Event | Renzo Piano at the Gagosian Gallery, June 27-Aug. 2 - Design Bureau

PIANO 1991-1998.Jean-Marie-Tjibaou Cultural Center web

Jean-Marie-Tjibaou Cultural Center1991-1998; photo © Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Pantz Pierre-Alain”

PIANO 1994-2004.Parco della Musica Auditorium web

Parco della Musica” Auditorium1994-2004; photo © Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Maggi Moreno

PIANO 2000-2008.California Academy of Sciences web

California Academy of Sciences, 2000-2008; photo © Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Tom Fox, SWA Group

Event | Renzo Piano at the Gagosian Gallery, June 27-Aug. 2

Friday, June 14th, 2013

By Sara Driscoll

Design Bureau is neck-deep in planning our annual architecture issue (coming in October), so we're excited about renowned (and sometimes controversial) architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s upcoming exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in New York: Fragments. The exhibition includes more than 30 years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

From Gagosian Gallery: 

Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. Among these projects are Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Menil Collection, Houston; Kansai International Airport, Osaka; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Nouméa, New Caledonia; The New York Times Building, New York; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens; and the Whitney Museum’s new building in downtown Manhattan. A complete list and description of all exhibited projects will be available at the exhibition.

Piano has become the most sought-after museum architect in the world for his ability to harmonize buildings with their surroundings and the artworks exhibited within them. Innovative technologies enhance these highly functional spaces, but succumb visually to the serene formal neutrality, guided by natural light, for which the Building Workshop is known—which Piano refers to as “the immaterial elements of space.” The exhibition is a window onto the daily studio practice at the core of Piano’s ongoing legacy, demonstrating the passion for innovative thinking and construction that fuels the Workshop’s ongoing success.

Thursday, June 27-Friday, August 2, 2013
Opening reception: Thursday, June 27, 6-8PM


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