Art and Architecture, an overview of his outstanding international architectural creations together with his sculpture, collages, drawings, photographs, furniture and product design over 45 years. The Foundation has commissioned from James Turrell a permanent site-specific light installation for the exterior of the building which lights the facade to create an ever changing art work with a spectrum of vivid colour.
Art and Architecture
The Louise T Blouin Institute will celebrate the upcoming retrospective exhibition of Richard Meier: Art and Architecture. The solo exhibition presents Meier’s extraordinary versatility as artist, designer and architect and comprises an overview of Meier’s outstanding international architectural creations together with an exploration of his sculpture, collages, drawings, photographs, furniture and product design over 45 years.
Richard Meier remains the youngest recipient of the Pritzker Prize (1984) which is considered to be architecture’s highest accolade. He is renowned internationally for cultural projects which include The Getty Center, Los Angeles; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; and the Jubilee Church, Rome, amongst others.
Meier has over the years developed his own distinctive and dynamic style of architecture to become one of America’s most influential and widely emulated architects. His work celebrates natural light and space in response to the environs in which it stands, thereby creating sublime spaces of aesthetic illumination and enlightened cultural values.
Parallel to 45 years of architectural practice, Richard Meier has been making sculpture and collages and ceramics. The sculpture and collages, which he has created from papers, tickets and cuttings collected on his travels, express space and pivotal moments that are explored and articulated in his buildings.
Meier’s furniture, ceramic, glassware and silver objects have become iconic designs and marry a minimalist tradition with beautiful simplicity. To highlight his extraordinary versatility as a designer we will be exhibiting a unique grand piano designed by Richard Meier and built by IBACH.
Louise T Blouin MacBain, Chairman of the Foundation, comments: ‘We are delighted to be exhibiting Richard Meier. Art and architecture are central to the expression and collective enjoyment of creativity and fundamental to our sense of well-being. The individual aesthetics of architecture shared in cities across the world is one of the positive aspects of globalisation and adds to our growing cultural exchange.’
There will also be an extensive programme of lectures, education work and public events to explore architecture and the environment, well-being, art and light within an architectural space.
Image: Chaise Lounge for Knoll International. Richard Meier © Steven Sloman
A Life in Light
James Turrell - widely acclaimed as one of the world's leading contemporary artists. A Life in Light will be the first major survey exhibition in London of Turrell's work since 1993 and will feature several new light pieces as well as a large number of the artist's prints. The Louise T Blouin Foundation has also commissioned from Turrell a permanent site-specific light installation for the exterior of the building.
Since The Louise T Blouin Foundation opened its 35,000 sq ft Institute in West London at the end of 2006 with an inaugural exhibition devoted to the light works of James Turrell, nearly 8,000 visitors have walked through the doors to contemplate his extraordinary experiments with light. The Louise T Blouin Foundation also commissioned from Turrell a permanent site-specific light installation for the exterior of the building which lights the façade to create an ever changing art work with a spectrum of vivid colour which has been enjoyed and photographed by thousands from the surrounding streets, roads and tube trains. Due to the increased visitor numbers to the Institute, The Louise T Blouin Foundation has made the decision to extend the exhibition to the end of March 2007 and unveiled two further projection pieces: Argus (white), 1967 and Raethro (pink), 1968 which demonstrate some of Turrell’s earliest explorations/examinations of light and colour. The stream of light that shapes each projection work resembles the beam controlled by a movie projectionist, showing a movie of indefinite duration in the darkened chambers of the ground floor gallery. “The Projection Series is pretty much the beginning of trying to make a thingness of light … it doesn’t take too much before becoming form” explains James Turrell.
The philosophy of the Institute is experimentation, questioning, debate, and learning, and there are two focuses of activity. The first is to present the work of individual artists through temporary exhibitions, installations, performances and screenings. We also promote a lively programme of events such as lectures, debates, workshops, think tanks and summits related to the Foundation’s areas of interest.
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OPENS 12 OCTOBER 2007
The Louise T Blouin Institute
3 Olaf Street London W11 4BE
Exhibition Dates: Opens 12 October 2007
The Institute’s opening times will be:
Saturday & Sunday (10.00–18.00)