thonik’s work for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Amsterdam City Council and the Architecture Biennale 2008 in Venice is presented at the Power Station of Art, together with works by a.o. Ruedi Baur, Gordon Young, Sagmeister & Walsh and Hei Yiyang.
This year’s Shanghai Biennale is formed around the theme ‘Aesthetics City’ and takes a critical look at issues encountered during the process of urbanisation, such as suburban sprawl and counter urbanisation. The biannual exhibition aims to bring innovation through design aesthetics to create the ideal city.
The transformation of architecture and public space through large-scale graphics, or so-called supergraphics, is a theme in thonik’s work. In Venice a pattern in both 2D and 3D connected the city to the 2008 Architecture Biennale. At Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen the courtyard design blends the art piece by Olaf Nicolai with the identity of the museum which is inspired by the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. The three lines that form the basis of the museum’s identity constitute a flexible system that attracts attention in the city. For the City Council of Amsterdam three crosses that derive from the city’s medieval coat of arms are used to link the city’s past and the future.