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Sketches for the 2016 Serpentine Summer House


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Sketches for the 2016 Serpentine Summer House
21 x 29.7 cm, unframed
Series of 21 unique drawings on paper
Signed and numbered


The Serpentine Galleries is delighted to present a series of 21 unique drawings by Yona Friedman on the occasion of his 2016 Summer House.

Each of the drawings, which are made on white, printed or translucent tracing paper, are based on Friedman’s modular and geometric Summer House design. These architectural sketches are executed in Friedman’s unique style, which are evident in his pioneering watercolour works La Ville Spatiale (begun in the 1950s), whilst they also capture the atmosphere of the natural landscape in which his Summer House is situated.

Yona Friedman (born 1923) is a Hungarian-born French architect. His theory and manifesto L'Architecture Mobile, published in 1958, champions the inhabitant as designer and conceiver of his own living space within spaceframe structures. Friedman’s work, developed to facilitate improvisation, influenced avant-garde groups such the Metabolists and Archigram. His projects have been presented at the College Bergson in Angers, France; the Museum for Simple Technology in Madras, India, for which he received the Scroll of Honour for Habitat from the UN; and other projects for which he received the Architecture Award of the Berlin Academy, the Grand Prize for design of the Prime Minister of Japan and many other international honours. Universities where he has taught include Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Princeton and Berkeley. He has participated in the Venice Biennale three times (2003, 2005, and 2009) and the Shanghai Biennale in 2004, among others. He has been, and continues to be, the subject of international exhibitions, the latest of which took place in 2015 at the Power Station Museum of Art in Shanghai. Hundreds of articles and more than forty books have been published about Friedman’s work. Most recently he was voted by Blueprint Magazine readers as the winner of the 2015 Blueprint Magazine Award for Critical Thinking.

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