Alexander Pilis

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Alexander Pilis is an architectural investigator, working under the aegis of "Architecture Parallax".[1]

Pilis was born in Rio de Janeiro[1] and lives-works in Barcelona, Toronto and São Paulo. Trained as an architect, he has taught at the University of Toronto in the School of Architecture and the Department of Fine Arts for 13 years. He taught the program the Metropolis Masters in Architecture and Urban Culture, a collaborative project between the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University.

The Blind Architect: Visual Crisis is an extension, and a summation of his quarter-century of exploration into the nature and meaning of what he calls "Architecture Parallax".[2] It is a research praxis that poses questions, how to think, articulate, and represent an ordering system that is not dependent upon a visual singularity.

Works of Alexander Pilis[edit]

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

Guest artist in residence[edit]

International Biennial[edit]

  • 2008 28th São Paulo Biennial, SP, Brazil. Architecture Parallax Appear-Disappear.
  • 2002 25Th. International Art-Architecture Biennial, São Paulo Brazil. Architecture Parallax Visual Crisis, Film/Video/Audio Departments. Canada Council.
  • 1987 19Th. São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo Brazil. Theoretical Projections


  • 2009 MASP SP Brazil and Instituto of Architecture Milan Italy.
  • 2003 La Caixa Fundació Forum, Barcelona Spain.
  • 1996 Crises of Abstraction, co-curator with Ihor Holubizky, S.S.: Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1996 Architecture Parallax SnackLunch, St. Norbert Arts & Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • 1995 Parallax Workshop, St. Norbert Arts & Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • 1989 The Institute for Architects of Brazil, A 5th year architectural students thesis, traveling Brazil, Co-Curator with Larry Richards. University of Waterloo: Co-op Laboratory
  • 1986 Archimemoria, SESC Fabrica da Pompeia Art Gallery, São Paulo.
  • Between Here & There: The Memory of Disruption

Selected recent group exhibitions[edit]


  • 2010 "Architecture Parallax : The Blind Architect Meets Rembrandt",
  • 2008 "Architecture Parallax : The Blind Architect", International.
  • 2008 "Architecture Parallax : São Paulo", International.
  • 2008 "Architecture Parallax : São Paulo - Maddest About You", International.
  • 2006 Centro Cultural Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • 2006 Centre d'Art La Panera, Lleida, Spain.
  • 2006 "São Paulo, Memory of Disruption", an edition of 80 issues. (published by Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo with a Canada Council Grant.)
  • 2004 "What you See is not What you are Thinking you are Seeing", Tàpies Fundació, Barcelona Spain.
  • 1998 Architektur - Parallaxe : Turm Tisch Ture, I.F.A., Stuttgart Germany.
  • 1998 Architecture Parallax : Scopic Flash Guernsey Gallery G. Britain.
  • 1996 "Parallax History, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart Germany.
  • 1995 Architecture-Parallax : SnackLunch, St. Norbert Cultural & Art Centre Winnipeg.
  • 1995 Parallax : The Legacy of the Future is the Burden of the Past, Museo del Chopo Mexico DF, Mexico.
  • 1995 View - Bi Occulus, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart Germany.
  • 1994 Architecture Body Parallax, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg.
  • 1990 Architecture Ultra Mundane, published by the Museo de Arte Moderna S.P.
  • 1989 G-7: Architecture Snack Lunch, The Power Plant Art Gallery, Toronto.
  • 1988 Architecture X-ray, New Observations, VOL. 55, N.Y.
  • 1986 Entre Espaço : A Memoria da Disruptura, Archimemoria Canada.


  1. ^ a b "Alexander Pilis - Truck - Contemporary Art in Calgary". 2012, webpage: Tr559.
  2. ^ "alexander pilis CV - The Blind Architect" (PDF). 2011, webpage: TBA-pilis-pdf.

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