12 Exhibition Design Projects that Show Architecture Doesn’t Have to Be Permanent to Be Powerful

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Minding the Digital / MVRDV. Image © Zhang Chao Minding the Digital / MVRDV. Image © Zhang Chao Thinking broadly of architecture, the masterpieces of the past inevitably come to mind; buildings constructed to withstand the passage of time, that have found an ally in age, cementing themselves in the history of humanity. Permanence, however, is a hefty weight to bear and architecture that is, due to its program, ephemeral should not be cast aside as "lesser-than." The ephemeral character of museography—architecture for exhibitions—allows for experimentation and a more dynamic approach to design.  Below, we present 12 exhibition design projects from recent years, designed by architecture practices around the world.

Minding the Digital / MVRDV

Minding the Digital / MVRDV. Image © Zhang Chao Minding the Digital / MVRDV. Image © Zhang Chao

Architects: MVRDV
Exhibition: Minding the Digital
Location and Date: The Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Shenzhen, China, December 12th, 2017 - June 3rd, 2018

Fear and Love - Sam Jacob Studio 

Fear and Love / Sam Jacob Studio. Image Courtesy of Sam Jacob Studio Fear
A Search for Living Architecture / Bestor Architects. Image © Lance Gerber
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Gerzso, Gerzso, Gerzso / LANZA Atelier. Image Courtesy of LANZA Atelier
Frei Otto. Thinking in Models / FAR frohn&rojas. Image Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas
MXCD01 / PALMA. Image Courtesy of PALMA
Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi reviewed by METRO Arquitetos. Image © Romullo Baratto
Under the Same Sun / Frida Escobedo. Image Courtesy of Museo Jumex
Kurt Schwitters: Merz / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska
El Viaje de los Objetos / Germen Estudio. Image Courtesy of Germen Estudio
Chamber of Wonders / PRODUCTORA. Image Courtesy of PRODUCTORA
Love / Sam Jacob Studio. Image Courtesy of Sam Jacob Studio

Architects: Sam Jacob Studio
Exhibition: Fear and Love
Location and Date: London Design Museum, November 24th, 2016 - April 23, 2017

A Search for Living Architecture / Bestor Architecture

A Search for Living Architecture / Bestor Architects. Image © Lance Gerber A Search for Living Architecture / Bestor Architects. Image © Lance Gerber

Architects: Bestor Architecture
Exhibition: A Search for Living Architecture 
Location and Date: Palm Springs Art Museum, September 9th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design - Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design / Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image via Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Exhibition: Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design 
Location and Date: Jewish Museum in New York, November 4th, 2016 - March 26, 2017

'Gerzso, Gerzso, Gerzso' - LANZA Atelier

Gerzso, Gerzso, Gerzso / LANZA Atelier. Image Courtesy of LANZA Atelier Gerzso, Gerzso, Gerzso / LANZA Atelier. Image Courtesy of LANZA Atelier

Architects: LANZA Atelier
Design team: Alejandro Márquez, Celina Bonadeo, Jéssica Hernández, Isabel Abascal and Alessandro Arienzo
Construction: Factor Eficiencia and Arquitectura Básica
Location and Date: Centro Cultural Tlatelolco, Mexico City, 2015

Frei Otto. Thinking in Models - FAR frohn&rojas

Frei Otto. Thinking in Models / FAR frohn&rojas. Image Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas Frei Otto. Thinking in Models / FAR frohn&rojas. Image Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

Architects: FAR frohn&rojas
Exhibition: Frei Otto. Thinking in Models
Location and Date: ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, November 5th, 2016 - March 12th, 2017

'MXCD01' - PALMA

MXCD01 / PALMA. Image Courtesy of PALMA MXCD01 / PALMA. Image Courtesy of PALMA

Architects: PALMA (Ilse Cárdenas, Regina de Hoyos, Diego Escamilla, Juan Luis Rivera)
Design Team: Eugenio Rebolleda
Curator: Mario Ballesteros
Location and Date: Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura

Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) Display / Lina Bo Bardi reviewed by METRO Arquitetos

Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi reviewed by METRO Arquitetos. Image © Romullo Baratto Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi reviewed by METRO Arquitetos. Image © Romullo Baratto

Architects: Lina Bo Bardi reviewed by METRO Arquitetos
Exhibition: Rotating works from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) collection
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Under the Same Sun / Frida Escobedo

Under the Same Sun / Frida Escobedo. Image Courtesy of Museo Jumex Under the Same Sun / Frida Escobedo. Image Courtesy of Museo Jumex

Architects: Frida Escobedo
Design Team: 
Frida Escobedo, Olivier Bellflamme, Natalia Gálvez, Federica Lombardi, Mariana Ríos
Curator: 
Pablo León de la Barra
Location: 
Museo Jumex, Mexico City

Kurt Schwitters: Merz / Zaha Hadid Architects

Kurt Schwitters: Merz / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska Kurt Schwitters: Merz / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Exhibition: Kurt Schwitters: Merz
Location and Date: Galerie Gmurzynska, Zurich, June 12th - October 8th, 2016

El Viaje de los Objetos / Germen Estudio

El Viaje de los Objetos / Germen Estudio. Image Courtesy of Germen Estudio El Viaje de los Objetos / Germen Estudio. Image Courtesy of Germen Estudio

Architects: Germen Estudio
Exhibition:
El Viaje de los Objetos 
Location and Date: Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco CCUT, Mexico City, 2016

Chamber of Wonders / PRODUCTORA

Chamber of Wonders / PRODUCTORA. Image Courtesy of PRODUCTORA Chamber of Wonders / PRODUCTORA. Image Courtesy of PRODUCTORA
Architects: PRODUCTORA
Exhibition: Chamber of Wonders
Curator: Jens Hoffman
Location and Date: Mexico City, Medellín, Rio de Janeiro, 2016
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