Jun 1–Aug 25, 2024

Begin Again. Fail Better

Preliminary drawings in architecture (and art)
Kirchgasse 8, 04600 Olten
Tue–Fri 12 am–5 pm Sat–Sun 10 am–5 pm

‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better…’.

Based on Samuel Beckett‘s famous quote, the Kunstmuseum Olten is opening an exhibition dedicated to the preliminary (hand-) drawings of architects, a subject that is equally important for both architecture and the visual arts.

The project, created in collaboration with Manuel Montenegro (PT), Helen Thomas (GB) and Marco Bakker (NL/CH), presents drawings or sketches that manifest initial spatial thoughts and structure ideas for architectural design.

Hand drawing takes center stage because, as the lingua franca of the discipline, it is a source of inspiration or serves to playfully find images, is a distillation of thoughts, functions as a repository of ideas and opens up paths to self-exploration. It helps to reflect personal themes and becomes a field of experimentation for thinking about architecture in practice and architecture as art.