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"Thom Mayne: Sculptural Drawings" Opens at the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin

"Thom Mayne: Sculptural Drawings" Opens at the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin

Running from 11 September till 15 November 2020, "Thom Mayne: Sculptural Drawings" is the latest architectural exhibition at Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin. Curated by Kristin Feireiss, together with Esenija Bannan, the project questions the nature of architectural drawing and how it influenced the work of Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis. The exhibition features Mayne’s works dating from 1979 through 2020 and leads visitors from “traditional” drawings and new experimentations with techniques, through to 3D paintings.

Lawrence Residence, Hermosa Beach, USA 1980. Image Courtesy of Thom MayneBerlin Wall 1986. Image Courtesy of Thom MayneSkizzenbuch / Sketchbook 1994/95. Image Courtesy of Thom MayneCrawford Residence, Montecito, USA 1989. Image Courtesy of Thom Mayne+ 12

For Thom Mayne, “everything starts with an idea that leads to complex forms, to something unpredictable – unattainable”. Creating improvisations, sculptural paintings that although completely random, influence his architecture, Mayne has challenged the nature of architectural drawing. Presenting personal sketchbooks, serigraphs, hand and so-called sculptural drawings dating from 1979 through 2020, the exhibition entitled “Thom Mayne: Sculptural Drawings” showcases a fraction of the architect’s archive. The exposition encompasses “traditional” works on paper and two-and-a-half-dimensional drawings titled Drawdels – an invention combining drawing and model, as well as 3D paintings.

Ohne Titel / Untitled (Nolita 5-6) 2019. Image Courtesy of Thom Mayne
Ohne Titel / Untitled (Nolita 5-6) 2019. Image Courtesy of Thom Mayne
Chiba Golf Club, Präfektur Chiba / Chiba Prefecture, Japan 1991. Image Courtesy of Thom Mayne
Chiba Golf Club, Präfektur Chiba / Chiba Prefecture, Japan 1991. Image Courtesy of Thom Mayne

Experimenting with form and materiality, Mayne’s compositions highlight his continuous interest in challenging the norm. Curated by Kristin Feireiss, co-founder and director of the Aedes Architecture Forum and member of the Curatorial Board of the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing, together with Esenija Bannan, Curator at the Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing, the exhibition showcases the shifting and always evolving nature of architecture. In fact, the selection shows “how Thom Mayne’s interest in transformation and invention changed the formal vocabulary of modern architecture not only in Los Angeles but also abroad”.


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Thom Mayne’s buildings count to world-famous architectural icons. He has founded his experimental practice Morphosis of which he is the principal today, together with architect James Stafford. Actually, “the name Morphosis describes the philosophy of the architectural practice: different techniques are morphed together to form something new”. Mayne, co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architects (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, he has also received the Pritzker Prize in 2005 and served on President Barack Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities from 2009 to 2016.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. ""Thom Mayne: Sculptural Drawings" Opens at the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin" 07 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/947201/thom-mayne-sculptural-drawings-opens-at-the-museum-for-architectural-drawing-in-berlin> ISSN 0719-8884
Flores Residence, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, USA 1979. Image Courtesy of Thom Mayne

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