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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.

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