The photograph by Hans Namuth of the five Torres de Ciudad Satélite designed by sculptor Mathias Goeritz and architectLuis Barragán, is the image chosen for the first Orléans Architecture Biennale , which will take place from 13th October 2017 to 18th April 2018. The choice of this photo, part of the collection of Les Turbulences Frac Centre-Val de Loire, is no coincidence. The biennale will be a “biennale of the collection”, built around a meeting of memories, made of works from the collection, combined with the memories of the architects invited.
The guest of honour at the biennale, curated byAbdelkader Damani, Director of the FRAC in Orléans, and by Luca Galofaro, will be Patrick Bouchain, to whom the biennale will dedicate a retrospective for the donation of his archive to the Frac Centre – Val de Loire. Together with this retrospective and with over 75 architects and artists involved in conferences and exhibitions, two events will play a central role: the monographic exhibition dedicated to architect and urban planner Guy Rottier who died in 2013 and the focus on architect Demas Nwoko. The latter, together with a symposium on African architecture, will follow the history of the discipline in Africa from the 1950s to the present day.
There is also a large Italian presence, with architects 2A+P/A, Fabrizio Carola, Cavart, Gian Piero Frassinelli of Superstudio, PIOVENEFABI and Beniamino Servino, with works from historic figures in the collection like Archizoom Associati, Riccardo Dalisi, Ugo La Pietra and Ettore Sottsass Jr.
The Orléans Architecture Biennalewww.frac-centre.fr
Curators: Abdelkader Damani & Luca Galofaro
Dates: 13th October 2017 – 4th April 2018
Location: Orléans, France