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Bonus Weekend Culture Report: Bucky Was Here

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An exceptional run of art exhibitions have made (and are continuing to make) their way through the city recently, a few of which will leave architectural fans feeling particularly enthused. Join us for a (very) brief tour.

[Tomás Saraceno, installation at Pinksummer Contemporary Art in Genoa, Italy; image courtesy the artist and Berkeley Art Museum]

BERKELEY ART MUSEUM— Break for Berkeley Art Museum today at 3:30 p.m. for the opening of Tomás Saraceno's "Microscale, Macroscale, and Beyond: Large-Scale Implications of Small-Scale Experiments." Employing principles of engineering, physics, chemistry, and architecture, Saraceno's ongoing project, Air-Port-City forms a floating, cloud-like platform of habitable spaces. (Read: Balloons. Clear ones, and lots of them.) A visionary working in the vein of architect Buckminster Fuller, collective Archigram, and the like, Saraceno sees architecture not only as a way of re-configuring the built environment, but of reshaping human behavior, too. Utopia now!

SF MOMA— Part scientist, engineer, and architect (he does employ ten of them, after all) artist Olafur Eliasson creates science experiments-cum-art installations that pique the senses with recreations of natural phenomena. "Take Your Time" is the first U.S. survey of the artist's work; for a sociological case-in-point, swing by on a crowded Saturday and behold as visitors— children, especially— marvel at deceptively simple projects, such as the recreation of a rainbow in the gallery, or the changing of visitors' spatial perception with colored lights. Oh, and MOMA has thrown up a blog for this one too, natch.

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