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NEUTRA VDL HOUSE
and WENDE MUSEUM AND ARCHIVE OF THE COLD WAR present

COMPETING UTOPIAS
An Experimental Installation of Cold War Modern Design from East and West in One Context
at Neutra VDL Research House
July 13 - September 13, 2014



Visiting Hours:
Fridays: 6-9 PM
Sat/Sunday: 11 AM - 3 PM
Admission is $10.

Competing Utopias is a design collision that should never happen. But somehow, in Los Angeles, in 2014, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it will.

This installation is a ‘mash-up’ in the most provocative sense of that word. Its force comes from the collision of two design cultures that have been kept apart but have been visually connected in ways yet unexamined. What we propose is an experimental installation that presents Cold War modern design from East and West in one context.

Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
2300 Silver Lake Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90039

More Information about the show.
INVERTING NEUTRA
by Bryony Roberts
at Neutra VDL Research House
July 13 - September 7, 2013 | Opening Saturday, July 13, 5-9pm



Installation at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Los Angeles
Supported by a Graham Foundation Individual Grant
July 13 - September 7, 2013

Opening Inverting Neutra
Saturday, July 13, 5-9pm
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
2300 Silver Lake Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90039

More Information about the artist and the show.
Xavier Veilhan Debuts
ARCHITECTONES
at Neutra VDL Research House
August 9 - September 15, 2012

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.

More Information about the artist and the show.

Sarah Lorenzen resuming duties as Resident Director
We would like to thank Robert Alexander for taking over as Interim Director during Sarah's sabbatical. From now on, all communications about the house will be handled by Sarah Lorenzen.
Collaboration Between Neutra VDL and the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi)
This project will open up Dutch / American dialog about the preservation of Modern buildings from the perspective of two very different cultures, histories, and institutions. The catalysts for discussion will be the Sonneveld House (1933) by Brinkman & Van der Vlugt and the VDL Studio and Residences (1932-1965) by Richard Neutra. There will be two principal events: one in Los Angeles and one in Rotterdam. These two conferences will be supplemented by online discussions, publications, and webcasts of the events on the VDL and NAi websites. These two conferences are supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation.
Roof Repairs
Award winning firm MARMOL RADZINER has volunteered pro-bono architectural services to help Cal Poly Pomona's College of Environmental Design with the Neutra VDL Roof repairs. Restoration of two of the house's smaller roofs is now complete. The Phase II roof restoration project will begin in late September 2012. This project will address the building's water infiltration problems and will bring back VDL's iconic rooftop reflecting pool. Work will include installing a new roofing system, adding new drains and an overflow system, replacing windows, and repairing interior sills and flashing, waterproofing walls, and replacing decks and planters.

This restoration project is 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. To contribute to the capital campaign for restoration please contact Resident Director Sarah Lorenzen, RA (sarah@neutra-vdl.org)

Marmol Radziner was established in 1989, launching a unique design-build practice led by architects. Since its inception, the Los Angeles based firm has developed a reputation for innovative design, research, and precision in applying construction standards for the restoration of historically-significant homes.

The firm's commitment to design excellence and to preserving architectural history has resulted in numerous awards, including a National American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Historic Preservation for the restoration of Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House in Palm Springs and the California Preservation Foundation's Restoration Design Award for the restoration of R.M. Schindler's Elliot House.

Other notable Richard Neutra homes restored by the firm include the Sten House, Clarke House, Lew House, Kun House #2, McIntosh House, and Sanders House. Additional restorations include John Lautner's Garcia House, Buff, Straub and Hensman's Katleman House, and Cliff May's Plesset House and Experimental Ranch.

Marmol Radziner is a full-service firm offering a range of design services including architectural design, programming, master planning, historic restoration, landscape design, interior design, and furniture design. For more information, please see our web-site at www.marmol-radziner.com.

Neutra VDL in the Press

Wallpaper Architectones by Xavier Veilhan at Richard Neutra VDL House, LA
by Carren Jao, August 16, 2012.

New York Times Blog Seeing Things, Xavier Veilhan Architectones
by Brooke Hodge, August 16, 2012.

KUSC Taking in the Architectones
by Katie McMurran, August 8, 2012.

Daily NewsPublic tours to raise revitalization funds for Richard Neutra residence
by Sandra Barrera.

Preservation A Modern Dilemma Neutra's Los Angeles Home Needs Work
by Therese Poletti, May 17, 2010.

Polycentric Neutra House Receives Grant for Renovations
March 29, 2010.

Dwell Shulman Print to Support VDL
by Aaron Britt, February 16, 2010.

Architects Newspaper History in Turnaround
by Jennifer Doublet, November 23, 2009.

Wikipedia Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

LA Weekly BEST HOUSE OF DICK - 2009

Residential Architect Saving Neutra's VDL House
by Stephani L. Miller, August 19, 2008.

KCRW Frances Anderton interviews David Hartwell on living in the Neutra VDL House
2:30pm on May 20 2008.

NY Times Richard Neutra's Home Seeks a Down Payment on Its Future
by Stacie Stukin, May 1 2008.

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, The Style and Design Issue 2008
by Sherise Dorf, May 2008. Pages 189-191.

Dwell Neutra VDL Research Site
by Christopher Bright, April 25 2008.

Channel 4, KNBC Los Angeles Raymond Neutra and Kelly Lynch interviewed by Cary Berglund
April 25 2008.

Los Angeles Times The clock is ticking for Richard Neutra's VDL Research House II
by Janet Eastman, April 17 2008.

The Cal Poly Post Architectural case study lacks funds for maintenance
by Ashley Schofield, April 1 2008.

Archinect Neutra's VDL House; v. Hard Times
by Orhan Ayyüce, Mar 17 2008.


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