Michael Kenna is widely considered to be one of the masters of contemporary fine art photography. Kenna was born in 1953 in Widnes, England. Despite aspiring to become a Catholic priest, Kenna’s passion for art led him to study at the Banbury School of Art and the London College of Printing. He went on to work as a commercial photographer for several years before moving to the US in the 1980’s. Here, he worked with renowned photographer Ruth Bernhard while pursuing his own photographic career. He has lived in the US ever since.
At the top of the pile of stories breaking this month, BIG revealed their design for the new 2 World Trade Center in New York consisting of stacked, offset blocks. Then, the winning team has been found among the 1,715 entries in the competition for the Guggenheim Helsinki. Also, new towering development projects by Hadid and Libeskind - in Australia and Italy, respectively. And finally, Google brings in Heatherwick to vivify their London HQ project.
The annual Serpentine Pavilion program gives architects who are yet to work in the UK an opportunity to design a summer pavilion in the gallery’s garden. In 2014, Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic, was awarded this opportunity and produced a cave-like shell that returned to a primal sense of architecture. By designing a large fiberglass orb, punctuated by curated views towards the surrounding Hyde Park, Radic has reveled in the archaic theme of prospect and refuge.
Snøhetta - World Architecture
Danish Architecture Center
On view: June 18, 2015 - September 27, 2015
One of the most renowned architecture firm in Scandinavia, Snøhetta, is exhibiting throughout the summer at the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen. The exhibition gives a unique insight to the talented people, crazy projects and the alternative thinking that have gained this Norwegian architecture firm worldwide fame.
This month’s exhibition guide focuses on the upcoming London Architecture Festival – a month long festival that showcases some of the UK’s most interesting and progressive architectural thinking. It features the opening of the new Serpentine Pavilion, an exhibition with a renewed look on Brutalist architecture as well as a exhibit looking back on the last ten years of designing London’s public realm. We’ve also included a new retrospective on Le Corbusier and a Danish exhibition that looks at the cultural effect of architecture in Africa.