ConfronTables. Charles Polónyi - Justus Dahinden: Fragments of a Dialogue

Veranstalter: Titularprofessur Moravánszky
Datum: Donnerstag, 10. September 2015 bis Dienstag, 22. September 2015
Zeit: 17.30 Uhr Georgi D. Stanishev (UACEG Sofia) im Gespräch mit Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky
Ort: gta exhibitions


During the period of Europe‘s political division, architects from Eastern and Western European countries closely followed the work of their colleagues in the opposing political system. Professionals from Eastern Europe took great interest in developments in the West; architects from Western Europe visited Eastern European projects, or could read about them in professional journals. Especially in the later phase, collaboration and exchange between practitioners from both sides became possible through joint workshops and design projects, often located in the Third World. Architectural books and professional magazines of both sides were available in libraries of most design offices and were used in architectural education, as well. This mutual perception is the historical background of the exhibition.

The installation revolves around two architects‘ workspaces – one from Eastern Europe, one from Western Europe. Their spatial arrangement constructs a fictional encounter between these two figures, their work, tools, material and intellectual sources, and the wider contexts in which their work was situated. Thus, the exhibition aims to make visible reciprocal perceptions and mutual exchanges between architects (and architectural culture generally) in Eastern and Western Europe during the 1970s and 1980s by assembling various material traces and diverse media that not only document these transfers, but that themselves have acted as such sites of transfer – architectural journals, pamphlets and other visual material, slide shows, and architectural projects.


Dr. Torsten Lange
Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky
Julian Oggier