The Legacy of Architectonic Futurism

Jun 15, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018 Group Exhibitions

Opening: Jun 15, 2018 17:00 Friday
Artists: AUJIK , Pierre Jean Giloux , LI Hu + HUANG Wenjing | OPEN Architecture , Lyndon Neri + Rossana Hu | Neri&Hu Design and Research Office , Nabuqi , Michael Najjar , Jacolby Satterwhite , Lore Vanelslande , Maik Wolf , Lebbeus Woods , You Jin
Address: BANK
On the occasion of the 16th Venice Biennial of Architecture BANK presents 'The Legacy of Architectonic Futurism' - a group show in honor of the visionary and fantastical spirit of Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012). Woods was an artist, theorist, educator, and architect of the highest level whose politically charged and provocative illustrations were designs of systems in crisis: the order of the existing being confronted by the order of the new. For Woods “Architecture is war. War is architecture. I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms.” Drawing parallels between society’s physical and psychological constructions, Woods generated a career-long narrative of how these structures transform our consciousness. Working mostly with pencil on paper, Woods’ oeuvre of complex worlds—at times abstract and at times explicit—present shifts, cycles, and repetitions within the built environment that reflect contemporary political, social and ideological conditions. While Woods only realized a few projects in his lifetime ('The Light Pavilion' in Chengdu being the most famous) his designs continue to resonate across many disciplines. They have been directly incorporated into the films '12 Monkeys' and 'Aliens III' (shown here in this exhibition) and are credited for inspiring the video game 'Half Life 2'. This exhibition showcases Woods’ unconventional productions together with artists and architects from around the world whose works honor Wood’s maverick spirit. Some Woods’ works presented here were competition submissions or proposals for actual urban spaces while others were prophetic inventions of his active imagination.

Architectural fantasies are particularly applicable to China, a country whose rapid urbanization is historically unprecedented. Since the beginning of economic reform China has seen the birth of over 500 cities with a projected 75% of the total population living in supercities by 2030. The Yangtze River Delta is one of the most urbanized places on the planet with Shanghai, a city that 25 million call home, lying at its heart. Shanghai is a megalopolis in which the future of the city is continually being tested and realized. In this exhibition Michael Najjar’s mural size photograph depicts Shanghai as an incredible web of dynamism and density. Shanghai’s homegrown architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu (Neri&Hu Design and Research Office) showcase their progressive designs along with Li Hu and Huang Wenjing of OPEN Architecture, another firm that is active in shaping China’s urban future. Artists like Nabuqi, You Jin and Maik Wolf, under the influence of surrealism, present more metaphorical or phantasmagorical approaches to architectural space. Jacolby Satterwhite, Pierre Jean Giloux, and AUJIX create virtual spaces with digital imaging tools that envision the city as a psychological labyrinth with socio-political boundaries. Lore Vanelslande, an artist whose work deals with sacred geometry creates drawings that conflate the spiritual and architectonic.

BANK is honored to bring together, for the first time, the disciplines of art and architecture to honor a visionary who knew no limits to his fantastical creations.
INSTALLATION VIEWS
ARTWORKS
  • supersymmetric particles

    Photography | hybrid photography, archival pigment print, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame | 2019

  • Center for Technology: Study | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 35.6 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Center for Technology: Study | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 35.6 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Center for Technology: Study | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 35.6 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • 4 Cities &: Region M(6), 5 | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 73.5 × 29.2 cm

  • Aliens III | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on stock | 58.5 × 36.8 cm | 1984

  • Center for Technology: Study | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 35.6 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • 4 Cities &: Region M(6), 52 | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 73.5 × 29.2 cm | 1984

  • Aliens III | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on tracing stock | 62.2 × 33 cm | 1984

  • Center for Technology: Study | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 35.6 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • A View beyond Space No. 2 | Nabuqi

    Sculpture | Stainless Steel, Varnish | 115 × 105 × 9 cm | 2015

  • Ignition | Michael Najjar

    Photography | hybrid photography, archival pigment print, diasec, custom-made aluminium frame | 2019

  • Aliens III | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on tracing stock | 48.8 × 33.2 cm | 1984

  • Propped Mind | You Jin

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 160 × 120 cm | 2016

  • Aliens III | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on stock | 58.4 × 36.7 cm | 1984

  • Aliens III | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on stock | 58.8 × 36.7 cm | 1984

  • A View Beyond Space No.16 | Nabuqi

    Sculpture | Bronze | 800 × 210 × 45 cm | 2017

  • Navigating Density 01 | Lore Vanelslande

    Ink Painting | Ink on paper | 115 × 57.5 cm | 2015

  • Aliens III | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on stock | 58.4 × 36.6 cm | 1984

  • Navigating Density 02 | Lore Vanelslande

    Ink Painting | Ink on paper | 115 × 76.5 cm | 2015

  • Healing in My House | Jacolby Satterwhite

    Video | 3D animation and sound | 00:09:26 | 2016

  • Spatial Bodies | AUJIK

    Video | 00:04:06 | 2016

  • Japan Principle # Invisible Cities # part2 | Pierre Jean Giloux

    Video | Full HD Video, color, format 16/9. Stereo soundtrack | 00:08:00 | 2015

  • Higher Frequencies | Lore Vanelslande

    Ink Painting | Ink and Gouache on Paper | 77 × 57 cm | 2017

  • Merging Cycle | Lore Vanelslande

    Ink Painting | Ink on paper | 76.5 × 57 cm | 2018

  • Eisenhaus Mental Seat of Grace 1 | Maik Wolf

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 180 × 140 cm | 2016

  • Monrepos Resort House of Plenty 3 | Maik Wolf

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 120 × 100 cm | 2016

  • Transmuterrain 1 | Maik Wolf

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 180 × 140 cm | 2018

  • HM Arrowhead 2 | Maik Wolf

    Painting | Oil on canvas | 100 × 75 cm | 2017

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on stock | 38.1 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on stock | 38.1 × 27.9 cm

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on stock | 38.1 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on stock | 38.1 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    | Color pencil on stock | 38.1 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on stock | 38.1 × 27.9 cm | 1987

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Ink on board | 88.5 × 59.1 cm | 1987

  • Solohouse | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil on board | 88.7 × 59.2 cm | 1987

  • Region M: London Article | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 35.6 × 30.8 cm | 1984

  • Region M (7), 38 | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 35.7 × 30.8 cm | 1984

  • Region M (7), 36 | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 35.9 × 30.8 cm | 1984

  • Hudson Yards | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 25.7 × 22.9 cm | 1987

  • Hudson Yards | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 25.7 × 22.9 cm | 1987

  • Hudson Yards | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 25.7 × 22.9 cm | 1987

  • Hudson Yards | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 25.7 × 22.9 cm | 1987

  • Hudson Yards | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 25.7 × 22.9 cm | 1987

  • Hudson Yards | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Pencil on paper | 25.7 × 22.9 cm | 1987

  • Centricity | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Colored pencil, ink, sepia wash on paper | 61 × 58.4 cm | 1987

  • Center for Technology | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Color pencil rendering on vellum on board | 81.5 × 68.5 cm | 1987

  • La Defense Competition: East Elevation-Paris Side | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Colored pencil rendering on board | 91.5 × 64.6 cm | 1994

  • La Defense Competition: Untitled | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Ink on board | 91.5 × 64.75 cm | 1994

  • La Defense Competition: East Elevation-Paris Side | Lebbeus Woods

    Drawing | Ink on board | 91.5 × 64.75 cm | 1994