Dreamland: Architectural Experiments at MoMA New York


Gaetano Pesce drawing for the Church of Solitude, 1974-77

July 26, 2008. Through October 27, the New York Museum of Modern Art will present “Dreamland: Architectural Experiments Since the 1970s,” a collection of drawings and models that use the city, and often Manhattan in particular, as the subject of, and springboard for, architectural fantasy. Starting with drawings from Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York book, the exhibition will represent the profusion of imagined, or so-called “paper,” projects by architects like Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Raimund Abraham, Steven Holl and Hans Hollein, and explore how those experiments have influenced real projects to this day. Anchored by a cluster of architectural models at the center of the room, the show will also feature recent acquisitions, including work by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Diller & Scofidio and Simon Ungers. If only life would imitate art a little more often. moma.org


Palm Tree Island (Oasis) drawing by Haus Rucker Co., 1971


From Bernard Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts, 1980


Times Square Tower drawing by Raimund Abraham, 1984

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