Reflecting Archictecture (Exhibition) – Ahmedabad, India

Bei der Gruppenausstellung “Reflecting Architecture” suchte ich mit der Leipziger Fotografin Margret Hoppe, dem Videokünstler Sebastian Stumpf und den beiden Musikern Lukas Rabe und Elsa Gregoire dieses Ufo, das Le Corbusier 1951 in der west-indischen Stadt Ahmedabad landen ließ, auf, um das Wesen dieser ganz besonderen Immobilie zu untersuchen, sowie das Verhältnis zu seiner quirligen Umgebung in mobilere, flüchtigere Zustände übersetzen, es abzusorbieren, zu interpretieren.

Vernissage: 28. Januar 2016

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Musée, Ahmedabad, India, 1951

The museum is on pilotis through which the building is entered into an open court from which a ramp, similarly opened to the sky, leads to the exhibition levels. One enters the main level in a nave of spiral squares 14 meters wide, consisting of 7×7 m structural bays. All precautions are taken against the excessive temperature of the day. It is assumed that visits to the museum will be made particularly in the evening and night-time; they will wind up on the roof which will offer a wonderfully flowered surface formed by more than 45 basins, of 50 m2 each, ail filled with water to a depth of 40 cm. This water is protected from the torrid sun by the shade of thick vegetation; each basin is strewn with leaves or blossoms floating on the surface of the water, the ensemble forming a checkerboard of blue, red, green, white, yellow, etc … The water of these basins is nourished by a special powder which induces enormous growth, far beyond normal plant size. This solution for the roof of the museum of Ahmedabad, experimental as well as poetic, has its origin in an after-dinner conversation at the home of the Princesse de Polignac, in Paris, around 1930, at which the Comtesse de Noailles, the poetess, Professor Fourneau, Director of the Institute Pasteur in Paris, and Le Corbusier were present. Professor Fourneau had said: “M. Le Corbusier, with four centimeters of water on the floor of this room and a powder that I know, I will make tomatoes shoot up in here as large as melons”. Le Corbusier had answered: “Thanks, but I have no such desire!” But around 1952 or 1953, while the working drawings for the museum were prepared, the memory of this conversation re­turned and a visit was paid to the Director of the Institute Pasteur. M. Fourneau had passed away in the meantime. But the Institute Pasteur placed its resources once again at the disposal of the inventors. Many thanks!