“Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh” at S AM Basel

From the 2nd of December 2017 to the 6th of May 2018, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition ‘Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’, curated by Niklaus Graber, Andreas Ruby and Viviane Ehrensberger. Produced in cooperation with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

 

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

Bait Ur Ruf Mosque, MTA © S AM Basel

 

With ‘Bengal Stream’ S AM is the first museum worldwide to present an exhibition on Bangladesh’s architecture. In a chequered historical sequence of events, various trends have expressed themselves in different architectural ways, according to religious or socio-cultural developments. Nevertheless, many underlying motifs have held their ground in a typological sense for centuries and even represent a valid foundation for today’s architectural trends. Modernism also used these as a basis on which to build, whereby the most important local protagonist was Muzharul Islam. It was also in keeping with his personal identity, situated between localism and internationalism, to bring international protagonists like Paul Rudolph, Stanley Tigerman and ultimately Louis I. Kahn to Bangladesh for important construction projects. In ‘Bengal Stream’, original drawings by Muzharul Islam are exhibited for the first time outside of his native Bangladesh. (more…)