Foreign cultures helped shape one of the most important architects in the world. The Danish architect, Jørn Utzon’s travels throughout the world colored his view of architecture, forming the basis for some of his most extraordinary and iconic buildings of the 20th century.
On 9 April 2018 he would have celebrated his 100th birthday and Utzon Center, the last building to be designed by Jørn Utzon, opens a comprehensive exhibition about Jørn Utzon’s most significant works contributions to world architecture. The exhibition will then tour to Copenhagen and Sydney, Australia.
In the exhibition, Horisont – An Opera House and a World of Difference, visitors can follow in the footsteps of Jørn Utzon through a myriad of experiences provided by film installations and digital technology. In collaboration with world leading Danish textile company Kvadrat, The Utzon Center exhibition team led by curator Line Eriksen and Design Offfice Kollision have created an immersive experience exhibition mixing new media and old school story telling based on the world famous Utzon Archive. The spatial concept of the exhibition is based on a doubled draped textile curtain onto which Jørn Utzon’s own 8-mm film footage and new films are projected, while photographs, drawings, models and other original gems from Utzon’s archives are also on display.
Lasse Andersson, Creative Director of the Utzon Center: ‘I’m thrilled about the collaboration with Kvadrat and Kollision. The effect by combining the tactile qualities of the draped textiles with digital media and a sensor based light creates an ephemeral experience, beautifully complemented by Utzon’s wonderful original archival exhibition material.’
The exhibition invites visitors to a close encounter with the way Jørn Utzon worked and observed the world. From a Scandinavian outset Utzon’s work gradually evolved into his famed and highly personal architectural language, based on ideas accumulated from foreign cultures throughout the world.
Anders Byriel, CEO, Kvadrat: ‘Jørn Utzon’s unique and profound architectural sensibility is an incredibly valuable contribution to world architecture, insisting on examining the relationship between the building and the landscape, between the building and the people inhabiting it. With his restrained, yet expressive work, Utzon’s influence on Scandinavian design tradition and aspiration cannot be underestimated.’