Transitory Objects exhibition, Vienna

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With mini-dwellings and public pavilions springing up everywhere (take for instance SANAA (opens in new tab)'s pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery (opens in new tab), which is currently under construction), architectural art spaces and semi-buildings are writing a new language for architects around the world.

Taking this cross-pollinatory shift between art and architecture as its cue, Vienna's Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary Art (opens in new tab) will this week open its latest show, Transitory Objects, displaying work from key international architects and artists caught in the ever-shrinking gap between their two disciplines.

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See more of where architecture meets art in the show at Thyssen Bornemisza Contemporary Art (opens in new tab)

Among them, Olafur Eliasson (opens in new tab) and David Adjaye (opens in new tab)'s collaborative project from 2005, Your Black Horizon, will be on show, featuring a custom-designed pavilion by Adjaye filled with Eliasson's horizontal, alternating light show.

Also up will be Matthew Ritchie (opens in new tab)'s 'Anti-pavilion', The Morning Line - a black, beetle like structure designed to represent a ruin of the future - and Hernan Diaz Alonso (opens in new tab) 's Pitch Black - exoskeletal robotic structures lurching out of the floor like light-up spiders. Transitory Objects aims to expose a new type of architectural practice, an energetic architecture rooted in flexibility, immediacy and ecological efficiency.

A key figure in the Thyssen show is Neri Oxman (opens in new tab). Oxman's award winning Materialecology project may sound complex but her ultimate aim is to use advanced photo sculpting techniques in order to better understand the relationship between architectural objects and their environments - and if that fails to get you going, the milky, boiled-sweet-esque objects Oxman produces are also utterly mesmerising.


Himmelpfortgasse 13
1010 Vienna

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Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).