What’s On – Architectural Exhibitions And Events, May 2017

by | 05. May 2017

Article | Exhibitions and Events

In May, there are several events on the program and we’ve made a list of our top five! The winner of the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award will be announced, the European Architectural Photography Prize will reflect on our understanding of borders, and in Canada, three renown architects translate the past into their work. It’s also the inaugural year for the Danish Design Festival. Read more below!

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The Mies Van der Rohe Award 
12 May

Every second year, the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the Mies van der Rohe Award, is awarded to one European project. This year, a total amount of 40 projects from all over Europe has been shortlisted for the prize, and only five projects have made it through the eye of the needle. These five finalists have been able to “respond to the concerns of today’s European society”, and during April, the jury has visited the projects and evaluated the buildings. The winner will be announced on May 12, and from May 20 to May 28, the five projects will be open to the public.

The finalists:

Kannikegården, Ribe, Denmark by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
Ely Court, London, UK by Alison Brooks Architects
deFlat Kleiburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands by NL Architects & XVW Architectuur
The Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Rivesaltes, France by Rudy Ricciotti
Katyn Museum, Warsaw, Poland by BBGK Architekci Sp. z. o. o., Jerzy Kalina, Maksa Sp. z. o. o.  

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European Architectural Photography Prize 2017: Borders
6 May – 6 August
DAM – Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Frankfurt, Germany

This year, the European Architectural Photography competition is titled “Borders” both relating to the current situation around the world, especially in Europe, and both as open to many different interpretations. Whether the title is understood as in the sense of opening or closing, of including or excluding or as definitions of geographical spatial areas, the exhibition reflects on our understanding of boundaries and focuses on the built environment and its photographic and artistic exploration. Berlin based photographer, Andreas Gehrke, was announced as winner of this year’s competition. 

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Besides History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen 
9 May – 15 October
Canadian Centre for Architecture, CCA
Montréal, Québec

May 9, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, CCA, opens the exhibition Besides History, which will be accompanied by a conversation between the three architects, Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, and David Van Severen, revolving around contemporary issues in their work. In the exhibition, the architects investigate how history can be used rather than just studied through their rereading and translating from the past and from each other in order to construct a meaning out of a constellation of references.  


6 May – 29 October
MAXXI – Museo Nationale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Architettura Archives Centre
Rome, Italy

This spring, MAXXI will be host to an exhibition investigating how contemporary architecture has characterized today’s society through an insight into its interiors. The works presented can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century and the exhibition features works of architects such as Carlo Scarpa, Matilde Cassani, Aldo Rossi, Enrico Del Debbio, and Giulio Gra. The exhibition examines the complexity of contemporary architecture and provides an insight into the design of interiors through various media as installations, renderings, auteur photographs, films and video interviews, as well as models and prototypes.  


Danish Design Festival
4 May – 9 June
Across Denmark (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Kolding etc.)

The Danish Design Festival is the latest addition to the Danish festival scene. The festival takes place across the country and aims to celebrate the diversity in Danish design and craft through different exhibitions, workshops, talks, and much more. Besides focusing on upcoming designers, the event examines design as a tool for welfare design and juxtaposing themes as sustainability and circular economy in relation to design. Furthermore, the Danish Design Festival aims to celebrate the 150 years of diplomatic relation between Denmark and Japan by featuring various events and exhibitions on Danish and Japanese design and craft, such as presenting an exhibition on the works of Japanese designer, Tomoyuki Matsouka, who is a representative for the young generation of Japanese designers and much more.