Art Gallery of Alberta

Internationally renowned architect, artist and engineer Cecil Balmond to speak at your AGA.

Balmond is the creative force behind dozens of public art projects including one in Edmonton.

Media Advisory
November 8, 2013

The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), in partnership with the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC), is pleased to announce that visionary designer, architect, structural engineer and artist Cecil Balmond will be giving an exclusive talk in the AGA’s Ledcor Theatre on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm. Tickets for this event are $15 for the general public, $10 for AGA Members and are available at youraga.ca.

Balmond is considered to be one of the most influential creators of his generation. His approach is one of investigation; through 40 years of research, he has explored mathematical concepts and their impact on natural forms—revealing the very root of order to create starting and groundbreaking designs.

Balmond is the creative force behind dozens of public art projects around the world, including the controversial ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower created for the 2012 London Olympic Games (co-designed with artist Anish Kapoor); while Edmontonians can see Balmond’s work in person with his 2012 installation, net_Work, at the City of Edmonton’s Engineering Services Building. net_Work was commissioned through Edmonton’s Percent for Art Policy, which is administered by the Edmonton Arts Council. One part interior glass print, one part exterior wall installation, net_Work consists of two elements conceived as a single artwork. As such, it creates a changing interplay within the minds of those who directly experience the building, serving as an intriguing integration of interior and exterior.

Cecil Balmond currently holds the Paul Philippe Cret Chair at Penn Design as Professor of Architecture where he is also the founder of the Non-Linear Systems Organization (NSO), a material and structural research unit at University of Pennsylvania. He has also been Kenzo Tange Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, Saarinen Professor at Yale University School of Architecture and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. His artwork has been exhibited to critical acclaim in galleries around the world such as the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), Graham Foundation (Chicago), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), Artists Space (New York) and Arc en Reve (Bordeaux, France).

For media information or to coordinate interviews please contact:

Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist

T: 780.392.2468 E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

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ABOUT THE EDMONTON ARTS COUNCIL
The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that: Invest in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations and individual artists through municipal, corporate and private funding; represent Edmonton’s arts community to government and other agencies and provide expert advice on issues that affect the arts; build partnerships and initiate projects that strengthen our community; and create awareness of the quality, variety and value of artistic work produced in Edmonton.