The Cass asks: “What About Belgian Architecture?”
New exhibition on illustration and contemporary Wallonia-Brussels architecture
Wallonia-Brussels Architecture Inventories #2
Exhibition at The Cass Bank Gallery
6-27 April 2017
Press Preview & Private View: 6 April
Inaugural Lecture: 6 April
The Cass London Metropolitan University will launch Inventories # 2, an exhibition presenting comics and illustrations that showcase the best in contemporary Belgian architecture. Running from 6-27 April at the Cass Bank Gallery and organised by Wallonia-Brussels Architecture, the exhibition will present 28 projects by 25 illustrators.
Inventories #2 will run as part of a wider cultural programme at The Cass entitled ‘What About Belgian Architecture?’. The season aims to promote Wallonia-Brussels architecture and will involve a series of lectures and exhibitions that will run from April-October 2017.
The exhibition showcases selected works from the third volume of Belgian publication Inventaires. The book, published by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Architecture Unit), focuses on contemporary Belgian Architecture and was founded in 2010. The publication is run by managing editors and curators of the exhibition Xavier Lelion and Anne Sophie Nottebaert of Brussels-based architectural practice Coton_Lelion_Nottebaert. The book is available online and from the nearby Whitechapel Gallery bookshop.
Comics are a hallmark of Belgian culture and artists have regularly used this medium to respond to architecture. In the exhibition, comic strips by Belgium artists explore the narrative of each selected building and are presented next to architectural plans by the architects. These works display the visual and experiential relationship between people and the built environment.
The exhibition will feature mounted display racks for visitors to read each architectural project in a comic-like way, each display comprising drawings, photography and texts on a Belgian building.
Left: Mundaneum by Coton_Lelion_Nottebaert © Joseph Falzon Right: Pôle Marexhe by ARJM architecture © Florent Grouazel
Inventories #2 presents an up to date survey on architectural developments within Wallonia and Brussels by partnering illustration with architecture. The experimental approach of the exhibition aligns with The Cass’s dedication to cross-disciplinary arts education.
As part of this collaboration between The Cass and Wallonia-Brussels Architecture, an inaugural lecture will take place on 6 April on the theme of Urban Density by MSA and Dessin et Construction. The event will be introduced by William Mann of architectural practice Witherford Watson Mann, who commented on the exhibition: “There’s a wide diversity of conditions across Brussels and Wallonia, with interesting parallels in relation to London and Britain – the tensions of the metropolis, the evolution of the small cities, the challenge of abandoned industrial sites – but also small but profound differences. As shown at this exhibition at The Cass, the architects of French-speaking Belgium have responded to these conditions with a lot of invention, a bit of wit, and an impressive sense of social solidarity.”
The collaboration will run throughout the Autumn with a second exhibition: enter: five Architectures in Belgium will run at the Cass Bank Gallery from 25 September 23 October 2017. The exhibition will showcase five outstanding recent Belgian buildings, including Polyvalent Infrastructure by Baukunst which was shortlisted for the EU Mies Awards 2017.
Notes to Editors
- Title: Wallonia-Brussells Architecture Inventories #2
Where: The Cass Bank Gallery, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF
- When: 6 – 27 April 2017
- Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11-6, Sat: 11-5
- Private View: 6 April 2017, Cass Bank Gallery.
- Opening Lecture by MSA and Dessin et Construction with introduction William Mann, 6.30-7.30pm, 6 April, First Floor Central House
- Nearest tube: Aldgate East
- Twitter: @thecassart #INVENTORIES
Inventories 2 2013-16
Edited by Anne Sophie Nottebaert and Xavier Lelion
Price £22 / €25
The book can be purchased at The Whitechapel Gallery Bookshop – www.whitechapelgallery.org/visit/bookshop/
Full list of Exhibitors
Abdel de Bruxelles, Pierre Blondel, François Chaslin, Xavier Clément, Laurent Cilluffo, Nathalie Cobbaut, Marie-Noëlle Dailly, Laurent Dandoy, Sophie Dawance, Cyril Elophe, Maud Faivre, Joseph Falzon, Loïc Gaume, Sacha Goerg, Florent Grouazel, Benoît Henken, Mathilde Kempf, Alain Janssens, Stéphane Lambert, Xavier Lelion, Aurélie William Levaux, Lisa Lugrin, William Mann, Michel Mazzoni, Anne Sophie Nottebaert, Jean-Philippe Possoz, Françoise Rogier, Michel Sadowski, Adrien Tirtiaux, Katrien Vandermarliere, Cécile Vandernoot, Daniel Wagener.
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The Cass is the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of six schools within the University. The Cass teaches about 2000 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at two buildings in Aldgate. Subjects include Architecture, Creative Writing, Design Studio Practice, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Painting, Publishing Photography, Photojournalism, Textiles, Theatre and Performance Practice. In 2017 The Cass will launch a new BA Theatre and Film Production Design course, building on the University’s reputation and expertise in both design and performance arts.
The School also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a Faculty-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.
Wallonia-Brussels Architecture (WBA)
Founded in 2010, Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures (WBA) is an agency set up to ensure the cultural and economic promotion of architects and related professions (urban planners, landscape architects, photographers, etc.) from Brussels and Wallonia on the international stage, a service to foster their recognition and development abroad.
WBA sets out to:
- promote and enhance the expertise of the architects abroad.
- accompany and provide support to the Walloon and Brussels talents in their attempts to export their services.
To do this, WBA:
- presents architects to international partners.
- organises their presence at trade fairs and exhibitions abroad.
- invites decision-makers and the international press to meet our talents.
- develops promotional materials: brochures, exhibition catalogues, etc.
- provides information on financial support, opportunities abroad (competitions, partnerships, etc.), assistance with prospecting.
- organises seminars, individual and group briefings, training modules on international development.
WBA is an offshoot of Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI) and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB). WBA works closely with regional foreign trade agencies: the Walloon Export and Foreign Investment Agency (AWEX) and Brussels Invest & Export (BIE).
WBA mainly organises exhibitions with a panel of architects hinged around a particular theme or angle. The exhibitions are presented abroad, in venues dedicated to architecture. Alongside the exhibitions, WBA proposes promotional tools, a programme of conferences, meetings with the press and with clients. http://www.wbarchitectures.be