Richard Meier: Art and Architecture Opens 12 October 2007



    LONDON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - THE LOUISE T BLOUIN INSTITUTE will celebrate the
upcoming retrospective exhibition of Richard Meier: Art and Architecture. The
solo exhibition presents Meier's extraordinary versatility as artist, designer
and architect and comprises an overview of Meier's outstanding international
architectural creations together with an exploration of his sculpture,
collages, drawings, photographs, furniture and product design over 45 years.
    Richard Meier remains the youngest recipient of the Pritzker Prize (1984)
which is considered to be architecture's highest accolade. He is renowned
internationally for cultural projects which include The Getty Center, Los
Angeles; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Museum of Contemporary
Art, Barcelona; and the Jubilee Church, Rome, amongst others.
    Meier has over the years developed his own distinctive and dynamic style
of architecture to become one of America's most influential and widely
emulated architects. His work celebrates natural light and space in response
to the environs in which it stands, thereby creating sublime spaces of
aesthetic illumination and enlightened cultural values.
    Parallel to 45 years of architectural practice, Richard Meier has been
making sculpture and collages and ceramics. The sculpture and collages, which
he has created from papers, tickets and cuttings collected on his travels,
express space and pivotal moments that are explored and articulated in his
buildings.
    Meier's furniture, ceramic, glassware and silver objects have become
iconic designs and marry a minimalist tradition with beautiful simplicity. To
highlight his extraordinary versatility as a designer we will be exhibiting a
unique grand piano designed by Richard Meier and built by IBACH.
    Louise T Blouin MacBain, Chairman of the Foundation, comments: 'We are
delighted to be exhibiting Richard Meier. Art and architecture are central to
the expression and collective enjoyment of creativity and fundamental to our
sense of well-being. The individual aesthetics of architecture shared in
cities across the world is one of the positive aspects of globalisation and
adds to our growing cultural exchange.'
    There will also be an extensive programme of lectures, education work and
public events to explore architecture and the environment, well-being, art and
light within an architectural space.

    The Louise T Blouin Institute opened a year ago in October 2006 with a
solo exhibition of lightworks by James Turrell, and in Summer 2007 presented
solo exhibitions of work by Gary Hill and Gerry Judah which explored issues of
globalisation, politics, conflicts of interest and environmental concerns. The
Foundation provides 35,000 sq ft of exhibition space and lecture facilities,
and creates a platform for contemporary art and affiliated events.

    Notes for Editors:

    THE LOUISE T BLOUIN FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit global philanthropic
organisation that believes in the unique power of culture and creativity to be
catalysts for positive change. The Foundation's mission is to support and
promote the impact of neuroscience in enhancing creativity and addressing
cultural conflict. The Foundation programmes - Education, Science and
Creativity and Culture Beyond Borders - are designed to address these aims.
http://www.ltbfoundation.org

    Open:

    Exhibition Dates: Opens 12 October 2007

    The Institute's new opening times will be:

    Tuesday-Friday (10.00-18.00), Saturday & Sunday (10.00-18.00),
    Closed Mondays

    Late nights during October/November/December 2007 with Christmas opening
    to be announced on our website.

    Address:

    3 Olaf Street, London W11 4BE http://www.ltbfoundation.org

    Partnerships:

    Champagne Henriot is the Foundation's Champagne Partner 2007 for all its
    activities across the world.




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