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Meeting in the exhibition with Joaquim Moreno, Architect
26 MAR 2015
Meeting in the exhibition "Oskar Hansen: Open Form" with Joaquim Moreno, Architect, Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University, at Universidade do Minho and at Universidade Autónoma.

Open form in architecture - the art of the greatest number, was the contribution made by Oskar and Zofia Hansen to the transformed continuity of modern architecture in the last International Modern Architecture Congress which took place in 1959 at the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo. Open form criticised the sudden rigidity of a modern outlook that was innovative but without change, and was born new but was already obsolete. Indeterminacy, openness of form, readiness to change from private and individualized forms, were the bases of quality; not the quality of standard objects of heroic modernity, but the quality of objects and of open forms that allowed the greatest number to be made of singularities.
This other modern project understood its life as a planned transformation: with different metabolic cycles, with overall forms that resisted the replacement of individual elements, with groups able to transport the sap of life to every extremity, without ever repeating forms and configurations; this other modern agent had a project and a plan. But with the benefit of hindsight we now realise that this openness of form displaced the rigidity of its original moment to the rigidity of images of the future and narratives of transformation. The future changes too quickly, plans are updated, but architecture transformed into a single plane crystallizes the future pasts. This exhibition is an excellent opportunity to foster an open discussion about this transformation of modernity, transformation of the relationship of novelty with its present and its process of becoming.

Capacity: 30 
Access: by purchase of Museum+Park ticket (issued on the day)

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  • Schedule18h30 - 20h00
  • Days26 MAR 2015

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