The Wilshire Boulevard Temple, listed on America’s Register of Historic Places, is in the final stages of a $175 million renovation. I toured this extraordinary landmark last week and was truly impressed. Originally constructed in 1929, the synagogue boasts a 100-foot high dome that glows with heavenly light. Under the inspired aegis of project architect, Brenda Levin of Levin and Associates, the revitalization will restore the splendor of the building and secure this treasure of Los Angeles architecture for future generations. (more…)
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DWELL ON DESIGN
Dwell Magazine, which is devoted to modern architecture and design, was launched in September 2000. The Dwell brand has subsequently grown into a significant player and resource in the design field. The magazine’s editors are the curators of the annual Dwell on Design conference which took place at the LA Convention Center on June 21-23. Billed as America’s largest modern design event, it includes the presentation of products, services, demonstrations, educational platforms and home tours. Overall, the show makes an impressive contribution to the way people think about design and it’s relationship to the environment.
The first stop in my three day conquest of Basel began this morning at the esteemed Beyeler Foundation. Designed by Renzo Piano, it is one of the most sublime museums in the world. The combination of the perfectly attuned architecture and landscaping combined with the extraordinary collection and impeccably curated exhibitions makes every visit a memorable one. The featured exhibition is a rich selection of paintings drawn from the lifetime work of Max Ernst along with an installation by contemporary artist, Maurizio Cattalan. Equally as breathtaking is work from the permanent collection and a truly stunning selection of sculpture by Alexander Calder.
In addition to the Giardini, Arsenale and the National pavilions, collateral exhibitions are featured in palazzos, museums and alternative spaces all over Venice. I spent the day seeing as many as possible.
The Prada Foundation is presenting one of the most important exhibitions of the Biennale. Titled “When Attitude Becomes Form, Bern 1969/Venice 2013”, the Foundation has recreated the exhibition curated in 1969 by Harald Szeeman at the Kunsthalle Bern. The original exhibition was ground breaking in its’ day and has become mythic over time. Its’ reconstruction offers significant opportunity to rethink the dialogue and concepts that surrounded the original show. The extraordinary rigor is well retained in this reincarnation.