If You Build It, Will They Come? The Future of Museum Architecture


Clearly those in the urban ‘realm’ as it is so warmly referred to, are sick and tired of the term ‘Bilbao Effect’. So they’ve nudged the topic on a little for variety’s sake. The Architecture Foundation has produced a series of late, and wrap it up with a session on Monday….

“To conclude and complete the If You Build It… series The Architecture Foundation will present a final public event exploring the future architectures of arts institutions. Following events examining the role of the art institution in catalysing change both in the national and international context, the series will move on to dissect the social, economical and urban challenges as well as the impact of recent changes in artistic and curatorial practice and programming in designing future-facing art museums.


The expert panel will consist of Hal Foster, art critic, historian and author of The Art-Architecture Complex (Verso, 2011), and Jacques Herzog, architect and senior partner, Herzog & de Meuron. The discussion will be chaired by Alice Rawsthorn, design critic and author, whose latest book is Hello World: Where Design Meets Life (Penguin, 2013). In addition a series of three respondents including Chris Dercon, director, Tate Modern, Kieran Long, senior curator of contemporary architecture, design and digital, V&A Museum, and Eva Franch, executive director and chief curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture, have been invited to pose questions to the panel in order to spark discussion and debate following the conversation.”

Image: detail of Herzog and de Meuron’s The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. Courtesy Iwan Baan.

If You Build It, Will They Come? The Tate, SE1. Monday 10th Feb at 7pm.


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