What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, January 2015 Edition

by | 07. Jan 2015


Once again, we’ve picked a few of the most exciting new exhibitions for you to visit this month. Get a unique insight into the progressive Russian avant-garde at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin or visit the Studio Mumbai solo-exhibition in Bordeaux. Also, historical exhibitions on the tall ambitions that has shaped the Frankfurter skyline at the DAM, as well as the architectural and planning research during World War II at the MAXII in Rome.

See more intriguing, current exhibitions below.


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W. Krinski: Experimentell-methodische Studienarbeit zum Thema “Farbe und räumliche Komposition”, 1921. Papier, Bleistift, Gouache © Staatliches Schtschussew Museum für Architektur Moskau

Vkhutemas – A Russian Laboratory of Modernity

December 5, 2014 – April 4, 2015


Vkhutemas, often referred to as the “Russian Bauhaus”, was a legendary art school of Modernism in the 1920s, whose staff consisted of famous artists and architects of the Russian avant-garde such as El Lissitzky, Alexander Melnikov and Vasily Kandinsky. This is the first exhibition in Germany to show a comprehensive collection of the work of Vkhutemas.


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Bijoy Jain – Studio Mumbai – between the moon & the sun.

Bijoy Jain – Studio Mumbai

December 4, 2014 – May 26, 2015
arc en rêve – centre d’architecture
Bordeaux, France

arc en rêve centre d’architecture presents a major monographic exhibition devoted to Studio Mumbai. Founded in 2005 by Bijoy Jain, an Indian architect who studied in the USA, Studio Mumbai develops projects inspired by both Indian and Western culture. What distinguishes Bijoy Jain’s work is its clever combination of tradition and modernity: local resources and Indian craftsmanship form the basis for strongly contemporary architectural designs.


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Van den Broek en Bakema, Strukturplan für die Hochhausverdichtung in Frankfurt, Modell, 1965/66 \ © Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

Skyward: Highrise City Frankfurt

July 18, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

How and why did were so many buildings in Frankfurt built so high? Skyward: Highrise City Frankfurt explores this question and offers an overview of the history of the city’s high-rises. In addition, it highlights current developments and plans for the future in Palais Quartier, Maintor Quartier, along the along the Europaallee and in Gateway Gardens at Frankfurt Airport.


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Architecture in Uniform. Image © MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts

Architecture in Uniform

December 9, 2014 – May 2, 2015
MAXXI National Museum
Rome, Italy

Architecture in Uniform is devoted to the incredible architectural and planning research and production during World War II. Through spectacular representations, the exhibition shows how the incessant building and planning activities in the years of the war was laying the foundations for the construction boom of the post-war period.


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Home Front (Assembly Line), Jolan Gross-Bettelheim, 1942. Courtesy National Building Museum.

The Architectural Image, 1920-1950

November 8, 2014 – May 1, 2015
National Building Museum
Washington D.C., USA

Between 1920 and 1950, architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any similar timespan in history. This exhibition presents 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from the period, all drawn from a single private collection in Washington, D.C. The exhibition not only sheds light on the dramatic emergence of modernism, but also reveals a certain optimistic spirit that seemed to persist amid the ongoing political, economic, and social upheaval of the era.



Climate change adaptation initiative Vandplus in Solrød, Denmark.

The Rain Is Coming

January 16, 2015 – April 6, 2015
Danish Architecture Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

The exhibition ‘The Rain is Coming – how climate change adaptation can create better cities’ takes a closer look at how we can make sure our cities are ready for the changed weather of the future. The exhibition highlights historical backgrounds and the challenges we face today, and it presents us with a number of solutions to handling water in urban landscapes in different ways.


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Rebuild By Design. Image courtesy BIG

Rebuild by Design

February 6, 2015 – April 19, 2015
Danish Architecture Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

Many of us remember the images of Manhattan laid dark, the subway tunnels filling with water, the thousands of homes and cars destroyed and people being evacuated. The winning projects of ‘Rebuild by Design’ wish to make sure that something like this can never happen again. The exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre highlights their ideas.