On Scale

Mar 1, 2012 - Mar 3, 2012
Norwegian Institute, Rome

Scholars from Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture gathered in Rome at the Norwegian Institute for a seminar: On Scale. The participants took scale to task to reconsider its relevance within the historical and contemporary practices of exhibiting architecture, amongst the city whose history perhaps best problematizes the issue. The program, which considered issues of monumentality and preservation, models and historic exhibitions, to contemporary discourses surrounding art and architecture, included:

Thordis Arrhenius: Exhibiting I:I

Mari Lending: Phantasmagoric Plaster: Architectural Fragments in the Age of Historicism

Jorge Otero-Pailos: Architecture that Defies Containment: Histories of Psychotic Materiality

Wallis Miller: The Material Culture of Modernism: Architecture Exhibitions in Germany before World War II

Victor Plahte Tschudi: Temple in exile: three stages in the life of a model

Léa-Catherine Szacka: Out of the “miniature boom” and back inside architecture: Clarifications on the construction of the Strada Novissima

Natalie O’Donnell: Framed by the gallery: art and architecture in exhibition

Lothar Diem: Preserved performance: Representation of intangible heritage at Jemaael-Fna, Marrakech

Tina Di Carlo: Against Scale

 On Saturday 4 March the group traveled to EUR, the chosen site of the 1942 World’s Fair (Exposizione 42), where Mussolini planned to celebrate fascism to see the fantastic collection of architectural plaster casts at the Museo della Civilta Romana: and Friday 3 March to Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI to meet with the museum’s s chief curator of architecture, Pippo Ciorra.


Originally posted Feb 16, 2011. Latest revision May 4, 2021.

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