NL architects: 'modernice!' exhibition at slovak national gallery, bratislava
 
NL architects: 'modernice!' exhibition at slovak national gallery, bratislava NL architects: 'modernice!' exhibition at slovak national gallery, bratislava
may 28, 2009

NL architects: 'modernice!' exhibition at slovak national gallery, bratislava

‘feel the difference’ reflection on the facade of the slovak national gallery by NL architects photo © hertha hurnaus image courtesy NL architects

NL architects were invited by the dutch embassy in bratislava to show their work at the slovak national gallery. titled ‘modernice’ the exhibition features numerous NL projects in various stages of development, covering almost two decades.

vladimír dedeček’s stunning ‘bridge’ section of the museum is waiting for renovation and was closed for many years. the bridge was opened especially for the exhibition.

NL architects were deeply frustrated with the mutation of the facade of the building: the national gallery nowadays is covered in a supersized advertisement for ford. the XXXL poster neutralizes the intense horizontality of the facade and destroys its depth.

after being informed about possibilities to remove the poster for the duration of their show – to expose once more the museums unique monumental face- it became clear that it would be a costly operation; taking it down for one day only and reinstalling it would already amount up to 3.600 euro.

the exhibition will be on view until june 21st.

the facade of the slovak national gallery by NL architects photo © hertha hurnaus image courtesy NL architects

the current facade of the slovak national gallery photo © hertha hurnausimage courtesy NL architects

‘modernice!’ exhibition at slovak national gallery, bratislava photo © hertha hurnausimage courtesy NL architects

‘modernice!’ exhibition at slovak national gallery, bratislava photo © hertha hurnausimage courtesy NL architects

  • How is it a reflection? Of what?

    Eh? says:
  • For a more comprehensive and hopefully more comprehensible text please check: http://www.nlarchitects.nl

    The project was born out of frustration about the supersized poster for Ford that obscures the stunning facade of the Slovak National Gallery. Since we could not get rid of the billboard, we wondered if it would be possible to adjust the advertisement such that it would celebrate the sculptural quality of the elevation. “Feel the Difference” is an attempt to respect the financial logic of the billboard and the refined depth of Dedecek’s building in one single gesture.

    Kamiel.NL says:

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