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Exhibition: "The Evidence Room" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto

  • 18:14 - 14 August, 2017
Exhibition: "The Evidence Room" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto
Exhibition: "The Evidence Room" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Interior perspective of The Evidence Room with models of Auschwitz gas column and gas-tight hatch, plaster casts, and model of gas-tight door.   Photo by Fred Hunsberger, University of Waterloo School of Architecture.
Interior perspective of The Evidence Room with models of Auschwitz gas column and gas-tight hatch, plaster casts, and model of gas-tight door. Photo by Fred Hunsberger, University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Widely acclaimed as a critically important work on its debut at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the 2016 Venice Biennale, The Evidence Room examines the chilling role architecture played in constructing the Auschwitz death camp.

This haunting installation features reconstructions of key objects central to the research work of Dr. Robert Jan van Pelt, one of the three exhibition principals. His careful analysis of the architecture of Auschwitz, introduced as evidence in a landmark court case, established that it was purposefully designed as a death camp. This ground-breaking research became a source for a new and emerging discipline—architectural forensics—which encompasses architecture, technology, history, law, and human rights. The exhibition is a compelling illustration of the role of architectural forensics as a means to establish the past and capture collective memory.

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Cite: "Exhibition: "The Evidence Room" at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto" 14 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/877733/exhibition-the-evidence-room-at-the-royal-ontario-museum-in-toronto/> ISSN 0719-8884

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