What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, March 2016 Edition

by | 03. Mar 2016


Aldo Rossi’s unconventional graphic experiments, a glimpse of the daily life in China’s mega-cities and a Harry Seidler retrospective are only a few of the exciting exhibition highlights this month. Also, architectural drawing masterpieces from the Albertina and a unique opportunity to see the model of one of the most spectacular attempts at materializing power, the never-realized Grand Kremlin in Moscow.



Aldo Rossi, Bruno Reichlin, Fabio Reinhart, Eraldo Consolascio, La città analoga, 1976, private collection. Image © Eredi Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi – The Window of the Poet

Feb 5-Oct 1, 2016
Lausanne, Switzerland

The importance of Aldo Rossi (1932-1997) for the development of architectural culture can hardly be underestimated. Through his unique and complex network of theoretical works, buildings and projects, designs, teaching and exhibiting activities, and a vast production of drawings and prints, he was one of the most influential actors in the reorientation of architecture in the previous century. His production of prints cannot easily be compared to that of any other artist or architect, since it does not establish a ‘private niche’. On the contrary, his prints show an unconventional reaction to impulses from within (personal reflection) and from without (relationships with friends and commissioners).

Between 1973 (the year in which he curated the international Architectural Section of the XV’s Triennial of Milan) until his death, Rossi enriched his oeuvre with over 100 prints. Though interested in the mysteries and possibilities of various graphic techniques, Rossi was not a trained printmaker. His prints often show a disconcerting variety of styles and techniques: some are experiments with printmaking; others are technically conventional or signed photomechanical reproductions.



Julian Rose House, Wahroonga, Sydney, 1949-50 Foto von Max Dupain © Penelope Seidler

Harry Seidler – Painting Toward Architecture

Feb 15 – Mar 17, 2016
Architekturmuseum TU
Berlin, Germany

Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture is the first major exhibition on the distinguished architect to showcase never-seen-before original artworks. The exhibition opens at the Museum of Sydney on 1 November illuminating the acclaimed designs and long-lasting collaborations Harry Seidler forged with the great names in art, architecture, design and engineering. Through his work with visionaries Frank Stella, Marcel Breuer, Josef Albers, Pier Luigi Nervi, Alexander Calder, Max Dupain and Lin Utzon, Seidler set a precedent for the multidisciplinary team approach – a revolutionary idea that spawned a creative synthesis.

During the course of his extraordinary life, his artistic mind shaped the design of many of our most recognised buildings, including Australia Square, the MLC Centre and the radical Rose Seidler House, which is now one of Sydney Living Museums’ 12 cherished properties. As well as celebrating his creative contributions, the exhibition charts Seidler’s studies with Walter Gropius, Josef Albers and Marcel Breuer, before delving into his extraordinary personal story, which spanned the continents in times of war and peace.


Image © Niels Bjørn

Life in China’s Giant Cities

Feb 25-May 8, 2016
Danish Architecture Centre
Copenhagen, Denmark

In China, large cities are built in a heartbeat and already existing keeps growing to extents, which are nearly impossible to comprehend. The Chinese government just declared that Beijing will soon grow to merge together with two other cities to one giant city with the unbelievable number of 130 million citizens. And this is just one example. As the urbanization and urban development evolves, so does the air pollution – which leads to public health consequences.

How is it to live in the giant cities of China under such extreme conditions? How does the fact that everything is new, from buildings to infrastructure and neighbors, form the life for the ordinary Chinese citizen? Niels Bjørn, photographer and chairman at the Think Tank Urban, has visited five of the largest Chinese cities to document the everyday life of the ordinary human being in the middle of the chaotic city giants.

The exhibition invites you to see the world from the perspective of the ordinary Chinese citizen through video, photo, and audio from new as well as old Chinese urban areas, different neighborhoods, and the life at public squares and parks, which reflects and portrays the activities and social behavior of the urbane Chinese people.


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Image © Albertina Wien


Architectural Master Drawings from the Albertina

Mar 12-Jul 7, 2016
Tchoban Foundation – Museum für Architekturzeichnung
Berlin, Germany

The wonderful graphic collection of Vienna’s renowned museum, the Albertina, ranks as one of the most important worldwide. It covers more than 50,000 hand drawn drawings and 900,000 printed graphics ranging from the late gothic period to the contemporary, including works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffael, Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Manet and Picasso.

The Albertina’s architectural collection is no less important, including more than 35,000 works by acclaimed architects from the 16th century up to the present day. The exhibition at the Museum for Architectural Drawing offers an insight into this magnificent collection through a broad spectrum of hand drawn architecture: sketches, drafts, vedute and projects of renowned artists such as Antonio Pisanello, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Francesco Borromini, Hubert Robert, Adolf Loos, Egon Schiele, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hans Hollein and Zaha Hadid.



Image © Schusev State Museum of Architecture

Unrealized Future – The model of the Grand Kremlin Palace of the architect Vasily Bazhenov

Permanent exhibition
Moscow, Russia

The State Schusev Museum of Architecture opens a permanent exhibition presenting to the public the model of the Grand Kremlin Palace, built in the 1870s by the great Russian architect Vasily Bazhenov. The model is a unique monument of classicism and one of the most ambitious architectural models in world history. It is connected with the ambition of Catherine II: to build on the spot of the Kremlin walls a great Palace, demonstrating the might of the Russian crown.

The project’s design was entrusted to the young architect Vasily Bazhenov and it was to radically change the entire look of the Kremlin ensemble and Red Square. The Palace’s official founding took place on June 1st 1773, but just two years later construction was stopped on the Empress’ orders. Bazhenov’s architectural ensemble would never take its place on Kremlin Hill, but the model of the Palace remains as evidence of one of the most ambitious projects of the Russian monarchy, and as the leading architectural symbol of the age of enlightenment in Russia.

Today the best preserved fragments of the model are once again presented to public. Visitors to the Schusev State Museum of Architecture can now view the model in a permanent exhibition. The model takes us back to the historical period when daring, groundbreaking projects sought to glorify the Russian State.