Architects’ Art and Artists’ Architecture


Art and architecture have always inspired and shaped one another: Architecture gives art the room to enfold and art defines the outlines of architecture. The question is, if one can even distinguish the two. The following two publications highlight this interwoven relationship between art and architecture from different perspectives. 

Serpentine Gallery Pavilions by Philip Jodidiok

This publication by renowned author Philip Jodidiok can be seen as a retrospect of the fascinating Serpentine Gallery pavilions. The Serpentine Gallery in London, which opened in 1970 in Kensington Gardens, is one of the most prestigious galleries for modern and contemporary art in the British capital and is still free of charge. Since 2000, the gallery has been commissioning some of the most highly acclaimed architects to design their temporary summer pavilions, situated next to the gallery for the duration of three months. In the past 14 years, architects such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, SANAA or Jean Nouvel have had the chance to realize their innovative pavilions. This publication is the first to unite them all in one volume, with additional interviews by the gallery’s chief curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and director Julia Peyton-Jones. 

In the Temple of the Self – The Artist’s Residence as a Total Work of Art published by Hatje Cantz

By looking at the homes of artists this book highlights the relationship between art and life, or “the total work of art”. The portrayed houses – some of them are a real “Gesamtkunstwerk” - greatly reflect artists’ sources of inspiration as well as their inner worlds. With the 20 examples depicted in the publication, such as William Morris’s Red House, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Tiffany House or Mortimer Menpes’ flat, the publication sheds a new light on the connection between art and architecture.

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