Summary

Request
This list is extensive, but in all probability not complete. If you know of an event that is missing in this list, or of missing or wrong data, please send a comment to this site.
Links in red are to items within this website.

EXHIBITIONS, COMPETITIONS and PRESENTATIONS
2012
Musée sans bâtiment and Architecture without building, CNEAI, Chatou, France
– Architecture without building, with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands
– Entry by Yona Friedman, installation curated by Maurizio Bortolotti at the Istanbul Design Biennal, Istanbul, Turkey
Le musée de Rue et le musée Iconostase + Architectures Mobiles, CNEAI, Chatou, France (until jan 2013)

2011
Architecture without buildings, Galerie des Projets, Biennale de Lyon, France (solo)
Métropole Europe et autres projets, MUSAC, Léon, Spain (solo)
Merz World: Yona Friedman and Thomas Saraceno, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
Une ville spatiale pour artistes, Hangar Bicocca, Milano, Italy
– ‘Gribouillis’ at A l’école. L’art pour grandir, an exhibition of 38 modern artworks and workshops in 29 schools and colleges, organized by the Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (FMAC), Paris, France
…&, iconostases 25 i.s., with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, France (solo)
Yona Friedman und Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
– video conference at architecture [in] ]out[ politics, The Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, Portugal

2010
Merz Tier, exhibition ‘Berlin-Paris’, an exchange between galleries kamel mennour, Paris, France and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Up to you, Stroom, The Hague, Netherlands
Des utopies réalisées, Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France (solo)
Yona Friedman – La città più moderna del mondo, Sale Docks, Venice, Italy (solo)
Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism, Inova Milwaukee, USA / Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago, USA / MOCAD, Detroit, USA
– Space chain structure, Art Unlimited, gallery kamel mennour, Art 43 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
EURO-CITY, Yona Friedman and Rajan V. Ritoe (NL), A trans Pavilion, Berlin, Germany
Yona Friedman: Around the Ville Spatiale, Mala galerije, Ljubljana, Slovenia (solo)
Métropole Europe et autres projets, gallery kamel mennour, Paris, France
The Architecture of Survival. Learning from Yona Friedman, Symposium in Buda-Pest, KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Trafó  House of Contemporary Arts, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art and the French Institute of Budapest, Hungary
Frozen Moments: Architecture Speaks Back, video lecture for Leisure&Research, Tbilisi, Georgia
– Entry for Biennale d’art contemporain de Rennes, Rennes, France
L’architettura Mobile in Marmo, Biennale Carrara, Carrara, Italy
Yona Friedman’s video animation Guide Book for Visitors from Outer Space, Hangar Bicocca, Milano, Italy

2009
Graffiti Museum, commissioned by the Fondation de France and the Centre National des Arts plastiques at the Jardin Lilolila, Paris, France
Part 1: Autour de la Ville Spatiale: 1957-1975, kamel menour, Paris, France (solo)
Part 2: Maquettes d’études’, studies for the Shanghai Bridges, kamel mennour, Paris, France (solo)
A streetproject, Los Angeles, USA
Projections constructives, Vélizy-Villacoublay, France
Etc. Balkis Island, installations and murals, streetmuseum, films with Jean-Baptiste Décavèle, Centre d’Art et du Paysage, Île de Vassivière, France
Licorne Eiffel, permanent work of land art (solo) and an exhibition with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Centre d’Art et du Paysage, Île de Vassivière, France
Modernism as a ruin, an archaeology of the present, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Improvisations, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris et CNEAI, Paris, France
Xanadu, an imaginary city, ABC (Art Berlin Contemporary), Berlin, Germany, kamelmenour, Paris, France
Ville Spatiale. Visualization of an idea, at Fare Mondi, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
– Summer workshop at the IUAV
Balkis Island, with Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, France
La Création, Synagogue-centre d’art contemporain, Delme, France (solo)
Cartoline Postali, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy (solo)

2008
Tu ferais ta ville, CAPC (Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux), Bordeaux, France (solo)
Manifesto Marathon Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
1 Architecte, 1 Bâtiment, conference series, speech on the concept of the ‘Bridge Town’ over the river Huangpu in Shanghai, Paris, France
Les ponts de Shanghai, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France (solo)
Street-Museum, plexiglass presentation space for inhabitant’s exhibitions,  Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, a festival in Como, Italy
Sueño de casa propia, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico / VIMCORSA, Córdoba, Spain (solo)
Peripheral vision and collective, opening exhibition Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Old Masters, P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ambition d’art, IAC Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
Ausstellung  nr. 152, Yona Friedman, space chains, lamellar structures and Merz installations, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
Sphères, Prototype improvisé, installations with gauze, Le Moulin, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel, France

2007
Yona Friedman: une production récente, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France (solo)
Utopia Realizable, Bund 18, Shanghai, China (solo)
Dare to make your own exhibition, ‘Lamellar Structures’ and ‘Moebian Structures’, CNEAI, Chatou, France (solo)
Habitat / Variations, BAC, CACG, CEC, Geneva, Switzerland
Twelve animation pictures, pictures made between 1960-1963, Bordeaux, France
Points de Vue, contribution to Floating Territories.org, the internet platform addressing international contemporary art biennales of Istanbul, Turkey, Athens, Greece, Venice, Italy
Sueño de casa propia, Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (solo)
About Cities, Drawing Centre, New York, USA

2006
Merzstructures, from Merzbau to Merzstadt and Merzwelt, topic for a conference in Zurich, Switzerland
Dis-assembly, superstructures and urban wallpaper, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Project for MART, lamellar structures and Merz installations, Rovereto, Italy
Utopias Realizadas, Caac, Sevilla, Spain (solo)
On mobility, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
What is positive? Why?, WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
Haus der Kunst. As long as it lasts, speech about the approach of creating a new museum for Munich, Germany

2005
Yona Friedman, CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan (solo)
Yona Friedman, Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa, Venice, Italy (solo)
– ‘Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Potential’, Symposium Merzbau, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland

2004
Scribbles / (Gribouillis), irregular wire structures projected on London City, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Une ville spatiale, Aedes East Extension Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (solo)
– Installation titled ‘Embellisez votre ville’ (‘Do your city’) was created using polyester packaging and situated in the colonnades of the museum, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Nuit Blanche, Paris, France
Archiskulptur, Fondation Beyerler, Basel, Switzerland
Optimism of Utopia. In medio stat virtus, Osservatorio sull’Architettura at the Fondazione Targetti, Florence, Italy

2003
Un-built Cities, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
Micro Utopias, Biennale Valencia, Spain
Rubbish is beautiful, interpretation of the Ville Spatiale composed of polystyrene packages, and posters for the project Utopia Station, 50th Biennal Venice, Venice, Italy

2002
– Entry with the freeway interchange combined in the Ville Spatiale and crumpled sheet as a ‘shadow-roof’ and various other works, Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany
Urban Creation, 4th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

2001
Ville Spatiale, a ‘mural’ and a large model, 1st Yokohama Triennal, Yokohama, Japan
The Short Century. Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany / Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany / MoMa PS1, New York, USA / Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

2000
– Competition entry for a landmark for the square in front of the central station of Milan, Italy
Théorie et Images or Architecture Mobile, Institut Français d’Architecture, Paris, France (solo)

1999
Structures Serving the Unpredictable, Netherlands Architecture lnstitute (NAi), Rotterdam, Netherlands (solo)

1998
– ‘The Erratic City’, documentary in the exhibition Made in France, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Guggenheim Soho, New York, Premises, New York, USA

1997
Tall Building Aesthetics, lecture at a conference on high-rise buildings, London, UK
Function follows Form, lecture at the Art Critic’s Convention, London, UK
– ‘The Erratic City’, documentary about the principles of the Ville Spatiale at the exhibition Mastering the City. 100 Years of urban planning in Europe, Netherlands Architecture lnstitute (NAi),Rotterdam, Netherlands

1996
The Labyrinth, entry for the Nagasaki Competition, Nagasaki, Japan

1994
Thinking about the City, lecture in Innsbruck, Austria

1992
Hill of the Winds, Protein Structures, further exploration of the space-chain concept, competition entry, Japan
A Continent City, lecture in Schwerin for the European Union, Germany

1991
Roofs for People, entry for an international design competition, with Eda Schaur, Osaka, Japan

1990
– Competition entry for the redevelopment of part of the city centre of Samarkand, Uzbekistan
– Competition entry for Maison du Japon, Paris, France
– Entry on how to teach low-cost building techniques with ‘Picture Scripts’ as used by India’s Directorate of Adult Education, in an exhibition showing best discoveries in all fields of research over the past twenty years for developing countries. International Research and Development Center (IRDC), Ottawa, Canada

1989
Pavilion of Simple Hydrotechnology, designed and built with Eda Schaur for an open-air exhibition at La Villette Science Museum, Paris, France
– Competition entry for the Tokyo International Forum, with Eda Schaur, Tokyo, Japan
– Competition entry for the National Theater, with Eda Schaur, based on the principle of the Ville Spatiale, Budapest, Hungary

1988
Collection FRAC, Orléans, France

1986
Extension to the Bronx Museum, proposal based on a domed-roof structure, Bronx Museum, New York, USA
Vision der Moderne, exhibition at Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

1982
Museum of simple technology, a presentation of selfbuilders techniques with local people, Madras (India)
– Competition entry for the Opera House, Paris, France
– Competition entry for Tête Défense, Paris, France

1979
– Competition entry for a neighborhood in Angers, France, based on principles of La Ville Spatiale
Yona Friedman en de architectuur – samen beslissen over onze omgeving, exhibition at Stichting Wonen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1978
Barefoot Architects, lecture in Indonesia
The Self-Supporting City, lecture in Bolivia, for UNESCO
Immigration, a Tool for Development, lecture in Sao Paulo, Brazil

1976
– Participated at the Habitat Conference with the contributions Habitat= Ford + Roof and How to settle Earth, How to Live on Earth, Vancouver, Canada

1975
Une Utopie réalisable (Achievable Utopias), survey of twenty years of work on the occasion of CDC project in 1974, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (solo)
Urban Carpet, a demonstration on how to embellish a street, St. Germaine des Prés, Paris, France
An anthropomorphic theory of science, lecture on an anthropomorphic theory in physics to General Assembly of French Computer Research Association
Une Utopie réalisable, exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia, Brazil (solo)

1974
– Commissioned to design office building based on the concept of self-planning for Centre Administratif of compagnie CDC Dubonnet Byrrh, Ivry, France

1973
– Participated at conference on futurology, Frascati, ltaly

1970
– Competition entry for the Beaubourg project (Centre Pompidou), Paris, France
– Presented the space-chain structure at the World Expo, Osaka, Japan
– Participated at conference on futurology, Kyoto, Japan

1967
– Competition entry for the Parliament House, design for a multifunctional structure, integrating public space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

1966
Une ville spatiale, Galerie J, Paris, France (solo)

1964
Architecture without architects, MoMa, New York, USA

1963
Art Narrative, exhibition of narrative drawings and collages, elaboration of ideas developed in the Animated Cartoons, Paris, France (solo)

1960
Spatial Champs Elysées, competition entry for the Medina (city centre) of Tunis, Tunisia
– GEAM (Groupe d’Études d’Architecture Mobile) exhibitions and conferences in Paris (France), Luxemburg, Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Gelsenkirchen (Germany) and Warsaw  (Poland)

1959
Ville Spatiale, ELC, Paris (France), 1959-1960

 

AWARDS and POSITIONS

1991
Prime Minister’s Prize for Roofs for People, entry for Osaka lnternational Design Competition, with Eda Schaur,
Habitat Scroll of Honour for a life’s work from United Nations

1976
Honorary Fellowship of Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, The Netherlands

1964-1974
– Visiting professor at a.o. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; University of California, Los Angeles; Harvard University, Boston; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor Rutgers University, New Brunswick; Princeton University, New Jersey (all in the USA); Architectural Association, London, UK

1972
Architecture Prize for his whole oeuvre, Academy of Arts and Science, Berlin, Germany

1963
Grand Prix de Recherches et Formes de Demain by the Association Recherches et Formes de Demain, Paris, France

1962
– Grand Prix – Leone di S. Marco Award for Best Short Film at the 13th International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, held in the framework of the 23rd International Venice Film Festival, for Annalya Tou Bari, one of the Animated Cartoons made in 1960, Venice, Italy