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by Peter Zumthor

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Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

Architect Peter Zumthor presents a series of his models in an old post office beside the Austrian gallery Kunsthaus Bregenz that he designed in the 1990s.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

A variety of clay, wood and metal models are displayed upon shelves specially created for the show by Zumthor.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

The exhibition includes many pieces that have been in storage at the gallery for nearly five years, since the architect's previous exhibition there in 2007.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

The exhibition runs until 28 October and another Zumthor exhibition entitled Architecture and Landscape is planned for 2013.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

We filmed an interview with Zumthor last year at the opening of the 2011 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion - watch it here.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

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Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

Here's some more explanation from the Kunsthaus Bregenz:


KUB Collection Showcase Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

In presenting Peter Zumthor’s architectural models the Kunsthaus Bregenz is opening a part of its hitherto little-known collection to a broader public. Few are aware that even before the opening of the Kunsthaus in 1997 purchase of works by contemporary Austrian artists as well as works at the crossroad of art and architecture by international artists had already begun. Significant donations by Donald Judd, Per Kirkeby, and others to accompany exhibitions and publications with the KUB have further extended the collection. Moreover, in the past three years there has been a policy of purchasing works from the big solo exhibitions or of artists donating them to the institution as a form of return service.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

One of the largest groups of works in the collection consists of architectural models by Peter Zumthor. Some of these exhibits have been in storage at the KUB since the architect’s solo exhibition in 2007. Further models have been or are still being added to the collection as permanent loans.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

As of June 2012 a selection of these models by Peter Zumthor will be on show in the 200 square-meter space on the first floor of the Post Office building directly adjacent to the Kunsthaus Bregenz. The curatorial conception and design of this showcase has been developed in close consultation with Peter Zumthor by Thomas Durisch. Realized buildings as well as projects that remained in the design stage will be on show. In its variety the exhibition demonstrates the outstanding role that working with models and original materials such as wood, metal, or clay play in Peter Zumthor’s studio.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

In addition to the majority of exhibits, which are presented on a system of display shelves specially designed for the purpose by the architect, three specimen projects will be individually displayed. These three projects, all involving cultural spaces in the broadest sense of the word, are of recent date. All three buildings serve in different ways as gathering places for the presentation of cultural products such as handicrafts and music or (Redevelopment of De Meelfabriek, Leiden) revitalize an industrial heritage. Two of the projects (Werkraumhaus, Andelsbuch, and New Town Gate, Isny) are also notable for their geographical closeness to Bregenz.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

Following the current presentation an exhibition of models by Peter Zumthor in the KUB Collection Showcase titled Architecture and Landscape is planned for 2013.

Architectural Models by Peter Zumthor

  • bob

    It’s not often that we get to view the process of his work. Thank you for sharing.

  • ilze wolff

    Truly one of the greatest living architects.

  • http://www.brgstudio.com nulla

    Great exhibition. Architecture should always be represented through models.