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Our Metamorphic Futures / Exhibition

 "Our Metamorphic Futures" investigates visionary projects in Soviet architecture and design practices throughout the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, which aimed at the production of new, ideal living environments that could be easily adapted according to the changing needs of their users. It would combine the latest technological innovations with a new concept of the human being as active component.

Often growing out from socialist state-sponsored research institutes and centres, they nonetheless offered an alternative to dominant practices in building construction and urban design and foresaw a future in which transformability and surprise would be central characteristics. This often required an extension of the field of design and architectural practice, shifting from the design of singular objects to the organisation of environments (and life) as a whole. During the mid-1970s, attitudes toward design and technology became more ambivalent: there emerged critical and conceptual projects pointing to the underside of an excess of consumption and a media-saturated space, indicating a need to consider the contradictions inherent in modernist ideals – in culture designed according to technology and industry.

Participating artists and architects: Māris Ārgalis, Igor Berezovsky, Valdis Celms, group "Dvizhenie", Alexandr Ermolaev, Tiit Kaljundi,
Vyacheslav Koleichuk, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Jānis Krievs, Kaarel Kurismaa, Leonhard Lapin, Vyacheslav Loktev, Eugenijus Miliūnas, Andrei Monastysrki, group "NER", Lev Nussberg, Jüri Okas, Artūrs Riņķis, Sirje Runge, Yuri Sobolev and Yuri Reshetnikov, Jurgis Vroblevičius.

 

Curators: Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Designers: Indrek Sirkel, Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik: Jesko Fezer, Anita Kaspar, Andreas Müller
Sponsors: European Council "Culture" program, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Ministry of Culture, BTA Insurance, Re-Board powered by Lexplast, Sadolin Idea & Design, Ronald Feldman Gallery

 

National Gallery of Art
Konstitucijos 22, LT-08105 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel.: (370 5) 2122997
www.ldm.lt, www.ndg.lt, www.muziejai.lt

Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays 12.00–19.00
Thursdays 13.00–20.00
Sundays and the day prior to national holidays 12.00–17.00
Closed on Mondays and national holidays

 

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11.12.2014

December 11, Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin announced the winner’s name of the international competition for the development of the concept of urban development areas adjacent to the Moscow River at Moscow Urban Forum. Competent jury voted for consortia led by Russian architectural bureau Project Meganom.


01.12.2014

One of the speakers at the discussion which was held before the opening of the NORDIC BLOCK exhibition in St Petersburg was architect Edgaras Neniskis, a partner in Arches, a firm whose projects were included in the Lithuanian part of the exhibition by its curator Liutauras Nekrosius. When the discussion was over, Project Baltia talked to Neniskis about what is meant by the Nordic, Baltic, and national identities, and about global tendencies in the architectural profession.