This spring we’re off on a journey, not on an exotic destination like Chandigarh or Naoshima, but to the Flemish hinterland where the names of the hamlets vaguely sounds familiar and where cyclists tracks are guiding us.
Archipel is dreaming for a while of oral archive in the form of interviews with architects. We found an ally in Studio Fragile, directed by Carl Bourgeois. Students armed with passion, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit went to work with camera and microphone.
Romantic, passionate, sensual, tragic and cruel, that are the Mexicans and that is their history. And colorful. The deep blue of Frida Kahlo. The cutting red Diego Rivera and Juan O’Gorman. Dazzling Gold Matthias Goeritz. The smooth white Felix Candela. In the sun-drenched ocher Ricardo Legoretta. The mysterious deep pink Luis Barragan.
We reach out to the beautiful region of Ticino, Bergamo, Milan … in search of forgotten pearls within the Italian modernism, and of surprising contemporary creations.
Asnago Vender experiment in the field of architectural configurations and facade compositions which almost paradoxically coincide with a formal restraint and a meticulous attention for the city and the urban form.
Josephine Baker was in the Parisian avant-garde “très hot” because of her dancing dressed in 16 bananas. Hemingway called her “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw.” Adolf Loos was responsible for her unbuild “Roosmalen house.” Josephine and architecture. But Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier? We are looking for an answer.
Some buildings are better as they get older – or as we get older?
With Alvar Aalto as a compass we travel through the endless forests and get back the feeling to come home to every classic: the works are beautifully preserved and make even more impressed than before.
Long ago that you saw “La Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp”?
Or maybe you have never seen?
This exhibition shows the background story and the evolution of the modernist city of Chandigarh, exposes the real life in modernity through beautiful pictures, and let the Archipel travellers talk about their experiences and visions.
A day trip to the pavilion and the Krefeld period of one of the major icons of twentieth century architecture.