NIKOLAUS HIRSCH

Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!


the Architecture Class presents:
Art & Architecture - Public Lecture Series Summer Semester 2008

Nikolaus Hirsch: 'On Boundaries'
Thursday 22 May, 19 h, Architecture Building, Dürerstr. 24

Spend the Corpus Christi holiday (Fronleichnam) evening in Städelschule and hear Nikolaus Hirsch on the critical relationship between art and architecture.

Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.

Nikolaus Hirsch belongs to Germany's younger generation of architects who have won international critical acclaim. Hirsch's work, writing and teaching explore the boundaries of contemporary architecture first and foremost in a social, political and cultural context. This engagement with architecture has frequently led him to the borders of his own discipline in specific collaborations with visual and performative artists, resulting in projects such as Bockenheimer Depot Theater (with choreographer William Forsythe), Autobahn Tower (with Thomas Bayrle), Node House (with Raqs Media Collective), and Unitednationsplaza (with Anton Vidokle).

His most renowned buildings are the acclaimed Dresden Synagogue (2001) and the Hinzert Document Center (2006), for which he received the German Architectural Museum's 2007-prize for Best German Architecture. Current work include the European Kunsthalle, Unitednationsplaza and a cultural laboratory in Delhi.
Hirsch has held academic positions at German universities such as the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen and, while based in Frankfurt, he has also taught at a number of renowned schools worldwide, including the AA in London and University of Pennsylvania in America. He has curated "ErsatzStadt: Representations of the Urban" at Volksbühne Berlin (2006) and is a member of the "Curating Architecture" program at Goldsmiths College in London.

In 2007, Hirsch published his book, 'On Boundaries', with Lukas & Sternberg. His Fronleichnam lecture extrapolates from this book. In the lecture he will continue the inquiry in relation to the boundaries of architecture - boundary " as a conflict between collaboration and authorship, as well as a physical limitation that negotiates between stable and unstable conditions."

Nikolaus Hirsch has won numerous awards, including the BDA-Prize Berlin 1998, the Art Prize of 1822-Foundation, German Critics Award 2001, World Architecture Award 2002, and the German Architectural Museum's prize for best German building in 2007. His work has been featured in exhibitions, such as “Neue Welt” (Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2001), “New German Architecture” (Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Milano, 2003), “Utopia Station“ at the Venice Biennal 2003, “Can Buildings Curate” (Architectural Association London / Storefront Gallery, New York, 2005), Thomas Bayrle´s "40 Years Chinese Rock 'n Roll " (MMK Frankfurt, 2006) and the Biennale Sao Paulo, 2007.

The Städelschule Architecture Class Lecture Series is supported by the Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen.