For those of you who remember our visit to the extraordinary home collection by Charles Brooking: his XVIII century windows are part of this year’s Venice Biennale Exhibition.

Charles Brooking Venice

for details about the 14th Biennale, below is the link to the article on Designboom


Last few days to see at the Serpentine Gallery:  Wael Shawky: “Myths and Legends” and Jake and Dinos Chapman : “Come and See” , until the 9th of February, entrance free

See reviews of the exhibitions by Simon Withers on the Unitfifteen blog, and a recommendation to start the show with Wael Shawky ! … before you move onto the provocative and gut churning Chapman brothers, not for the faint hearted. Simon describes it as ‘Lurid, morbid, fearful, ghastly. And wonderful.’

Edit of the 8th Feb. the Chapman Brothers show is indeed a lot to take on, and somehow testing the limits of what you may deem acceptable. I turned around before long. The Wael Shawky show on the other hand, and especially the “al araba al madfuna II” film, was intriguiging, not the least for its amazing setting, the ruins of what looks like a huge compendium for birds. The shots of this abandoned building are astounding.

al araba al madfuna II

Serpentine Gallery website

interview with the artists

This year’s RIBA President’s Medals have been announced.

Razna Begum, from Greenwich University won the Serjeant Drawing Award, you may remember her project for the Grunewald Athenaeum.


grunewald athenaeum

Another project you might recognise, is the New Lohachara project by Kirsty Badenich, from Aarhus School of Architecture, which we saw exhibited at Copenhagen Royal Academy of Fine Arts at the beginning of November.

new lohachara 01 new lohachara 02 new lohachara 03

Finally I’d also like to draw your attention to an Island project, Kizhi Island,  by Ben Hayes, UCL, which won the silver medal and has worked across various media.

Kizhi Island 01 Kizhi Island 02

More on the projects can be found online here . They will be exhibited at the RIBA, 66 Portland Street, London, W1B 1AD until the end of January.