27.03. - 27.06.2010

Environments and Counter Environments: Experimental Media in ‘Italy: The New Domestic Landscape’, MoMA 1972

As part of the exhibition, original documents and multimedia projections will be shown that were presented in 1972 in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by the curator Emilio Ambasz. With its own means of systematization the exhibition paid homage to the dynamic and politically complex context of Italian design and architecture of the 1960s and early 1970s. For the first time since 1972 the current exhibition Environments and Counter Environments: Experimental Media in ‘Italy: The New Domestic Landscape’, MoMA 1972 brings together all the films that were produced for the original exhibition. Further exhibited objects show different positions concerning design concept development and the theoretical foundation of ‘environments’. In this way the exhibition newly brings media and ‘environments’ together – and thereby prompts a re-thinking of the borders between architecture and residential space, as well as their requirements and territories.

With: Archizoom, Gae Aulenti, Mario Bellini, Joe Colombo, Gruppo Strum, Gaetano Pesce, Ugo La Pietra, Alberto Rosselli, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Superstudio, Marco Zanuso / Sapper, 9999.

Upcoming exhibitions

28.08. - 31.10.2021


Public opening: 27/8/2021, 7 PM

In architecture, a "mock-up" refers to a demonstration model that reproduces a fragment of a building in full size, using the same materials as the eventual finished product. These models help to better understand the detailing of a building before actual construction begins. But what if mock-ups are not understood as merely byproducts of architecture, but as artefacts in their own right, in possession of an experimental or even poetic potential that goes beyond their purely technical function? 

Image 1: Atelier Abraha Achermann, Erlenmatt Ost, Basel, 2018 © David K. Ross
Image 2: Material tests with carpet tiles, baubüro in-situ / Zirkular, 2021
Image 3: Tambacounda Mock-Up, Manuel Herz, Senegal, 2018. Photo: Magueye Ba
Image 4: Performative mock-up, Newrope. Photo: Elias Knecht

20.11.2021 - 24.04.2022


Opening: 19/11/2021, 7 PM

Love it or hate it: concrete is everywhere. This exhibition examines this polarising material and its role in the Swiss self-image, challenging popular myths and uncovering surprising connections. A coproduction between the S AM and the gta Archives, Zurich, the Archives de la construction moderne, Lausanne, and the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio.

Photo: The “Zementhalle” by Hans Leuzinger (architect) and Robert Maillart at the 1939 Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, courtesy ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv