Balloon, in partnership with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, is pleased to announce Osvaldo Romberg's installation Translocations: Mies and Melnikov, opening at Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, August 24th. The exterior installation, generously supported by the Graham Foundation, is accessible through October 13th as part of the tour of the site.
Translocations abstracts the iconic circular floor plan of the Konstantin Melnikov House in Moscow and temporarily conjoins it to Mies van der Rohe's emblematic Farnsworth House in Plano, creating a dialogue between two architectural masterpieces and embarking on an artistic expedition into the core of modernism.
This archaeology of modernism examines the contrasting qualities, transparency and opacity, as signifiers related to notions of open and closed societies and carries a narrative charge that reveals the contrasting political and social contexts of the West and Russia in the first half of the twentieth century. Romberg, a leader of the Argentine avant-garde, reframes this narrative from the perspective of an alternate Latin America modernity with an independent and strongly inflected reception of the Bauhaus, Constructivism, and other early modern utopian architectural tendenceis.
Translocations: Mies and Melnikov is a monumental machine for thought, examining modernist spiritualism, architecture, and politics, along with the meaning of utopia in a post-revolutionary context. The installation enables visitors to understand and interpret both buildings in a new frame while rethinking their origins in avant-garde utopianism.
SATURDAY AUG 24
THE FARNSWORTH HOUSE
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