The exhibition will open in September and explore “the environmental and aesthetic potential of reused and recycled materials.”
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has announced a new exhibition that will explore how modern architecture in China is rooted in its cultural context and history. Called Reuse, Renew, Recycle: Recent Architecture from China, the exhibit is curated by The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Martino Stierli, and curatorial assistant Evangelos Kotsioris. It will be on view from September 16, 2021 through July 4, 2022.
Eight architectural/urban projects will be showcased designed by “a new generation of China-born architects” who have shown their commitment to blending new architecture with existing structures,” according to Stierli and Kotsioris, who spoke to RECORD. Much of the architects’ works are about “exploring the environmental and aesthetic potential of reused and recycled materials,” they added.
The exhibition will feature works by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu of Amateur Architecture Studio, Philip F. Yuan of Archi-Union Architects, and four former RECORD Design Vanguard recipients: Atelier Deshaus’ Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng (a 2011 Design Vanguard firm), DnA_Design and Architecture’s Xu Tiantian, Zhu Pei (a 2007 Vanguard), Dong Gong of Vector Architects (a fellow Design Vanguard from 2014), and ZAO/standardarchitecture’s Zhang Ke (a 2010 Design Vanguard).
According to the MoMA curators, the architects and studios to be exhibited “share a deep skepticism towards notions of unimpeded development that has underscored large construction projects—often designed by foreign architects—in China.”