Summer Exhibition - Royal Academy of Arts
Triton III by Bryan Kneale
As usual, the summer exhibition in Royal Academy of Arts
is promised to be a show with a great variety of works. However, I have to express my disappointment over the layout in the Architectue Room (Room VI). In the past, one could easily get close to the architectural drawings and models to appreciate the level of details they possess. Not any more this year. The room is packed like a warehouse, with 3 levels of shelves along the wall. It is impossible to reach at least 1/3 of the exhibits. Is RAA trying to accomodate as many works as possible for sole profiteering (they get 30% commission of all works sold in the show)?
Works cramped altogether in the Architecture Room
Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain by Damien Hirst
Joel Shapiro at 23 Saville Row
American artist Joel Shapiro was commissioned to produce an installation at the entrance of the office-retail development. His free-floating forms standing out sharply from the monolithic facade of the building. The reflective glass around produce even more drama on these 'flying' tubes.
Serpentine Pavilion 2009
designs the Serpentine Pavilion this year. Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA says, "The pavilion is
designed to amplify the way things look." The enormous mirror-finished aluminium roof definitely could make it happen - unless you are a blind. You see EVERYTHING twice once you walk near the pavilion, because the mirror image and its original subjects are reciprocal to each other.
You could see how the pavilion is constructed through time in this wonderful website
. Now I start to feel sorry for the roof cleaners with the amount of pigeons around!
People relaxing on SANAA-designed furniture
The lowered polished aluminium roof attracts kids to play beneath
The cafe area - people queuing for drinks
Many slender steel poles to support the roof - some pokes fun of the absence of pole dancers
full photo set here
Further reading -
of RAA's Summer Exhibition 2009
Royal Academy of Arts page
on Triton III
Bryan Kneale page
of 23 Saville Row, see the 'Art' section for the creation process of Joel Shapiro for the installation.
of Joel's sculpture
Official profile sheet
of 23 Saville Row from its architect Eric Parry Architects
with Joel Shapiro by Robert Ayers in 2007
of Serpentine Pavilion 2009
with SANAA by designboom.com
of SANAA's pavilion by Jonathan Glancey of Guardian UK