From the 6th of October 2010 to the 9th of January 2011 – National Gallery of Canada
The exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie explores Moshe Safdie’s structures and the philosophy that shapes them through approximately 175 drawings, sketches, videos, photographs and scale models.
Discover how the world-renowned Israeli-born architect, who has studied in Montreal, has conceived impressive buildings and avant-garde communities in Canada, the United States and across the world.
His use of transcendent light, powerful geometry and iconic forms is recognizable in buildings such as the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Habitat 67 (Montreal), the United States Institute of Peace Headquarters (Washington, DC), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Arkansas), Mamilla Center (Jerusalem), the Khalsa Heritage Centre (India) and Marina Bay Sands (Singapore).
Organized by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Global Citizen explores the design and building process of Moshe Safdie’s projects in Jerusalem, North America, China, Singapore, and India. It makes its only Canadian stop at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, a fitting start, since the Gallery project was a booster stage in his own career in the 1980’s. Into this space, that Safdie himself designed, will come his sketches, building mock-ups, photographs and newly commissioned films of 30 building projects.
The exhibition underscores his deep impact on architectural practices and the realization of his design philosophy and is divided into five sections, each dedicated to pivotal points of development in Safdie’s design philosophy, termed “progressive contextualism.” The first fittingly centres on Habitat, followed by an area concentrating on his work in Israel. Section three, showcasing his North American works, begins naturally with the Gallery.
The next part takes him, and his three passports (Canadian, American and Israeli), global, with commissions west and east. The exhibition’s concluding section is titled Habitat of the Future, and is an evolutionary reworking of Habitat–Safdie’s radical solution for quality, affordable housing, that includes models and a film.