Radical CuriosityIn the orbit of Buckminster Fuller
For some people, the 20th-century Da Vinci, Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) dedicated his life to conceiving solutions so that the world would work for all mankind. His philosophy surprisingly anticipated some of the great crises of the 21st century.
An unclassifiable visionary and researcher, Fuller generated an immeasurable body of work that crossed over disciplines such as architecture, engineering, philosophy and education, through a vision of design as an energy able to change the world. From mobility and housing to education and the use of big data, his philosophy included issues that COVID-19 has placed at the heart of the world agenda.
In this show, curated by Rosa Pera and José Luis de Vicente, we have collaborated with the Espacio Fundación Teléfonica exhibition team and with the Smart and Green Design architecture studio. Our aim was to pick up on his attitude, his concerns and procedures and to showcase his legacy, which is, today, totally valid. The exhibition combines Fuller’s main works with proposals from contemporary creators and peers of Fuller’s orbit, such as the architects Abeer Seikaly, Norman Foster and Chuck Hoberman, the designers Neri Oxman and Joris Laarman and the artists Olafur Eliasson, Ruth Asawa and Tomáš Libertíny. Photos by Javier de Paz GarcíaArt Direction / Exhibition / Graphic Identity