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July 01 2011

Matti Suuronen’s Futuro at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

In 2007, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam / Netherlands came into possession of the prototype of a quite spectacular piece of architecture: Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s Futuro: house of the future.

With its distinctive flying saucer like shape Suuronen’s Futuro is an icon of 1960s design. In 1965 Matti Suuronen was commissioined to design a mobile holiday home that could be erected in poorly accessible skiing areas. The Futuro is made from polyester, measures about 3 x 8 meters, and was conceived for serial production. In part due to the oil crisis of 1973 the production was halted prematurely, but there are still a dozens of Futuros spread across the world.

The Futuro is now on display for the first time after its restoration at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as centerpiece of the exhibition Futuro – Constructing Utopia, which also presents twenty prints and approximately a hundred design objects from the museum’s collection.

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Futuro – Constructing Utopia at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen VernissageTV met up with Jonieke van Es. She is Head of Collections & Research at the museum and tells us more about the history and concept of the Futuro, how the prototype came into possession of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and how it was restored, the Futuro’s relevance as a design icon, and its future use at the museum.

PS: Another Futuro is being restored currently at the University of Canberra.

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January 24 2011

Afterimages of Life. Władysław Strzemiński and Rights for Art / ms2, Łódź, Poland

Jarosław Lubiak, curator of the exhhibition “Afterimages of life. Władysław Strzemiński and rights for art” at ms2, Łódź, Poland, explains the work of Władysław Strzemiński (1893-1952), one of the most important polish avant-garde artist. Strzemiński was a painter, designer, theoritican and teacher. The theory of Unism, which he created, was an importand contribution to the history of art of 20th century.

Strzemiński wrote many articles and books. His most important publications include: Unism in Painting (1928); Space Composition. Time – Space Rythm and its Calculations (1931) ; Theory of Vision (1958), written together with his wife, Katarzyna Kobro.

The curators invited German artist, Katja Strunz, to create the exhibition space. Thanks to her intervention in the shape of the architecture of the exhibition, we are given a new commentary to the works of Strzemiński.

Afterimages of Life is the first monographic exhibition of the artist in the period of the last 17 years. Its objective is the re-interpretation of Władysław Strzemiński’s works and placing them in the context of contemporary world.

Afterimages of life. Władysław Strzemiński and rights for art / ms2 Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland. Interview and video by Ania Ejsmont.

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Tags: Powidoki życia. Władysław Strzemiński i prawa dla sztuki Unizm w malarstwie Teoria widzenia Kompozycja przestrzeni i obliczenia rytmu czasoprzestrzennego Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi Łódz


April 22 2010

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