Seven architects from around the world – Alvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Kengo Kuma included, have created a series of site-specific installations and inserted them into the main galleries and front courtyard of the RA. More than just a shelter or a flashy building, architecture has the ability to shape and form how we feel everyday. We are invited to touch, climb, walk, talk, sit, contemplate. And more – as you enter the galleries, a sign orders you to tweet, and photography is encouraged. A rare treat in the rarefied environment of this grand institution. Definitely one for the littles…
A look forward to some exciting exhibitions and talks coming up in London in the first half of 2013:
1. Juergen Teller: Woo
23 January – 17 March 2013
A journey through his landmark fashion and commercial photography from the 90s, presenting classic images of celebrities such as Lily Cole, Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood, as well as more recent landscapes. Juergen Teller is one of few photographers to operate in both the art world and at the centre of the commercial sphere, working with Marc Jacobs and Celine, among others.
2. Tim Walker: Story Teller
Until 27 January 2013
Extravagant in scale and ambition and instantly recognisable, Tim Walker’s photographs are full of life, colour and humour.
3. Valentino: Master of Couture
Until 3 March 2013
Celebrating the life and work of one of fashion’s most inspirational and influential designers. A lovely review on A Nomadic Abode, here
both, Somerset House
4. Santiago Calatrava, RIBA lecture series, Tuesday 29 January, 7pm
5. Peter Zumthor, RIBA lecture series, Tuesday 05 February, 6:30pm
6. Emerging Architecture
Until 21 February 2013
The exhibition features award winning projects covering buildings, interiors, product design, engineering structures, urbanism and landscape – architecture’s emerging generation from 2012.
7. Mariko Mori: Rebirth
Until 17 February 2013
Japanese artist Mariko Mori’s first major exhibition in London for 14 years, including some of Mori’s most acclaimed works from the last 11 years, alongside new works created especially for the exhibition. Read the Guardian review, here
8. Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
21 February – 27 May 2013
The first full-scale retrospective of this artist in over twenty years.
9. David Bowie Retrospective
23 March – 28 July 2013
Guardian review, here
10. Chromazone: Colour in Contemporary Architecture
Until 19 May 2013
Featuring key projects by major UK and international architects who use colour to create identity and define space in an attenpt to heighten the user experience of a building.
11. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume
5 June – 1 September 2013
A focused selection of work by Gary Hume (born 1962), in parallel with British painter Patrick Caulfield (1935–2005), illuminating the comparable work of these two artists from different generations.
This is my pick of exhibitions and talks to look forward to; I’d love to know your thoughts!
Bronze is the subject of the eponymous exhibition at the Royal Academy (deemed ‘utterly splendid’ by the marvellous Andrew Graham Dixon, read the review, here). It traces works in bronze from antiquity to now, from Rodin to Henry Moore, Ghiberti to Louise Bourgeois.
It is also something of a current trend in interiors, so this is my homage to the exhibition – the best of interior bronze. But first, the chemistry: it’s an alloy of copper, with tin, zinc and lead in lesser amounts. Inherently tough and resistant but much more malleable than its sculptural rivals, stone and wood, it has been used in household objects as well as sculpture for centuries. It ranges in colour from palest gold to darkest blue-brown, and can be matt finish or polished.
Enjoy the bronze edit!
Bronze is at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until December 9.