Friday, October 21, 2011


Image copyright OMA, courtesy of Barbican Art Gallery
The first OMA (architecture firm founded by Rem Koolhaas), exhibition in the UK, Progress, is currently on view at the Barbican Art Gallery until February, 2012.  The show is curated by Rotar, a Belgium multi-functional design agency that handles branding to curating events. (Rotar handled the last Venice Biennale presentation for the French and Belgian architectural shows.) 

Progress highlights OMA's behind the scenes work from Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel, Glasgow to the opening of the Rothschild Bank HQ in the City of London.  It also investigates the dynamics of the large architecture firm and its significant projects, as well as the philosophy, methodology and school of thought of OMA. (See video above for Rotar's trailer for Progress and a video of a Koolhaas Interview on OMA's preoccupations from Dezeen.)

Rotar refers to the project at Barbican  as "Investigating OMA:" the Officer for Metropolitan Architecture, founded by Rem Koolhaas in 1975 with offices in New York, Rotterdam, Hong kong and Beijing has a total of seven partners, and is comprised of 280 architects, designers, researchers, and support staff.  


6 October 2011 - 19 February 2012
Barbican Art Gallery
Silk Street, The City, 
City of London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
020 7382 7105

For tickets and events listings, go HERE
For more on Rem Koolhaas and his architectural and urban planning theories, go HERE.

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