IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
curated by Bernard Khoury, Luca Molinari
in collaboration with Alessandro Benetti, Danielle Makhoul
The story of Lebanon’s most visionary and unpredictable architect through his projects and more than 100 drawings and photographs in which real and imaginary buildings and urban spaces overlap and dialogue combined with 16 “Talking Objects” floating in SpazioFMG per l’Architettura gallery.
Lebanese, Bernard grew up in a family of architects, was educated in North America, studied at Harvard, and now runs a prominent architectural studio in Beirut. His early works, a series of nightclubs with a ruthless metropolitan look constructed in the tortuous alleyways of a city destroyed by endless war, shocked critics with that blend of irony and formal control that only the purely creative dare to attempt.
Beirut has been Khoury’s workshop and source of inspiration since the start of the century. A pleasure-loving, sophisticated, cosmopolitan metropolis that has been raped and abused, the capital of Lebanon is now fertile ground for the study and production of some of the most avant-garde art, architecture and design in the Mediterranean. In recent years Khoury has been investigating residential constructions, designing a series of tower blocks that seem to challenge the laws of the market: all-black, metallic, with only a few details studied with all the care of car design, lodgings boldly built on lots that are all but impossible to build on. The result is always the same: his projects are sold out, to a new urban middle class that sees itself reflected in architecture with an uncompromising personality. Khoury’s work is a continual challenge to tired old marketing and to the stereotypes that mortify all forms of research.
20 October – 2 December 2016
20 October 2016
h 6.30 pm
Via Bergognone 27