Contents

 

Exhibition Review: Sarah Sze
 
Book Review
 
Feature 1:
The Cistercian Abbey of Le Thoronet
 
In the 12th century, a Cistercian abbey was established in Provence, South France. The architecture, in a style based on the strict observance of the Cistercian Order, eliminated all decoration and consisted only of rough stones, which were, however, placed with extreme precision. The abbey subjected architectural elements to ultimate limitations, even bringing the sense of sight under control in its internal spaces. Today, centuries later, it continues to exert a compelling fascination on many architects.
In November 2007, we had the opportunity to photograph this marvelous architecture. In this issue, we introduce the Abbey of Le Thoronet, still immersed in its silence, and trace its significance for modern architectural history.
 
Essay: A Place Where Matter and Light are not yet Divided
Sou Fujimoto
 
Essay: Sacred Modern Architecture and the Abbey of Le Thoronet
Karla Britton
 
Feature 2:
Reconsidering the Museum
 
In the wake of the so-called Bilbao Effect, museum projects are being planned in cities around the world. In addition to the much-discussed economic impact of such museum buildings, this phenomenon has called into question the mission and thinking behind the institution of the museum itself. This issue of a+u features comments by directors and curators of leading museums and presents new currents in architectural exhibitions, curation, and ongoing museum projects. This issue also introduces Peter Zumthors latest work, the Kolumba, Art Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese.
 
Peter Zumthor
Kolumba, Art Museum of the Cologne Archdiocese
 
Exhibition: Peter Zumthor, Buildings and Projects 19862007
 
Directors and Curators of the Museums
 
The Museum of Modern Art
Barry Bergdoll
 
Miami Art Museum
Terence Riley
 
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Brooke Hodge
 
Art Institute of Chicago
Joseph Rosa
 
Canadian Centre for Architecture
Mirko Zardini
 
Cit de larchitecture & du patrimoine Palais de Chaillot
Corinne Blier
 
Centre Pompidou
Frdric Migayrou
 
The Louvre-Lens
Olivier Meslay
 
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Poul Erik Tjner
 
Tate Modern
Sheena Wagstaff
 
Serpentine Gallery
Hans Ulrich Obrist
 
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Peter Noever
 
Amsterdam Centre for Architecture
Maarten Kloos