Dario Gamboni: Ein Radioapparat im Empire-Stil: Reflektierte Konservierung der Vergangenheit in Künstler- und Sammlermuseen

Vortrag Curatorial Studies
Dario Gamboni: Ein Radioapparat im Empire-Stil: Reflektierte Konservierung der Vergangenheit in Künstler- und Sammlermuseen
Mittwoch, 31. Mai 2017, 18 Uhr, Campus Westend, IG-Farben-Haus, IG 411

Konservierung gehört zu den Aufgaben der meisten Museen und schließt allmählich die Geschichte und Substanz der Museen selbst mit ein, ihre Präsentation der Sammlungen und ihre Architektur. Daraus resultiert eine Spannung zwischen der Anpassung an sich stets verändernden Umständen und Erwartungen einerseits, Kontinuität und Selbstreflexivität andererseits. Vieles kann in diesem Kontext aus der Betrachtung von Künstler- und Sammlermuseen gewonnen werden, die sich ein unverändertes Weiterleben als Ziel geben und die Erinnerung an ihre Gründer, die Erhaltung von Kunst und Kultur erfinderisch und manchmal humorvoll pflegen.

Dario Gamboni is professor of art history at the Université de Genève. He is a honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France, Meret Oppenheim Prize 2006, and was a Fellow at CASVA, the Henry Moore Institute, and the Clark Art Institute. He has been a guest professor at the universities of Buenos Aires, Freiburg, Frankfurt, Mexico, New Delhi (JNU), Sao Paulo, Strasbourg and Tokyo, and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has curated and co-curated exhibitions, among which Iconoclash and Making Things Public in Karlsruhe (ZKM) and Une image peut en cacher une autre in Paris (Grand Palais). His publications include The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism since the French Revolution (New Haven/London 1997), Potential Images: Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art (London 2002), The Brush and The Pen: Odilon Redon and Literature (Chicago/London 2011), and Paul Gauguin: The “Mysterious Centre of Thought” (French edn Dijon 2013, English edn London 2014).

Der Vortrag findet in deutscher Sprache statt

Sylvia Lavin: The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Sylvia Lavin: The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures
Freitag, 19. Mai 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures will present an exhibition currently on view in Los Angeles that features a series of fragments, from handrails to façade panels, salvaged from canonic buildings of the late 20th century. 

Typically associated with drawing and the circulation of media images, postmodern architecture is generally understood to have been largely a matter of style and surface ornament, freed from the exigencies of political and technical systems by the force of architectural autonomy. The Duck and the Document challenges this view by embedding the expected imagery of postmodernity within materials that demonstrate the dense tangle of regulations, production specifications and technologies that constrained architectural design rather than liberated it. While these True Stories of Postmodern Procedures describe a less heroic and autonomous architect, they also produce a more persuasive account of architectural ingenuity as it sought to survive the bureaucratization not merely of the architectural profession but of the very idea of architecture. Featuring artifacts from the buildings and archives of Peter Eisenman, Deborah Sussman, Charles Moore, Mike Reynolds, SITE and others.

Sylvia Lavin is a critic, historian and curator whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. She is Professor, Director of PhD Programs and former Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA and has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia among other schools. She is a is a frequent contributor to journals such as Artforum, Perspecta and Log and among her books are Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture, Kissing Architecture and Flash in the Pan. Recent exhibitions include Everything Loose Will Land: Art and Architecture in Los Angeles in the 1970s, The New Creativity and The Artless Drawing. She has been recognized by many grants and awards, most recently from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Getty Research Institute and the Graham Foundation. She is currently working on The Duck and The Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedure, an exhibition that originated at the Princeton School of Architecture Gallery as Salvage, is currently on view at the SCI-Arc Gallery and will appear an expanded form at the Canadian Center for Architecture in 2018.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Hélène Frichot: Posthuman Landscapes, Things and Thinkables

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Hélène Frichot: Posthuman Landscapes, Things and Thinkables
Dienstag, 16. Mai 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

On the cover of Arch+ Journal of Architecture and Urbanism (volume 51, 2016), an image is featured of what appears to be a lumpen rock with grotto-like crevices, yet there is little indication of actual scale. The rock could be the size of a meteorite, or a piece of chewed up, spat out gum. Between 2009 and early 2011, at a women-only show called Elles at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, a small section of the exhibition was dedicated to female architects. In a glass vitrine clustered amidst the other exhibits, a model of ambiguous scale represented a sample of computationally generated architectures. It was composed of delicate, allusively biological curlicues set against a textured, arid ground. From 2005 onwards, coordinated as an astonishing matrix of connections around urgent matters of care pertaining to imperiled oceanic environments, a collective of 8000 people - mostly women - in 27 countries, began crocheting an enormous, distributed coral reef out of yarn, plastic and various discarded things. This globally distributed hand-crafted exercise is based on a geometric model of hyperbolic planes. While the three projects described above bear little resemblance to what we might conventionally identify as architecture, each one can be situated as a form of response to the ‘general crisis’ (environmental, economic, socio-political) of our contemporary posthuman condition.

Setting these three projects against the backdrop of what she calls "posthuman landscapes" and in relation to a conceptual account of things and thinkables, Frichot will ask what more could architecture potentially do to ameliorate our shared environment-worlds.

Hélène Frichot is an Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm, where she is the director of Critical Studies in Architecture. Her research examines the transdisciplinary field between architecture and philosophy. While her first discipline is architecture, she holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney (2004). Recent publications include: Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, co-edited with Catharina Gabrielsson and Helen Runting (Routledge, 2017 forthcoming); How to Make Yourself a Feminist Design Power Tool (AADR, 2016); Deleuze and the City, co-edited with Catharina Gabrielsson and Jonathan Metzger (EUP, 2016); De-Signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice, co-edited with Elizabeth Grierson, Harriet Edquist (Lexington Books, 2015).

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Sichtbarkeiten des Archivs

Symposium Curatorial Studies
Sichtbarkeiten des Archivs
Ein Studientag anlässlich der Einrichtung des Archiv Peter Roehr am MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
Donnerstag, 1. Juni, 20 Uhr - Freitag, 2. Juni, 9.30 – 17 Uhr

Wie können Archivbestände sichtbar gemacht werden? Aus unterschiedlichen, institutionellen Perspektiven wird das spezifische Potenzial diskutiert, das Archivmaterialien in Museen und Ausstellungen entfalten können. Als Exponate ermöglichen sie andere mediale und historische Zugänge zu künstlerischen Reflexionen und Diskursen, zu Ausstellungs- und Sammlungsgeschichten und sind mehr als ein bloßer Dokumentationsgegenstand. Zudem ermöglicht die Digitalisierung eine breite Zugänglichkeit für den wissenschaftlichen Umgang mit den Forschungsmaterialien. Anlass für den Studientag ist die Präsentation ausgewählter Materialien aus dem Archiv Peter Roehr im MMK und die Freischaltung einer Onlinedatenbank als digitaler Zugang zu dem gesamten Archivbestand.


Donnerstag, 01.06.2017, 20 Uhr,
Goethe-Universität, Eisenhower Saal, IG 1.314

Sabine Breitwieser (Museum der Moderne Salzburg)
Für eine emanzipierte Öffentlichkeit: Archive und Sammlungen erschließen

Freitag, 02.06.2017, 9.30–17 Uhr

9.30 Uhr
Peter Gorschlüter

9.45 Uhr
Stefanie Heraeus und Christian Spies

10 Uhr
Heike Gfrereis (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach)
Das sichtbare Individuelle oder dreierlei Archive: Friedrich Schiller, W. G. Sebald und Ernst Jünger

11 Uhr
Paul Maenz, Mario Kramer und Nadine Hahn
Zum Archiv Peter Roehr mit gemeinsamem Besuch der Archiv-Schau im MMK 1

13.30 Uhr
Dietmar Elger (Gerhard Richter Archiv, Dresden)
Zum Archiv von Gerhard Richter

14.30 Uhr
Anette Kruszynski (Kunstsammlung Düsseldorf)
Kunstwerk oder Dokument? Das Archiv Dorothee und Konrad Fischer

16.30 Uhr
Mario Kramer (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt)
Führung durch die Ausstellung „Primary Structures. Meisterwerke der Minimal Art“
(MMK 2 im Taunus Turm)

17.30 Uhr
Ende der Tagung

Eintritt frei.
Die Veranstaltung findet in deutscher Sprache statt.

Eine Kooperation der Curatorial Studies, des Kunstgeschichtlichen Institut der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt und des MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Gabi Schillig: Responsive Architectures: Dialogical Spaces

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Gabi Schillig: Responsive Architectures: Dialogical Spaces
Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula


Not only our objects are becoming more virtual but also our spaces. Genuine common action and
communication, on the other hand, is closely linked to corporeality and to materiality, to the direct
experience of the impact and significance of an action. Humans, as sensual and living beings, and their relations and interactions with space they are a part of and which they influence through their actions, are at the core of Gabi Schillig´s artistic investigations.

The question of body, materiality and physicality becomes an important criterion: the choice of material and the development of structure not only affect the geometric and spatial properties of objects and spaces, but also transport multi-sensory and atmospheric aspects that can be used to enfold spaces of communication: within exhibition and interior spaces, spatial installations, through instruments and in urban environments and landscapes. 'Dialogical Spaces’ are performative spaces that invite the viewer to become an active participant. Interactions not only establish corporeal, time-based, spatial or object-based relationships but also communicative and social relations between people. They enable another kind of perception of space and enfold potential spaces in which experimental spatial constructs act as mediating structures and surfaces.

Gabi Schillig studied Architecture in Coburg and completed her postgraduate studies at the Städelschule Architecture Class in the early 2000’s with Prof. Ben van Berkel, before founding the Studio for Dialogical Spaces in Berlin. In the past she taught Space-Related Systems and Exhibition Design at the Berlin University of the Arts’ Institute for Transmedia Design, as well as in the Architecture Class at Städelschule Frankfurt. In 2012 she was appointed as Professor for Spatial Design at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences - Peter Behrens School of Arts (PBSA) at the Faculty of Design. Since 2015 she is the vice chairwoman of the Institute for Research in Applied Arts (IRAA) at the PBSA. Since 2005 she is teaching and lecturing in trans-disciplinary contexts, has exhibited internationally and received several fellowships and prizes, amongst others: Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart (2007-08), Van Alen Institute New York (2009), Nordic Artists´ Centre Dale (2010),Weissenhof Architekturförderpreis (2010), KHOJ International Artists´ Association New Delhi (2011) and Largodas Artes Rio de Janeiro (2015). In 2016 she was a resident fellow at the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. 

Both in her artistic work and teaching she investigates contemporary and future questions of spatial design such as the relationship between space and body, the emergence of spatial systems, the potentials of materiality and the experimental use of analogue and digital design methodologies. Her conceptual approach results in multi-sensory, dialogical structures and spaces of communication on multiple scales and in different spatial contexts. They lead to the concept of a multidimensional spatiality, based on social and physical processes and connect materiality and interaction in an immediate way.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt. 


Freitag, 28 April 2017, 10 - 19 Uhr, Lichthalle

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Theodore Spyropoulos: Behaviours

Vortrag Architektur Klasse
Theodore Spyropoulos: Behaviours
Donnerstag, 27. April 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

If science fiction has become fact, architecture today has to move beyond representation and the fixed and finite tendencies that declare what architecture should be and work towards what it could be. Within these evolving territories, by necessity new models must conceptualize our ever-evolving present and the uncertain and latent world within which we operate. The once comfortable and understood orthodoxies in architectural thinking have proven limited in their capacity to engage and address our contemporary condition.

Today, the intersections of information, life, and matter display complexities that suggest the possibility of a deeper synthesis. As we live in ever-evolving information-rich environments, the question is not why, but how architecture can actively participate. In this expanded field of experimentation, architecture should be understood beyond building, beyond materiality and the inert tendencies that conventionally define it. Architecture in this talk will be argued as a means to interrogate the contemporary condition and to provide a framework within which to operate.

Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect and educator. He is the Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and co-founded the New Media and Information Research initiative at the AA. Theodore has taught in the graduate school of UPENN, Royal College of Art Innovation Design Engineering Department and the University of Innsbruck. In 2002 he founded the experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms. The work of Minimaforms has been acquired by the FRAC Centre, the Signum Foundation and the Archigram Archive, and has exhibited at MOMA, Barbican Centre, Detroit Institute of Arts, Onassis Cultural Centre and the ICA. Previously Theodore has worked as a project architect for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid. In 2013 the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture awarded him The ACADIA award of excellence for his educational work directing the AADRL.

Spyropoulos returns to Städelschule to give this lecture after having previously been a visiting critic to the Städelschule Architecture Class End-of-Year Reviews.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat

Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat
Montag, 24. April 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat (both *1983 in Tel Aviv) have been working in collaboration for several years and are creating works in the audiovisual field. They are living and working in Brussels.

Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat's practice focuses on the performative aspects of the moving image. In their work they aim to mark the spatial and durational potentialities of reading of images – moving or still; the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory.

In their lecture at Städelschule, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat will talk about their practice and their projects, including Printed Matter (2011), an approximately 30-minute rear projection, which is part of the exhibition Slide show at Portikus.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.


Donnerstag, 20. April 2017, 19 Uhr, Aula

VOINA is a Russian street-art group known for their politically motivated and wryly provocative 'actions', such as Banning of Clubs, 2008, in which the doors to an elite Moscow club were welded shut with an oxy-acetylene torch, and Palace Revolution, 2010, where police cars were flipped over on the pretext of retrieving a football lost by a child.

We are pleased to introduce VOINA members Natalia Sokol, Oleg Vorotnikov, and their three children for a lecture taking place in the Aula.


Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.