25 May - 21 August 2016

 

GOOD SPACE

Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces

 

Opening: Wednesday, 25 May, 7 pm

Please visit our project-webspace: goodspace.villa-merkel.de

With an exhibition entitled GOOD SPACE - Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces presented in the Villa Merkel, the Bahnwärterhaus, and the Merkel Park, the Galerien der Stadt Esslingen is investigating various aspects of public spaces, including ones that are actually constructed, set up in digital networks, or rendered concrete as the results of research. The exhibition takes up perspectives of contemporary art, architecture, and science. The focus is on unused potentials, on opportunities and new paths in accordance with the motto: “Let us give the future a home in public spaces!”

GOOD SPACE illuminates such current issues as how, in view of limited resources, the future can be shaped and social life can be successful. The architecture of informational structures is examined as well as questions of surveillance and invisibility in digital space. There is a vivid presentation of how the study of the evolutionary processes of plants can give rise to future-relevant methods in the areas of bio-design or urban ecology....

PNAT<br/>Jellyfish Barge, EXPO Milan, 2015

Jasper Niens<br/>510, 2016<br/>Entwurf einer begehbaren Skulptur

Stephen Willats<br/>Data Stream Portrait of New York, 2011<br/>Free standing wall installation<br/>Courtesy the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

Binelde Hyrcan<br/>APNEIA, Still, 2012<br/>HD Video

Hito Steyerl<br/>HOW NOT TO BE SEEN: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File, Still, 2013<br/>Sammlung Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, © the artist

Martin Creed <br/>Work No. 1701, Still, 2013 <br/>Copyright Martin Creed, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cabinet display within the exhibition is entitled EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s. It was first curated for the ICA in London by Juliette Desorgues and is now making a guest appearance at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen.

 

GOOD SPACE – Political, Aesthetic and Urban Spaces, this year's edition of Crossing Media, is accompanied by a rich array of lectures, workshops, and even concerts. A direct bridge into the city is established by an outreach program of exploratory walks that make it possible to experience the city in a special way.

 

GOOD SPACE presents works and projects by Los Carpinteros (CU), Martin Creed (GB), Binelde Hyrcan (AO), Jasper Niens (NL), Jon Rafman (CA), Hito Steyerl (DE), Ryan Trecartin (USA), Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud (CH), Stephen Willats (GB), PNAT (IT), and raumlaborberlin (DE), SAM ARKA (DE), as well as EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE (AUT/GB), a cabinet display within the exhibition.

 

We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our sponsors and partners

 


 

25 May – 21 August 2016

 

ICA - EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70

 

Opening: Wednesday, 25 May, 7 pm 

 

EVERYTHING IS ARCHITECTURE: Bau Magazine from the 60s and 70s was initially curated for the ICA, London, by Juliette Desorgues. As a cabinet-display the show has now a guest appearance at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen.

This display focuses on the Austrian architectural magazine Bau: Zeitschrift für Architektur und Städtebau (Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning). Originally named Der Bau, the magazine was published by the Central Association of Austrian Architects and established in 1925 as a trade publication.

The magazine also showcased the radical work of a younger generation of Austrian architects such as COOP HIMMELB(L)AU and Haus-Rucker-Co, and helped to provide a window to the major international, architectural and artistic scenes of the time, publishing the work of London-based architectural group Archigram and American architects and artists Buckminster Fuller and Claes Oldenburg.

https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/everything-architecture-bau-magazine-60s-and-70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning<br/> issue 3, 1968 <br/> Published by Zentralvereinigung der Architekten Österreichs <br/>Courtesy the architects, artists and their estates

Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning<br/> issue 1, 1969 <br/> Published by Zentralvereinigung der Architekten Österreichs <br/>Courtesy the architects, artists and their estates

Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning<br/> issue 6, 1969 <br/> Published by Zentralvereinigung der Architekten Österreichs <br/>Courtesy the architects, artists and their estates


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a time when experimental architectural publications were flourishing internationally, Bau demarcated itself through its glossy, large-sized format and use of advertising. It retained a playful quality, experimenting with typography and design, and drawing on a wide range of imagery from architecture, urbanism, art and popular culture. This interdisciplinary approach was crystallised in a 1968 issue of Bau in which the influential architect Hans Hollein boldly claimed that ‘Everything is Architecture’. From a lipstick, a pill and a portrait of Che Guevara to an astronaut suit and the radical performances of the Viennese Actionists, all could be considered architectural.

Coinciding with the […] display are a series of short films by Austrian architects and architectural collectives of the period.


 

Since 18 May 2014

 

Lois Weinberger – Mobiler Garten

 

Opening: Sunday, 18 May 2014, 12am

 

The “Mobile Garten” by Lois Weinberger is a project organized by the Villa Merkel, galleries of the City of Esslingen am Neckar. It is installed in front of the winter garden and continues there over a longer period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In its savagery the garden presents a contrast to the cultivated Merkelpark in style of an English garden.

Lois Weinberger<br/>NOUS, 2004<br/>Freiraum Studio Spiegelfabrik Niederösterreich

Lois Weinberger<br/>Mobiler Garten, 2014<br/>Installationsansicht Merkelpark/Villa Merkel

Lois Weinberger<br/>Plastikeimer, Erde, Spontanvegetation