Over a year in planning and production, The Age of the Marvellous was inspired by the Wunderkammer or more commonly known as The Cabinet of Curiosities to me or you. The notion of a cabinet filled with natural wonders, artificial exotica and relics is enough bait for the most uninspired of artists, let alone some of the most highly regarded in the industry.
The Shark (Le Requin) at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris. Another prehistoric animal, five meters long, reconstituted from the latest technology – in this case the folding of a very thin layer of polished stainless steel.
The Shark (Le Requin) by Xavier Veilhan
The British sculptor Peter Randall-Page is concerned with the underlying principles determining growth and the forms it produces. In his words “geometry is the theme on which nature plays her infinite variations, fundamental mathematical principle become a kind of pattern book from which nature constructs the most complex and sophisticated structures.”
Sculpture, by Peter Randall-Page
Paul Smith has designed a bottle for Evian which will be on sale in limited amounts until Christmas. The London based designer describes the package as “…a nice glass bottle with colourful stripes around the top, printed with organic ink!”
Evian Bottle, by Paul Smith
The Nomiya restaurant is replacing the Hotel Everland on the roof of the Palais de Tokyo for one year. Designed by the artist Laurent Grasso, the glass cube is part of the ‘Art Home’ culinary project by the Palais de Tokyo and Electrolux. The Nomiya concept developed for the Palais de Tokyo is a project that’s both inspired and named after the tiny Japanese bars. In the creation of Nomiya, Laurent Grasso was assisted by his brother, Pascal Grasso, an architect. Nomiya Space is a rectangular glass box about the size of a shipping container. “We tried to create an overall impression of airiness, transparency, floating,” said the French artist Laurent Grasso.
Sotheby’s returns for its fourth selling exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture. Beyond Limits presents 30 works by an international array of artists have been carefully placed within the Capability Brown-designed and Joseph Paxton-engineered gardens at the very heart of England’s most breathtaking country estate. Bronzes by Aristide Maillol and Henry Moore will be juxtaposed with contemporary pieces in iron, steel, copper and concrete by artists ranging from Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn and Jaume Plensa to Yayoi Kusama, Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt.
Beyond Limits: A Selling Exhibition of Modern & Contemporary Sculpture, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, 14 September – 1 November, Sotheby’s
Xavier Veilhan’s project for Versailles mainly involves the use of open-air spaces, following the estate’s east/west axis, from the Place d’Armes to Le Nôtre’s formal gardens. Presenting several works or groups of works created especially for this exhibition, which establishes a continuity between the site’s history and its contemporary protraction. This is a dynamic, classical, open and universal project, aiming to establish a new connection between visitors and the spaces they travel through.
Images (top to bottom) The Large Carriage, Xavier Veilhan, Jean Nouvel & Renzo Piano, by Xavier Veilhan, Exhibition at Veilhan Versailles, 13 September – 13 December 2009
The first Rephlex release to be completely devoid of electronics, Victor Gama’s Pangeia Instrumentos is a beguiling collection of compositions specifically written for his own handcrafted instruments. Angolan by birth but of Portuguese origins, Gama has been steadily building an impressive array of instruments since the early-’90s.
Pangeia Instrumentos are acoustic musical instruments, sound devices and sound installations designed and built through a process of experimentation with design, sound and music. The main focus of this project is the phenomenon of metamorphosis and evolution of musical instruments that span the period from pre-history to our days. This phenomenon suggests that form is a variable in the composition process and is intrinsically related to the composer’s inner creative impulses and his closest material environment.
Pangeia Instrumentos, by Victor Gama