Monday, 17 August 2015

Bau Magazine from the 1960s and 1970s

Until Sunday 27 September

Born in Vienna, Bau: Magazine for Architecture and Urban Planning came to believe that 'Everything is Architecture' (Alles ist Architektur) (see the poster from its famous 1968 issue edited by Hans Hollein, below).


The message, of course, is that everything from a lipstick to a portrait, a rocket ship, a bird's nest, a computer is constructed, is built. The message too is that architecture, by default, is interdisciplinary.



 


In the ICA Fox Reading Room, the magazines have been opened out and displayed under glass. They show large format glossy pages in black and white. The first ussue of 1970 was dedicated to the Viennese architects and designers Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann (it marked the 100th anniversary of Hoffmann's birth). The pic on the left shows the staircase of the Loos House in Vienna.



A gallery tour of the Bau exhibition led by Jo Melvin takes place on Thursday 3 September at 6.30 pm.

ICA Fox Reading Room
The Mall
London SW1

 £1 day membership (free on Tuesdays)
Closed Mondays, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 am to 6 pm, Thu 11 am to 9 pm

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