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.
NB - Gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May.

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.

Paradise Lost
Mark Campbell

Front Members' Room 30/4/2016 - 28/5/2016

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
NB - Gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May.

Paradise Lost
concludes a four-year examination of the concept of architectural obsolescence, pursued through an exploration of the contemporary United States. While the US was the world’s greatest economic, scientific and cultural force during the twentieth century, it now faces a kind of unplanned obsolescence, in which the nation has become progressively obsessed with its own decline. In these circumstances, changing patterns of consumption and demand have often resulted in an architectural redundancy, in which architecture simply exists as a kind of by-product or residue of these processes.

This exhibition and accompanying publication provide a visual documentation of these architectural remainders. Captured at first with the careless haste of a tourist, these photographs were later recorded with greater care, in an attempt to explore a scattered and provisional history of American architecture shaped by patterns of political and economic upheaval. A history that is expressive of those contradictions which are clearest in the most banal, least continuous and anonymous of all architectures: those possessed solely by time.

Inside Out

Vladimir Antoshenkov, Gintautas Trimakas, Alexander Tyagni-Ryadno, Algimantas Kuncius, Andrey Tarkovsky, Yuri Avvakumov

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

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
NB - Gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May.

This exhibition charts the photographic exploration of architectural, open and interior space by six artists from the Baltic States and Russia, and reveals a range of artistic photographic practices in Eastern Europe from the 1970s to the present.

Andrey Tarkovsky is a film-maker. These intimate polaroids, taken in Italy during the filming of Nostalgie in 1983, which was written in collaboration with the distinguished screenwriter Tonino Guerra. Tarkovsky, born in 1932 in the Volga region, is considered by many to be one of the world's greatest filmmakers. Although he made just eight feature films before his life was cut short by cancer at the age of 54, each is an artistic masterpiece and a landmark in world cinema.

Vladimir Antoshenkov produces technical, architectural images which highlight the delicate details of industrial landmarks. Although little known in the West, Antoshenkov is one of the founding figures of architectural photography in St Petersburg, where he was born in 1933. His work is at once a survey and a study of the city.

Gintautas Trimakas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1958. He has taught photography at the Vilnius Academy of Arts since 1994. He started taking photographs in the 1980s, and is now considered as one of the most important Lithuanian conceptual photographers. Exits was taken in Nida on the Baltic coast in 2013, part of a series of 36 photographs capturing a number of wooden tracks that lead to the beach.

Yuri Avvakumov is best known as an architect, artist and curator; he introduced the concept of paper architecture, which has entered the history of architecture and Russian art. In 1986, he started a series entitled: Temporary Monuments which was dedicated to the Constructivism of the 1920s. The themes of the photographs in this exhibition are similar to those that populate his architectural and artistic designs: wooden scaffolding and ladders, cranes, staircases and fences, trolleybus cables and advertising slogans, engineering works and historical monuments, walls and bridges. 

Algimantas Kuncius was born in Pakruojis, Lithuania in 1939. He was one of nine photographers to form the Lithuanian Photography Union in 1969, giving photography artistic status and allowing photographers to take independent commissions. His series At the Seaside (1965-2014) and Sundays (1968-1985) are essential photographic documentaries of the time. These miniature photographs from Book of Clouds (1985-2001) are timeless, philosophical observations.

Alexander Tyagni-Ryadno is a Moscow-based photographer born in 1956. He has photographed for the major Russian magazines, newspapers and news channels since 1984, and is the best known Russian travel and urban photographer working in colour. He takes a new angle on familiar sights; his bullet-shattered photograph of Moscow contrasts with the serenity of Christ’s the Saviour Cathedral in the background.

Supported by Genesis Imaging

Outside: AA Public Works 2006 - 2016

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

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-17:00.
NB - Gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May.

An overview of the AA pavilions and public artworks installed in Bedford Square over the last ten years, including four winners of the Inter 2 pavilion competition, the DRL10 pavilion competition winner [C]space by Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang, artworks by Tatzu Nishi, Rob Voerman, Adrian Paci and Didier Faustino, a pair of concrete cows from Milton Keynes and a firework display by Bernard Tschumi.

Curated by Sebastian Craig and Lee Regan.

Contact details

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Vanessa Norwood
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