Siza – Unseen & Unknown

Unseen & Unknown

Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin Christinenstraße 18a, 10119 Berlin

Exhibition opening: 20th February, 2019 at 7p.m.

Press conference: 20th February, 2019 at 6p.m.

Exhibition dates: 21th February, 2019 – 26th May, 2019

Opening times: Mon. – Fri. 2 – 7p.m., Sat. – Sun. 1 – 5p.m.

Conversation: “Alvaro Siza and the Bauhaus Legacy”
between Álvaro Siza, Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Foundation, Dessau, and Sergei Tchoban, Founder of th Tchoban Foundation, Berlin. Introduction by António Choupina, Architect and curator, moderated by Matthias Sauerbruch,
Director of the Architecture Section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

20th February 2019 at 4pm
ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin

Álvaro Siza was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his life’s work in 1992 and is one of the most renowned contemporary architects. Amongst many accolades, he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2002 and 2012. The current exhibition at the Museum for Architectural Drawing provides an intimate view into Siza’s work, illustrated by sensitive and playful sketches that contrast with the monumentality of his buildings.

Drawings by his late wife, Maria Antónia Siza, are also on display for the first time to a wider public, as well as drafts by his son, Álvaro Leite Siza, and grandson, Henrique Siza. In a way, this exhibition was conceived as a family show, not in the sense of an architectural dynasty but rather as a lyrical collection of drawings from the architect’s private surroundings. The show questions how family inspires the work of an architect and searches for the sources of Siza’s unique stone and concrete buildings in the fragility of human existence and personal relationships.

It also explores how the oeuvre of a famous architect influences the next generation, similarly to how the Bauhaus masters influenced him. The drawings are from the Siza family’s own collection and include sketches from known and less well-known projects, as well as architectural fantasies. The exhibition is curated by António Choupina and Kristin Feireiss.

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