Winter School 2019 with Artist in Residence Alexander Brodsky

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The Academy of Architecture invited the Russian artist and architect Alexander Brodsky as Artist in Residence for the study year 2018-2019.

Alexander Brodsky, born in Moscow in 1955, is an artist and architect and lives and works in Moscow. He is the son of artist, book illustrator and architect Savva Brodsky (1923—1982). Brodsky graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1978 before first receiving international acclaim in the 1980s with his utopian etchings, and was a key member of the after so-called Paper Architects. In 1990 Brodsky travelled to New York and then moved there in 1996 to work on public projects as well as installations. Four years later he returned to Moscow where he practices freely as an architect.

Exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, 2016; Tchoban Foundation, Berlin, 2015; Moscow Biennale of contemporary Art, 2013; Calvert 22, London, 2012; Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna, 2011; Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2010; Fondazione Sandretto, Torino, 2008; Espace Loius Vuitton, Paris, 2007; Venice Biennale, 2006; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, 2006. Aside from private collections, Alexander Brodsky’s works are part of Tate Modern and MoMA collections.

Brodsky is already familiar with the Academy of Architecture. He visited us for a series of lectures in 2012 at the invitation of the former head of Architecture Machiel Spaan. As Artist in Residence, Brodsky will mainly be responsible for devising and executing the Winter School project. A publication will also arise from this. During the Winter School, Brodsky can also take the following step in a series which he is engaged in: the expression of imagination. View here the program booklet of the Winter School 2019.

The competition element has been scrapped for this edition of the Winter School. What’s more important is the idea that you can make something together that far exceeds the individual in order to achieve an end result to be proud of. Head of Architecture, Jan Richard Kikkert, believes it is important that students learn to collaborate and thinks the Winter School is the ideal opportunity to do this with a large group.

Alexander Brodsky will fall under the Artist in Residence program of the Amsterdam University of the Arts. In recent years, surprising and much talked about projects and lecture series have been realized respectively under the guidance of Artists in Residence, such as the artist and architect Sarah van Sonsbeeck, visual artist and film director Gabriel Lester and photographer Jeroen Musch.