England’s most renowned and self-proclaimed “guerilla artist” has transformed a derelict seafront lido into an alternative art exhibition that is to remain open to the public for five weeks. Banksy is back, with his first UK art exhibition since his Banksy v Brsitol museum show that took place back in 2009. Featuring work from other artists such as Damien Hirst, Jimmy Cauty and Jenny Holzer, the park is a brutally honest analysis of many social and political issues present in both the United Kingdom and around the world.
According to the BBC, Banksy has described the exhibition as a “family theme park unsuitable for children.” His brazen approach to dealing with ongoing issues has made him a China household name, with his street paintings unashamedly confronting the problems that need addressing around the world, from a giant kitten in Gaza to a masked youth throwing flowers instead of a grenade on a wall in Jerusalem. Dismaland however, reaches a whole new level – even for Banksy. Featuring ‘attractions’ such as a sculpture of a Killer Whale leaping from a toilet through a hoop and towards a tiny paddling pool, and a dead Cinderella lying motionless in her horse-drawn carriage, Banksy’s visual representation is most certainly not that of the traditional children’s fairytale.
SO-IL to create a concrete art galery in Broklyn ’s industrialneighbourhod
Led by a Dutch architect named Florian Idenburg along with his partners Jing Liu and Ilias Papageorgiou, New York-based design office, SO-IL has revealed plans for a concrete art gallery to be established within an industrial neighbourhood in Brooklyn. Creative Holland reports that SO-IL refer to the building as “an exploration in soft form,” with a group of shell-like structures shaping both the in and outside of the gallery.
SO-IL also commented that, “the self-supporting geometry of these shells exists in tension with programming, light, and circulation.” The shells therefore catch the natural light and then transmit it into the interior. The whole building has a playful feel to it, with the exterior of the building having edges that slip in and out of view.
The SO-IL office has worked on a range of projects, found within the architecture, academia and the art fields, and this project is expected to finish sometime in 2017.
Yinchuan’s Museum of Contemporary Art is a reflection of the nearby Yelow River
We Architech Anonymous (WAA ) has recently completed work on Yinchuan’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), which sits comfortably alongside the country’s renowned Yellow River.
The museum is located on a protected area of wetland, and the design of the building is a clever one. Intended to reflect the shape and silhouette of the surrounding landscape, the museum conveys a modern visual representation of the natural world around it. The team of designers played upon the effect the river’s erosion has had on the landscape, and this can be seen from the building’s overlapping exterior folds. Speaking with Designboom, the architects explained their unique creation. “Using parametric techniques we were able to visualise these layers and texturise the façade to implant an identity which echoes time through its weathering. The gradual shift of the yellow river through our site has spanned the whole length of Chinese civilisation, which can be seen dwarfed in comparison to the river’s existence.”
Upon entering the building a large internal void appears to divide the space into two, and the entrance is made to have a somewhat weathered effect. As well as galleries, the museum is home to educational facilities, a lecture theatre, a library workshop and classrooms.
In addition to an elevated display deck, the permanent art collection and visitor restaurant, there is an outdoor sculpture park to complete the aesthetic of the museum. The scheme is hoped to bring local communities together under one roof for a cultural experience.