The show presents sculptures, collages, furniture and other works by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect.
An edited press release follows:
RICHARD MEIER: ART AND ARCHITECTURE OPENS 12 OCTOBER 2007
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.
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.
THE LOUISE T BLOUIN FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit global philanthropic organisation that believes in the unique power of culture and creativity to be catalysts for positive change. The Foundation’s mission is to support and promote the impact of neuroscience in enhancing creativity and addressing cultural conflict. The Foundation programmes – Education, Science and Creativity and Culture Beyond Borders – are designed to address these aims.
The Louise T Blouin Institute opened a year ago in October 2006 with a solo exhibition of lightworks by James Turrell, and in Summer 2007 presented solo exhibitions of work by Gary Hill and Gerry Judah which explored issues of globalisation, politics, conflicts of interest and environmental concerns. The Foundation provides 35,000 sq ft of exhibition space and lecture facilities, and creates a platform for contemporary art and affiliated events.
Exhibition Dates: Opens 12 October 2007
The Institute’s new opening times will be:
Tuesday–Friday (10.00–18.00), Saturday & Sunday (10.00–18.00), Closed Mondays
3 Olaf Street, London W11 4BE
Update 07/10/07: here is the piano, as requested by Mattia: