Interactive Exhibition At London's Space Gallery Pays Tribute To Erno Goldfinger

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 29 August 2007
a photograph showing two towers connected by concrete walkways

Courtesy [ s p a c e ] © Arni Harladsson

A new interactive exhibition called The Goldfinger Project opens at [ s p a c e ] on September 1 and runs until September 30 2007 exploring the history of brutalist architecture through the work and legacy of a leading figure in British architectural history, Erno Goldfinger.

Contemporary scholar and artist Arni Harladsson has compiled key moments from Goldfinger’s lifetime and documented his legacy to architecture through a thorough study of the urban landscape.

Utilising photography, film footage, historical documentation, popular cultural memorabilia, sound and resourced information, the display includes material from such diverse sources as BBC news reels of the Ronan Point tower collapse, the Barbican, Trellick Tower t-shirts, popular music songs, advertising campaigns, interviews with residents and James Bond movies.

The exhibition is Vancouver-based Arni Harladsson’s most recent investigation into the architecture produced during the High Modernist era of architectural history – often referred to as brutalist architecture.

a photograph of the fronatge of a block of flats

Courtesy [ s p a c e ] © Arni Harladsson

His travels have taken him across the globe to numerous exciting locations from Rix Reinecke’s landmark Ocean Towers in Vancouver, Libera’s isolated Villa Malaparte on Capri to Le Corbusier’s Modernist city vision of Chandigarh in India.

The ongoing mission has seen him take a series of photographs and collect a wide range of related material exploring architecture as a record of social and cultural change.

Ageing examples of High Modernist architecture are thus examined with the intention of probing historical changes in architecture, urban planning, and societal values. His work will also be exhibited in EAST International 2007.

During the course of the exhibition, a symposium will be held with guest speakers from the architectural world addressing the theme of the nature of photography and representation in relation to architecture.

a photograph of the extrerior of a modernist flat

2 Willow Road. Courtesy the National Trust © NTPL

The former home of Erno Goldfinger, designed by the architect himself can be found at 2 Willow Road in Hampstead. The building is open to the public and presents a complete Modern Movement home. For more information on 2 Willow road visit the National Trust Website

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