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January 6, 2016  |  Collection & Exhibitions
Endless Kazuyo Sejima
Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. Model of Villa in the Forest, Chino, Nagano, Japan. 1992–94. Acrylic, 6 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 29 3/4" (16.5 x 74.9 x 75.6 cm). Gift of the architect in honor of Philip Johnson. © 2016 Kazuyo Sejima. Photo: Anna Blair

Kazuyo Sejima & Associates. Model of Villa in the Forest, Chino, Nagano, Japan. 1992–94. Acrylic, 6 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 29 3/4″ (16.5 x 74.9 x 75.6 cm). Gift of the architect in honor of Philip Johnson. © 2016 Kazuyo Sejima. Photo: Anna Blair

Some visitors to MoMA’s Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture exhibition tell me Frederick Kiesler’s designs don’t have enough windows. His Endless House couldn’t have connected the inhabitants with their environment, they say, comparing Kiesler’s model to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, a glass and steel box intended to float among the trees.

July 16, 2015  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
The Animation of Frederick Kiesler’s Endless House
Frederick Kiesler. Endless House. 1947–60. Preliminary perspective, 1947. Ink on paper, 11 7/8 × 18" (30.2 × 45.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2015

Frederick Kiesler. Endless House. 1947–60. Preliminary perspective, 1947. Ink on paper, 11 7/8 × 18″ (30.2 × 45.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase, 2015

At the entrance to the current exhibition Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture is Frederick Kiesler’s Endless House (1947–60). He envisioned this eclectic, flexible habitat as “a living organism, not just an arrangement of dead material.” He saw the house as a composition of spaces “as elastic as the vital functions.” A selection of drawings features his exhaustive investigation of forms for it, drawings which, through his lively use of ink and superimposition of multiple sketches on transparent overlays, approach animation.