Public Works - Architecture by Civil Servants | KÖNIG GALERIE | 8.3.–14.4.2013
Press Release:

GALERIE KÖNIG presents the Biennale exhibition 'Public works' by Rem Koolhaas’ office OMA in Berlin.

The exhibition 'Public Works – Architecture by Civil Servants' was conceived by Reinier de Graaf and Laura Baird from the architecture office Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) for the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012, where it was received with great acclaim.

ST. AGNES is exhibit as well as exhibition space.

'Public Works' will be on show from 8 March to 14 April 2013, in the former church of ST. AGNES and will present the architectural ensemble along with other outstanding European architectural complexes of the 1960s and 1970s.

In the 1960s and 1970s conspicuous building authorities were operating all over Europe. Their architects were regarded as civil servants. Today their architectural legacy is still regarded as refreshingly modern, even ground-breaking. Reinier de Graaf calls the 1960s and 1970s - the heyday of public architecture -: 'a short-lived, fragile period of naïve optimism, before market economy's brutal command took the lead.' De Graaf describes it as 'a curious paradox, that the welfare state's good-natured ideology chose to be represented by a style that was later on named brutalist architecture.'

Beside the former parish house ST. AGNES the exhibition will focus on architectural complexes and their architects by the Greater London Council, the Public Works Department Amsterdam, the Dutch Rijksgebouwendienst, the Senate Department for Urban Development of West Berlin as well as on works of French and Italian architects who were at that time members of special 'architect councils' working on areas such as architecture and urban development in the public sector. The exhibition will present archive material as well as documents on the present condition of all selected buildings.

The curators of the exhibition:

Reinier de Graaf, OMA partner as well as AMO director and Laura Baird, OMA associate. OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong and soon Doha. The counterpart to OMA's architectural practice is AMO, a research studio based in Rotterdam that operates in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture.

The exhibition was made possible by the kind and generous support of:OMA, Königreich der Niederlande, Eternit, hhpberlin, 032c, Johann König