"Mies" revisited.

metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
This impressive study about the German architect by Detlef Mertins, a monumental monograph on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is entitled simply Mies (Phaidon, 2014). This stunning book, has an new interesting contributions, showing us the main Mies's readings or notes on other books. There you can find a reproduction, a page within a page, of page 64 of Romano Guardini’s 1927 book Letters from Lake Como—a book about modernity and human subjectivity—with Mies’s own annotations penciled in the margins, in a surprisingly ornate and delicate hand.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the twentieth century's most influential architects, —like so many architects a self-invented social climber, shape-shifter, and name changer— was an autodidact. Although he did a few years of Latin and arithmetic at church schools around Aachen, Germany, where he was born in 1886, his formal education was minimal. His rise from a family of stonemasons to a gentleman with the...


'Maidan Survey'; new book by Bureau A.

[Kiev] Winter 2014.
'Maidan Survey' is the new book by Bureau A. Those young swiss architects reflect about how the new social movements have an effect on the city and on its public space. A really interesting text goes with several simple and beautiful illustration that we recommend you to see.

Yesterday we published the exhibition of young swiss architects which is taking place in Basel, Switzerland. Within this context Bureau A, one of the participant of the exhibition, presents its new book 'Maidan Survey'. Through the new use of the public spaces that the social movements are giving in cities all...


PAULA BONET. What to do when THE END appears on the screen.

[VIDEO] PAULA BONET. Mad is Mad Gallery. [MAD] Spain. 6/03-22/03/2014
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
"Qué hacer cuando en la pantalla aparece THE END / What to do when THE END appears on the screen.", is the title of the exhibition dedicated to PAULA Bonet, one of the most dynamic young illustrators in Spain and a phenomenon of fans on social networks, organized by Gunter Gallery.

It opens tomorrow and will be the first solo exhibition by the illustrator Paula Bonet in Madrid to mark the publication of her book "What to do when THE END appears on the screen." Mad is Mad Gallery will host on Thursday March 6, fifteen original artwork belonging to the volume edited by Lunwerg speaking of crushes, friendship, butterflies in the stomach, infidelity, lump in the throat ...

A book about the end,...



Free access. Fundación Juan March [MAD] Spain.
metalocus, INÉS LALUETA.
Art, Publications
The Fundación Juan March presents to the public its on-line gateway to the complete content of each of the 182 catalogues accompanying the exhibitions held at its three venues since 1973, in Madrid, Cuenca (the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español) and Palma de Mallorca (the Museu Fundación Juan March). This collection of documents will be continually updated, and its principal aims are the dissemination and promotion of research and knowledge in the fields of art and art history and the advancement of public awareness of the institution’s history of exhibitions.

This collection of documents will be continually updated, and its principal aims are the dissemination and promotion of research and knowledge in the fields of art and art history and the advancement of public awareness of the institution’s history of exhibitions.

Each catalogue will be published online in the languages in which it originally appeared one year...


Beatriz Colomina. Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies.

Storefront for Art and Architecture. [NYC] US. February 8, 2014.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
On the occasion of the launch of Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies by Beatriz Colomina, Storefront presents the inauguration of the Reading Series. For this event, Giuliana Bruno, Craig Buckley, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch and Mark Wasiuta will present excerpts of the book and other readings followed by a discussion on the topics and questions at hand moderated by Eva Franch.

The history of the avant-garde (in art, architecture, literature) can’t be separated from the history of its engagement with mass media. It is not just that the avant-garde used media to publicize its work; the work did not exist before its publication.

In architecture, Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der...


Call for Submissions: Thresholds 43. SCANDALOUS.

Thresholds 43. MIT.
metalocus, ALEX DURO.
Architecture, Publications
Gasp! What provokes this reflex that leaves one short of breath? More than just a sudden turn of events, for discourse to move from gossip to scandal there have to be stakes. Reputations, profits, and history-by-the-winners are on the line.

In 1939, architect George W. Stoddard understood these stakes well when writing his apology to the AIA Board of Directors. “There are times in every man’s life when he does things on the spur of the moment that he later regrets,” Stoddard implored after flouting a professional ban on advertising. The popular newspaper tabloid from following decades trafficked in one form of scandal surrounding the crime of regrettable deeds: originating...


'Caricaturas', by Alejandro de la Sota.

BOOK. Ediciones Asimétricas.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Modernity in Spain could have been different if architects such as J.L. Sert, A. Bonet, L. Lacasa, J.M. Aizpurúa, J.Torres Clavé had had the possibility to teach. It took almost two decades for new generations to be able to take that relay, and mainly those who could were relatively close to the regime.

Last November opened in Madrid an excellent exhibition displaying the work of two of those brilliant new architects, ​​Miguel Fisac and Alejandro de la Sota (still open until the 23rd of February). Time made these two geniuses pay for their ideological inclinations during their period.



Time to make a book. Patricia Urquiola.

Rizzoli New York.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
The first monograph on the works of Patricia Urquiola, whose eclectic approach to product design and architecture has established her as one of the key figures in contemporary design. A superstar in the world of design, Patricia Urquiola s portfolio of architectural projects and product designs is as diverse as it is intensely personal from a house for Patrizia Moroso, to the interiors of boutique hotels, to industrial design, and with products that include chairs, watches, and cutlery.

Her eclectic eye, her design style, and the “thinking with the hands” effectively sums up the Spanish designer’s working method, Patricia Urquiola, one of the most sought minds in contemporary design. In title of this book already reveals a declaration: to seize the day, the moment and the time necessary for a deeper look at her work, to lay down in black-and-white the milestones in an articulated journey.


Ai Weiwei. Conversaciones.

Hans Ulrich Obrist. Gustavo Gili [Only in Spanish]
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Gustavo Gili starts the year with a new volume of his conversation series. On this occassion, conversations are with Chinese artist, architect, curator, publisher, poet and urbanist Ai Weiwei, whose multifaceted work expanded the traditional notion of art and turned him into one of the most significant figures of the international creative and cultural scene.

In this interview series held by Hans Ulrich Obrist over several years, Ai Weiwei unveils the multiple influences that shaped...


Abitare magazine, A537. With this issue comes to an end.

Abitare magazine.
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA.
Architecture, Publications
Italian architecture magazine Abitare in its fifth cycle – after those of Piera Peroni, Franca Santi, Italo Lupi and Stefano Boeri. Architect Mario Piazza is the magazine's current editor in chief – is to end the publication of its monthly print edition. Abitare was launched in 1961 in Milan and is written in both Italian and English. Covering architecture, design, art and graphics, it became one of the world's best known design and architecture magazines.

On Twitter, over the weekend, the design community expressed their disappointment about the news: Italian media group RCS finishes all edition in March (RCS is also closing its economics journal Il Mundo as part of its new publishing strategy for 2014), though Abitare will continue to publish content online according to Italian news site La Stampa...



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