bucky fuller & spaceship earth at: ivorypress art + books, madrid, spain from: september 1st to october 30, 2010




curated by lord foster and luis fernández-galiano ‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ is an exhibition, which brings the different strands of buckminster fueller‘s influential career together with original drawings and models and will be the first chance to see the recently completed recreation of the dymaxion car.


lord foster writes:


‘richard buckminster ‘bucky’ fuller (1895-1983) was an american genius who defied categorisation. he could be described variously as a green environmentalist, a prophetic visionary, a poet, architect, mathematician, map-maker and teacher, although he is most popularly known for his geodesic domes.


I was privileged to collaborate with bucky for the last 12 years of his life and this had a profound influence on my own work and thinking. inevitably, i also gained an insight into his philosophy and achievements. with luis fernández-galiano, my co-curator for this exhibition, we have tried to show bucky and the broad range of his work in the context of his time.


bucky’s early career coincided with the streamline age which touched everything from the design of zeppelins and aircraft to cars and trains and even houses. we reveal how these designs set the scene for some of his most radical proposals in the late 1920s and ‘30s. the exhibition charts the key chapters of bucky’s long career using photographs, original drawings, models and structures together with the recently completed recreation of his futuristic dymaxion car, which is shown here for the first time. in 1951 fuller drew attention to the ecological issues of today when he referred to ‘spaceship earth’ and the fragility of the planet, as such his work and observations are even more important now than they were in his lifetime.’


the exhibition has been produced in collaboration with foster + partners.

bucky fuller & spaceship earth preview richard buckminster fueller’s dymaxion car