Bodys Isek Kingelez (1948–2015) displayed two of his “extreme architectures”—utopian colored models that do not conform to architectural norms—on the second floor of the museum. The models had sequence numbers, titles, and comments, and acted as true manifestos of the artist. His work is social, political, and spiritual, while at the same time tangible and playful. His pieces blend multiple styles, from Gothic to Ancient Egyptian, to Western Modernism, imagining a world entirely manufactured by man. His imagined architectures might include a control tower next to a stadium, a spiral building, and a multilevel expressway. Unrealistic and autonomous, these models could not possibly be taken for projects that could actually be built; rather, they are a formal representation of the utopias envisioned by the artist.
Exhibition organized in collaboration with André Magnin and the C.A.A.C., The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva