David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

EXHIBITION 30.01 – 31.05.15

The heterogeneous work of architect David Adjaye (b. 1966) comprises approximately 50 built projects - from luxury shops and museums to libraries and social housing. His most recent commissions include the design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., as well as the National Museum of Slavery and Freedom in Cape Coast, Ghana. The buildings of the Ghanaian-British architect are often developed in collaboration with artist friends, including the homes he designed for Chris Ofili, Sue Webster and Tim Noble, and Lorna Simpson and James Casebere. 

Adjaye's private structures play with the contrast between hermetically sealed fronts and unexpectedly generous openings in the back, thereby accommodating the owners' need for a private retreat. In contrast, as open and permeable structures, his public buildings are socially effective architecture. Unlike structures of pure functionalism and iconic monumentality, they approach their users rather than patronizing them. Adjaye often uses materials that change color through their exposure to light, take on different textures due to varying weather conditions or provoke viewers to touch them because of their distinctive tactile qualities. They thereby also engage sensually in a dialogue with their audience.  

"David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material" will be on show in The Art Institue of Chicago from 19.09.15 to 03.01.16.

The survey exhibition, the most extensive of Adjaye's career, is organized by Haus der Kunst and Art Institute of Chicago. It is curated by Okwui Enwezor, director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, and Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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David Adjaye, Smithsonian NMAAHC, Photo Adjaye Associates
David Adjaye, Smithsonian NMAAHC, Photo Adjaye Associates
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi
David Adjaye, Form, Heft, Material, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2015, photo Wilfried Petzi

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Exhibition catalogue

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

With a foreword by Douglas Druick, and Okwui Enwezor; contributions by David Adjaye, Peter Allison, Okwui Enwezor, Andrea Phillips, Zoë Ryan, and Mabel Wilson. MORE


Essay

Okwui Enwezor: Gestures of Affiliation

This essay by Okwui Enwezor focuses on three public buildings that respond to the necessity to inscribe new types of historical content into architecture itself. MORE


Video

Feature on the exhibition "David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material"

Here you find the feature on the exhibition "David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material" by Bayerisches Fernsehen/Capriccio MORE


Poster

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

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radio broadcast

David Adjaye: Beitrag in Bayern 2 Kulturwelt

In the radio feature on the exhibition, David Adjaye talks about the concepts and principles he pursues in his designs based on the example of his "Horizon" pavilion. The role that light and fine arts play in his international projects is evident in his design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. MORE


Poster

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material

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Video

Adjaye: CNN "Ones to Watch"

Presented in this edition of "Ones to Watch" is architect David Adjaye and his designs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and his subsidized housing project in Sugar Hill, a neighborhood in New York's Harlem district. MORE


Video

David Adjaye: Exhibition video

Video on the exhibition "Form, Heft, Material" by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye in Haus der Kunst, 30.01 — 31.05.15. MORE


Worksheets

Worksheet on "David Adjaye"

Here you find worksheets on "David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material" for school classes 8 to 10 MORE


Video

David Adjaye — The New Yorker Conference

Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, speaks with David Adjaye about the relationship between architecture and contemporary art, his project "Adjaye Africa Architecture", and many other topics. MORE


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Interview mit David Adjaye

David Adjaye discusses the aspects of his process of designing buildings that are especially important to him. MORE


In the press

Reviews on David Adjaye

Below you find different press reactions to David Adjaye and the exhibition "David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material". MORE