“Modern Forms – A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture” at AA

The exhibition brings Nicolas Grospierre’s photographs (Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale) to the Architectural Association. A reference work about modernist architecture, presenting the buildings as results of political and social ideologies

 

Space Museum and Heliport, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010 © Nicolas Grospierre

Space Museum and Heliport, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010 © Nicolas Grospierre

 

At once a reference work and a personal exploration of modernist architecture, this fascinating collection of Nicolas Grospierre’s photographs covers structures built between 1920 and 1989 in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.


 

Practical information

“Modern Forms – A Subjective Atlas of 20th Century Architecture”
April 30 – May 28, 2016
Architectural Association School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3ES
UK

 


These images are derived from Grospierre’s popular blog, A Subjective Atlas of Modern Architecture – an ongoing project which records an extensive range of buildings, such as the iconic Gateway Arch in Saint Louis and the Ukrainian Institute of Scientific Research and Development in Kiev, to little-known structures such as the Balneological Hospital in Druskininkai or Oscar Niemeyer’s unfinished International Fair Grounds in Tripoli.

 

Institute of Scientific Research and Development, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012 © Nicolas Grospierre

Institute of Scientific Research and Development, Kiev, Ukraine, 2012 © Nicolas Grospierre

Experimental Theatre, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010 © Nicolas Grospierre

Experimental Theatre, International Fairgrounds, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2010 © Nicolas Grospierre

 

This exhibition presents modernist architecture as the embodiment of political and social ideologies, particularly through its use by institutions such as banks, churches, libraries and government buildings. While many of the buildings in this archive often go unrecognized, their forms are prominent in the landscape of modern civilization.

 

Residential tower, Saint Petersburg, Russia,  2007 © Nicolas Grospierre

Residential tower, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2007 © Nicolas Grospierre

Yellow Housing Estate, Warsaw, Poland, 2005 © Nicolas Grospierre

Yellow Housing Estate, Warsaw, Poland, 2005 © Nicolas Grospierre

 

Alongside the images, which are organised by architectural form only, an index details the location, date, architect and purpose of each building. Grospierre’s keen eye and enthusiasm for the mundane as well as the sublime will motivate viewers to look at the buildings around them and to classify them in new ways.

 

House of Soviets, Kaliningrad, Russia, 2011 ©  Nicolas Grospierre

House of Soviets, Kaliningrad, Russia, 2011 © Nicolas Grospierre

Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Washington, DC, USA, 2012 © Nicolas Grospierre

Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Washington, DC, USA, 2012 © Nicolas Grospierre

 

Nicolas Grospierre was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale for his joint exhibition in the Polish Pavilion with Kobas Laksa. His photographs are exhibited in major cities around the world. A publication accompanies the exhibition and is published by Prestel. The exhibition was curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone with AA Exhibitions.

 

Great Ape House, Kansas City Zoo, Missouri, USA, 2013 © Nicolas Grospierre

Great Ape House, Kansas City Zoo, Missouri, USA, 2013 © Nicolas Grospierre

Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, Kalisz, Poland, 2012 © Nicolas Grospierre

Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, Kalisz, Poland, 2012 © Nicolas Grospierre


 

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