Walking around the Royal Academy on any day is like stepping into a foreign land for me. I go to a lot of galleries and spend a lot of time in galleries, and to be quite honest, love most galleries I go to. How can you not. They are always full of past and current art loves - and all hold the possibility of a future art love.
Walking into the Royal Academy is like opening the door to a strange land, a land populated by people who look like they have just smelt something quite repulsive and who are constantly surprised to see other people.
Add into this already crazy atmosphere an exhibition on architecture and you get a lot of cheek puffing, head shaking and looks of puzzlement. The most overheard questions of the day were “.. I see, but where is the art?” and “Do I have to climb those stairs?”
We enjoyed climbing a lot of stairs, adding to an instillation with brightly coloured straws, exploring dark spacess and crunching lots of stones under our feet. Not a painting in sight but plenty to stimulate your senses and inspire your imagination.
Anyone young at heart will love it.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen Blue Pavillion
- 35 spiral steps
- 60 metre enclosed ramp
- Untreated pine board, steel handrail
- 206 components, prefabricated in Chile 2103
- Assembled in London 2014
Straws by Diebedo Francis Kere
- Polypropylene honeycomb panels, plywood, plastic coloured straws
- Contains 1,867 uniquely connected honeycomb panels
“For me, Architecture is primarily about people, about asking questions…”
Kengo Kuma Dark room 01-03
- 4mm diameter whittled bamboo sticks infused with aromas
- Hinoki wood scent – a species of cypress tree native to Japan
- Tatami scent – tatami mats are traditionally made of rice straw
Until April 06 2014