A look at the pavilion's time when it was built.The Marge by Terence Gower

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From October 21 to November 5, 2023.
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion. Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7. Barcelona, Spain.
Olímpia Solà Inaraja.

Terence Gower

Terence Gower lives and works between New York, Mexico City, and France and is represented by LABOR, Mexico City.

In February 2024, The Power Plant Toronto will present EMBASSY, a survey show of Gower’s work on Cold War geopolitics, and in 2023 Gower will mount interventions in the Barcelona Pavilion and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. In 2021 Americas Society, New York presented Terence Gower: The Good Neighbour, a monographic study of Gower’s decades-long practice in Mexico. Gower has been shown in many museums and galleries internationally, including National Art Gallery, Canada; CAPC, Bordeaux, Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbanne, Lyon; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Museo Tamayo, Museo Jumex and El Eco, Mexico City; MARCO, Monterrey; Tensta Konsthal, Stockholm; MACBA, CCCB, and Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; and the New Museum, MoMA PS1, Queens, and Bronx Museums, New York.

Recent large-scale commissions include Project Etere, Bali; Six Formes, Geneva; SuperPuesto, and Noguchi Galaxy, New York; Workshop Pavilion, Léon, Spain; and Bicycle Pavilion, Mexico City. He has participated in the Gwangju, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Chicago (Architecture), Canadian (National Gallery), and Havana Biennials.

His video works have been screened at many museums including the Grazer Kunstverein, Austria; Stedelijk Museum SMBA, Amsterdam; Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid; Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; Fundación Telefonica and the Architecture Biennial in Buenos Aires; and film festivals in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florence, Palermo, Paris, Gijón, Rotterdam, Vladivostok, and Melbourne.

Gower has been invited to curate exhibitions and screenings at the New Museum, New York, Hammer Museum, LA (Modern Shorts), Smithsonian American Art Museum (Spans); Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (Public Practice / Private Lives), and the San Francisco Art Institute (Tendencies) and has created exhibition architecture for ICA Philadelphia, CAPC, Bordeaux and MUSAC, León, Spain.

Books on Gower’s work include Terence Gower: The Good Neighbour (New York, 2021), Havana Case Study (Chicago, 2017), Display Architecture: Terence Gower Pavilions (Berlin, 2008), Ciudad Moderna: Terence Gower Videos (Madrid, 2006), and Appendices, Illustrations and Notes (coauthored with Monica de la Torre, Los Angeles, 1999), and he has published his writing in Mario Pani: Arquitectura en processo, Bomb, InSite, Roulette, Domus Mexico, Modern Painters, Cabinet, and the Archives of American Art Journal.

Gower has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, University of Gothenburg Research Fellowship, Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, Canada Council Fellowship, Graham Foundation Fellowship, Peter Norton Family Foundation Grant, Cité des Arts Fellowship (Paris), and ParaSite Fellowship (Hong Kong), among others.

Photograph by James Peel.



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