• Bernard Tschumi: Concept and Notation
    Hubertus Adam
    Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
    May 08, 2015 to Aug 23, 2015
    Bernard Tschumi

View of Bernard Tschumi: A Retrospective, Centre George Pompidou, 2014, Paris. Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects.

Bernard Tschumi: Concept and Notation is a traveling exhibition based on the retrospective presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from April 30 to July 28, 2014—the most complete display of Tschumi's work to date since New York’s MoMA exhibition in 1994. Designed to extend the reach of the retrospective, Concept and Notation features a selection of the nearly 300 drawings, sketches, photographs, and models exhibited at the Pompidou, including original works never-before-seen by the public and several video installations. A key figure in the field of architectural practice and education from the late-twentieth century to present, Tschumi's works illustrate turning points in the history of contemporary architecture related to themes of space and event, program and superposition, vectors and envelopes, context and content, and form-concepts. This travelling exhibition explores Tschumi's process of transforming an idea or concept into an architectural project.

Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts (1981) and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays (MIT Press, 1994). In 1983, he won the prestigious competition to design and build the Parc de la Villette in Paris. Since then, he has made a reputation for groundbreaking designs that include the New Acropolis Museum, the Alésia Archaeological Museum, and Lerner Hall Student Center, among other projects. Tschumi's work has been widely exhibited, with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Venice Biennale. He has served as dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University from 1988 to 2003. His most recent publication Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color (Rizzoli, 2012) offers a comprehensive collection of his conceptual and built projects.