MODERN FORMS - A Subjective Atlas of 20th-Century Architecture
Nicolas Grospierre

AA Gallery 30/4/2016 - 28/5/2016

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.

At once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre’s photographs covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia. These images are derived from Grospierre’s popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture - an ongoing project which records an extensive range of buildings, such as the iconic Gateway Arch in Saint Louis and the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific Research and Development in Kiev, to little-known structures such as the Balneological Hospital in Druskininkai or Oscar Niemeyer’s unfinished International Fair Grounds in Tripoli.

This exhibition presents modernist architecture as the embodiment of political and social ideologies, particularly through its use by institutions such as banks, churches, libraries and government buildings. While many of the buildings in this archive often go unrecognized, their forms are prominent in the landscape of modern civilization. Alongside the images, which are organised by architectural form only, an index details the location, date, architect and purpose of each building. Grospierre’s keen eye and enthusiasm for the mundane as well as the sublime will motivate viewers to look at the buildings around them and to classify them in new ways.

Nicolas Grospierre was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale for his joint exhibition in the Polish Pavilion with Kobas Laksa. His photographs are exhibited in major cities around the world. A publication accompanies the exhibition and is published by Prestel.

Curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone with AA Exhibitions.

Gian Piero Frassinelli, Superstudio and 2A+P/A

Front Members' Room 26/2/2016 - 23/3/2016

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.

The recent collaboration between Gian Piero Frassinelli (member of the Florentine collective Superstudio) and 2A+P/A (architectural practice based in Rome) relaunches the debate on the relationship between architecture and anthropology. 

Moving away from a historical or scientific perspective to embrace the point of view of the project, Savage Architecture is a journey in four episodes through the imaginative potential of the anthropological gaze, proposing an alternative to the dominant belief in the economic and technological reasons underpinning architecture. 

 suggests an architecture that rejects the domestic man, refusing to impose the power of reason upon his animal, symbolic, vital and political dimensions. The project imagines architecture as a field of tensions between control and freedom, narrative and technology, individual expression and collective rituals, imagining mechanisms and narratives that give form to the intrinsic dichotomies of mankind.

The exhibition is curated by Davide Sacconi and accompanied by a publication which is available from the AA Bookshop.

Savage Architecture will be presented and debated at the Italian Cultural Institute in London on 26 February 6-9pm. For more information and tickets please visit the ICI London website.

Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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