Around the turn of the century in Olmütz, a small town in the Czech Republic, (known as Olomouc in present day) a Jewish community flourished. With its impeccable examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture and connection to the Hapsburg Empire, it was known as the “Moravian Rome”. However, its young people were increasingly turning to cosmopolitan Vienna for intellectual stimulation. When the onset of World War I sent many of them home to Olmütz, they tried to maintain that high level of cultural exchange they had experienced in the Kaiserstadt.
By Bansie Vasvani
Built, World investigates architecture and structural forms as articulations of injustice and longing. For some artists, freedom from oppression is expressed through their constructed worlds, while the impact of loss and displacement reverberate through some of the strongest works in the show.
By Krystina Mierins
In March 2015, the Carnegie Museum of Art announced that Ingrid Schaffner will curate the next Carnegie International (CI), the second oldest survey of contemporary art in the world. Over the next three years, Schaffner will attempt the Herculean task of assessing and distilling contemporary art from around the globe. Of particular interest is the Hall of Sculpture, a room that has proven to be highly appealing to artists and curators, but is riddled with challenges.
By Glenn Harcourt
It is easy to imagine both the increasing complexity of the task and the frisson of guilty (or not so guilty) pleasure that must have marked the slow unfolding of this project: the construction of a historical alter-ego through the elaboration of a virtual archive, and the creation of an alternate life, and an alternate world, within the actual world of interwar Eastern Europe. But to what end?
By Krystina Mierins and Carrie Paterson
Gregor Schneider’s Die Familie Schneider is part haunted house, part palimpsest, an installation shown originally in two doppelgänger East London counsel flats, and which has now been compiled into an illustrated book. The lauded German artist, who has made his name building claustrophobic rooms, has a secret—and he’s not telling.
Interview by Anne Hars
A founder of Sci-Arc, Glen Small is “one of the dear eccentrics of American architecture … and an early leader in the movement for green building,” according to Michael Sorkin. In a series of email exchanges with Anne Hars, Small sheds light on present conditions of urbanity and ecological crisis through a brief lesson on the megastructure movement in architecture.
By Martina Dolejsova
Kyong Park’s project 24260 Fugitive House has been an exploration into the nature of Detroit as a “white flight” city, as well as the destruction and devaluation of homes. House 24260 needed to escape before it was next.