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Architecture on Display: Florence Ostende

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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields

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In this series Sir John Soane’s Museum and James Taylor-Foster are inviting curators and thinkers to reflect on the meanings, implications and varying strategies behind the display of architecture. Florence Ostende, curator at Barbican Art Gallery, gives the first talk.

Florence Ostende is currently a curator at Barbican Art Gallery where she curated The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Previously, she was tutor of Art Theory at Geneva’s University of Art and Design from 2013 to 2015 and has held curatorial positions at Dallas Contemporary and Maison Populaire, Montreuil. She has also worked at MACBA, Barcelona, Centre Pompidou, Paris and MAC, Marseille and has completed curatorial residencies at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Delfina Foundation, London. Ostende’s writing appears in many publications and periodicals such as Frieze and Les Cahiers du MNAM (Centre Pompidou).

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Architecture and the discourse which envelops it has tied itself into a Gordian Knot of self-representation and reflection. While an ever larger number of curators of architecture step into the limelight, we see one central question emerging with renewed urgency: what does it mean to curate architecture?

How should architects, curators and, indeed, spectators conceive the material of architectural curating: drawings, photographs and models, or ideas, systems and strategies? In what ways can a growing international cohort of curators of architecture negotiate the differing demands of the cultural institutions and organisations in which their practice frequently takes place, those of the profession and of society more broadly? Who is, could, or should be, the audience? Ultimately, what is the purpose of curating architecture?

The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

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