MUST KNOW: National Building Museum Opens "Beach" Installation Made with One Million Plastic Balls
The National Building Museum presents a one-of-a-kind destination for visitors, an interactive architectural installation that brings the quintessential summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington, D.C. Spanning across the Museum’s Great Hall, the BEACH, created in partnership with Snarkitecture, will cover 10,000 square feet and include an “ocean” of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls.
The BEACH is contained within an enclosure and built out of construction materials such as scaffolding, wooden panels, and perforated mesh, all clad in stark white. Monochromatic beach chairs and umbrellas sprinkle the 50-foot wide “shoreline,” and the “ocean” culminates in a mirrored wall that creates a seemingly infinite reflected expanse. Visitors are welcome to “swim” in the ocean, or can spend an afternoon at the “shore’s” edge reading a good book, play beach-related activities such as paddleball, grab a refreshing drink at the snack bar, or dangle their feet in the ocean off the pier.
MUST SEE: Foreword Martial Raysse Futurologia, 2015-1958 / 1958-2015
2015-1958 / 1958-2015: to run history backwards, not in order to unwind the thread of time and go back to the source, but to compare the different periods, that is the intention of the exhibition that Palazzo Grassi and the François Pinault Foundation are devoting to Martial Raysse.
The aim is to look both forward and backward, by taking an approach to Martial Raysse’s work that is not chronological, but examines it from a contemporary angle, in other words in the light of its most recent developments. The conviction is, in fact, that his latest work changes the way we look at what came before it, and brings greater depth by raising again the question of the place of painting, as well as that of the artist.
Martial Raysse is one of the few artists for whom tackling the history of “great” art head on is what really matters, and this has been the case since the outset. Whether by distance, through humor or by trying to copy the masters, in accordance with the principle expressed by Eugenio Garin that “to imitate […] is to become aware of oneself in relation to another.” This is how he served his apprenticeship and throughout his life we can see, as if in the background, not just the history of art and the masterpieces of the Renaissance, but also the most banal aspects of daily life—from the aesthetics of the chain store to the tedium of little things.
MUST HAVE: VANS + ELEY KISHIMOTO
Another artistic collaboration for the famous brand VANS. This time the brand has joined forced with the London- based design house Eley Kishimoto to create a real wearable art.
Founded in 1992 by husband-and-wife team Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, Eley Kishimoto has a mission to ‘Print the World’ and is known for their vibrant, graphic, and always eye-catching designs. They paired new and iconic Eley Kishimoto prints with Vans footwear and apparel to merge fashion and art in a collection that exemplifies creativity and stand-out style.
The collection, named "Living art" offers a line that puts Eley Kishimoto's vibrant, bold graphics onto backpacks, pants, high-tops, parkas and more. For Vans Eley Kishimoto takes on Vans' classic checkerboard slip-on—still black-and-white, the sneakers are covered in the British label's signature, zig-zagging flash print.
"Our inspiration came from the idea of graphic patterns co-existing with daily human life, manifesting in a patterned tribe's urban playground. Road markings, tribal—what is just around us and mix them all up" Wakako said about the inspiration for the creation of VANS prints.
See more on the VANS website