David Adjaye exhibition opens in Moscow

Nick Myall
Thursday 15 Jun 2017

A show focussing on the work of David Adjaye opens to the public on June 7th until July 30th in Moscow

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material, a review of world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye’s work to date, is travelling to the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. The exhibition, which debuted at the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 2015 before travelling to the Art Institute of Chicago, offers insight into the global architect’s unique approach, highlighting the ways he weaves local geographies and cultural legacies into his celebrated designs. The show opens to the public on June 7th until July 30th.

Form, Heft, Material is the first exhibition of a major architect at Garage Museum and inaugurates a new chapter in the Institution’s longstanding interest in developing discourse around contemporary architecture and its role in society today. It is also the first time an architect has intervened with the structure of the new museum since its completion in 2015 with Sir David’s practice Adjaye Associates also executing the exhibition design.

“The new Installation has been designed in conversation with the building. An exterior interior design derived from some of my building’s façade treatments plays on ‘fragments’ and ties the existing architecture together creating a sense of light and pace within Garage’s historical modernist building”, said Adjaye.

Form, Heft, Material was initiated by Haus der Kunst and the Art Institute of Chicago and curated by Okwui Enwezor and Zoë Ryan. The exhibition in Moscow is organised by Kate Fowle, Garage Chief Curator, in collaboration with Andrey Misiano, Assistant Curator. The exhibition showcases over twenty examples of Adjaye’s built works, and it also provides rare access to Sir David’s research strategies. The retrospective is organised into four sections, each devoted to a particular aspect of Adjaye’s practice:

Living Spaces is a collection of the private homes which first brought Adjaye international acclaim.

Democracy of Knowledge concentrates on Adjaye’s public projects, presenting furniture and external façade finishes – all of which, either by appearance or purpose, are connected to various forms of civic education and community building. This section also houses scale models of several projects, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C and the newly won commission for the Latvia Museum of Contemporary Art.

African Metropolitan Architecture is devoted to Adjaye’s unparalleled research into the architecture of fifty-three capital cities across the African continent.

Asiapolis continues the emphasis on Adjaye’s research: a new initiative that draws on Adjaye’s previous research Europolis (completed in 2008), it has been developed in collaboration with MARCH Architecture School in Moscow and is centred on the fourteen capitals of the former Soviet Republics and twelve key Russian industrial cities. Asiapolis will present an analysis of the urban landscapes after the collapse of the Soviet Union, accumulating and visually representing new information on cities in order to shed light on the changing built environment in Russia and former Soviet Republics.

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