19.11.2016 - 07.05.2017

Schweizweit

ARCHITECTURE RÉCENTE EN SUISSE
ARCHITETTURA RECENTE IN SVIZZERA
RECENT ARCHITECTURE IN SWITZERLAND
 

In 1992 the artist Ben Vautier made a provocative statement with the inscription “La Suisse n’existe pas” at the entrance to the Swiss pavilion at the Expo in Seville. He wanted to point out the linguistic and cultural diversity of the country, but touched a sensitive nerve. It could equally be claimed that “L’architecture Suisse n’existe pas”. Whilst the image of Swiss architecture, especially internationally, is still strongly characterised by the 1990s and minimalism, the constructed reality is more regionally differentiated and heterogeneous: “Swiss architectures” rather than “Swiss architecture”.
The first exhibition under the leadership of S AM Director Andreas Ruby reflects his vision for the S AM: without thresholds, contemporary, collaborative, Switzerland-wide. In co-operation with 162 architectural practices from all regions of the country the S AM has created a visual atlas of current Swiss architecture. Switzerland is transported into the museum via large-format projections. The exhibition shows the commonalities and differences in the themes, content and formal strategies that Swiss architects focus on today.

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Upcoming exhibitions

28.08. - 31.10.2021

Mock-Up

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

Beton

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