Gallery Exhibition: NYBERG - Endangered Architecture: the work of Bernt Nyberg

28.08.2015 - 02.10.2015
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 53
1436 Copenhagen K

Fernisage Friday 28 August  2015 3:00 pm
The Exhibition is open weekdays 10 am -5 pm, free admission.

Like Bernt Nyberg’s work, this exhibit does little to explain itself. It represents what was, and what it has become; past and present simultaneously. Nyberg’s architecture is a dying breed; raw, authentic, essential. This exhibition presents evidence of a short but astoundingly original career in the form of two time lines presenting the work as it was through archival photography and drawings, and recent documentation for comparison. Also exhibited are Nyberg’s films of both his own work and that of Lewerentz offering a view of the architecture through his unique lens. There were few architects like him, and even fewer buildings remain as the countdown to their extinction moves at a pace of fatal acceleration; an endangered architecture.

Unfortunately, most all of Nyberg’s buildings have met an undesirable fate. Given that his architecture is relatively unknown it runs the risk of fading from memory as it fades from the earth.

Nyberg was in his prime when he passed, leaving us with a small quantity of astounding work; conceptually sound from the whole to its parts and consistent in every detail. His architecture has a clear relationship to the archaic; ruinous and timeless it represents a struggle to exist in a culture that is hostile and seemingly indifferent towards it.

Born 1927 in Ockelbo, Nyberg studied architecture at the KTH in Stockholm then moving to Lund to work for Klas Anshelm. Since starting an office with Karl Koistinen in 1958, and then later parting ways to produce his own architecture, a small but comprehensive body of work was realized, all of exacting quality showing unique technical and aesthetic prowess. Nyberg also had a close relationship with Sigurd Lewerentz and through his documentation of Lewerentz’s architecture and attitude towards building via film and audio interviews, new light can be shed on this mysterious master.

Exhibit research, design, new photography: Matthew Hall
Curatorial assistance: Ola Wedebrunn and Mariana Manner
Editing and graphic design of catalog: Nathan Matteson
Drawings: Rebecca Ribeiro Magalhaes, Leandro Oliveira Giles, Juliana Pimentel Freitas, John Dunn Insua, Matt Hall
Additional Collaborators: Per Iwansson, Hansjörg Göritz, Tomas Tågil, Tomas Gustavsson, Karl Koistinen, Vanja Knocke

Special thanks to: The Peter and Birgitta Celsing Foundation, Stockholm

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