piece: Renzo Piano Building Workshop” from 28 March until 28 June 2015, dedicated to the works of the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The exhibition is to explore the relationships between the materials, structure, atmosphere, and inhabitants of his buildings, and also show the process of his works. Renzo Piano is an emblematic figure in Milanese modernism, who goes beyond tradition and transcends precision through his poetic designs. The organisers of the exhibition hope that it is going to shed an enormous amount of light on his work and also inspire other Chinese architects. Renzo Piano is an architect of unparalleled skill, an authoritarian, and a man focused on his work, who creates a new thing each day and builds it with his own hands. He is constantly on the quest for lightness, searching to create a seemingly weightless building. He designs with immaterial elements such as lightness and transparency, making use of lights and vibrations, shadows, and sounds. Renzo Piano was born in Gênes in 1937 into a family of builders, founding his own international architecture firm, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in 1981. The Building Worship is responsible for the design of several buildings around the world such as: the Menil Collection in Houston; the Kansai international airport terminal in Osaka; the extension of the Morgan library in New York; the Maison Hermès in Tokyo; the headquarters of The New York Times; the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco; the modern wing of the Institute of Chicago; and London’s The...

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Havard art collections to benefit from renovation and expansion

A project at Harvard University that aims to increase the visibility of the University’s art collection is due to open following extensive renovations directed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The project will house the Fogg Art Museum’s European and American artworks, the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s central and northern European collection, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum’s antiquities and Asian art collection; the expansion will comprise about 250,000 objects under one roof with around 40% more exhibition space. The architect has retained the Fogg’s neo-Georgian red-brick facade from 1927, whilst the east-facing section of the building has been entirely redeveloped, replacing a previous addition dating back to 1991. The new additions have faced some criticisms, with some claiming that the expansion does not respect the Le Corbusier-designed surroundings. “This was a crime against humanity,” Beatriz Colomina, a Princeton University architectural historian, tells ArtNews. “It’s such a mythical building and it is being destroyed by somebody who is a good...

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2014: a roundup of the year ahead

Paris, 17 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). 2013 proved to be a rich year – very rich. The art world showed no risk of growing stale, with record sales, major exhibitions, ever-expanding fairs, and legal and economic shake-ups from Munich to Detroit. Barely recovered from the events of last year, the art market’s major participants have begun to make promises of an equally spectacular 2014. Whilst the global economy is not at its healthiest, the evolution of cultural projects shows little sign of slowing down: new museums have opened their doors, and have rapidly accrued visitor numbers to match those of their more established competitors. Significant exhibitions have followed, with ever-more-ambitious shows having been met with unfailing public interest. As far as the art market is concerned, the phrase “economic crisis” doesn’t exist. Whilst it’s difficult to predict whether the exceptional sales figures realised by auction houses this year will be replicated – or even surpassed – in 2014, there is every reason to believe that the demand for prestigious lots will remain high. If works of the same quality as last year’s re-emerge on the market, it seems likely that buyers will respond with enthusiasm – and high sums of money. New art fairs have been appearing across the world, tempted by the business potential of art. Despite increasing competition – and despite the vast difference in scope between some newer fairs and heavyweights such as Art Basel, FIAC and Frieze – art market professionals remain tempted by the lure of collectors and amateurs with a desire to buy. We took a look at some of the largest and most anticipated events for the forthcoming year. Whilst many may remain hidden in unwritten press releases, details of some of 2014’s initial openings seem to promise an interesting...

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