Welcome (To The Teknival). Kasper Akhøj, in Ivorypress

Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy Ivorypress
15/07/2018
Welcome (To The Teknival). Kasper Akhøj, in Ivorypress
Ivorypress Galery [MAD] Spain 12.09 > 03.11.2018
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy Ivorypress

Ivorypress presents artist Kasper Akhøj’s latest project, entitled "Welcome (To The Teknival)".

The exhibition, open until 3 November 2018, consists of a documentation of Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027. In a research-based work that began in 2008, the artist recorded the restoration and resurrection of this modernist villa located on the Côte d’Azur.

These photographs were taken over a period of five visits to E-1027 (in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017), yet each image is taken from a diverse view, allowing for the interchangeable nature of the villa to resonate through the documentation. The record of the successive occupants is confronted with each other, creating a gripping historical dialogue of conceptual storytelling.

The show’s title, Welcome (To The Teknival) appropriates from two graffiti from 1990, created by squatters occupying the abandoned site. It also reveals the atemporal nature of the building, at one point desolately abandoned and at another, fully preserved.

In 1939 French architect Le Corbusier painted a mural in the villa, as a kind of defilement of Gray’s architecture. Paradoxically, the architect played a crucial part in the site’s preservation.
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C/ Comandante Zorita, 46-48. Madrid, Spain.
Dates
12 September to 3 November 2018
Panel discussion
12 September 2018 at 7 p.m., with the pa
rticipation of Kasper Akhøj, Alberto Campo Baeza, Martha Thorne, Elisabetta Emina and Elena Ochoa Foster.
E1027 House. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, view from sea. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, outside view. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, wiew from inside, before renovation. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, wiew from inside, before renovation. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, furniture. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, wiew from inside, before renovation. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, furniture. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, wiew from inside, before renovation. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, furniture. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, Le Corbusier mural. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, Wiew from Staircase looking to skylight. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, furniture. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, furniture. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, furniture. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, renovation works, and Le Corbusier mural. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, renovation works. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, fountain. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy IvorypressE1027 House, access. Welcome to the Teknival © Kasper Akhøj, Image courtesy Ivorypress

Gray

Eileen Gray (1878-1976) is an architect and furniture designer born in Ireland. She is considered one of the most influential women of the 20s in those fields.

In 1901 she enrolled in drawing at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, and during his visits to the Victoria and Alberto Museum he developed her admiration for the Asian works of lacquer and in 1902 she settled ...read more

Akhøj

Kasper Akhøj (Copenhagen, 1976) works with film, sculpture and photography. He studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. The artist completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, in New York, in 2009.

Recent solo exhibitions include Welcome (To The Teknival) at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, in Germany; and Ov...read more