What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, June 2015 Edition

by | 06. Jun 2015


This month’s exhibition guide focuses on the upcoming London Architecture Festival – a month long festival that showcases some of the UK’s most interesting and progressive architectural thinking. It features the opening of the new Serpentine Pavilion, an exhibition with a renewed look on Brutalist architecture as well as a exhibit looking back on the last ten years of designing London’s public realm. We’ve also included a new retrospective on Le Corbusier and a Danish exhibition that looks at the cultural effect of architecture in Africa.


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Image © Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Pavilion 2015

25th June – 18th October 2015
Serpentine Galleries
London, United Kingdom

The annual Serpentine Pavilion is one of the most anticipated events in the architecture calendar. Each year, the project gives an architecture practice that hasn’t been commissioned in the UK the opportunity to build a summer pavilion in the galleries’ garden. This year celebrates the 15th anniversary of the commission, which has previously included notable architects such as Peter Zumthor, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, SANAA etc.

This year Spanish studio, SelgasCano, join the prestigious list of past pavilion designers. The architecture duo are best known for their use of bright colours and the design of their Madrid studio, office in the woods.


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Image © RIBA

The Brutalist Playground

10th June – 16th August 2015
London, United Kingdom

The Brutalist Playground is a collaborative exhibition by Turner Prize nominees, Assemble, and artist, Simon Terrill. The exhibition explores a unique typology of children’s playgrounds with a particular focus on post-war design. This period is best known for its stark Brutalist buildings but this exhibition encourages visitors to reexamine the style through a conceptual landscape of materiality and visual language.

While there is continual debate about whether Brutalist housing failed as an architectural trend, this exhibition shifts the focus towards relatively unknown Brutalist children’s playgrounds. The exhibition offers a renewed understanding of the style and its ambitions.


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Image © NLA

Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces 

23rd June – 11th July 2015
NLA Galleries
London, United Kingdom

To celebrate ten years of New London Architecture, the institution is holding an exhibition that examines the past, present and future of public design in London.  The exhibition will track the key initiatives, people and projects that have contributed to a shift in the public’s attitude towards architectural design. It looks at the key challenges of creating and maintaining civic spaces in a city that is rapidly becoming more dense and gentrified through a series of images, timelines, models and videos.


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Image © Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Africa: Architecture, culture and identity 

25th June – 25th October 2015
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Copenhagen, Denmark

Africa is the third chapter in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s series Architecture, Culture and Identity and is the successor to the 2014 exhibition Contemporary Arab, and New Nordic, from 2012. The series is about how architecture both signifies national or regional identity and shapes cultural distinctiveness of a country or a region.

With a comprehensive presentation of architectural projects and cultural history, the exhibition conveys a story of the continent of Africa on the rise. In order to expand contemporary understandings of Africa, the exhibition presents alternative narratives about African culture, history and the continent’s many diverse regions.


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Image © Centre Pompidou

Le Corbusier: The measures of man

29th April – 3rd August 2015
Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

As one of the most famous architects of the 20th Century, there have been numerous exhibitions about the life and work of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (better known as Le-Corbusier). This exhibition provides a new perspective and reexamines Le Corbusier’s work through a different departure point – the human body. For Le Corbusier, the human body was the ideal starting point for design as he considered it a moving object that defined an essential principle of his five rules of architecture.

The exhibition will showcase many early examples of the architect’s work including some of his Purist paintings, sculptures and over fifty over his drawings.