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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


September 7, 2014

Exhibition under the umbrella title ‘Structuralism’ will open on saturday 20th September 2014 at The New Institute in Rotterdam. The title covers the approaches by two curators/architects: Herman Hertzberger and Dirk van den Heuvel. One focuses on comprehensive personal work and ideals, while the other reflects the development and relevance of structuralism within the wider Dutch architectural context. Structuralism forms the most important Dutch contribution to the architectural debate in the second part of 20th century, with an inclusive, poetic alternative to the technocratic ideologies just after the WW2.

Bureau LADA is responsible for the exhibition design curated by Dirk van den Heuvel in his role as the director of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre. The installation combines the exhibition, seminar space, learning and reading spaces, all in one performative platform where audience becomes part of the exhibition. Proposal explores the performative aspects of viewing, discussing and learning while presenting the original archive materials in a consistent manner. The exhibits count many interesting drawings, models and objects, most of which will be presented for the first time for the wider audience.Exp 03Spatial language of the installation deals with the issues of the individual viewer within the collective platform and refers to several characteristic structuralist spatial elements like the roofscapes of Piet Blom and segmented circles of Aldo van Eyck.EXP 01 execution Landstra de Vries, designteam Lada Hršak,Vesna Poljančić

For each of the Four acts being: Education, Ideals, Building and The City, the exhibition platform will alter it’s height. This allows four different  changes of material and provides four different spatial experiences, looking ontop, on, in and under the platform.Four Acts_Height 3 sml

Paired with an interesting public debates programme, viewing of the exhibition combines digital and analogue presentation techniques. Legendary architectural critic Kenneth Frampton will give the first lecture before the official opening under the title: Casbah Organisée as City-in-miniature: Open Work vs. Space of Public Appearance.