An exhibition at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art highlights a new trend in museum design—away from Bilbao-esque icons and toward a more democratic model in which architects, often working in teams, create dispersed structures that defer to the surrounding landscape, as well as to the visitors’ journey. White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes opens tomorrow, September 22, and runs through January 13, 2013. It will then travel to the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, where it will be on view from February 14 to May 4, 2013.
The inspiration for the exhibition emerged from a lecture that Raymund Ryan, the museum’s architecture curator, was preparing to give at Ireland’s Lismore Castle about four years ago, on the intersection of art and landscape. The six sites Ryan chose to highlight in his lecture are now represented in the show, with commissioned photographs of each by regular RECORD contributor Iwan Baan, as well as models and drawings: Raketenstation Insel Hombroich, near Neuss, Germany; Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan; Inhotim, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Jardín Botánico in Culiacán, Mexico; Grand Traiano Art Complex in Grottaferrata, Italy; and Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park.