The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 26, 2018

MoMA Presents Innovative Works from the Collection that Explore Architectural Utopias and Fantasies
Bernard Tschumi, French and Swiss, born Switzerland, 1944. The Manhattan Transcripts, project. New York (Manhattan), New York. Introductory panel to Episode 3: The Tower (The Fall) 1980. Photographic reproduction with colored synthetic laminate 20 x 20"(50.8 x 50.8 cm) Purchase and partial gift of the architect in honor of Lily Auchincloss. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2008 Bernard Tschumi.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s is an exhibition of works drawn from the Museum’s collection of Architecture and Design that explores the ways in which the singular landscape of New York has inspired architects since the 1970s with visions of utopia. The city has served as a model for architectural projections and reflections, and also as a metaphor for the complex relationship between the limitations of reality and the infinite possibilities of architectural thought. The exhibition begins with projects for New York, then extends its focus to other locations. Dreamland is organized by Andres Lepik, Curator, with Christian Larsen, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, and will be on view in The Robert B. Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery, third floor, from July 23 through October 27, 2008.

Rem Koolhaas’s book Delirious New York (1978) and several drawings made for the book, including the recently acquired watercolor Plan of Dreamland (1977), are the exhibition’s point of departure. When Delirious New York was published 30 years ago, the seemingly whimsical publication heralded a new era in architecture. In this “retroactive manifesto,” Koolhaas attempts to provide a theoretical program, after the fact, for the development of Manhattan. Based on historical analysis of the design and construction of such urban projects as Coney Island and Rockefeller Center and of such multifunctional skyscrapers as the Downtown Athletic Club, Delirious New York is an effort to locate and analyze contradictory concepts in urbanism and architecture, both conscious and unconscious. Also included in the exhibition is the film Caught in the Act (Flagrant Délit) (1979), by Koolhaas’s collaborator Madelon Vriesendorp, shown for the first time since being recently rediscovered.

“Looking at the recent work of many contemporary architects,” Mr. Lepik explains, “It seems worthwhile to look back to their early ideas, which still seem very radical and unrealistic.”

The explosion of architectural thought and experiments that took place in the 1970s resonates to this day. Raimund Abraham, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Steven Holl, and Hans Hollein are among the well-known architects practicing today who are inextricably linked to both the practice and theory of the 1970s. During this time, the city as a site for building—and New York especially—became the screen for the projection of architectural fantasies and utopias. The exhibition explores these imagined projects, as well as the ways that these experiments eventually resulted in real projects such as family houses and skyscrapers. Fantastic villas set outside city limits provide stark contrast to architects’ urban utopias and represent a desire for freedom from the confines of the city. Dreamland features the architectural process of rendering visions and dreams that, in some cases, are made real.

In addition to the Koolhaas drawing, other recent acquisitions in the exhibition include works by Diller + Scofidio and Simon Ungers. Several works in the exhibition focus on urban retreats—architectural fantasies of escaping the constraints of the city’s gridded blocks for the peace and quiet of the countryside. The country retreats included in the exhibition embody strong architectural positions, including a house that is a “perception machine” (Diller + Scofidio), and a minimalist sculpture (Ungers). Each offers a model for future experimentation.

The centerpiece of the gallery is a display of architectural models organized as a kind of fantasy city juxtaposing in close relation both unbuilt visionary projects and realized buildings. The walls of the gallery feature architectural drawings that complement and supplement the dreamscape of models.

Today's News

July 23, 2008

Magdalena Abakanowicz Presents Twelve Installations at Institute of Modern Art in Valencia

Dazzling Designs Add Sparkle to Exhibition Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry

An Important Collection from the Ping Y. Tai Foundation to be Offered at Christie's

Landscape Artist Richard Kidd Died While on Holiday in the Philippines

The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art

JG Ballard: An Autopsy of the New Millennium at Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona

Aspen Art Museum Selects Architect Shigeru Ban to Design New Architecturally Significant Building

MoMA Presents Innovative Works from the Collection that Explore Architectural Utopias and Fantasies

Dr. Thomas Bruhn Becomes Interim Director of The William Benton Museum Of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents Special Installation of Washington Modernists

Seattle Art Museum Curator of Asian Art to Join Tokyo's Nezu Institute of Fine Arts

Blanton Hosts First Exhibition of Japanese Art in Twenty Years

George Eastman House Showcases Recent Acquisitions in What We're Collecting Now

The National Portrait Gallery Announces One Life: The Mask of Lincoln in Celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th Annivers

Bruce A. Lilly Leaving Minnesota Museum of American Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful