Rem Koolhaas and AMO will exhibit Countryside, The Future at the Guggenheim New York

Rem Koolhaas and AMO will exhibit Countryside, The Future at the Guggenheim New York

8 Oct 2019 News

Rem Koolhaas explains: “In the past decades, I have noticed that while much of our energies and intelligence have been focused on the urban areas of the world—under the influence of global warming, the market economy, American tech companies, African and European initiatives, Chinese politics, and other forces—the countryside has changed almost beyond recognition. The story of this transformation is largely untold, and it is particularly meaningful for AMO to present it in one of the world’s great museums in one of the world’s densest cities.”

Rem Koolhaas and AMO will exhibit Countryside, The Future
Pieternel van Velden

The exhibition will address urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues related to how the countryside has changed almost beyond recognition. Koolhaas will set out a selection of global case studies showing the countryside as a frontline of transformation. Transformations related to artificial intelligence and automation, the effects of genetic experimentation, political radicalization, global warming, mass and micro migration, large-scale territorial management, human-animal ecosystems, subsidies and tax incentives, the impact of the digital on the physical world, and other developments that are altering landscapes across the globe.

Rem Koolhaas and AMO will exhibit Countryside, The Future
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Alongside the exhibition Taschen will publish a book about the exhibition content and reports from the journeys taken by the contributors while developing the project. The project will include research already underway by Koolhaas, OMA and students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Wageningen University, Netherlands; and the University of Nairobi.

Rem Koolhaas and AMO will exhibit Countryside, The Future
Fred Ernst, Courtesy of OMA

Countryside, The Future will take place from February 20 through summer of 2020 in the Guggenheim New York rotunda.


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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and AMO / Rem Koolhaas have announced a major collaboration exploring radical changes in the countryside, the vast non-urban areas of Earth. The project extends current work by AMO, Rem Koolhaas and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and will culminate in a rotunda exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Fall 2019.

Countryside: Future of the World will present speculations about tomorrow through insights into the countryside of today. The exhibition will explore artificial intelligence and automation, the effects of genetic experimentation, political radicalization, mass and micro migration, large-scale territorial management, human-animal ecosystems, subsidies and tax incentives, the impact of the digital on the physical world, and other developments that are altering landscapes across the globe.

Following decades of urban triumphalism, in which much of architectural production and thinking has focused on development and audiences in metropolitan areas, Countryside: Future of the World posits that rural territories are undergoing more radical reorganizations. The exhibition will explore this frontier, which has largely remained unexamined by city-focused architects.

Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation: “The Guggenheim has an appetite for experimentation and a founding belief in the transformative potential of art and architecture. We are excited to reengage with Rem Koolhaas, one of today’s foremost thinkers and architectural forecasters, and to embark together with a global team of researchers on an intellectual journey that will return the countryside to the cultural radar and yield urgent insights into the ways humans continue to shape and be shaped by the world around us.”

Rem Koolhaas: “The fact that more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities has become an excuse to ignore the countryside. I have long been fascinated by the transformation of the city, but since looking at the countryside more closely in recent years, I have been surprised by the intensity of change taking place there. The story of this transformation is largely untold, and it is particularly meaningful to present it in one of the world’s great museums in one of the world’s densest cities.”

The project will be led by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal of AMO, and curator Troy Conrad Therrien of the Guggenheim.

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