79576 Weil am Rhein
Following its first presentation in Venice, during the 2016 Biennale, the second phase of Resistance was inaugurated in Weil am Rhein, Germany, during Art Basel 2017. For this phase of the project, which continues to explore the resistance and performance of Portuguese stone, 5 more international architects were invited to participate: Eduardo Souto de Moura, João Luís Carrilho da Graça. Paulo David, Studio MK27 and Vladimir Djurovic. Their projects have been added to the ones presented in Venice, using other types of Portuguese stone with similar degrees of resistance.
Presented in an exceptional location – the VitraHaus garden at the Vitra Campus, among buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & De Meuron and Álvaro Siza – and during the most important art fair in the world – the exhibition presents new research and concepts, along with the production of innovative projects that enrich the potential of uses for this natural resource. The result is a selection of 11 urban pieces, sculpted out of Portuguese stone and produced by Portugal’s thriving industry.
The opening of the exhibition also included a debate with Amanda Levete, Mia Hägg and Vladimir Djurovic, moderated by Mateo Kries, director of the Vitra Design Museum.