On the occasion of the exhibition At Home. Projects for contemporary housing, the Museum’s video gallery, thanks to the support of In Between Art Film, host a screening program focus on the theme of inhabiting, towards the works of the masters of the 20th Century until the major sustainable housing projects of today.
The first focus, dedicated to the artistic duo formed by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, whose entire corpus of works has recently been acquired by MoMA New York, features the screening of the film Moriyama-San, together with a selection of works focused on the life in some of contemporary architecture’s most important buildings.
Koolhaas Houselife, France, 2008, 58’ (French, sub Italian)
25 Bis, France, 2014, 46’ (French, sub English)
Barbicania, France/UK, 2014, 90’ (English, sub Italian)
The Infinite Happiness, France/Denmark, 2015, 85’ (English, sub Italian)
Selling Dreams, France, 2016, 25’ 9’’ (English, sub English)
Koolhaas Houselife portrays one of the masterpieces of contemporary architecture: the house in Bordeaux, designed by Rem Koolhaas in 1998. The film lets the viewer enter into the daily intimacy of the stories and daily chores of Guadalupe Acedo, the housekeeper, and the other people who look after the building.
25 Bis is an intimate portrait of a masterpiece from the beginning of Auguste Perret’s career: the building located on 25 Bis, Rue Franklin in Paris. From the life stories that have left the trace of a passage, the film draws the fragile and undefined essence that could be called “the soul of the place”.
Barbicania is a month long immersion in the life of the Barbican Centre and Estate in London, one of the most representative achievements of brutalist architecture.
The Infinite Happiness
The film takes us to the heart of one of the contemporary residential developments considered to be a new model of success: the giant “8 House” of Copenhagen, built by Bjarke Ingels. In a month in this vertical village, the artists portray the building through the stories of those who live there and question the architecture’s ability to create collective happiness.
The Airbnb phenomenon told through the story of young Mark, who gives up his comfortable family life when he starts earning a living by renting dream apartments, while he himself lives in a different hotel room every day.
Photo © The Infinite Happiness – Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine