August 26, 2012
by Canadian Architect
Taking place at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh from September 22, 2012-January 13, 2013, this exhibition examines six sites, each a unique expression of the ambitions and collaborations of patrons, architects, landscape architects, artists and curators. Fragmenting traditional monolithic museums, these sites encourage exploration and non-linear experiences. They often re-use existing buildings and yet affirm the importance of the spaces between the buildings themselves, and sometimes break down distinctions between “inside” and “outside.”
Several of these sites have already achieved recognition, while others are only emerging as important models; all demonstrate the same tendencies to open-endedness, and to a close intertwining of art, design, curatorial vision and the environment. According to curator of architecture Raymund Ryan, “These evolving institutions, appearing almost simultaneously at radically different sites around the world, are forming a new typology that mixes professional disciplines and offers the visitors choice and surprise.”
The six sites or institutions presented in the exhibition are: the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle; the Rocket Station at Hombroich, Germany; the Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan; Instituto Inhotim in Brazil; the Jardín Botánico de Culiacán in Mexico; and the Grand Traiano Art Complex in Italy.
The exhibition includes models and drawings by master architects (Tadao Ando), emerging architects (Tatiana Bilbao, Johnston Marklee), and landscape architects (TOA, Topotek 1). Iwan Baan has photographed all six sites for the exhibition and for the catalogue which also features texts by Raymund Ryan, Brian O’Doherty and Marc Treib.
For more information, please visit http://web.cmoa.org/?page_id=5994
terrace level of the miguel rio branco gallery at inhotim, by arquitetos associados. photograph by iwan baan.