Besides, History

The show presents a conversation initiated by the CCA, with the conviction that studying architecture’s ideas involves using the past and the present as tools to envision the future.

"Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen", installation view, CCA, Montréal, 2017
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) presents the exhibition “Besides, History: Go Hasegawa , Kersten Geers, David Van Severen ”, curated by Giovanna Borasi, CCA Chief Curator. The exhibition presents a conversation initiated by the CCA, with the conviction that studying architecture’s ideas involves using the past and the present as tools to envision the future.

 

“Besides, History” examines the role that history plays in contemporary architecture practice. The invited architects reread, redraw, translate, and appropriate from the past and from each other in order to construct relationships and meaning out of a constellation of references. Collected from many historical periods and geographies, these references – Andrea Palladio, John Hejduk, Aldo Rossi, Kazunari Sakamoto, and others – reveal a very different attitude of inquiry, more directly related to the architects’ aesthetic research without becoming strictly operational or literal. The show also features Through Your Eye, an introduction curated by Stefano Graziani, who has photographed key works by both architecture offices.

"Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen", installation view, CCA, Montréal, 2017
"Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen", installation view, CCA, Montréal, 2017

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