Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination (March 17, 2009)

This exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm, and runs until May 3, 2009 at the Central Gallery in Regina, located at 2311 – 12th Avenue.


Logotopia (from the Ancient Greek logos, meaning “word” and topos, meaning “place”) presents a range of stunning library projects — Canadian and International, contemporary and historical, real and imaginary. The exhibition explores the library in its various typologies — the Universal Library, the National Library, the Community Library, and the Private Library. The exhibition takes readers

to places and times as diverse as ancient Alexandria, contemporary Montreal, small-town Ontario, war-torn Baghdad and cyberspace.


Featured projects include Biblioteca Alexandria in Egypt by Snøhetta Architects, the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal by Patkau Architects, the Hespeler Library in Cambridge by Alar Kongats Architects and Library of a Poet in Japan by Shigeru Ban Architects. In addition, Logotopia presents thematically related objects of art, literature, new media and pop culture.


Featured architects include Hariri Pontarini Architects, Kongats Architects Inc., Patkau Architects, Shigeru Ban Architects, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, and Snøhetta Architects. Featured artists include Adam David Brown, Douglas Coupland, Denis Farley, and Guy Laramée.


The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page illustrated publication including contributions by writers and artists as well as architects.


Curator talks will be delivered by Sascha Hastings on Friday, March 20 at 2:00 pm at the Saskatoon Public Library, and on Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 pm in the Regina Public Library Film Theatre. A film series begins Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm in the Regina Public Library Film Theatre.

The exhibition, opening reception, talk and film series are free of charge and all are welcome. Logotopia is toured with special funding from the Promotion of Architecture Program of the Canada Council of the Arts. The Dunlop Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the Regina Public Library, the Design Council of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Association of Architects, Saskatchewan Arts Board and The Canada Council for the Arts.