Architecture as Drawing

Free-hand architectural drawing has been with us throughout the 20th century right up to the present. It opens up completely different insights into constructive thinking than any simulation. But young artists are also engaging passionately with this area.

Lines of Thought

Architecture as Drawing

31 May – 16 August 2015, Marta Herford (Lippold Gallery, 1st floor)

Lines mark the boundaries between inside and out. Ideas demand forms which seek and find their respective expression in drawings. Marta Herford will present a selection of such exquisite idea lines, graphic traces and spatial formations from, among others, three acclaimed collections in Berlin.

Around 80 drawings by architects such as Bruno Taut, Hans Scharoun, right up to Frank Gehry open up a stimulating journey through construction history from the early 20th century to the present. These traces of the “thinking hand” are condensed to form a fascinating web of complex room designs. They are complemented by drawings by four contemporary artists who create a dizzying microcosm of different spatial perspectives.


Atelier Bow-Wow, Gottfried Böhm, Victor Bourgeois, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Hermann Finsterlin, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Zvi Hecker, Steven Holl, Le Corbusier, Daniel Libeskind, Virgilio Marchi, Oscar Niemeyer, Hans Poelzig, Gio Ponti, Gerrit Rietveld, Aldo Rossi, Sergius Ruegenberg, Alberto Sartoris, Hans Scharoun, Bruno Taut, Max Taut, Lebbeus Wood, Zamp Kelp and more


Pia Linz, Paul Noble, Christian Pilz, Paul Thuile


The exhibition is accompanied by an WebApp which offers further information on the exhibits on Smartphones and tablets mainly within the exhibition. But the content (in German and English) can also be called up directly via the browser outside of the museum (it is recommended to reduce the window accordingly in portrait format):

WebApp for the exhibition “Idea lines”



Thank you

Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners for their ongoing support of our program.

Exhibition poster "Lines of Thought"

Exhibition poster

Video trailer Lines of Thought

Video: Exhibition trailer