The home, because it is a theme everyone can identify with and see himself in, has often been chosen as a medium for exploration of other universal themes in architecture. MoMA dedicates an exhibition to architect Frederick Kiesler fifty years after his death: Endless House Intersections of Art and Architecture.
The exhibition’s title and starting point is Endless House, an unbuilt project by Frederick Kiesler in which the architect, in contrast with most architecture of his day, proposes a vision of the house as an organic environment animated by a synthesis of other artistic disciplines (poetry, painting, sculpture, dance, theatre).
Through drawings, photos, videos, installations and architectural models from the MoMA collection, visitors are presented with projects by architects who have addressed the theme of residential design in new ways, such as Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas, along with new acquisitions from Smiljan Radic and Asymptote Architecture. The architectural projects are compared with the work of artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Mario Merz, and Rachel Whiteread, demonstrating the importance of the theme of the home in cultural dialogue between different generations and disciplines.
Title: Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture
Curator: Pedro Gadanho, curatorial assistant: Phoebe Springstubb
Date: 27 June 2015 – 6 March 2016
Location: MoMA New York USA
Images courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art
Installation view of Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar