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Barcelona

Oskar Hansen

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Angels, 1
July 10 - January 6

Curated by Soledad Gutiérrez, Łukasz Ronduda, and Aleksandra Kedziorek

Polish architect Oskar Hansen was an artist and educator perhaps best known for his “Open Form” theory, a concept—connected to the work of the Team 10 architects—that promoted the social utility of sculpture and architecture and countered long-favored Corbusian ideals. “Open Form” soon evolved into a brave plan for urban decentralization that Hansen, during his tenure at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, passed along to generations of students, encouraging them to pursue art practices beyond traditional disciplines. Now MACBA, in collaboration with Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art, is showcasing the architect’s original designs, photographs, and didactic materials alongside works realized by his students—materials that, though at one time internationally recognized, have rarely circulated outside Poland.

Travels to the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Jan.–May 2015.