“Yesterday’s Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram” at DAM

The exhibition “Yesterday´s Future” juxtaposes utopias by Future Systems and Archigram. The iconic drawings and collages of Jan Kaplický, Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton conforms the exhibition at DAM.

 

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

 

The exhibition “Yesterday’s Future” presents extraordinary utopias created by the teams of architects at Future Systems and Archigram.


 

Practical information

“Yesterday’s Future”
May 14, 2016 – September 18, 2016
Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM),
Schaumainkai 43
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

 


It focuses on detailed technical drawings, brightly coloured collages and filigree original models. The works by Czech architect and founder of Future Systems Jan Kaplický, who emigrated to London in 1968, date from the 1980s and 1990s and are juxtaposed to designs created 20 years earlier by the Archigram architectural group, which was made up of Peter Cook, Ron Herron, and Dennis Crompton.

 

Archigram, Walking City (Project 064), 1964  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Archigram, Walking City (Project 064), 1964 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

 

Whereas Archigram conceived organic architecture that ensured survival in inhospitable environments, the technoid designs by Future Systems were located in friendlier places such as deserted natural surroundings or extremely built-up cities.

 

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

 

The majority of these utopian designs remained concepts, intended as suggestions for living and surviving at times of social upheaval. The space architecture by Archigram was created around the time of the Moon landing in an era shaped by new beginnings. By way of contrast, Future Systems designed its self-sufficient, machine-like living capsules for a gloomy world at the height of the Cold War.

 

Archigram, Walking City (Project 064), 1964  © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Archigram, Walking City (Project 064), 1964 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

 

The exhibition shows 44 exhibits by Future Systems lend by the Kaplicky Centre Prag and 44 exhibits by Archigram from the collection of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. The exhibition is accompanied by an catalog published by Prestel.

 

Future Systems, Coexistence (Project 112), 1984  © Kaplicky Centre, Praha

Future Systems, Coexistence (Project 112), 1984 © Kaplicky Centre, Praha


 

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