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Bernard Tschumi at Centre Pompidou

30 APRIL – 28 JULY 2014

Centre Pompidou Exhibition

Following exhibitions devoted to the work of Jean Nouvel, Thom Mayne, Richard Rogers, and Dominique Perrault, the Centre Pompidou will host the first major European retrospective of the architect and theorist Bernard Tschumi. The exhibition, which opens to the public on April 30th and runs through July 28th, showcases some three hundred and fifty drawings, sketches, collages, and models, many of them never shown previously. The installation designed by the architect also features archival documents and films.

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On view will be over forty projects in Europe, the United States, China, and the Middle East, including architecture for the Parc Zoologique de Paris, scheduled for inauguration shortly before the exhibition opens. Exploring the process by which an idea or concept is transformed into an architectural project, the exhibition offers unique insight into Tschumi’s approach as well into individual works. Since the late 1970s, Tschumi has been redefining architecture through a series of conceptual arguments rooted in film, literature, the visual arts, and philosophy, producing an expanded definition of the discipline that has radically renewed architectural design methods.

The exhibition casts a spotlight on Tschumi’s influence and work as a theorist, a cultural presence, and a builder. The scope of his approach is developed through five thematic and chronological sections devoted to the concepts of space and event; program and superimposition; vectors and envelopes; context and content; and the “concept-form.” These five themes are illustrated by the architect’s most iconic projects, ranging from his early theoretical project titled The Manhattan Transcripts to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, the Parc de la Villette in Paris, the National Studio for Contemporary Art (Le Fresnoy) in Tourcoing, France; the Headquarters and Manufacturing Center for Vacheron Constantin in Geneva; and projects in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

An illustrated catalogue with over 600 color and black-and-white reproductions and essays by exhibition curators Frédéric Migayrou and Aurélien Lemonier accompanies the exhibition. The essays examine the development of Tschumi’s work since the1970s, the dialogue of his work with the history of architecture, and his influence on architecture and educational and cultural environments and institutions. The catalogue also contains an extensive interview with the architect.

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21 May 2010

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Bernard Tschumi – Key Projects

Bernard Tschumi Architects Projects, alphabetical

BLUE Residential Tower, Manhattan, USA
Date built: 2007
BLUE Residential Tower : New York building

Concert Hall in Limoges, France
Limoges Concert Hall for 6,000

Cultural Center and Concert Hall, Bordeaux-Cenon, France

Department Store, Cultural Center and Residential Complex, The Hague, The Netherlands

ECAL School of Art and Design
Lausanne, Switzerland
Inaugurated October 5, 2007

FLON Subway Stations, Lausanne, Switzerland

Florida International University – Architecture Building, Miami, Florida, USA

International Financial Center for the Americas, Master Plan, Los Llanos, Dominican Republic

Lausanne railway station, Switzerland

Le Fresnoy building, France

Lerner Hall, Columbia University, USA

Limoges Concert Hall, France

Lindner Athletic Center, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Masterplan for Paris Expo 2004 proposal, France

Museum of Contemproary Art, São Paulo, Brazil

Museum and Interpretive Center, Parc Archeologique d’ Alésia, Alésia, France

New Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
New Acropolis Museum : Greek building

New York Museum for African Art, Manhattan, USA

New Tower, Lower East Side, New York, USA
The subtly angular tower uses pixilated glass in shades of blue. This Lower Manhattan tower has 32 residential units with a significant commercial element: £15m

Parc de la Villette / Villette Park, Porte de la Villette, avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris IXXe, France

Pedestrian Bridge, La Roche-sur-Yon, France

Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
University of Cincinnati building

Rouen Concert Hall, France

Vacheron Constantin HQ, Geneva, Switzerland

Venice Biennale : Swiss Pavilion, Solo Exhibition

Book by Monacelli Press

Publication: Tschumi on Architecture (Publisher: Monacelli Press), with translation in four languages

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Alésia Museum
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Location: 7 Rue Pecquay, 75004 Paris, France

Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes Practice Information

Bernard Tschumi Architects, with offices based in New York and Paris, is currently completing the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, the BLUE residential tower in New York City, the ECAL art school and a railway station in Lausanne, Switzerland. Projects under study include: a museum in Alesia, France, a cultural center in Bordeaux-Cenon, a cultural center and department store in The Hague, and the Diaoyutai Ouest Hotel in Beijing.

The firm just completed the master plan for the Independent Financial Centre of the Americas in the Dominican Republic and is currently designing the first phase.
Recently built projects include the Athletic Center for the University of Cincinnati; the factory and headquarters for Vacheron Constantin in Geneva, Switzerland; and the School of Architecture at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Bernard Tschumi Architects opened in 1983 with the competition winning project for the Parc de la Villette in Paris, a 125-acre cultural park with 25 folies, pedestrian bridges, promenades, and outdoor facilities.

Architect and Lead Designer

BERNARD TSCHUMI Architect and Lead Designer

Architect and lead designer for the BLUE Residential Tower, Bernard Tschumi studied in Paris and at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, from which he received his degree in 1969. First known as a theorist, he began his teaching career at the Architectural Association in London (1970-79) and continued it at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York (1976), Princeton University (1976 and 1980) and The Cooper Union (1981-83). He first became known for his conceptual work, most notably the exhibition and publication The Manhattan Transcripts (1981). In 1983, he won the prestigious competition to design the Parc de la Villette, a 125- acre public park containing dramatic buildings, walkways, bridges and gardens, located at the northeast edge of Paris. He established his Paris office in 1983 and his main office in New York in 1988.

From 1988 to 2003, Bernard Tschumi was Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of ten books (including the Event Cities series and Architecture and Disjunction, a compilation of essays published in 1994 by MIT Press) and numerous articles.

He is a member of the Collège International de Philosophie in France and has received many honors, including the Légion d’Honneur, the Ordre des Arts et Lettres and the Royal Victoria Medal. He has been awarded France’s Grand Prix National d’Architecture and the AIA New York Gold Medal of Honor. He is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Bernard Tschumi Architects has established a world reputation for its aesthetic excellence, conceptual ingenuity and strategic solutions for public and private communities. Besides the celebrated Parc de la Villette, completed projects by the firm include an 8,000-person Concert Hall and Exhibition Complex in Rouen, France (2001); Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing, France (1997); Columbia University’s Lerner Hall Student Center in New York (1999); Marne-La-Vallée School of Architecture in Paris (1999); the Interface Flon, a bus, train and subway station and bridge in Lausanne, Switzerland (2001); Florida International University School of Architecture in Miami, Florida (2003); the Vacheron-Constantin Headquarters and Manufacturing Complex in Geneva (2004); the Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center at the University of Cincinnati (2006); and a 6,000-seat Concert Hall in Limoges, France (2007).

Projects under construction include the substantially completed New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, now undergoing finishing touches as exhibitions are being installed. Other current projects include a museum and interpretive center at the Parc Archeologique d’Alésia in Alésia, France; a cultural center and concert hall in Bordeaux-Cenon, France, and the Grote Markstraat mixed-use center in The Hague, The Netherlands, among other projects. The firm is currently developing a master plan and key buildings for the Independent Financial Centre of the Americas in Los Llanos, Dominican Republic.

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