Hall Designs Anniversary Exhibit on Swedish Architect Lewerentz
During a career that spanned over sixty years, the Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz struggled to find an appropriate language of architecture from his early sublime classicism to the raw, honest, archaic forms of his later buildings which culminated in his masterpiece in Klippan, The Church of Saint Peter completed in 1966. A recent exhibition designed and curated by Matt Hall along with colleagues Hansjörg Göritz from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design and Nathan Matteson from DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media celebrated Lewerentz’s accomplishments through archival drawings, images, and fragments of process, placing it within the lineage of his greater body of work.
Opening at the Klippan Arthall in Sweden in June of 2016, the exhibit broke records with over thirty-five hundred visitors.
The exhibition also served to introduce the work of architect Bernt Nyberg through his films of St Petri and interviews with Lewerentz, giving voice and image to an architect who never lectured and rarely spoke about his work. Initially meeting on the construction site of St Petri, the two architects developed a close relationship which resulted in multiple collaborative competition entries and exercised significant influence on the direction of Nyberg’s later architecture. Nyberg sought to document Lewerentz’s work through interviews, film and an unfinished and unpublished book. This exhibition presented these efforts and perhaps continues that very project which Nyberg started over forty years ago.
To accompany the exhibition, a new publication on the building edited by Hall investigates the structure’s continued validity in a contemporary context through new photography and invited essays from architects and Lewerentz scholars around the globe. Also included were previously unpublished dialogs between Nyberg and Lewerentz where we can hear the architect speak directly and objectively about his work for the first time.