With a title that pays homage to the “architectons” of Kasimir Malevich — three-dimensional models that extended the Suprematist philosophy into architecture — this series continues Veilhan’s practice of creating site-specific installations in important architectural settings. Following Jeff Koons, Veilhan was the second contemporary artist selected to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles in France. Veilhan Versailles, 2009, utilized interiors and especially the gardens of the famed palace in a multipartite exhibition that included eleven large-scaled statues of visionary architects. Currently, Xavier Veilhan has an exhibition on the grounds of Hatfield House outside of London, and an upcoming exhibition at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. in November 2012.
First in a series of installations in Modernist landmarks, the VDL project will be followed by site-specific installations in some of Los Angeles’ most iconic houses. The next intervention will take place in Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21 (1958). Future Architectones include the roof of Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille (1952), set for the spring of 2013; St Bernadette du Banlay Church (1966) by Claude Parent and Paul Virilio in Nevers, France; and the Melnikov House (1929) in Moscow.
Each chapter of Architectones will be a unique response to its setting. The VDL property was the residence and studio of Richard J. Neutra, a young Austrian émigré and a founder and seminal figure in the Los Angeles school of modern architecture. This was Neutra’s own home and office, but also a laboratory for his architectural visions. The VDL is a “machine for living” and a structure that communicates with nature, with interiors and exteriors equally important.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Neutra VDL Research House
2300 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, California
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