Tuesday, August 7, 2012

ARCHITECTONES: Site-Specific Installation Series at Modernist Landmarks Visits Neutra's VDL Research House

The Richard Neutra designed VDL Research House in Los Angeles announces Architectones, an installation by French artist, Xavier Veilhan.  Architectones inhabits modernist landmarks worldwide and will feature Veilhan's work at the Silver Lake home designed by famed architect, Richard Neutra.  Veilhan has created a body of site-specific installation work for the VDL House to be unveiled Wednesday, August 8 from 5-8pm along with a reception with the show continuing until Sunday, September 16, 2012. 
Mobile (Neutra), 2012, Xavier Veilhan, photo c diane arques

The artist has created work consisting of monochrome interventions with sculptures throughout the property including gardens, interiors and rooftops.  Veilhan will present an airborne performance that is sure to captivate the eyes on the opening night at 7pm, as a plane carrying a monochrome banner as a blank, abstract announcement of the exhibition will fly above the Silver Lake Reservoir.
Series of Billboard Ads for Architectones
The first Modernist landmark to install Veilhan's work will be the VDL Research House while artist and family live in the home while the installation takes place.  
Case Study House #21 (1958)
Case Study House #21 (1958) c Taschen
Case Study House #21 (1958), Floorplan
The second in the series will visit Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #21 (1958).  
Le Corbusier, Cite Radieuse à Marseille (1958) - Rooftop
Le Corbusier, Cite Radieuse à Marseille (1958)
Le Corbusier, Cite Radieuse à Marseille (1958) - Floorplan
Upcoming Architectones installation sites include the roof of the Le Corbusier Cité Radieuse à Marseille, (1946) in the Spring of 2013. 
Restoration of Melkinov House, Moscow
Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974) and his wife stand before their house" (1927); courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture
Also, an upcoming installation will take place at the Melnikov House (1929) located in Moscow.  For more information, visit www.neutra-vdl.org.

The VDL Research House is located at 2300 Silver Lake Blvd, 90039.  The exhibit is open Thursday-Sunday from August 9 - September 16, 2012.  Hours are Thursday/Friday 3-8pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am-4pm.  Admission is $10 on Saturdays when there are docent-led architecture tours of the house.  Suggested donation on others days is also $10 which allows you into future related events at VDL House.

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