Artists as Architects

Architecture as a field of artistic questioning, the creative deconstruction of the material space, buildings as waking dreams – what happens when artists focus their unconventional view on building and the conditions of space?


Artists as Architects

21 February – 31 May 2015, Marta Herford (Gehry galleries)

For the first time, realised buildings and spaces, models and designs for possible buildings and utopian ideas and experiments, all of which are designed by creative artists, are presented in a comprehensive overview exhibition.

Marta Herford is a living example of how architects sometimes think of their buildings as sculptures. But what happens when this perspective is reversed, when artists engage with architecture? In the Marta anniversary year we will be taking a completely new look at these interconnections: can artists as archi-tects be more innovative, radical, provocative when they do not have to worry about building regulations, economic feasibility and investor wishes?

Dreams of (im)possible rooms, drawings of utopian city designs, walk-in space constructions and fictive museums are just some of the fascinating results of such a role reversal. The exhibition presents the whole diversity of artistic border-crossings, and gives several examples taking a look back over the 20th century and thus the beginnings of this intensive exchange of spatial ideas and questions.

The exhibition was realized in collaboration with and according to an idea of Dr. Anne Schloen.


Absalon, Vito Acconci, Atelier van Lieshout, Caroline Bayer, Thomas Bayrle, Dai Goang Chen, Anja Ciupka, Constant, Stephen Craig, Jan De Cock, Theo van Doesburg, Herman Finsterlin, Isa Genzken, Dionisio González, Dan Graham, Beate Gütschow, Wenzel Hablik, Erwin Heerich, Walter Jonas, Anish Kapoor, Tamás Kaszás, Tadashi Kawamata, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Isa Melsheimer, Heike Mutter / Ulrich Genth, El Lissitzky, Michael Pohl, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Claus Richter, Christine Rusche, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Charles Simonds, Monika Sosnowska, Georges Vantongerloo, Johannes Wohnseifer

Exhibition views

Magazine for the exhibition (Short guide)
katalog_unmoeglich Texts: Kurt W. Forster, Hubertus Günther, Michael Kröger, Wolfgang Leidhold, Roland Nachtigäller, Andreas Ruby, Anne Schloen, Philip Ursprung
Format: 23,5 x 28,5 cm
132 pages
approx. 250 mostly colour ill.
Language: German | English
Editor: Marta Herford gGmbH
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Exhibition sponsor

Thank you

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

Exhibition poster

Exhibition poster

Video: exhibition trailer (German)

Video: exhibition trailer (German)