Shanghai, China—The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center will welcome “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” an exhibition featuring architectural projects, furniture, paintings and sculpture by Atlanta-based architect and artist John Portman from July 20 through September 19, 2010. The fifteen architectural projects that will be featured span five decades of national and international developments, including the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967), which is globally renowned as the first modern atrium hotel. The exhibition will also feature furniture, paintings and sculpture by Mr. Portman—most of which have never before been publicly exhibited.
“John Portman: Art & Architecture” is organized by the High Museum of Art and accompanied by a full-color catalogue with a major essay by Paul Goldberger, noted historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for “The New Yorker” since 1997. The catalogue is distributed by the University of Georgia Press.
“John Portman has not only radically altered the skyline of his home city, Atlanta, but cities throughout the world,” stated Jeffrey Grove, the exhibition curator. “His reconsideration of how architecture should function and the experience it should offer visitors completely changed the industry. Early in his career, Portman understood that to realize his vision completely, he must add ‘Developer’ to his role as Architect. All these themes will be addressed in the exhibition.”
“Art and Architecture” will highlight nine John Portman & Associates projects from Asia: Marina Square, Singapore, 1987; Tomorrow Square, Shanghai, China, 2003; Beijing Yintai Centre, Beijing, China, 2008; and current projects including Jin Hongqiao International Center, Shanghai, China; Zhe Jiang Fortune Finance Center, Hangzhou, China; Wenzhou Zhixin Plaza, Wenzhou, China; Songdo Landmark City Master Plan, Incheon, Korea and Incheon 151 Tower at Songdo Landmark City, Incheon, Korea; and Portman House, Jian Ye Li, Shanghai, China.
U.S.-based projects include Entelechy I, Portman’s Atlanta home, 1964; Atlanta Hyatt Regency, 1967; Peachtree Center, Atlanta, 1976; The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, 1976; Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, 1985; SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta, 1993; Entelechy II, Portman’s Sea Island, Georgia, home, 1986; Embarcadero Center and Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California, 1971–1988; Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan, 1976; and The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 1977.