On June 22, 2016 the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin will house the vernissage of the ARCHITECTURE IS THE MUSIC OF SPACE exhibition. It will present an architectural analysis of five outstanding concert halls, constructed in Europe in recent years (in Szczecin, Oslo, Blaibach, Reykjavik and Porto), and an exceptional work of art created as an homage to the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic.
In 2015, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, designed by Estudio Barozzi/Veiga, received the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—Mies van der Rohe Award. This fact inspired the management of the Philharmonic to create an exhibition dedicated to architecture.
How does architecture influence music; how does music influence architecture? Do they stimulate each other? Is it possible to translate architecture into sounds, and express sounds through an architectural form? To try and come closer to answers to these questions, we have decided to follow relations of architecture and music on the example of five recently constructed exceptional concert halls: the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin (2014), the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo (2008), Concert Hall in Blaibach (2014), Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik (2011), and Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto (2005).
In the quest for the phenomenon of their uniqueness, these much-awarded, superb buildings will be subject to architectural and artistic interpretation. Landscape, climate, close surroundings, history of the place, the country where the hall was constructed, as well as the public, movement, personal experiences of their creators, performers and users—all these and other factors combine to influence not only the form and shape of architecture, but above all the expression, even spirit of the building. I am deeply convinced that an outstanding work of architecture emanates a certain aura, which escapes everyday human experience.
This is why the ARCHITECTURE IS THE MUSIC OF SPACE project is to have two aspects: it will be a photographic and spatial documentation of architecture, but also an act of art aimed at revealing its transcendent phenomenon (”thought form”) and creating/discovering a sound, unique for the building and resulting from the nature of the place. The durability of architecture (presented in photographs of the halls) will be juxtaposed with the ephemeral character of the voice and its spatial imaging (sound + image).
An architectural analysis of the five superb European concert halls will be presented by Robert Konieczny, one of the most renowned Polish architects, designer of the Przełomy Center for Dialogue, a space counted among the best public spaces in Europe, extending next to the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall. The unique sounds of the Philharmonic and its transcendent image will be revealed by artist Katarzyna Krakowiak, much-awarded for her works including sculpture, architecture and sound. The created/discovered sounds will remain an exclusive property of the Philharmonic and may be used as sounds inviting the public to a concert, or preceding an exceptional event.
TitleARCHITECTURE IS THE MUSIC OF SPACE Five Exceptional Concert Halls in Europe
FromJune 22, 2016 08:00 PM
UntilSeptember 10, 2016 08:00 PM
VenueMieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin
Ewa P. Porębska / curator of the exhibition