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Yona Friedman

French, b. 1923

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Yona Friedman

French, b. 1923

Biography

Visionary artist and architect Yona Friedman has based his practice upon the radical assertion that architecture should be flexible and dynamic, conforming to the needs of the inhabitant. Friedman’s manifesto, L’Architecture Mobile (1958), proposed that a skeletal infrastructure should be constructed atop each of the world’s cities, constituting a mobile space that can be adjusted according to shifting societal needs. Friedman expresses these architectural theories through drawings and models that illustrate his proposed mega-structures, as well as installations focusing on properties of scale and materiality. In more recent years, Friedman has tailored his designs to the needs of developing countries, helping to found the Museum of Basic Technology in Madras, India.

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Biography

Visionary artist and architect Yona Friedman has based his practice upon the radical assertion that architecture should be flexible and dynamic, conforming to the needs of the inhabitant. Friedman’s manifesto, L’Architecture Mobile (1958), proposed that a skeletal infrastructure should be constructed atop each of the world’s cities, constituting a mobile space that can be adjusted according to shifting societal needs. Friedman expresses these architectural theories through drawings and models that illustrate his proposed mega-structures, as well as installations focusing on properties of scale and materiality. In more recent years, Friedman has tailored his designs to the needs of developing countries, helping to found the Museum of Basic Technology in Madras, India.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Serpentine Galleries, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more