BERTRAND GOLDBERG: Architecture of Invention

BERTRAND GOLDBERG: Architecture of Invention
Exhibition. The Art Institute of Chicago [CHICAGO] USA Until, January 15/2012
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Towers at Dusk, Marina City, Chicago, IL, c. 1965. Photograph © Hedrich Blessing Archive, Chicago History Museum
The noise of the great exhibitions often overshadow other less mediatic but also very interesting as is the case, "BERTRAND GOLDBERG: Architecture of Invention" which is being held at the Art Institute of Chicago and will remain open until January 15, 2012.

Drawn from the museum’s Bertrand Goldberg collection and archives, the Harvard Art Museums, and several private collections, the exhibition features over 100 original architectural drawings, models, photographs, and little-known examples of his graphic and furniture design. The trajectory of this thematic exploration of Goldberg’s work mirrors the changing priorities of American culture at large: his early work with prefabrication and low-cost housing, his projects for middle class leisure culture in the 1950s, his expanded engagement with new cultural programs throughout the 1960s, and then finally his large-scale projects for hospitals and urban planning in his later practice.

Goldberg developed relationships with some of the most prominent modern architects in the United States including Buckminster Fuller, George Fred Keck, and his mentor, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. As his practice increased in scale, Goldberg’s alternative urban model for “the city within a city” found a strong following of international architects and critics including Reyner Banham, the Japanese Metabolists, and members of the British Archigram group. A fitting homage to one of Chicago’s great builders, this exhibition showcases Goldberg’s work at its most inventive and progressive, and resonates more


Bertrand Goldberg (1913) is an American architect settled in Chicago and active since 1937. He studied in Harvard in 1930. In 1932 he decided to go to Berlin to study in the Bauhaus until 1933, time he worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Homeward in the USA, he received his diploma in the Armour Intitute of Technology of Chicago in 1934.

In 1937, he opened more