The Playground Project at the Heinz Architectural Center

The Playground Project at the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh presents some of the most outstanding and influential playgrounds from Europe, the United States and Japan from the mid-to-late 20th century in order to prompt a reconsideration of our own time and the way we approach childhood, risk, public space and education. The project also puts the concept of play into the foreground as an important way of thinking, one that has influenced the development of the 2013 Carnegie International. In addition, a Lozziwurm play sculpture, designed in 1972, has been installed in front of the museum’s entrance, providing a public space for families to gather.

Guest-curated by Gabriela Burkhalter, The Playground Project develops in two phases. Starting in June, this presentation of the most innovative playgrounds of the last century will inspire the museum’s summer art and architecture camps. In addition, children, teenagers and families will be invited to respond and create with Carnegie Museum of Art’s drop-in ARTventures program. On October 5, 2013 The Playground Project will become part of the 2013 Carnegie International with the addition of two installations: a pioneering new project by Tezuka Architects and a film revolving around playgrounds by contemporary artists Ei Arakawa and Henning Bohl. 

The project runs in two phases: June 10 to August 11, 2013 and October 5, 2013 to March 16, 2014.

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