Modernist fans can sneak a peek inside Richard Neutra’s Los Angeles landmark the Lovell Demonstration Health House this week when it hosts an exhibition of Eva Claessens’s artworks.
The Uruguay-based artist approached the radical residence’s current custodian, historic preservation activist Josh Gorrell, about staging the site-specific show after finding out about the death of its late owner, Betty Lou Topper, last summer.
Richard Neutra designed the revolution property for naturopath and health-guru Philip Lovell, and Lovell House encapsulates his avant-garde ideas. Completed in 1929, and the modernist property – currently for sale with price on enquiry – boasts sleeping porches, concealed areas for nude sunbathing, an outdoor gym, and schoolroom. Its windows were designed to let in extra UV rays and its kitchen explicitly outfitted for a vegetarian lifestyle.
Claessens’s figurative paintings are hung on its large, white walls. ‘My work is all about moments and capturing an emotion,’ Claessens told Architectural Digest. Works featuring simple lines and there are 28 large paintings, and 18 smaller ones, as well as several bronze sculptures and ceramics on show.
The exhibition is available to visit by appointment only until 25 February 2019, via contact firstname.lastname@example.org.