New York, September 29th, 2015 – Richard Meier & Partners is pleased to announce Richard Meier: Process and Vision at Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Richard Meier’s international body of work is acclaimed for its timeless, classic design from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona to the Getty Center in Los Angeles to Rome’s Jubilee Church. Each project throughout Richard Meier’s decades of architectural practice has posed its own set of inherent challenges, whether social, environmental, technological, or economical.
Architectural drawings, sketches, and study models are consequently used as a means for exploring various design strategies, arriving at a solution that is both beautiful and pragmatic. Richard Meier: Process and Vision provides examples of this process for four iconic projects — the Getty Center, High Museum of Art, Canal+ Headquarters, and the Arp Museum — as well as four of the firm’s most recent projects in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Over the years Richard Meier’s artistic practice has also expanded in parallel with his architectural practice, which has resulted in an impressive portfolio of collages. Saturated with rich color and a myriad of different textures, the collages seem at first glance to contradict his architectural style and design; however, the collages complement his architecture in various, unexpected ways, recording the artist’s creative process and offering a contrast to the rigidity of architectural drawings. As with architecture, the collages explore spatial and social relationships and seek to reconcile random discord with ideal order. A selection of mixed media silkscreen prints of Meier’s collages is featured within the exhibition so that the artistic and architectural can be understood concurrently.
The exhibition will be on view to the public from October 3, 2015 through January 30, 2016. Mana Contemporary Chicago will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a lecture on October 3rd at 2:00 p.m. given by Associate Partner Bernhard Karpf at the High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary Chicago. Richard Meier: Process and Vision is organized by Mana Contemporary and Richard Meier & Partners Architects in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
About Richard Meier & Partners Architects
The work of Richard Meier & Partners is instantly recognizable and internationally respected. For over five decades, we have been appointed to create important public and private buildings. Our offices in New York and Los Angeles employ a multicultural staff of talented professionals practicing architecture, urbanism, product design and exhibition design. We aspire to thoughtful, elegant contemporary architecture that exceeds our clients’ expectations for beauty and elegance.
Some of the recently completed projects include the Italcementi i.Lab in Bergamo, Italy, the OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse in Shenzhen, China and City Green Court in Prague, Czech Republic. Current work includes a bridge in Alessandria, Italy; an office building in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey; The Surf Club in Surfside, Florida; the Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel; two residential towers in Tokyo, Japan; the Reforma Towers in Mexico City; three residential projects in Taiwan; one hospitality project in South Korea; and private residences in Europe, Asia and North America.
Richard Meier & Partners is led by Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, Dukho Yeon – and sustains an international practice with offices in New York and Los Angeles.
About Mana Contemporary Chicago
Opened in 2013, Mana Contemporary Chicago is a rapidly expanding art center set in a landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Following the mission of Mana Contemporary’s flagship location in Jersey City, NJ, Mana Contemporary Chicago is a nexus for artists, collectors, art organizations and institutions. Studios, exhibition spaces, art services, and programming provide an unparalleled environment for creating and experiencing art. Mana Contemporary Chicago is home to High Concept Laboratories, Propeller Fund Studios, the Donald Young Artists’ Library, Contemporary Art Daily, Art in Print and the UIC School of Art and Art History. For more information about Mana Contemporary Chicago, please visit: manacontemporarychicago.com.
About the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial seeks to convene the world’s leading practitioners, theorists, and commentators in the field of architecture and urbanism to explore, debate, and demonstrate the significance of architecture to contemporary society.