“Misunderstandings”, CAMPO’s curatorial approach to FRAC Val de Loire’s collections

Both museums collaborate in a project reflecting on the operative value of museums and collections for the contemporary discourse and practice of architecture. The exhibition is part of FRAC’s wider project for 2017, “Walking through someone else dreams”.

 

Vazio S/A, The grid, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Vazio S/A, The grid, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

 

Approaching Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s collection less with the cultural diligence of the curator than the amateur curiosity of the architect, CAMPO discards the traditional monographic, typological or historical readings, to adopt a looser and unconventional framework that pairs human emotions and architectural principles.

Fear/Structure, Hope/System, Nostalgia/Form and Surprise/Limit are the four binocular lenses through which we looked at the collection as aliving material that can be studied but also manipulated to reflect on the contemporary condition.


 

Practical information

“Misunderstandings”
25 November 2016 – 3 February  2017
CAMPO Gallery
via della Marrana, 94
00181 Rome, Italy

 


CAMPO selected from the archive twelve couples of visual documents – drawings, images or models photographs –three for each dialectical theme, to give them stripped by any information regarding the original project, to twelve architects as brief. The invited contributors have been asked to respond to the diptych through the project of a book in which freely collect and organize the reflections and speculations provoked by the images.

 

Toyo Ito, Aluminium House, 1970-1971 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Toyo Ito, Aluminium House, 1970-1971 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Ludger Gerdes, Haus Eck (Around the Corner House), 1985  © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Ludger Gerdes, Haus Eck (Around the Corner House), 1985
© FRAC centre Val de Loire

LIST, Opus Incertum, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

LIST, Opus Incertum, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

 

Suspended from their material context and subtracted to the precision of history the images acquire a new life, becoming projective instruments in the hands of the invited contributors. Juxtaposing and displacing elements of the collection in a new framework that disrupts their conceptual and historical meaning, allows for MISUNDERSTANDINGS, temporary mistakes and purposeful inaccuracies that liberate unpredictable narratives from the sheer visual power of the works.

 

OMMX, Reliquary, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

OMMX, Reliquary, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Andrea Branzi, Case a pianta centrale, 1986 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Andrea Branzi, Case a pianta centrale, 1986 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Hiromi Fuji, Project E-2, 1968-1971 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Hiromi Fuji, Project E-2, 1968-1971 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

BuildingBuilding, A Spontaneous occupancy by distributing any set of divisions, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

BuildingBuilding, A Spontaneous occupancy by distributing any set of divisions, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

 

MISUNDERSTANDINGS is also a meditation on the fundamental need of architecture as a form of reaction to emotions, intended as a primordial and collective process. On the one side emotions constitute our common and generic capability to relate with each other, on the other side our capability to give form to the environment is the necessary physical and mental instrument that allows to live together. If today emotions are more and more at the core of human activities – where sentiments and relationships constitute the ultimate productive force – architecture, giving form to the materiality of space and its representational power, can interfere with the impalpable nature of emotions, accelerating, delaying or altering the on-going processes of social and political transformation.

 

Günther Domenig & Eilfried Huth, Medium Total, 1969-1970 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Günther Domenig & Eilfried Huth, Medium Total, 1969-1970 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Günter Günschel, Braunschweig Simulationsmodell (Computer), 1997 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Günter Günschel, Braunschweig Simulationsmodell (Computer), 1997 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Black Square, Black Blocs, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Black Square, Black Blocs, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Matilde Cassani, Persone e Pavimenti, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Matilde Cassani, Persone e Pavimenti, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

 

The exhibition is the first step of a larger cultural project initiated by Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire,which will culminate in the Biennale of Orleans 2017, titled “Walking through someone else dreams”. After the event at CAMPO the twelve diptychs and books will travel back to Le FRAC Centre of Orleans in January 2017, where the original materials will be exhibited together with the new contributions.


 

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