Koen Deprez ‘THE COPY’ (The Alvin Boyarsky collection)

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At the end of October there will be an exhibition of 50 architectural drawings (Drawing ambiance) from Alvin Boyarsky’s collection at the Singel in Antwerp. As longtime chair of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and one of the most influential figures in 20th-century design education, Boyarsky argued that architecture was not only a profession but also an artistic venture — an open, wide-ranging practice that comprises drawing and publication as much as it engages design and construction.

Various artist-architects have been asked to participate in the exhibition either by commenting, discussing or giving a critique of one of the drawings. My starting point is the master plan for the Parc La Villette (Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas) that I contrast with a handmade copy of the same masterplan as the least interpretative contribution. This publication also shows my fascination for doubles, copies, twins, replicas in my own work.

Catalog available during the exhibition


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