Art and Architecture In Perfect Harmony by Geoff Harrison

Perhaps it's too much to expect architects in Australia to exhibit such flair and imagination.  This is the Markthal in Rotterdam, completed in 2014.  It's an office and residential development with a fresh food market on the ground floor.

Artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam were engaged to produce a 11,000 m2 digital artwork adorning the interior.  The artwork consists of fruit, vegetables, seeds, fish, flowers and insects.

The title of the artwork is "Horn Of Plenty".

The title of the artwork is "Horn Of Plenty".


Architecture Way Ahead Of Its Time by Geoff Harrison

This is the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for the 1929 World Expo.  According to author Alain De Botton he was frustrated with the clutter and fussiness of domestic architecture.

Mies Van Der Rohe wanted something that was simple yet elegant.  It's difficult 86 year on to appreciate what an impact this architecture must have had on audiences at the time.

Intimate Interiors by Geoff Harrison

The understated, yet intimate paintings of Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916).  In an article published in the Guardian a few years ago, Julian Bell describes the artist as a master of demure conservatism who hit upon a modernist way of looking.  There is mystery, the viewer is being beckoned to enter these scenes, yet there is nothing to hold on to.

"Your curiosity is lured into that enclosed hall, yet your attention is held back - left dangling over the bare floorboards with their scuffed varnish, which is the nearest to an indicator of commonplace living and everyday usage that the picture is prepared to provide. A tantalising juggle with emptiness."

Author Alain De Botton argues that Hammershoi was selling an appreciation of the everyday.  Yet we are being "seduced by the nape of a lovely female neck, the delicate strands of unruly hair and the carefully calculated angle of the head, to get us to like a person and enter their imaginative world."

Hammershoi enjoyed great success with sellout shows in Berlin and London in the first decade of the 20th century.