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Dreamland : Architectural Experiments, USA

4 Sep 2008

MoMA Architecture Exhibition


Dreamland: Architectural Experiments since the 1970s is an exhibition of works drawn from the Museum’s collection of Architecture and Design that explores the ways in which the singular landscape of New York has inspired architects since the 1970s with visions of utopia. Dreamland will be on view in The Robert B. Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery, third floor, from July 23, 2008 through March 2, 2009.

The city has served as a model for architectural projections and reflections, and also as a metaphor for the complex relationship between the limitations of reality and the infinite possibilities of architectural thought. The exhibition explores these imagined projects, as well as the ways that these experiments eventually resulted in real projects such as family houses and skyscrapers. Fantastic villas set outside city limits provide stark contrast to architects’ urban utopias and represent a desire for freedom from the confines of the city. Dreamland features the architectural process of rendering visions and dreams that, in some cases, are made real.

The explosion of architectural thought and experiments that took place in the 1970s resonates to this day. Raimund Abraham, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Steven Holl, and Hans Hollein are among the well-known architects practicing today who are inextricably linked to both the practice and theory of the 1970s. During this time, the city as a site for building-and New York especially-became the screen for the projection of architectural fantasies and utopias. The Dreamland exhibition includes original model and drawings by Daniel Libeskind as well as recent works by Diller + Scofidio and Simon Ungers.

Dreamland is organized by Andres Lepik, Curator, with Christian Larsen, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

MoMA Dreamland exhibition information from Studio Daniel Libeskind 040908

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