A exhibition dedicated to the architect and Hungarian theoretician Yona Friedman. The French exhibition centre at the Château de Rochechouartone year after the major retrospective dedicated to him by MAXXI in Rome.
The solo exhibition is entitled "Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées". and is a fascinating journey through installations, drawings and videos that blend impeccably and elegantly with the historical surroundings of the museum housed in the medieval castle.
Sixty years of activity and reflections by the great Hungarian theorist and architect who distinguished himself worldwide for his utopian vision of society, reflected in his work and publications, including 'Mobile Architecture' from 1958.
The work 'Space Chain', an improvised lightweight structure made of aluminium circles, dominates the entrance courtyard of the castle and symbolises its concept of architectural practice and self-determination.
Friedman's exhibition invites visitors not only to watch, but to actively participate in the exhibition, with interactive elements that add to the composition and demonstrate how the urban environment cannot be separated from the human presence.
To the same Friedman belongs the itinerary of Montagne de Venise, which envisaged the direct participation of the citizens of Venice in a symbolic and interesting route to experience the city in an alternative way.
The exhibition in the Château de Rochechouart takes visitors through another important area of Friedman's work, namely his drawings.
The exhibition also highlights the other fundamental aspect of Friedman's production, his drawings: a giant comic strip covers the walls of the museumportraying a unicorn, symbolising the ideal society envisioned by Yona.
Important tool used by the architect and artist in order to reach a wider audience in low-literacy contexts, drawing is also at the centre of his manuals published together with UNESCO in the 1970s and 1980s, in which his essential, stylised forms and minimalist drawings are admired, made to teach people how to build mobile and flexible structures.