The Banquet by Herreros Architects

At ROM for kunst og arkitektur, an exhibition presents the work by Herreros Arquitectos from Madrid.

 

News / Are Carlsen

In Greek language Banquet is the synonym of Symposium, a happy coincidence. It is also the title for one of the texts Plato entitled Dialogues. When the Greek physician Eryximachus invites the diners to take turn in making short speeches to pay tribute to the poet Agathon, the subject of love is chosen on the grounds that love (Eros) is often left out of philosophical discussions. At ROM for kunst og arkitektur, The Banquet is the exhibition on Herreros Arquitectos from Madrid. It is also a series of conversations (dialogues) around contemporary topics in art and architecture. The exhibition contains images, objects, pro- totypes and videos of projects and designs created by Herreros Arquitectos in recent years.

The focal point of the project is a table with chairs and a lamp, being prototypes of the new interior facilities designed for the restaurant of the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid by Herreros Arquitectos. The huge object, with its high and broad profile, allows for 12 "diners" to share the dialogues that will convert the exhibition into a symposium. The Dialogues: the chosen topics are on matters that interest both Herreros Arquitectos and ROM and are of concerns to a general public. They are organized with believe in the power of conversation and negotiation in the construction of a contemporary conscience and sensitivity.

Opening of The Banquet exhibition with Herreros Arquitectos.

Thursday September 8th at 19:00: Conversation on art + architecture:
Defining, designing, building and activating spaces are the creative base for architecture. Ultimately these are also concerns which affect contemporary art practices in general. The method of research in the physical environment and in the human nature and psychology is another. Art and Architecture from their different positions, base their work upon the understand- ing of the society and cultural codes for delivering concepts and new ideas. We acknowledge the independency and eligibility of each profession but also question: Are art and architecture just two parallel lines? If not, how and where do they meet? Are there crossing points? Is there something more than gravity fields, a mutual attraction that forms common environments for understanding, describing and transforming the world? Do they fuel, intensify or fertilize each other? Or is it just the sharing of clients and concepts that is inspiring them to collaborate on mutual interests? Is there an art + architecture? Conceptually or even physically?

In the panel:
Joseph Grima Editor in chief of Domus magazine and ex-director of StoreFront gallery in NYC
Gunnar B. Kvaran Director Astrup Fearnley Museum of contemporary art
Sami Rintala & Dagur Eggertsson Architects, Oslo
Knut Eirik Dahl Architect and Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at AHO in Oslo
Marit Justine Haugen, Artist and architect, Haugen & Zohar Architects, Oslo
Among others and the public.

View of The Banquet exhibition of Herreros Arquitectos.

Thursday September 22nd at 19:00 Conversation on the new museums
A new generation of museums has emerged within the transformation processes of the contemporary city: Amplifying their traditional role of solely being 'containers of art' and evolving as institutions with hybrid uses and complex programming that affect and interact with many parts of the city and society. Playing an important role in the context of social, educa- tional and economic developments; being important agents in the renewal of urban culture and powerful tools for the construction of contemporary identities; and even so, instruments of communication themselves. The momentous Centre Pompidou in Paris or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao are good examples of this phenomenon that has transformed some museums into key protagonists within the nature of certain cities. Oslo is currently planning the construction of several institutions with a vocation to be more than conventional museums: A new National Museum at Vestbanen, a new Astrup Fearnly Museum at Tjuvholmen, a new Munch & Stenersen Museum at Bjørvika and a newly established Kunsthall Oslo in a brand new district of the city. Herreros Arquitectos is inviting to a conversation on two major topics about present and future museums around the world:
1- The architectural form and the typology of the buildings and their spatial and logistical design. How does the "shell" af- fect the "content" or the curatorial processes inside these new museums?
2- The expanding role and functions of the museums in the city and society, where the museum becomes the venue not only for exposing art and attending events but a place for education, discovering of the self and the others, understanding of the past, the contemporary and the future of ideas, cultures and the society.

In the panel:
Audun Eckoff Director of National Museum of art, architecture and design, Oslo
Moritz Kung Director of Canódrom, Barcelona
Bartomeu Marí Director of Contemporary Museum of Modern Art Barcelona MACBA
Klaus Schuwerk & Jan Kleihues Architects, Winners of the competition for the new National Museum
Among others and the public.

View of The Banquet exhibition on Herreros Arquitectos.

Thursday October 6th at 19:00: Conversation on the culture as infrastructure
If we understand infrastructure as the physical and organizational instrument that enables the operation of the society and enriched by the evidence that new technologies expand the impact of any message worldwide, we can describe culture as an infrastructure itself. Because of its local, urban, national and global effect, culture is intimately linked to communication and contemporary mo- bility. It is a home and refuge for major changes and revision of codes and paradigms that affect the whole society. But isn't culture even more? Culture provides not only the means of delivery but also creates the content, the new ideas by itself? So, how can culture become a true motor of urban progress of social and economic development beyond its educational purpose? Is investment in culture an investment in infrastructure?

In the panel:
Llàtzer Moix Journalist and architecture & design critic, Barcelona
Jan Åman Curator and writer Stockholm, Sweden
Kjetill Thorsen Architect, Principal of Snøhetta, Oslo / NYC
Stein Olav Henrichsen Director of Munch Museum, Oslo
Antoni Muntadas Artist, NYC
Among others and the public.

The Banquet is the exhibition on Herreros Arquitectos from Madrid. It is also a series of conversations (dialogues) around contemporary topics in art and architecture.

Sunday October 16th at 18:00 The Paella!
ROM and Herreros Arquitectos are inviting you to the finishing event of The Banquet project.

The focal point of the project is a table with chairs and a lamp, being prototypes of the new interior facilities designed for the restaurant of the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid by Herreros Arquitectos.

Opening of The Banquet exhibition with Herreros Arquitectos.

Brangulí. Barcelona 1909–1945
 

Brangulí. Barcelona 1909–1945

With this exhibition of photographs by one of the greatest exponents of 20th-century photojournalism, the CCCB opens a time capsule of the city in its pivotal years.

 

Art / Ethel Baraona Pohl