Meeting with Adolf Krischanitz, architect of the pavilion of the Museum by the Vistula river

  • Meeting with Adolf Krischanitz, architect of the pavilion of the Museum by the Vistula river

    Visualisation of scale and placement of the Museum by the Vistula river pavilion designed by Adolf Krischanitz

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites to a meeting with Adolf Krischanitz, architect of the Museum's new temporary exhibition space by the Vistula river. 

In March 2017 the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw will inaugurate the activity of a temporary exhibition pavilion located by the Vistula river, designed by a prominent Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz. The pavilion will be operating in the Powiśle neighborhood until the Museum’s new building in Plac Defilad is opened in 2020.

Adolf Krischanitz has designed numerous exhibition objects in his career, starting with an expansion of the Secession Building in Vienna and designs for the Kunsthalle buildings in Vienna and Krems, up until the renovation and expansion of Vienna's 21er Haus. During the meeting in Warsaw the architect will talk about designing art spaces. The discussion will be led by Jan Strumiłło.

 The pavilion in which the Museum will organize exhibitions and events was designed as a movable, wooden, reusable structure. The object was first placed on a parcel in the center of Berlin previously occupied by the Palace of the Republic, where between 2008 and 2010 it hosted the Temporäre Kunsthalle - an institution that showcased recent art phenomenons. The time restriction given to the Berlin exhibition pavilion was reflected in Krischanitz's deliberate, clear architecture. The project's central themes are the possibility of quick transformations, elasticity and functionality. The pavilion's exhibition space is 600 square meters with additional space for art outside - the architect let artists design the building's facade.

During the meeting with the architect we will announce a contest for the artistic design for the facade of the temporary seat of the Museum by the River, located at the end of Lipowa street, on Cubryny square, near the Warsaw University Library and the Copernicus Science Center.

The pavilion is lent to the Museum free of charge by Vienna's Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation, founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg. The foundation is dedicated to the popularization of experimental art and architecture.

By carrying out its program, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw intends to give Powiśle a new meeting place for Warsaw residents and the city's guests. 

Adolf Krischanitz (born in 1946 in Schwarzach im Pongau, Salzburg) co-founded the architectural firm Missing Link with Angela Hareiter and Otto Kapfinger in 1970, toward the end of his studies at the Vienna University of Technology. In 1979, he was one of the founders of the journal UmBau of the Austrian Society for Architecture
(ÖGFA), and in 1982 he took over the society presidency. As a member and eventually president of the Vienna Secession (1991–95), he was responsible for the design and organization of numerous exhibitions of contemporary art. Krischanitz was a visiting professor in 1989 at the Technische Universität München and at the summer academies in Karlsruhe (1990), Naples (1994–95), and Vienna (1996). From 1992 to
2011, he was Professor of Urban Renewal and Design at the University of the Arts Berlin. Since 1979, Krischanitz has worked as a freelance architect with studios in Vienna and Zurich.

He designed numerous spaces for the arts. His realisations include rebuilding of modernist pavilion 21er Haus in Vienna (2007-2012), redevelopment of buildings housing a collection of art in Friedrichshof (2009-2010), a temporary pavilion for Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin (2007-2008), development of Museum Rietberg in Zurich (2003-2006), private museum Gnad & Gawisch in Vienna (2003-2006), Durchhaus pavilion in Zurich (2006), Architektur Galerie pavilion in Berlin (2005), Kölnischer Kunstverein – Die Brücke (2002-2003), Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz (1991-1992) and Kunsthalle Wien (2001-2002), Tauernbahnmuseum in his home-town of Schwarzach (1998-2001), Galerie Karl Pfefferle pavilion in Munich (2001), Kunsthalle Krems in a redeveloped tobacco factory (1992-1995), Traisen pavilion (1987-1988), extension and development of Secession building in Vienna (1985-1986).

Architecture of Temporäre Kunsthalle pavilion in Berlin was awarded Architekturpreis Berlin in 2009.

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