Lars Müller Publishers
1er février 2006
More than any of their contemporaries, Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and
Pierre de Meuron are challenging the boundaries between architecture and art.
Natural History explores that challenge, examining how the work of this
formidable pair has drawn upon the art of both past and present, and brought
architecture into dialogue with the art of our time. Echoing an encyclopedia,
this publication reflects the natural history museum structure of the exhibition
which it accompanies, organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Models
and projects by Herzog & de Meuron, as well as by other artists, are
structured around six thematic portfolios that suggest an evolutionary history
of the architects' work: Appropriation & Reconstruction, Transformation
& Alienation, Stacking & Compression, Imprints & Moulds,
Interlocking Spaces, and Beauty & Atmosphere. Each section is introduced
with a statement from Herzog, and more than 20 artists, scholars, and architects
have contributed essays, including Carrie Asman, Georges Didi-Huberman, Kurt W.
Forster, Boris Groys, Ulrike Meyer Stump, Peggy Phelan, Thomas Ruff, Rebecca
Schneider, Adolf Max Vogt, and Jeff Wall.
A building is a building. It cannot be read like a book; it doesn't have any
credits, subtitles or labels like pictures in a gallery. In that sense, we are
absolutely anti-representational. The strength of our buildings is the
immediate, visceral impact they have on a visitor. --Jacques Herzog
459 p., 24 x 16,5 cm