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The parc de Szilassy, is an English-style landscape garden, designed in 1835, first privately owned and now state park (in Bex, Switzerland). Every three years since 1981, Bex & Arts — a contemporary sculpture triennial featuring Swiss artists— is held in this park. This year’s theme is Emergences.

Emergences is inspired by philosophical analysis. It suggests we reflect on the relationship between humankind and the contemporary world, on the utopia of an all-encompassing understanding of the universe, and on the relationship between the work of art and the ‘whole’ to which it pertains. Thus each work crystallises the emergence of a poetic and artistic ‘island’. ” (press release)

For the finishing on Sunday October 5, Claudia Comte will burn her installation HAHAHA at night fall.

BEX & ARTS Emergences
01.06 — 05.10.2014
Claudia Comte

Claudia Comte

Katia Ritz & Florian Hauswirth

Katia Ritz & Florian Hauswirth

Sandrine Pelletier et Olivier Ducret

Sandrine Pelletier & Olivier Ducret


Lutz & Guggisberg

Markus Kummer

Markus Kummer

Laurent Kropf

Laurent Kropf




For our upcoming PARIS, LA issue on ALTERNATIVE HABITATION, we have visited the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, titled Fundamentals and directed by Rem Koolhaas. In complement of a portfolio of images published in our issue, this week we will post on this blog images and videos from the Biennale.

The exhibition runs until November 23, 2014 in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and the city of Venice.


Paolo Baratta — chairman of la Biennale di Venezia
Presentation of this year’s edition

“With Rem Koolhaas we have created an exceptional, research-centered Architecture Biennale. Rem has planned an event that involves all of Biennale’s sectors, along with a bevy of researchers. Absorbing Modernity 1914–2014 has been proposed for the contribution of all the pavilions, and they too are involved in a substantial part of the overall research project, whose title is Fundamentals. The history of the past one hundred years prelude to the Elements of Architecture section hosted in the Central Pavilion, where the curator offers the contemporary world those elements that should represent the reference points for the discipline: for the architects but also for its dialogue with clients and society. Monditalia section with 41 research projects, reminds us of the complexity of this reality without complacency or prejudice, which is paradigmatic of what happens elsewhere in the world; complexities that must be deliberately experienced as sources of regeneration. While information gains new tools and updating becomes simpler, it is those dangers of conformity and indifference that preoccupy us; indifference and conformity lead to passiveness and even extinguish the desire for art and architecture. A Biennale exhibition has the duty to oppose this; it has to know how to trip up this move towards conformity and revitalize those desires. Rediscovering “points” of reference to better express those desires is one of the ambitions of the present research, which is of course addressed to the professionals but looks to the general public above all.”


Rem Koolhaas — director of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition
Fundamentals an exhibition of three main components

Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014 / National Pavilions
For the first time, the national pavilions are invited to respond to a single theme: 65 countries examine key moments from a century of modernization. Together, the presentations start to reveal how diverse material cultures and political environments transformed a generic modernity into a specific one. Participating countries show, each in their own way, a radical splintering of modernities in a century where the homogenizing process of globalization appeared to be the master narrative.

Monditalia / Arsenale
Also for the first time, Venice’s other biennales and festivals (Dance, Music, Theatre, Film) collaborate with architecture…
In a moment of crucial political change, we decided to look at Italy as a “fundamental” country, completely unique but also emblematic of a global situation where many countries are balancing between chaos and a realization of their full potential. The Arsenale presents a scan of Italy, established by 82 films, 41 architectural projects, and a merger of architecture with la biennale’s dance, music, theatre, and film sections. Each project in Monditalia concerns unique and specific conditions but together form a comprehensive portrait of the host country.

Elements of Architecture / Central Pavilions

This exhibition is the result of a two-year research studio with the Harvard Graduate School of Design and collaborations with a host of experts from industry and academia. Elements of Architecture looks under a microscope at the fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the balcony, the corridor, the fireplace, the toilet, the stair, the escalator, the elevator, the ramp. The exhibition is a selection of the most revealing, surprising, and unknown moments from a new book, Elements of Architecture, that reconstructs the global history of each element. It brings together ancient, past, current, and future versions of the elements in rooms that are each dedicated to a single element. To create diverse experiences, we have recreated a number of very different environments – archive, museum, factory, laboratory, mock-up, simulation…

Taken from La Biennale’s website:


The Green Scab, 2014 Oil on canvas; artist's frame. Image 45,5 x 35,5 cm

The Green Scab, 2014
Oil on canvas; artist’s frame. Image 45,5 x 35,5 cm


Chiseller's Cabinet, 2014. Oil on canvas; artist's frame. Image 122 x 91,5 cm

Chiseller’s Cabinet, 2014. Oil on canvas; artist’s frame. Image 122 x 91,5 cm


The Sickly Fauve, 2014. Oil on canvas; artist’s frame Image 40,5 x 30,5 cm


The Diminutive Muralist, 2014. Oil on canvas, 2-parts; artist’s frame Image each 122 x 91 cm

“Steven Shearer’s practice encompasses many different medias, from found photography, drawing, and painting to collage and focuses on a melancholic vision of youth, tinted by strong references to the iconography of extreme metal cuture. His world is one of alienation and repulsion towards the everyday, a world whose heroes are deathmetal rockers, 1970s prefab boy bands and teen stars, amature glam-rockers and guitar-wielding teenaged suburban dreamers. Shearer is not interested in the fame of his characters but much more so in their downfall. The artist applies to these themes an almost anthropological or phrenological approach, one in which he obsessively wanders and browses the internet to create a comprehensive archive of these images, organised by him within themes of his own. These subcultures are reflections of Shearer’s own suburban youth, aiming at shedding light onto the insecurities and vulnerabilities of adolescents, characteristics that never quite disappear into adulthood and are at the core of the human soul. Using this set of references as a starting point, Shearer displays in delicate drawings and extremely intricate paintings, portraits of these once famous faces, or unknown characters in a way that reminds one of Pre Raphaelite imagery. This exhibition focuses on portraiture, a development in the artist’s vision whereby his imagery has overcome his archival obsession, creating anonymous, androgynous characters, whose averted gaze emphasises their objectification as well as their own self absorbed and egocentric entities.” Galerie Eva Presenhuber / Press release

Steven Shearer
30 August to 25 October 2014
Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Limmatstr. 270, 8005 Zürich


I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel
is participating in this years’ Tokyo Art Book Fair.
At their booth you will find new editions by invited artists:
AA Bronson, Alexander Bühler, Alessia Conidi, Daniel Göttin, SeilerSommer, Thomas Moor, Valentina Stieger, Max Leiss, Magdalena Baranya, Jan Steinbach, Jan Kiefer, Johannes Willi, Conny Habegger, Matthias Krattenmacher, Daniela Keiser, Juliana Irene Smith, Christoph Eisenring, Livio Baumgartner, Garrett Nelson, Dunja Herzog, Alexandra Ruiz/Madame Paris, JiaJia Zhang, Marcel Freymond, Christian Knörr, and Nadja Solari

Madame Paris, White Noise, 2014

Madame Paris, White Noise 2, 2014


Madame Paris, White Noise 3, 2014


Madame Paris, White Noise 4, 2014

September 19, Friday 15:00-21:00 *Reception / Open for all
September 20, Saturday 12:00-20:00
September 21, Sunday 11:00-19:00
Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design GAIEN CAMPUS
1-7-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan