The Architect’s Studio: Wang Shu
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk
– 30 April 2017
At a time when urbanisation is breaking into the rural areas of China and the original, traditional buildings are being demolished to be rebuilt according to Western standards, the Amateur Architecture Studio has set itself the task of taking on this trend. In the first part of a new exhibition series, “The Architect’s Studio” of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk will present the work of the Chinese architect Wang Shu, who leads the Amateur Architecture Studio in Hangzhou, together with his wife and business partner Lu Wenyu.
With a focus on a new generation of emerging and award-winning architects, who are trying to face the challenges of globalisation in a sustainable and conscious way, the exhibition series presents the latest developments in contemporary architecture. With projects such as the Ningbo History Museum and the China Art Academy, Wang Shu, recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize (Architecture’s Nobel Prize), is redirecting attention back to Chinese history, philosophy, nature and culture. With the reuse of materials left behind by demolition, the Amateur Architecture Studio deliberately distances itself from the influence of Western culture – seen as a clear consequence of globalisation in China. The name of the studio underscores its vision of trusting in spontaneity and of creating something new out of the already extant materials of Chinese culture and building tradition.
In addition to selected projects, the exhibition also presents an introduction to traditional Chinese culture and philosophy from which Wang Shu draws his inspiration. The installation “At The Parallel Scene” will be an additional part of the exhibition, which already featured at the Venice Biennale in 2016.
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