06/10/2016: 50 years of architectural criticism

Publication of “The Art of the Right Distance” presented by gmp

The architects’ practice, gmp, is exhibiting its latest book documentation entitled The Art of the Right Distance. Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners at Architekturgalerie in Munich. 50 buildings from the last 50 years of gmp’s creative contribution are the basis of a dynamic dialog: photographs by Marcus Bredt are presented together with contemporary comments and critiques in the media. The exhibition of the same name in support of the publication opened on 29 September, and will run until 11 November.

The distance between critic and those assessed – and thus the point of view, so to speak – is subject to constant change. The architects’ practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) looks back over half a century of such development. This is documented in the latest publication; the title The Art of the Right Distance, Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners sets the scene for the discourse on the plethora of aspects associated with commenting on and assessing built structures. Published by the architecture critic and publisher Dirk Meyhöfer, and Michael Kuhn, Head of Communications at gmp, the documentation juxtaposes photographs by Marcus Bredt of 50 buildings of the last 50 years with written comments published in newspapers and journals in their respective original versions.

“More than ever, the architect is becoming a hiSTORY teller, somebody who adds a new lawyer to a historic base” says the architectural publisher Gert Kähler, whose statement is quoted in the publication, in addition to many others. Not only is there a convergence of the dimensions of time and space, but also a demonstration of the relevance of architecture for society as portrayed in the media. In particular, the focus is on public buildings designed by gmp, such as the Berlin-Tegel Airport, the Chinese National Museum in Beijing (China), a bridge in Kiel-Hörn, the Neue Messe in Leipzig, an opera house in Chonqing (China), the Arena da Amazônia in Manaus (Brazil), the World Cup stadium in Cape Town (South Africa), as well as other international stadiums and buildings. With a sharp eye, Marcus Bredt has re-photographed all objects, providing the viewer with the benefit of invitation to take part in an informative dialog.

Book documentation
The Art of the Right Distance.
Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners”


Edited by Dirk Meyhöfer and Michael Kuhn. Salenstein: Niggli Verlag, 2016.
German, 240 pages with 50 illustrations, format 22.5 x 29.5 cm, hardcover.
ISBN 978-3-7212-0949-5
www.niggli.ch/en/die-kunst-der-richtigen-distanz.html

Exhibition
„The art of the right distance. Architectural criticism mirrored in the work of the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners“

Duration of exhibition
30 September to 11 November 2016
Opening hours
Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm
Venue Türkenstr. 30, 80333 Munich
www.architekturgalerie-muenchen.de




Photographers

Marcus Bredt
www.marcusbredt.de

saskia wehler photography
www.saskiawehler.com

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