In the exhibition RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN architecten de vylder vinck taillieu explore for the first time how architecture from Flanders fits into a different context.
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu are welcome guests at deSingel. After a striking visit in 2011, numerous international stopovers and a Silver Lion in Venice, they have once again settled back in Antwerp. The Flanders Architecture Institute invited them to create a follow-up to their exhibition at the TOTO Gallery MA in Tokyo (2019). They turned it into more than just a sequel. Jan De Vylder: ‘With RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN we call into question the concept of the architectural exhibition.’
(from 21.02.2020 to 14.06.2020 | Flanders Architecture Institute at deSingel)
"How do other cultures view architecture from Flanders? And what can we learn from this? That is the essence of this exhibition"‐ Inge Vinck, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
In spring 2020, the Flanders Architecture Institute is focusing on the link between Japan and Flanders/Brussels. RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN from architecten de vylder vinck taillieuis the first exhibition of a season that has been given the baseline ‘Back from Japan’. For the renowned architectural firm from Ghent, their Japanese adventure was an opportunity to position architecture from here in a wider perspective: how is architecture perceived in a changed social and spatial reality? Which elements are retained, and what adjustments does the specific context demand?
In late 2019, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu were invited by Toto Gallery MA to present their work in Tokyo. The firm took advantage of this invitation by setting up research into the similarities and differences in the Japanese and Flemish approaches to architecture. In collaboration with Tokyo Institute of Technology, they organised design-based research. But instead of calling it ‘re-search’, they dubbed it ‘re-practice’. The projects by de vylder vinck taillieu are modelled and reinterpreted in a fresh context.
RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN showcases the design-based research in Tokyo: eleven projects by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu are given a fresh meaning in a Japanese context, as eleven Japanese mirror images. The same methodology was deployed in the world cities of London, Copenhagen and Istanbul. While the exhibition was running in Tokyo, these international design studios worked on projects by a variety of designers from Flanders and Brussels, including Juliaan Lampens, Jos Vandriessche, 51N4E, Office Kersten Geerts David Van Severen, Bob Van Reeth, Marie-José Van Hee and others. This once again resulted in mirror-images. At deSingel, the Flanders Architecture Institute is therefore exhibiting a series of ensembles that reinterpret architecture from Flanders and Brussels in different social and spatial contexts.
"RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN does not exhibit, but instead raises questions that encourage you to think differently about architecture"‐ Jo Taillieu, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
"Architectural exhibitions are often boring. They are usually about pure representation of architecture. In this sense, RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN is atypical. The research question and the process play a central role"‐ Jan De Vylder, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
Flanders Architecture Institute, deSingel and Cooperation: TOTO GALLERY･MA
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu
Flanders Architecture Institute
(Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp)
from 21.02.2020 to 14.06.2020
open wo → zo / 2→ 6 pm and during evening performances until 10 pm
closed on Monday/Tuesday
20.02.2020 at 8 pm