[Exhibition] “Mégastructures” exhibition, celebrating Centre Pompidou’s 40th anniversary

March 29, 2017

In 2017, the Centre Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary all over France. A completely new programme of exhibitions, exceptional loans, and events throughout the year will be presented to share this celebration with as many people as possible.

 

Jacques Rougerie - Village sous-marin, 1973 © Jacques Rougerie architecte

Jacques Rougerie – Village sous-marin, 1973 © Jacques Rougerie architecte

 

Exhibitions, shows and get-togethers will be presented in forty French cities, in partnership with a museum, a contemporary art centre, a theatre or a festival. On this occasion, Le Lieu unique and the Center Pompidou designed Megastructures, a new look on more than sixty years of architecture.


 

Practical information

“Mégastructures”
March 29 – May 21, 2017
Le Lieu unique
2 Rue de la Biscuiterie, Nantes
France

 


What is meant by Mégastructures? This architectural concept belongs to no movement, no group of theorists and no doctrine or architectural style. Since the late Fifties, it has defined a forward-looking vision of the constructed environment and the industrial landscapes contained in it. The idea it conveys orients the architectural concept towards a “concrete utopia” in a world without scale, a world-city, where all functions are superimposed on the “programme” of the modern city. The exploratory approach at the origin of Mégastructures sees architecture as a chance for radical reform, a project for society, leading the modern movement to question the humanistic aspect once more.

 

Yona FRIEDMAN (1923) Paris spatial La Seine, la tour Ei­el, une structure suspendue 1960 Collages, feutre noir, tirage sur papier et tirage argentique sur papier glacé Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Adagp, Paris

Yona FRIEDMAN (1923) Paris spatial La Seine, la tour Ei­el, une structure suspendue, 1960, Collages, feutre noir, tirage sur papier et tirage argentique sur papier glacé Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Adagp, Paris

Paul Maymont - Etude extension de Paris, 1962 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat

Paul Maymont – Etude extension de Paris, 1962 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat

 

This narrative appears and makes its way through very different environments: the Japan of the Metabolists, and the circles of former students of the AA School in London, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the architecture schools of Vienna and Florence. It is staged mainly by architects, and recited, interpreted and commented by critics or exegetes like Reyner Banham and Michel Ragon. One forges the word “mégastructure”, the other “chants” it in a perspective of a futurology and a projection harking back to the industrial revolution. Mégastructures might construct something like the critical, renewed icons of a coupling between man and industry. What they could then capture would be the technical gesture as the start of a transformation of the environment. They would thus produce the image of an activity based on the relationship between man and his environment. As Gilbert Simondon wrote in 1965, “Even if technologies had no usefulness or purpose, they would have meaning: with the human species they are the most concrete expression of the power to evolve: they express life.” This is perhaps the scale — that of life, its evolution and culture’s dynamics of adaptation — on which we should now address the question of Mégastructures: an approach, its tactics and its strategies.

 

ARCHIGRAM (1963 – 1974) Capsule homes 1964 Tirage et films plastiques colorés montés sur carton Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Archigram

ARCHIGRAM (1963 – 1974), Capsule homes, 1964, Tirage et films plastiques colorés montés sur carton, Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Archigram

David-Georges EMMERICH (1925 – 1996) Structure autotendante vers 1962 Tourillons de hêtre et chaînettes en laiton Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © droits réservés

David-Georges EMMERICH (1925 – 1996), Structure autotendante, vers 1962, Tourillons de hêtre et chaînettes en laiton, Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris, © droits réservés

 

Right up to early 2018, in forty cities from Grenoble to Lille by way of Le François in Martinique, Chambord and Nice, ranging from evening events to six-month exhibitions, proposals mingling exhibitions, concerts, theatre, dance and talks invite every type of audience to experience and share the originality of the Centre Pompidou.

 

Claude PROUVÉ (1929 – 2012) Habitat industrialisé 1964-1974 Chêne, aluminium et carton Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Adagp, Paris

Claude PROUVÉ (1929 – 2012), Habitat industrialisé, 1964-1974, Chêne, aluminium et carton, Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Adagp, Paris

Kisho KUROKAWA (1934 – 2007) Tour capsules Nakagin, Tokyo, Japon 1970 - 1972 Bois et laiton Maquette reconstituée en 1996 Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Kisho Kurokawa architect & associates

Kisho KUROKAWA (1934 – 2007), Tour capsules Nakagin, Tokyo, Japon, 1970 – 1972, Bois et laiton, Maquette reconstituée en 1996, Collection du Centre Pompidou, Paris © Kisho Kurokawa architect & associates


 

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