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Patronage over Space
Deutsche Bank Sponsors Symposium on Urban Planning

Your black horizon Art Pavilion
Photo: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, 2007

Of all the little known islands of the Mediterranean, Lopud is the most enchanting. An article in the British Sunday Times crowned it the most beautiful of all island paradises from Gibraltar to the Adriatic Sea. Despite its sandy beaches, cliffs, palm trees, old olive tree groves, and the remains of a magnificent past, tourism has barely touched the Croatian island. But this summer, there will be another reason to visit the island, which lies ten miles off the coast of Dubrovnik. Here, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary will present its temporary Art Pavilion. The flexible construction by David Adjaye, who also designed the white tents for the London Frieze Art Fair, encases Olafur Eliasson's light installation Your black horizon. In the windowless pavilion, a fine line of light carries along the walls at eye level - a glowing horizon that separates the dark room into two spheres. From sunrise to sunset, the color of the light changes spectrum according to the time of day. The artist and the architect worked together closely to realize the project, which premiered at the 51st Venice Biennale on the Isola di San Lazzaro. As a commissioned work, the portable art pavilion is programmatic for the T-B A21 Foundation; called to life by Francesca von Habsburg, its main focus is on interdisciplinary art projects that operate well beyond the ordinary boundaries separating genres. On Lopud, Adjaye's construction will of course enter into a dialogue with the island's extraordinary landscape.

The opening of the Art Pavilion will be accompanied by the public symposium Patronage Over Space, sponsored by Deutsche Bank. It will take place in the Lazareti, a 17th-century building complex on the outskirts of the old city of Dubrovnik. The former quarantine station today serves as a cultural center. Here, a podium of prominent figures will discuss the relationships between art, architecture, and urban space - founder Francesca von Habsburg has invited the artists Olafur Eliasson and Matthew Ritchie, the architects David Adjaye and Rem Koolhaas, the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist as well as landmark experts and the architecture theoreticians Mark Wigley and Andreas Ruby, who moderates the discussion.

It's no accident that this symposium is taking place in Dubrovnik. The city not only counts among the Mediterranean's most beautiful and was declared a world cultural heritage by UNESCO because of its magnificent historical buildings; 50 years ago, the tenth Congrès International d'Architecture Moderne (CIAM) took place here. Initiated in 1928 by Le Corbusier, the congress provided discussion forums for the most important minds of international modernist architecture. Together, they developed urban models that regarded city planning less as a continuation of existing historical structures but rather in terms of a rationally planned, entirely new construction. For a long time, the ideas developed here heavily influenced international urban building. At the 10th congress in Dubrovnik, however, Team X, a group of young architects, voiced doubts over CIAM's dogma. They demanded that architects and builders take the historical and cultural identities of the cities for which these new buildings were being planned into consideration. The vehement criticism of the Team X group ultimately led to the disbanding of CIAM. In reference to this background, Patronage Over Space addresses a contemporary approach to urban space that respects existing structures, aspects of sustainability, and the needs of today's inhabitants.

Olafur Eliasson
Your black horizon, 2005
Installation Thyssen-Bornemisza Limited Edition Pavilion
Photo: Cameraphoto Arte, Venezia / Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Olafur Eliasson and David Adjaye
Your black horizon Art Pavilion

June 20 - October 31, 2007
Opening: 20th of June, 2007 at 6 pm
Sound Performance by Florian Hecker and Russell Haswell
Renaissance Fortress
20th of June, 2007 at 10 pm
Lopud Island, Croatia

Symposium Patronage Over Space
20th of June, 2007
Lazareti, Dubrovnik, Croatia