Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been invited by the Maison d’Architecture to conceive an exhibition of his work, opening this week at the Pavillon Sicli, in Geneva – Switzerland. The Exhibition will show sketches, plans, models and photographs of the architect’s most important work.
2011 Priktzer Prize Laureate, Eduardo Souto de Moura is an architectural star and, without a doubt, an important reference to contemporary architecture. Born in Porto in 1952, his architectural style is at the same time powerful and modest, provocative, and subtle. After a 33 year career, his impressive collection of works includes some remarkable landmarks such as The Braga Stadium, the Burgo Tower and my personal favorite the Paulo Regio Museum, in Cascais.
For the lucky ones (I’m one of them yaaay!) the exhibition opens with a conference with the architect followed by the vernissage, this Thursday May 1st at the Sicli Pavillon in Geneva, Switzerland.
Thursday May 1st 2014, 18h30
Conférence d’Eduardo Souto de Moura
Thursday May 1st 2014, 18h30
me / ve 11h-18h
sa / di 10h-17h
Pavillon Sicli, 45 route des Acacias, Carouge
I think there is a chance this might very well be the best thing I’ve seen… ever!
I had been dying to visit this exhibition since I first saw a poster last january in the streets of Lausanne. And I finally made it!!! Well worth the wait, and certainly the trip, french photographer and film maker Richard Unglik’s playmobil reenactment of famous artwork is absolutely impeccable and topped up by an outstanding choice of venue.
A few years back, in the early 2000s, Richard Unglik set out to tell the “history of the world” using playmobil figurines, a little help from photoshop and a lot of creativity. Since, he has published several books portraying this work.In this exhibition he ‘has taken History of Art’s great works and made Playmobil® scenarios out of them – the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Guernica, etc.’ by dressing them up in costumes from the famous paintings. Unglik has worked with his “world travel friend”, belgium artist Bruno Peeters, aka Brubil, to create the sets. Brubil has also made three giant models using real playmobil toys for the exhibition, one of a fortified castle and two Swiss panoramas.
The twenty large format images of this imaginary museum are on view in the Hall of Coats-of-Arms. A brilliant choice as the grandiose of this perfectly restored room gives a certain credibility to the tiny figurines, making it even more believable that the images portrayed in this imaginary museum could be real.
Beginning in April, you can also enjoy an unusual tour of the castle by a medieval guide for free! While you’re at it, check out the prison that inspired Byron’s famous poem ‘The Prisoner of Chillon’.
The exhibition entitled “Le musée imaginaire de Playmobil” is showing at the Chateau de Chillon until the 25th of may 2014 and it’s definitely worth the trip!
Gallery 1: All Images ©Richard Unglik Via Visual News & Casterman
All other images by Julia Christ