Magazine article Artforum International

Andreas Fogarasi

Magazine article Artforum International

Andreas Fogarasi

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In the 1880s, King Oscar II of Norway transplanted buildings from all the regions of the country; he had them dismantled and then rebuilt, stone by stone, on a plot of land just outside Oslo. This astonishing architectural "collection" forms the heart of the Norsk Folkemuseum, one of the world's first open-air museums. With new buildings periodically being added, the collection bears witness to Norwegian folk culture from the Middle Ages to the present, contrasting the authenticity of genuine buildings with the fiction of their curated staging. In his own way, Andreas Fogarasi also amasses different kinds of architecture. Yet his collection lays no claim to authenticity. Rather, he is interested in the notion of staging itself, as realized via architecture and the institutions of the museum and of art.

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With the two central works in his solo show at the Ludwig Forum, Fogarasi juxtaposed the folksy buildings of the Norsk Folkemuseum with the bold, high-tech creations of contemporary starchitects from all over the world. While the film Folkemuseum, 2010, created for the show, displays a slow pan across the facades and interiors of the open-air museum--wooden houses with grass-covered roofs, a stave church, a 1920s filling station, an architect's apartment, the living quarters of Pakistani immigrants (complete with a television inside, showing a Bollywood film)--the photographs in his installation Untitled (Wise Corners), 2010, capture architectural details of signature works of contemporary architecture. But what we see in them are not the usual views of, say, Peter Eisenman's Ciudad de Cultura, the Citroen flagship store in Paris by Manuelle Gautrand, or Daniel Libeskind's Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; instead, Fogarasi shows us the interstices: views through windows, electrical conduits, and the like. …

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