Gagosian Gallery celebrates the longtime friendship of celebrated French-Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki and storied architect I.M. Pei at its Madison Avenue gallery in New York. Opening September 9, the show begins with two ink paintings that Pei commissioned Zao to make in the late 1970s. Inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphy and the energetic style of the Abstract Expressionists, these works are a harmonious marriage of opposites. They invite viewers to seek forms and frameworks in their undulating yet purposeful lines, and illuminate Zao and Pei’s shared talent for blending modernism and tradition in new ways. “These works have never been exhibited together before,” says Jean-Olivier Despres, a director at Gagosian. In fact, only three have previously been on view to the public. gagosian.com
Architectural innovations also abound at the long-anticipated reopening of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has overseen the reworking and addition of more than 40,000 square feet of gallery space. The restored Bauhaus staircase immediately catches the eye, while the new Louise Reinhardt Smith Gallery allows museumgoers room to reflect beneath a Lawrence Weiner text work from 1985. Visitors will find further fodder for their architectural interests at debut exhibition Surrounds: 11 Installations, where 11 major installations by living artists will be displayed across the new building’s sixth floor. moma.org
Another museum debut recently dawned in Dessau, Germany, on September 8, as the city celebrated the centenary of the Bauhaus movement with the opening of Bauhaus Museum Dessau, dedicated to exploring the movement’s rich history. The building, designed by Barcelona-based Addenda Architects after its proposal won the museum’s open-call competition in 2015, is a glass-encased concrete cube that combines the core principles of the Bauhaus movement—minimalist beauty and harmonious functionality—with contemporary practice. Blocks of color and light, as if created by a Minimalist form of stained-glass windows, illuminate the interior and slide across its open spaces as the sun moves overhead, balancing the austerity of the concrete and glass with the warmth of nature. The collection itself offers works of art, design, and architecture inspired by the movement, which idealized the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk, loosely translated as a “total work of art,” which surpassed the barriers between art, architecture, and design. bauhaus-dessau.de
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