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Richard Buckminster Fuller, Domes and Archives, 1960, 1965

28 September - 30 December 2012

Opening Thursday 27th, 2012

Initially created in 1960 and 1965, two domes by Richard Buckminster Fuller (reinstalled for the 11th Biennale de Lyon, A Terrible Beauty is Born ) have found a final resting place in the collection of macLYON (donated from the Buckminster Fuller Estate). The multi-skilled architect and designer Richard Buckminster Fuller is above all known for his forward-looking vision of world problems and the solutions he put forward to resolve these. In the 1930s, he developed theories inspired by an ongoing exchange with nature, based on his observations and research into balance or equilibrium. This work has often been qualified as utopian. However, some of his global predictions have been proved correct and a number of his solutions have been implemented. In many respects, the geodesic dome is his most famous invention. This dome derives its strength from the interconnected triangles closed into a spherical shape, an architectonic feature that Fuller saw reflected in the natural world. The two domes - now parts of the museum’s Collectio - have been constructed using local materials in order to limit their environmental impact and are the perfect example of Fuller’s work.

The two domes were constructed according to the guidelines of Jaime Snyder (the grandson of the inventor and co-founder of the Buckminster Fuller Institute) and architect, Deacon Marvel. They represent the inventor’s main principles as well as embodying Buckminster Fuller’s theories; the domes are at once an architectural project, a utopian form, a work of art, a sculpture and a structure. The documents and archives of the Fuller estate allow his works to be inscribed into the realm of prediction, despite their utopian concepts: the artist’s visionary projections can be seen as ideals of his integrative approach.