Collection by Aaron Britt

Iannis Xenakis Drawings

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Though I fear that I won't get to see it in person, The Drawing Center in New York has just opened a new exhibit of architect and composer Iannis Xenakis's drawings. Iannis Xenakis: Composer, Architect Visionary brings together loads of Xenakis's drawings, and illustrates the clear debt his architecture owed to music and what his music took from his work as an architect. The show is on through April 8th so get to it if you can. If not, then have a look at this slideshow to see what a truly powerful thinker he was. I love Xenakis, and though my cubicle-mates here at Dwell could happily leave his music aside, they'll certainly love his work as a draftsman.

Study for Metastaseis, c....
Here is a more detailed view of the swooping arcs that inform his musical works in another "Study for Metastaseis" from...
Study for Metastaseis, c....
Iannis Xenakis with Le Corbusier en route to the Philips Pavilion, c....
This drawing is a study for Xenakis's 1977 composition Jonchaies.
Study for Terretektorh, c....
Here is Xenakis in 1974 pictured at Mycenae, one of Greece's richest archaeological sites.
Later in Xenakis's architectural career he designed a series of multimedia installations that combined sound, music,...
Study for Polytope de Montr�al, c....
Study for Polytope de Montr�al (light score), c....
Polytope de Montr�al (plans, elevations, axonometrics),...
Study for Terretektorh (glissandi), c....
Study for Terretektorh (distribution of musicians), December 20,...
Iannis Xenakis pictured in 1995.
Cosmic City (aerial perspective),...
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