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Opening at Bildmuseet: Architectures of Transition

An upcoming exhibition brings together Nordic architects and projects that, in various ways, reveal a shift in contemporary architecture. Architectures of Transition opens at Bildmuseet, Sweden, on Saturday, June 19. Welcome to join a digital press preview on Thursday, June 17 at 10am and to experience the exhibition on-site from 11am the same day (RSVP).

What does society’s increasing demands for climate action mean for architecture, and what are the practical and aesthetically impacts arising from these demands? How can architecture contribute to a society in transition to a new ecological paradigm?

Architectures of Transition showcases architectural answers to the challenges of the current climate crisis, featuring innovative solutions, new materials and alternative ways of conceiving architecture and urban space. Through photography, film and large-scale installations, the exhibition presents ongoing, realized and utopian building projects that underline potential pathways towards decarbonization and eco-friendly construction methods. During the exhibition, Bildmuseet will arrange talks, workshops and physical interventions in the public room.

Participating are 3XN (Denmark), Anders Berensson Architects (Sweden), Belatchew Arkitekter (Sweden), CITA (Denmark), Framlab (Norway), HappySpace (Sweden), Lundén Architecture Company (Finland), and Norell/Rodhe (Sweden).

Architectures of Transition was initiated and produced by Bildmuseet and runs until April 10, 2022. As curator of the exhibition, we have invited architect and writer Pedro Gadanho, Loeb fellow at Harvard University and former director of MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, and former curator for contemporary architecture at MoMA, New York. 

Press images: www.bildmuseet.umu.se/en/press/press-images

Thursday, June 17, 10am–11am
Digital press preview and presentation of two new exhibitions: Architectures of Transition and artist Zineb Sedira's solo exhibition. Pedro Gadano and Zineb Sedira will connect via link. Participating at Bildmuseet are director Katarina Pierre and museum curators Brita Täljedal and Anders Jansson. RSVP to press.bildmuseet@umu.se to get the link.

Thursday, June 17, 11am–2pm
Slots for pre-booked interviews and the opportunity for previews on-site at Bildmuseet. RSVP to press.bildmuseet@umu.se

Saturday, June 19, 2pm–3pm
The two exhibitions will open to the public on Saturday, June 19. They are inaugurated with an online conversation between artist Zineb Sedira and museum curator Brita Täljedal, followed by curator Pedro Gadanho and museum curator Anders Jansson presenting Architectures of Transition. The event is broadcast on Bildmuseet’s website.

For further information
Anders Jansson, museum curator
Helena Vejbrink, press contact

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Bildmuseet produces and exhibits contemporary international art and visual culture. Housed in an acclaimed building at the Umeå Arts Campus, right next to the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå School of Architecture, Bildmuseet is a part of Umeå University – one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher learning with over 32,000 students and 4,200 employees. It is a multifaced university where studies and research within the creative realm make up an important part of the university's cornerstone.

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Helena Vejbrink

Helena Vejbrink

Communication officer Bildmuseet +46 90 786 9073

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