S AM exhibitions abroad

Once again, the S AM has been able to send its exhibitions on tour abroad, thus increasing the museum’s presence across Europe.
For example, the exhibition ‘Bengal Stream: The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh’ was presented at Arc en Rêve - Centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux (22/11/2018 – 3/3/2019) and at the German Architecture Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt am Main (7/6 – 20/10/2019) and at Bengal Shilpalay, Quamrul Hasan Exhibition Hall, Dhaka Bangladesh (9.12. - 9.1.2023).
Swim City’ also went on tour and has already been shown at the AIT Architektur Salon in Munich (14/11/2019 – 12/1/2020), AIT Architektur Salon in Hamburg (31/1 – 24/4/2020), Deutschen Architekturzentrum DAZ (20/6/–2/8/2020), MAO Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana (27/8/–8/10/2020), in the context of an event of Bremer Zentrum für Baukultur (16/9/2021) and at the  Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021 and at ArchitekturFORUM Konstanz Kreuzlingen (22.7.-25.9.2022).
The exhibition ‘Mock Up’ will be on display at Gelben Haus in Flims from 19/12/2021-18/4/2022.

15.04 - 28.05.2023
KUNST MERAN im Haus der Sparkasse
Mock-Up. Architectural Models in 1:1 Scale. Photographs by David K. Ross (exhibition poster)

The opening will be accompanied by a talk with the artists David K. Ross and Andreas Kofler (S AM)

In architecture, a “mock-up” is a materially accurate demonstration model that reproduces a section of a building on a real scale and ideally as part of in its future environment. The underlying intention of these objects, realised on nearly standard-base in Switzerland, is to understand the appearance and detailed design of a project before the actual construction begins.
These models are usually photographed only in passing, but the Canadian photographer and filmmaker David K. Ross has turned them into artistic objects. In his photo project Archetypes, begun in 2016, he portrays them as heroic monuments, but also as dreamlike and uncanny pseudo-architectures.
In 2021, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel used. Ross’s series as the starting point for an exhibition to explore the extended potential of mock-ups between what is simulation and reality. The exhibition at Kunst Meran / Merano Arte, on the other hand, focuses on the critical interface between planning and execution – one that does not exist in either the regional or national context of South Tyrol or Italy. And poses the question: why not?


Photos 1-2: © David K. Ross