Monthly Archives: December 2013

Sol LeWitt at Einstein Medical Center

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One of Sol LeWitt’s iconic wall drawings (#972) is on a 25 year long-term loan installed in a prominent corridor between the two main entrances of of the Einstein Medical Center in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. Einstein HealthCare Network President and Chief Executive Officer Barry R. Freedman was inspired after seeing a similar larger-scale loan at MASSMoCA, and connected to the LeWitt estate via a former patient and well-known modern art collector.  The 154 foot long wall drawing opened last fall after 27 days of installation by four local artists and two artist representatives from the LeWitt estate, executing the instructions left by the artist. The hospital’s own funds were off-limits to fund the piece, so its presence is thanks to a donation from the LeWitt estate. The particular piece was selected by Anthony Sansotta, the artistic director of the estate. Freedman touts the “Bright. Uplifting, cheerful” nature of the piece and notes that it’s display in a public space allows access to a caliber of well-regarded art by major artists not generally seen in suburban healthcare facilities…per the hospital’s press release:

Hosting a piece of art by the father of Conceptual art is consistent with how we’re working to transform healthcare in the region,” says Freedman. “It also represents our outreach to the community — this is a famous work that is now accessible to anyone.”

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TAMassociati & Emergency: Curry Stone Design Prize winners

A decade-long collaboration between two Italian non-profits, humanitarian architecture studio TAMassociati and medical NGO Emergency, has been recognized with the Stone Curry 2013 Design Prize, announced November 7th. Together, they have designed, built and staffed five healthcare facilities in Africa that have treated over 700,000 patients and an additional seven clinics in Italy. The facilities are conceptualized and designed to be sustainable, modern, and culturally sensitive buildings that allow healthcare to take place in safe and dignified environments nestled in dangerous and poverty-stricken landscapes.

The video is a must-watch. Here is a quote from TAMassociati co-founder Raul Pantaleo  and a few screen shots from to pique your interest.

“To build an outstanding hospital in the heart of Africa has meaning. For us it was an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the profound sense of the word right, starting with the right to health…. But there should also be a reflection on the more ample front of rights, and particularly on the right to the environment, to what is beautiful, and to memory, as the necessary premises for a sustainable and pacific coexistence at local and global scales. With these principles in mind, we imagined the Salam Centre as a place that is hospitable, domestic, and beautiful, where the convalescent patient, almost always a victim of poverty and war, could feel what it’s like to receive treatment as a true subject of care, entitled to the fundamental rights that are too often denied on this continent.”

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