What’s On? Architectural Exhibitions, May 2016 Edition

by | 04. May 2016

Article | Exhibitions and Events


Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 

28 May – 27 November, 2016
The Giardini and the Arsenale
Venice, Italy

At the end of this month, one of the world’s biggest architectural exhibitions will see daylight –  The 15th International Architecture Exhibition! This year, the biennale exhibition in the historical national pavilions of Venice is titled REPORTING FROM THE FRONT and curated by Chilean architect, Alejandro Aravena.

The grand, unitary exhibition will focus on the collective environment and the battle for a better built environment. How can architecture support a focus on “us” instead of “me” and introduce a broader notion of gain? Starting from 88 exhibited contributions from 37 countries, the biennale will explore how architecture can improve the quality of life for all of us.

Beside the unitary exhibition, the biennale will display three special projects and present an extensive programme of conversations and symposia that discusses, explores, and unfolds the themes and phenomena presented in the exhibition.

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Atelier ST – In The Midst 

13 May – 25 June, 2016
Architektur Galerie Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Environmental elements play a central role in the experience of a building. These are the elements, which cannot be represented in plans and models. But film has the ability to present the atmosphere and experience of a space, which the studio of Atelier ST has used to highlight the everyday life in their buildings.

This collaboration has led to three unique film portraits of buildings, which will soon be on display in an unusual multi-sensory architecture exhibition at Architektur Galerie Berlin. By focusing on immaterial elements and working with video and soundscapes, this exhibition explores and challenges the conventional way of communicating architecture.


Iwan Baan: 52 weeks, 52 cities 

11 May – 7 August, 2016
The Danish Architecture Centre 
Copenhagen, Denmark

You’ve probably seen the photographs by Iwan Baan, whose talent as an architectural photograph has brought his pictures to every corner of the architectural world. Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Sanaá, and Zaha Hadid have used him as their principal photographer. But what’s more, the Dutch photographer is appreciated worldwide for his ability to capture atmospheric images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. This has led to a number of international exhibitions of his photographic works over the years.

This month, the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen presents an exhibition of  photographs by Iwan Baan. The series invites you on a journey through 52 cities across the world by chronologically exhibited photos taken over 52 weeks. The photos capture the essences and qualities of extremely different cities from Baans’ immersive perspective.


OMA Installation in Met Museum Exhibition

5 May  – 14 August, 2016
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, USA

This year’s exhibition at the Mets’ Costume Institute is, somewhat obviously, not exactly an architectural exhibition. But the newly released exhibition photos shows that it might still be worth a visit for those who have an interest for architecture, as the temporary exhibition space is one big installation designed by OMA.  

The exhibition itself deals with the fashion worlds fusion between design and technology; hand and machine. In order to create the best possible conditions for seeing the richly detailed garments, OMA, transformed a bashful hallway into a secluded, white, and neutral environment for the exhibited artefacts, which is built from scaffoldings wrapped with white perforated PVC fabric.

More pictures from the OMA exhibition installation here

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Export Barcelona – Social Housing in Urban Context  

12 May – 21 May, 2016
Architekturforum Zürich
Zürich, Schweiz

How can two European cities learn from each other’s architectural projects? An architecture exhibition created by the Cities Connection Project is about to export Barcelona’s social housing projects to Zurich. This is a part of an “exchange project” where the cooperative housing of Zurich has already been displayed in Barcelona in October 2015.

Through exhibitions like this, two Barcelona-based architects, Nicola Regusci and Xavier Bustos, hope to develop architectural exchange between cities and create conducive synergies among professional architects across borders. Their Cities Connection Project establishes a network of cultural connection between Barcelona and other European cities.

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The Evolving London Skyline

4 May – 30 May, 2016
NLA Guest Gallery A
London, Great Britain 

How will the London Skyline look like in 2030 when the great number of tall buildings planned for the capital is completed? A newly opened exhibition in London gives you a preview of the future city of London.

This vision is made possible by Visualhouse , who has produced different imagery of the future skyline. As the city of London has already planned no less than 436 towers, the skyline as well as most parts of the city is expected to change dramatically. During May, the imagery will be on display at the NLA Guest Gallery A, a part of New London Architecture forum.