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DALI'S NEW MUSEUM

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Earlier this month, a new museum opened its doors in St. Petersburg, Florida. The awe-inspiring Dali Museum is a beautiful structure dedicated to the most influential and eccentric surrealist to date, Salvador Dali. With serious attention to detail the architects took their time on this project. As they describe it, the museum has two sections. The Treasure Box, constructed out of thick unfinished concrete, houses Dali’s body of work. Then the glass atrium, which wraps around the museum with stunning form, supplies an abundance of natural light and mimics the curvy lines seen in much of his art. In addition, there is also an ode to Dali’s fascination with spirals in the form of a gigantic solid concrete spiral staircase. If you find yourself in St. Petersburg any time soon, we highly recommend visiting. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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BARRY MCGEE IN THREE

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We’ve been following the artwork of Barry McGee for quite some time. Over the years he’s become a favorite of ours and we’re really impressed with his latest project (pictured above) for the Oakland Museum of California. They released a fantastic video chronicling his installation, which also provides a little background on the thought process behind it. Click Read More to watch the video.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, museums, people

HELMUT LANG

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Helmut Lang is the epitome of minimalist fashion design – so much so that his work could be overlooked or quickly passed over when browsing through clothes. But this is in no way an indication of the quality and craftsmanship of his work or the respect and influence he has had on designers and fashion enthusiasts. In an article by The Independent, Kay Barron, who is Grazia’s fashion news and features editor, says “He was the king of minimalism; him and Jil Sander. It was all about the power of the white shirt, and really going back to basics after the excess of the 1980s; after shoulder pads and extravagant dressing, it felt fresh.”

If you aren’t familiar with Lang’s design, then you’re in luck. As part of their Turn of the Century exhibit, which explores and celebrate how fashion has changed since the 18th century, the Bath Fashion Museum is showcasing over 20 pieces (circa 1997-2005) donated by Helmut Lang himself. The exhibit starts May 1. Click Read More for additional information.

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MODERNA MUSEET MALMO

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Written by Elsa Brown: Walk down the right street in Malmö, Sweden and you will find the motif of repeating brick architecture interrupted by a bright orange block. This perforated cube is the facade and outer shell of the new Moderna Museet contemporary art museum, designed by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter. The museum was installed in a defunct electric factory, and adapting the building to an exhibition space came with a set of strict requirements to meet climate and security standards for storing and displaying art. The architects’ solution was to create, “a building within a building, a contemporary addition within the existing shell.”

The orange extension holds a reception area, cafeteria and new upper gallery. Inside the museum is entirely white, including the floor on the entry level, which has been glazed to catch sunlight screened through the perforated front. View City Note.

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THE SHELL MUSEUM

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Written by Elsa Brown: Organic architectural forms populate The Shell Museum in Dalian, China in every aspect. The building was designed to resemble the artifacts it houses—more than 5,000 kinds of precious shells from places all over the world. In particular, a wall of windows that encloses the museum’s lounge, and comprises most of one side of the sloped building, demonstrates shell-inspired design. According to Arch Tracker, “From inside, the glazed wall looks transparent; from outside, it reflects the environment so effectively that the building seamlessly glides into blue sky and green sea, appearing as a series of ‘shells’” The rest of the building is covered by a silver roof of overlapping curved sheets, which projects the fitting image of a carapace protecting the tiny wonders archived inside. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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ART SPACE TOKYO

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Written by Elsa Brown: Art Space Tokyo is the kind of gallery guide we wish we could find for every city. The book features intimate portraits of twelve contemporary art spaces in the city, accompanied by black and white illustrations from artist Nobumasa Takahashi. The pages include in-depth interviews with curators and directors, as well as maps of each gallery’s neighborhood, plotted with recommendations of “the best food, coffee and sights to enjoy an afternoon of art viewing.”

The book’s first printing has been sold out for a year, so the editors are fundraising for a reprint, and to develop an iPad edition of the guide. You can help support our friends, Craig Mod & Ashley Rawlings, in their efforts here. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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VITRA HOUSE

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ARCHITECTURE.

Fans of Vitra’s Home Collection will appreciate their new showroom in Weil Am Rhein, Germany. Designed by Jacques Herzon and Pierre de Meuron, the stacked structure beams eccentricity and quirky modernism.

Design Boom got a first look and discusses the concept: “The concept of the ‘Vitrahaus’ connects two themes which are occurring in the architectural practice of Herzog & De Meuron: the theme of the archetypal house and that of stacked volumes. the five-story structure is comprised of 12 ‘houses’ – five houses are set at the base in which seven other houses are stacked upon one another. Each of the structural volumes appear as if they have been shaped by an extrusion press and are cantilevered up to 15 metres in some places. The floor slabs intersect the underlying gables, resulting in a three-dimensional assemblage
or ‘pile of houses’.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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