His expressive organic language of forms was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Based on theories of harmonic proportion, Studer developed his own concept of holistic architecture. Influential figures such as Sigfried Giedion, Werner M. Moser and Bernhard Hoesli described him as one of the most talented in his generation.
“André M. Studer. On the measure of things”
May 21 – September 08, 2016
S AM Swiss Architecture Museum
Steinenberg 7, 4001 Basel
From the mid-1950s onwards, Studer realised several major sacral structures, as well as around 30 residential buildings, for which he also designed the interiors and furnishings in most cases. He also drew up competition entries and projects for futuristic-looking holiday complexes, large residential complexes, complete town plans, cultural buildings, hospital buildings and for a large number of Catholic churches.
As an individualist, he kept his distance from the predominant networks of architects and remained relatively unknown amongst the general public. At the end of the 1980s, he withdrew from the architecture scene, closed down his architectural office and devoted himself to spirituality.
A coproduction with the Archives of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at ETH Zurich.
DESCRIPTION OF THE EXHIBITION
To the greatest possible extent, this exhibition paints a multifaceted picture of André M. Studer and his work. Room 1 addresses his time as a student, the years he spent travelling in the USA and Mexico, and his activity in Morocco. His built oeuvre in Switzerland is shown in new colour photographs by Christian Kahl. Room 2 presents the most important structures and projects, ordered according to construction task, with original plans, models and other archive documents.
Room 3 is specifically dedicated to residential buildings and furniture. Room 4 provides insight into the conceptual world of harmonics, which was fundamental to Studer’s comprehensive understanding of architecture and the world, and also deals with his later transformation into an enunciator of truths beyond logical reason.
This exhibition is part of a critical incorporation of André M. Studer’s legacy, which until now, has only been roughly inventoried. The logic of an archive, in which material groups are stored separately, was adopted as the underlying principle of the exhibition. Thus, the documents and objects pertaining to the 54 selected projects are to be found at different places in the exhibition. Numbers make it possible to match these with the project descriptions in this booklet.
The numbering was applied in chronological order. The documents in the display cases can be identified in the booklet on the basis of graphics, short introductory texts and legends relating to the exhibits. Synoptic articles on Studer’s preferred construction tasks, his furnishings and his interiors, as well as his engagement with theories on proportion and spiritual issues, further contextualise his work.
Hubertus Adam and Daniel Weiss shall release a comprehensive monograph on André M. Studer and his work in 2017, which is to be published by gta Verlag Zurich.