Bjarne Melgaard and Snøhetta at ICA, London

Published 2012/09/18

Bjarne Melgaard's drawing interpreted in a 3D model, 2012. Courtesy of Snøhetta


‘A House to Die in’
A Collaboration between Bjarne Melgaard and architects Snøhetta
at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK

Curator: Matt Williams

Exhibition period: 26 September–18 November 2012
Opening Reception: 25 September, 18:00–21:00

The exhibition ‘A House to Die In’ (2012) is the result of a close collaboration between artist Bjarne Melgaard and the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta. Since 2011, Melgaard and Snøhetta have exchanged architectural drawings, models and documents as they work towards the realisation of a purpose-built house, where Melgaard will live and work. For his exhibition at the ICA, Melgaard will present a full-scale facade of the proposed building, alongside models and drawings that form part of a wider body of research. This material constitutes the first stage in the construction of the final building, scheduled to be built in Oslo in 2014. According to curator Matt Williams, ‘the collaborative process between Melgaard and Snøhetta is a positive struggle in which both parties are constantly challenged, notably in Snøhetta's interpretation of Melgaard’s two-dimensional and analogue drawings through three-dimensional digital renderings of the objects. Furthermore, various processes of mathematical abstraction have led to multiple stages of representation of the original information, namely Melgaard’s vision of a house "to die in", a project outside their comfort zone’.

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About Bjarne Melgaard
Bjarne Melgaard (b.1967 in Sydney, Australia, lives and works in New York, NY, USA) studied at the Jan van Eycke Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands; Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at public institutions such as Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway (2012); Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; de Appel, Amsterdam (2010); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2003); MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (2002). In 2011, Melgaard represented Norway at The 54th International Art exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, with the teaching programme ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, commissioned and organised by Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

About Snøhetta
Formed in 1989, Snøhetta is an international architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture and graphic design firm based in Oslo and New York. Their practice is centered on a trans-disciplinary approach where multiple professions work together to explore differing perspectives on the conditions for each project. Snøhetta has during the last 10 years won several major projects all over the world, among them National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA; Mutrah Fishmarket in Oman and King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Snøhetta was awarded the World Architecture Award for best cultural building in 2002 for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandra, Egypt and in 2008 for the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo.

OCA Support
Bjarne Melgaard's participation in ‘A House to Die in’ at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK is supported by OCA's International Support Programme.