The VDL house is a special house, similar to the Eames House in Pacic Palisades, it was conceived by the architectfor its own purpose, to live and work in. The VDL is a complex building, for example, it has 12 separate doors on theoutside alone. It is like a machine, a vehicle or a boat. Each room is created like a cabin; the house is both a shelter anda device to interact with the outside surroundings. The rst VDL was built in 1932 and unfortunately burned down in1963, the year I was born. It was rebuilt a year later. The house is part of the history of architecture, but also the his
tory of Richard Neutra’s private life. I believe I discovered this appreciation for modernist architecture as a child, frommagazines or movies: some houses immediately appeared to be ideal. I initially did not know that they were consideredarchitecture beyond those objects, as they felt more like autonomous manufactured objects to me.Architectones is the title of a series of works between sculpture and architecture created by Kasimir Malevich.I chose to name my project after these works by Malevich because my very concern is to establish a dialogue betweenart and architecture, in a personal list of modernist venues that I have chosen from around the world. This is not ashow about the history of architecture or another white cube exhibition; it is the answer to a question that I askedmyself: what would be the best, most challenging and most beautiful place for my work?“Architectones” begins in Los Angeles at Richard Neutra’s VDL: this is the most important modern architecturalprivate residence in America, as well as an architecture practice.The VDL is house and a machine, the result and the template of the brilliant development and vision of a young Aus
trian architect discovering the west coast and revealing his vision to his American clients.I have been lucky enough to stay in this house: it is not about façade, but about function, it is not about size or luxury,but about light and the relationship with the outside. The inside of the building has been designed like a car, a planeor even more like the cabin of a boat: it is the perfect equation between people and function.It is a unique opportunity for me to live, work and exhibit in this House: I will create a whole body of site specicworks, related to both actual experience and Richard Neutra’s life as a grid for a new type of art works narrative. TheHouse is in an in between space, halfway between privacy and public, actual real time experience and history. I want“Architectones” at VDL to seize, celebrate and extend the idea of modernity that this architecture represents.