“MAN transFORMS: The Documents” Hans Hollein in the new space created by Petra Blaisse

The exhibition “MAN transFORMS: The Documents” explores the exhibition “MAN transFORMS” – the opening show of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design in New York in 1976 – which was conceived by Hans Hollein and Lisa Taylor.

 

Photograph of the installation SACRED SPACE by Mandala (Nader Ardalan and Carl Schlamminger), opening exhibition of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976. Image from the press kit of the exhibition MAN transFORMS

Photograph of the installation SACRED SPACE by Mandala (Nader Ardalan and Carl Schlamminger), opening exhibition of The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976. Image from the press kit of the exhibition MAN transFORMS

 

The exhibition was developed by a group of architects over the course of two years and challenged the notion of design and tested the potential of a national museum of design. With the inclusion of such diverse architectural positions as Richard Buckminster Fuller, Arata Isozaki, Richard Meier, Ettore Sottsass and Oswald Mathias Ungers, Hollein created a curatorial framework which allowed a very broad and yet substantial examination of the notion of design to emerge against the background of an environment profoundly shaped by man. (more…)