Art & Design: Cronocaos Exhibition

Dutch architect and futurist Rem Koolhaas has presented his exhibition ‘Cronocaos’ at the New Museum in New York this month to address the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism.

With ‘12% of the world’s heritage subject to conservation or protection’ Cronocaos seeks to examine whether the current incoherent guidelines and sterile government enforcements for preserving our urban landscape into an artificial tourist enclave are distorting the historical character of the world’s great cities, and in turn the future of our civilization and memories.

First showcased at the 12th Venice Biennale last year, Rem Koolhaas has enlisted the help of his practice OMA to curate a special selection of maps, materials, photographs and texts and a spectacular timeline of OMA projects that have addressed this topic.

The space has been divided into two contrasting areas as a reflection of the exhibition theme, one remaining ‘preserved’ as a former supply space for the building and the other side ‘renovated’ with a very sparse aesthetic.

Further mirroring this theme preservation has become part of the exhibition itself as each project in the OMA timeline has taken on the form of a keepsake postcard, which visitors can take home.

Cronocaos is at New York’s New Museum, 235 Bowery, Prince Street, New York until June 5 2011.

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