Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox?

Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox?

by Eeva Liisa Pekonen (Editor)

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As the title of the book suggests, the ambition to exhibit architecture entails always a paradox: how to exhibit something as large and complex as a building or a city, and how to communicate something as elusive as an architectural experience that unfolds in space and time? To be sure, architecture poses a challenge to exhibition as a medium; indeed, what do we exactly exhibit when we exhibit architecture: should we be satisfied to exhibit photographs of buildings and sites, or should be aim to put whole buildings or, if that is not possible, fragments and models of them on display? These were among the questions the organizers posed to a group of architectural and art historians, practicing architects, and curators, who were invited to participate to contribute essays to the book. Their discussions address not only the exhibition as a medium, but challenge the stability of the preconceived idea of what architecture is by opening up a range of possibilities as to how architecture is made, experienced, and discussed. Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox? brings together, in print form, the lectures, paper presentations, and panel discussions that took place at the eponymous symposium at the Yale School of Architecture in Fall 2013. Contributors include Barry Bergdoll, Mari Lending, Wallis Miller, Romy Golan, Paula Burleigh, Craig Buckley, Mark Wasiuta, Simon Sadler, Federica Vannucchi, Andres Kurg, Helena Mattson, Liane Lefaivre, Lea-Catherine Szacka, Irene Sunwoo, David Andrew Tasman, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Brennan Buck, Carson Chan, Arianne Lourie-Harrison, Nina Rappaport, Joel Sanders, Pedro Gadanho, Eva Franch, Andrea Phillips, and Henry Urbach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940291598
Publisher: Actar
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Edition description: English ed.
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Robert A. M. Stern


Mining the Paradox/

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen

Out of Site/In Plain View: On the Origins and Actuality of the Architecture Exhibition/

Barry Bergdoll

Exhibition as Medium

Out of Place: Circulating Monuments/

Mari Lending

Exhibitions, Objects, and the Emergence of Modernism in Germany/

Wallis Miller

Campo Urbano,

Como, 1969/

Romy Golan

Immersive Environments

Exhibitions Against Architecture: the

Trigon Biennale

in 1967 and 1969/

Paula Burleigh

Between Image and Apparatus:

Structures Gonflables,

April 1968/

Craig Buckley

E.A.T. in Osaka, 1970: Transducing Technology/

Mark Wasiuta

Public Encounters

Theo Crosby’s Environment Games, 1956 –1973/

Simon Sadler

The Contested Subject: The

Greater Number

at the 1968 XIV Triennale of Milano/



Towards Paper Architecture: Tallinn and Moscow/

Andres Kurg

Curatorial Acts

Demonstrations as a Curatorial Practice: The Exhibition Scene at Moderna Museet from





Helena Mattson

Hans Hollein as “Everythingizer,” Hans Hollein as Curator/

Liane Lefaivre

Exhibiting Ideologies: Architecture at the Venice Biennale, 1968–1980/

Léa-Catherine Szacka

“We fight the battle with the drawings on the walls”: Exhibiting Architecture at the

Architectural Association/

Irene Sunwoo


Contemporary Exhibitions in Dialogue/

David Andrew Tasman (moderator) with Brennan

Buck, Carson Chan, Arianne Lourie Harrison,Nina Rappaport, and Joel Sanders (panelists); with

comments by Barry Bergdoll, Pedro Gadanho, and Philippe Rahm

Exhibitions Matter/

Carson Chan (moderator) with Eva Franch i Gilabert, Pedro Gadanho, Andrea

Phillips, and Henry Urbach (panelists)

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