Artists in Architecture: Re-Activating Modern European Houses

Artists in Architecture is an interdisciplinary project that is based on the idea that temporary use through artist interventions in cultural heritage buildings is an essential method for evaluating a future conservation / restoration approach and defining future uses for reactivate an essential component of European cultural heritage.

The Center for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), the Fundació Mies van der Rohe in Barcelona and the University of Naples Federico II, with the support of the European Commission (Creative Europe), began the project in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, and continues in 2019 to stimulate meetings between contemporary artists, young architects, students and the public in general, enabling a promising intergenerational and international dialogue.

A series of artists’ residencies in iconic houses, often built by the most avant-garde architects of their time and in which some of the most innovative personalities of Europe lived or gathered, were privileged witnesses to the intellectual effervescence of Europe at various times of its history in Brussels, Barcelona, Naples and other cities.

Houses selected for the residencies

Van Der Meeren House; Tervuren, Belgium – 1950s (construction)
Architect: Willy Van Der Meeren
Built for: Willy Van Der Meeren (architect)
Artists in residence: Something Fantastic (Julian Schubert, Elena Schütz, Leonard Streich) with Fernanda Tellez

Strebelle House (Verrewinkel studio-garden); Uccle (Brussels), Belgium – 1950s (construction)
Architect: André Jacqmain
Built for: Olivier Strebelle (sculptor)
Artist in residence: Jacques Ligot

Fiorelli House; Pompei, Italy – 1920s (restoration)
Restored classical Pompeiian model
Built for: Giuseppe Fiorelli (archaeologist)
Artist in residence: Elena Mazzi

LeWitt House; Praiano, Italy – 1970-2000 (interventions)
Artist: Sol LeWitt
Built for: Sol LeWitt (artist) & Carol LeWitt
Artist in residence: Luke James

Iancu House, Bucharest; Romania – 1935 (construction)
Architect: Marcel Iancu
Built for: Marcel Iancu (architect and visual artist)
Artist in residence: Susanne Mariacher and Helene Schauer

Vilaró House; Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – 1928-1930 (construction)
Architect: Sixte Illesca
Built for: Vilaró family
Artist in residence: Ben Weir