2012 London, Paris and Oslo to further research.
In London visited the 2012 Serpentine Pavillion in London by Herzog and de Meuron in collaboration with Ai Wei Wei and also the Chelsea Physic Gardens.
In regional France visited Corbusier’s, Villa Savoye, in Poissy and Monet’s house and garden in Giverny.
In Paris the Centre Pompidou was showing the Gerhard Richter retrospective and at the Grand Palais Daniel Buren’s huge work, Exentrique(s) was on show for Monumenta 2012.
In suburban Paris visited, MAC/VAL, a contemporary gallery dedicated to French artists set within an extensive community garden.
Visited the new regional Centre Pompidou-Metz designed by Shigaru Ban. A brilliant building based on an up-side-down coolie hat. On show at Metz was a survey exhibition of Sol Lewitt wall drawings 1968-2007 (black and white) and a survey exhibition of the design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
The focus in Oslo was the contemporary use of turf roofs covered with woodland plants in both the suburbs of Oslo and in the regions.
Explored the landscape of the fiords and mountains and noisily celebrated mid-summer’s eve with locals before returning to Hobart.