Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth

Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth




Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
Aldo Rossi, Teatrino Scientifico, 1978. Courtesy of the Fondazione Rossi

The Graham Foundation will present Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, an exhibition that examines the recent proliferation of collage in architectural representation in relationship to scenography and theatrical set design.

Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
Aldo Rossi, Teatrino Scientifico, Scena con cabine, 1978. Courtesy of the Fondazione Rossi

Based on historical references such as nineteenth-century toy theaters, as well as twentieth-century models such as Aldo Rossi’s Little Scientific Theater, and David Hockney’s stage design for the Magic Flute, this project invites contemporary practitioners to rethink the ways in which architecture is created in relationship to theatricality and how it oscillates between reality and scenography to answer questions about space, depth, context, façade, and representation.

Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
Batia Suter, Sketch, 2017. Courtesy of the artist

Featuring the work of architects Emilio Ambasz, baukuh, Gerardo Caballero, fala atelier, Marcelo Ferraz, Sam Jacob Studio, Johnston Marklee, Monadnock, MOS Architects, Norman Kelley, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Cecilia Puga, Aldo Rossi, Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Pezo Von Ellrichshausen; artists Pablo Bronstein, William Leavitt, Silke Otto-Knapp, Gabriel Sierra, Batia Suter; and dramaturg Jorge Palinhos.

Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
baukuh with Yellow Office and Stefano Graziani, Model at Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2012. Photo:
Stefano Graziani

“Exhibitions are a vital site for the development of ideas and discourse in architecture, and LIGA is one of handful of experimental independent spaces in the world committed to making exhibitions that provide opportunities for architects to develop new work,” notes Graham Foundation director Sarah Herda.

Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
Emilio Ambasz, Residence au Lac, Lugano, Switzerland, 1983. Courtesy Estudio Ambasz

“This exhibition brings together an amazing group of contemporary practitioners, and by using Aldo Rossi as a touchstone, also connects to significant ideas supported by the Graham over the course of its history.”

Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen with 51N4E, Competition Design for NCCA National
Center for Contemporary Arts, collage, Moscow, 2013
  • Opening: February 16 – May 27, 2017
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16, 6-8 PM
  • 6PM: Talk by curators Wonne Ickx and Ruth Estévez
  • Curator: LIGA http://liga-df.com/liga/esp/(Ruth Estévez, Wonne Ickx)
    Source and images Courtesy of Graham Foundation
Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth
fala atelier, Building with Three Apartments, digital collage, Oporto, Portugal,
2015

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