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La règle et l'intuition, Tranquadi, Abbaye de Montmajour

La règle et l’intuition, Tranquadi, Abbaye de Montmajour

The exhibition is also a good excuse for revisiting this imposing Abbey and detailing it’s fantastic medieval capitals           
Venice Biennale, part 2: Giardino

Venice Biennale, part 2: Giardino

  German pavilion: making heimat, Germany, arrival country. Four large openings where made in the German pavilion to signify Germany’s openness towards refugees: the German pavilion will be literally opened for the duration of the Biennale (the Venice monument preservation board having accepted the opening for that duration).  The exhibition analyses the condition for making Heimat,...
Venice Architecture Biennale: Reporting from the front. Part 1: Arsenale

Venice Architecture Biennale: Reporting from the front. Part 1: Arsenale

Alejanadro Aravena, curator of the 2016 International Architecture Biennale: “REPORTING FROM THE FRONT will be about sharing with a broader audience, the work of people who are scrutinizing the horizon looking for new fields of action, facing issues like segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and the participation of communities. And simultaneously it will be about presenting examples where...
Serpentine Gallery, London

Serpentine Gallery, London

Serpentine Pavilion Architect’s Statement For the Serpentine Pavilion 2016, we have attempted to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous; modular yet sculptural; both transparent and opaque; both solid box and blob. We decided to work with one of the most basic...
Francis Towne's watercolour of Rome @ British museum

Francis Towne’s watercolour of Rome @ British museum

Just back from Rome, so that was a perfect match ;-)… Francis Towne painted them in 1780-1781, but many do still look very familiar in the eternal town…      
Ali Smith's Ferrara

Ali Smith’s Ferrara

After reading « How to be both », I just had to plan a stop at Ferrara, on Ali Smith’s footpath, if only to visit the Palazzo Schifanoia and see Francesco del Cossa’s frescoes. Unsurprisingly, it was well worth the trip… Palazzo Schifanoia’s frescoes, allegories of months, gods and zodiac signs. The wall by Francesco del Cossa...
Siena, Montepulciano and Firenze postcard

Siena, Montepulciano and Firenze postcard

Siena, a few days before the Palio, with the funny lamps and the flags to the colours of each neighbourhood, and the rings on the walls waiting for their horses.. Montepulciano    Firenze            
Verona, Trento, Venice, Rome postcard

Verona, Trento, Venice, Rome postcard

Verona    Trento    Venice     On  St Giorggio, The Glass tea house Mondrian by Hiroshi Sugimoto @ Le stance del vetro, more info here Part of the « Together » exhibition by Jaume Piensa for the 2015 Art Biennale, at San Giorgio Maggiore, luckily left on loan by Jaume Piensa to the monastic community  for the...
Hotel Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

Hotel Caumont, Aix-en-Provence

After an extensive restauration, the grand XVIIIe century Hotel Caumont, in Aix’s beautiful « quartier Mazarin » reopened last year. It offers two temporary exhibitions, the current is: « Turner et la couleur » and runs until September 18. Hotel Caumont, an « hotel particulier entre cour et jardin » epitomises XVIIIe century refinements, it’s restauration is amazing, see here: http://www.caumont-centredart.com/fr/dossiers/restauration-lhotel-caumont?galerie=1  ...
Maison Paysanne de France's exhibition

Maison Paysanne de France’s exhibition

« Maison Paysanne de France », is a French NGO dedicated to preserve the less glamorous part of historical architecture: the vernacular buildings, mostly farmhouses. Thanks to their dedication and experience, many know-hows have been saved from oblivion. Lime stucco, raw earth buildings and many other techniques that are now being rediscovered by a new generation of...
Petites utopies européennes, Fort St Jean

Petites utopies européennes, Fort St Jean

In those troubled times for Europe, it’s nice to see this collaboration between schoolchildren of Croatia, Spain, France Greece and Italy to create those white socialising spaces, symbols of Mediterranean habitat   
Angkor, citée Khmer: the (extended) postcard

Angkor, citée Khmer: the (extended) postcard

Preah Ko Banteay Srei Angkor Vat Angkor Thom Bayon Ta Prohm Preah Khan