Architecture of the 20th c. Wroclaw
The exhibition will be a comprehensive presentation of Wroclaw architecture of the twentieth century. The aim of the exhibition will be not only to display buildings and plans developed during the last century. The curatorial concept assumes an analytical look at the development of the city through phenomena in space, one that rejects the primacy of chronology and typology, dominant in this type of exhibitions. By choosing problems and issues characteristic for this extraordinary city, the curators want to look at the city as a whole - without establishing a border between the German Breslau and Polish Wroclaw, treating the city as a dynamic palimpsest, and subjecting it to a multifaceted analysis and interpretation.
The exhibition will not form a continuous, linear narrative, but will revolve around several themes, axes of the narrative, focusing on specific urban and architectural phenomena, as well as social phenomena and their spatial emanations. Such a layout, based on the "studies of phenomena" will, first, make it easier to grasp the specifics of the city, and secondly, make the exhibition more dynamic and attractive to visitors.
The authors want the spatial audiovisual installation - a huge model of the city, which will be presented in its urban transformation in the twentieth century - to be the starting point and introduction to the exhibition. In the subsequent, analytical parts presented will be models, designs, videos, animations, photographs, and other archival documents, which allow illustrating the dynamics of structural transformations of the city of Wroclaw on various levels.
The exhibition will be an opportunity to organize an extensive educational program consisting of lectures, meetings and discussions with researchers of the twentieth-century architecture of Wroclaw, visits to architectural facilities, as well as museum classes and workshops. An extensive catalogue of the exhibition will provide a summary of the current knowledge on the city's architecture and urban planning in the past century.