neutraVDL
Xavier Veilhan Debuts
ARCHITECTONES
at Neutra VDL Research House
August 9 - September 15, 2012


Mobile, 2005
Courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm.
Photo © Florian Kleinefenn;
© Veilhan ADAGP, Paris, 2012
and Ars, New York, 2012
Visiting Hours:
Thursday/Friday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission is $10 on Saturdays, when there are docent-led architecture tours of the house. The suggested donation on other days is $10. Related events are free with donation to the VDL House.

The Neutra VDL Research House in Los Angeles is pleased to present Architectones, an installation by artist Xavier Veilhan. Veilhan has created a new body of work specifically for the Modernist house Richard Neutra designed for his family and architectural practice. Consisting of monochrome interventions, the exhibition features sculptures throughout the property, from the front garden through the ground floor and domestic quarters to the rooftop reflecting pool. Statues, models, and other objects dialogue with the Modernist structure: its glass facades, rooftops, water basins and fountains. Both abstract and figurative, the artworks loosely trace the decades of the last century by focusing on the personal and professional history of architect Richard Neutra, his times, and Veilhan and his family's interaction with the house. The installation will also feature a soundtrack composed by Nicolas Godin of the band Air.

Says Veilhan, "This house is not about a façade but about a function, not about size or luxury but about the quality of light and its connection to the outdoors. The interior of the building has been thought through like a car, a plane, or even more like the cabin of a boat: it is the perfect equation between people, function and environment. I want to celebrate and expand the concept of modernity that this represents."

Following the exhibition, Cal Poly Pomona will commence a major roof restoration project led by architectural firm Marmol Radziner. This restoration project willbe made possible by a grant from the Friends of Heritage Preservation, Friends of VDL, Marmol Radziner, and other individual donors. In addition, Xavier Veilhan will donate proceeds from the sale of a sculpture from the exhibition to support the building's restoration.

About the Artist
Xavier Veilhan, a Paris-based artist, is represented by Galerie Perrotin (Paris & Hong-Kong) Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm) and 313 Art Project (Seoul). He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. In addition to sculpture and public art, his polymathic work includes painting, digital photography, film and performance art. He has collaborated with musician Sebastien Tellier, the band Air, renowned designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and artist Daniel Buren. Veilhan's Architectones project in Los Angeles is organized by local architect, curator and educator, Francois Perrin.

Related Events
Panel discussion, Friday August 10 at 7 p.m.
Speakers include Xavier Veilhan, Neutra scholar Barbara Lamprecht, art critic Jan Tumlir and Dr. Raymond Neutra, son of the famed architect. Discussion will be moderated by exhibition curator Francois Perrin.

Film screening of "Furtivo" by Xavier Veilhan, Friday September 7 at 7p.m. For more information contact Francois Perrin at airarchitecture@gmail.com.

Other Websites
For more information on Architectones Los Angeles, please visit:
http://www.architectones.info

For more information on the artist Xavier Veilhan, please visit:
http://www.veilhan.net
http://www.youtube.com/user/AtelierXavierVeilhan
http://www.facebook.com/veilhan

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