What happens in an architecture exhibition? What, and who is it for? What does it do, and how does it do it? Solicited: Proposals is a shared effort to parse the architecture exhibition, to untangle and rethink its meaning and its potential for today. Through the lens of a single element, each contribution seeks to reimagine the architecture exhibition: what it allows for and does not allow for; what it enables, what it disables; what it constructs and deconstructs.

Solicited: Proposals is a project initiated by ArkDes and e-flux Architecture.

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Civil Architecture
The horizon is present in every exhibition. Most times it is simply an afterthought, a subliminal line that follows the viewer through the gallery, an…
Space Popular
For visitors, the audio guide is a crucial point of access to the ideas and imaginations behind an exhibition. It is a friendly voice, arriving somewh…
Maria McLintock
­The neoliberalization of public services and austerity-led stripping of government finance towards the operation of museums across North America and…
Lev Bratishenko and Melanija Grozdanoska
Exhibitions are environments of rigid climatic control. The ideal interior weather for artworks and artefacts require temperature and humidity to be k…
Mika Savela
Captioning is anything but a routine curatorial task. There are styles and tendencies, even existing criteria for excellence, with annual awards given…
Anna Livia Friel and Marco Provinciali
The brief, a specific genre of architectural writing, constitutes one of the necessary starting points for any architectural project, defining its obj…
Esther Choi
The will to influence is at the core of any exhibition. —Bruce W. Ferguson1 The making of culture relies on interpretation for its own validity. …
Jia Yi Gu
Having served as director of two Los Angeles-based non-profit organizations dedicated to architectural exhibitions, I am often implicated in the makin…
Mpho Matsipa, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, and Molemo Moiloa
Western cultural institutions like the museum often presuppose an orderly spacing of time. The queue, in this sense, is anticipatory, but almost alway…
Gilly Karjevsky and Rosario Talevi
Architects are often taught that everything is architecture. That they are educated in a discipline with no boundaries, which reaches all aspects of l…
Vasıf Kortun
A decade and some years ago, I was preoccupied with the question of laying out the fundamentals for a new institution, an institution for the present….
Federico Martelli
I once designed the exhibition for the collection of an important museum. The brief was simple: we were asked to work with the relationships between a…
Prem Krishnamurthy
This contribution is intended to be listened to. The exhibition is open only at specific hours, from dusk to midnight. During these periods, you …
Shirley Surya
It is timely to write a self-reflexive account of building the permanent architecture collection at M+, a museum for visual culture encompassing visua…
Maria Lind
You are most likely sitting down while reading this. If not, please look for a place near you where you can take a seat and spend a moment. This text …
Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, and James Taylor-Foster
Dear reader, What happens in an architecture exhibition? What, and who is it for? What does it do, and how does it do it? Solicited: Proposals is a s…
Architecture, Museums
Exhibition Histories, Curating, Institutional Critique

Solicited: Proposals is a project initiated by ArkDes and e-flux Architecture.


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