COREOGRAPHY OF THE FOUR ACTS

November 25, 2014

Performative exhibition: ‘Structuralism, An Installation in Four Acts’Schwartz_sml

photo J. Schwartz

Staging of the exhibition ventures to explore the performative aspects of viewing, discussing and learning. ‘Caught in the middle’ of a gigantic red ‘platform’ the viewer simultaneously becomes the exhibit and the audience, being able to switch at glance between looking, absorbing and engaging.SML BL_06 opening HertzbergerKenneth Frampton and Herman Hertzberger at the performance platform during the opening

The four Acts: Education, Ideals, Building and The City stand for the four thematic exhibitions, and the change of the material becomes a performance itself. Curators and conservation team replacing the valuable originals of Piet Blom, A. van Eyck, T. van Doesburgh, J. Habraken, H. Hertzberger. In a time when diverged musea look for broadening of the audience this design provides an experimental take on the given theme. Programming of the events like the ‘Salons Structuralistes’ or evening performances are led by the curator Dirk van den Heuvel, Flora van Galen and Aart Helder.

‘Salons Structuralistes’……….Visits to the exhibition are theatricized, sometimes become performances in the cases of the opening and public debates in the evening. To this end the installation is conceived as both a podium and a large furniture piece. The ‘spaces’ of the installation also aim to evoke the spaces of research and learning by including among others heavy chests with drawers filled with extra materials from the archive, a small library devoted to the teachings of the forgotten Joop Hardy,SML BL_07 opening read a digital repository of images of the vast collections of the Institute, and a seminar space for weekly public conversations and improvised meetings. The design of the installation by Bureau LADA eventually evokes the spaces of Dutch Structuralism and its larger international context, the debates on the future of modern architecture which took place between the members of Team 10, the Japanese Metabolists and such crucial individuals as Louis Kahn. The installation is a mini-megastructure, a landscape and environment at the same time.……from the curatorial statement by Dirk van den HeuvelSML BL_10 det curtain

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