MUST OF THE WEEK 12-18 OCTOBER 2015

October 15, 2015

 

MUST KNOW: Twisted art museum by BIG to b built across a Norwegian river.

Bjarke Ingels' firm has won a competition to design an art gallery for a Norwegian sculpture park, with plans for a building that twists across a river. Described by Ingels as an "inhabitable bridge", the Kistefos Museum will span the Randselva river that winds through the centre of the Kistefos Sculpture Park near Oslo. The sculpture park was established in the late 1990s on the site of a former paper mill, and hosts contemporary works by artists including Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson.

BIG's new 1,400-square-metre building will provide indoor gallery space, but also a second river crossing, which aims to improve circulation across the site. The architect describes it the studio's "first experiment with social infrastructure".

"The museum visit itself will be a bridge, not a goal – and the exhibits inside an interior extension of the promenade through the Sculpture Park," said Ingels.

"With the inhabited bridge, we stumbled upon our first experiment with social infrastructure – a building that serves as a bridge – or a cultural institution that serves as a piece of infrastructure," he added.

The rectilinear building will twist at a midway point over the river, helping to reconcile a height difference between the two banks.

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MUST SEE: Anila Quayyum Agha’s ‘Intersections’ Sculpture Installed at Rice Gallery

Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has installed her impressive shadow sculpture Intersections at Rice Gallery. Inspired in part by her interpretation of patterns and images found in Islamic temples, the laser-cut 6.5′ square wood cube is illuminated from the inside by a blinding 600-watt light bulb that casts a dizzying shadow throughout the gallery. The piece becomes experiential as viewers who move through the space have the shadows cast on their bodies, incorporating themselves into the artwork. From Rice Gallery:

Intersections is inspired by Agha’s visit to the Alhambra, an Islamic palace originally built in 889 in Granada, Spain. Struck by the grandeur of the space, Agha reflected upon her childhood in Lahore, Pakistan where culture dictated that women were excluded from the mosque, a place of creativity and community, and instead prayed at home. As she explains, “To my amazement [I] discovered the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up.” Agha translates these contradictory feelings into Intersections, a contemplative space of her own making that is open to all.

 

 MUST HAVE: A chair inspired by a line drawing from Picasso

looking at line drawings by Picasso, South Korea-based SOHN created a chair that doubles as a work of art. The One liner series_chair turns Picasso’s work into a three-dimensional “drawing’ made from powder coated aluminum. From the side, it totally looks like a chair, but in actuality, it functions as a stool. It’s non-traditional shape aims to tell a new story.

 

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