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\"Richard Rogers & Architects\" at the Centre Pompidou
Start Date 21/11/2007
End Date 03/03/2008
Location Paris 
Country France 
Description Richard Rogers & Architects
21 November 2007 – 3 March 2008
Galerie Sud, Niveau 1 -1150 m2

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the Centre Pompidou is to pay tribute to Richard Rogers, who with Renzo Piano was responsible for the design of the building and who was named the 2007 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

The exhibition Richard Rogers & Architects presents a detailed survey of the work of Richard Rogers and his partners over the last 40 years. Starting with his early projects with Norman and Wendy Foster and Su Rogers at Team 4 in the 1960s, the exhibition also looks at the design of the Centre Pompidou in the 1970s and his extensive work with Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners).

From Lloyd’s of London to Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport; from the Zip-Up House of 1968 to the proposals for Shanghai’s Lu Jia Zui’s urban development, the exhibition presents a wide range of projects – from the past and present – through models, drawings, photographs, films and specially-written texts. With this substantial survey of past and current projects, the exhibition illustrates Rogers' vision of architecture’s formative social role.

The Exhibition
Occupying 1,150 sq m of gallery space, this bilingual (French-English) retrospective presents a detailed overview of Richard Rogers' extensive career. The exhibition opens with a 30 metre wall-mounted timeline, showing Rogers’ output in chronological sequence. Each project is represented by a photograph or drawing, offering an insight into 40 years of architectural practice and theory. At the end of this timeline, a filmed interview in which Rogers and his partners discuss their work and influences is shown. Influenced by the ‘English School’ of the 1970s in his buildings, and by his Italian background in his approach to cities, Rogers’ architectural and urban philosophy is based on the belief in a civil society, and the relationship between the built environment and social inclusion. The exhibition illustrates this, and also a concern for environmentally sustainable development that has influenced Rogers’ work since the beginning of his career.

The projects presented are organised in colour-coded sections, with each ‘urban block’ evoking an architectural theme which examines a range of projects through models, photographs, drawings and films. In each thematic area – Transparent, Legible, Green, Public, Urban, Lightweight and Systems – one or more key projects that are particularly representative of that theme are identified. In this way, the visitor is introduced to the architect's most important achievements across the world, for example Lloyd’s of London (London), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Bordeaux Law Courts, the National Assembly for Wales (Cardiff), the Millennium Dome (London), the Shanghai Masterplan, Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport (Madrid), 88 Wood Street (London), and the Leadenhall Building (London). In this last section, under the thematic title of Future, current projects by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners are shown.

The exhibition is accompanied by an hour-long documentary, made to mark the occasion by the BBC arts documentary series ‘Imagine’. The exhibition design incorporates a ‘piazza’ area where visitors may sit and read the catalogue and other publications relating to Rogers’ work, explore the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners website, view films about the projects presented, or make their own architectural experiments with Lego. Richard Rogers said: “I am delighted to have an exhibition showing the work that my colleagues and I have done over the past 40 years. I am especially excited that it is taking place at the Pompidou Centre to mark its 30th anniversary. Designing and building the Pompidou Centre has been one of the greatest experiences of my career.”

The exhibition will also be presented at the Design Museum, London, in the Spring of 2008.

Opening hours
Every day except Tuesdays from 11am-9pm

10 euros
Concessions: 8 euros

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