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Altruistic Genius: Buckminster Fuller’s Plans to Save the Planet
On View Through August 21, 2023
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville, North Carolina

“Altruistic Genius: Buckminster Fuller’s Plans to Save the Planet” brings the inventions and designs of R. Buckminster Fuller to Western North Carolina and introduces visitors to Fuller’s strategies for the sustainability of humans and the planet relating to housing, transportation, mathematics, and engineering.

This exhibition features two major suites of prints by Buckminster Fuller among other remarkable works from his multi-decade career and is presented in three sections: Inventions; Synergetics; and Black Mountain College and Lasting Influence. The Inventions portfolio, assembled in 1981 from Fuller’s career of explorations along with several existent models, represents Fuller’s foresight. In the late 1970s, Fuller published a series of mathematical systems and philosophies to be used in solving problems in all areas of human existence in his Synergetics portfolio.

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[Image: R. Buckminster Fuller, Building Construction/Geodesic Dome from the Inventions: Twelve Around One portfolio, 1981, screenprint on clear polyester film overlaid on duotone screenprint on Lennox cotton rag paper, 30 × 40 inches. Asheville Art Museum, Black Mountain College Collection, museum purchase with funds provided by Ladene & Russell Newton. © Estate of Buckminster Fuller. Image Tim Burleson.]