Chair of History of Architecture and Curatorial Practice

Exhibition "SHOW & TELL - Architectural (Hi)Stories from the Collection, 2014. Photo: Markus Lanz

 

Andres Lepik is the director of the Architekturmuseum TU Munich and at the same time the leader of the Chair of Architectural History and Curatorial Studies.

What do these two tasks have in common? Can one person fulfill and represent both these roles?

The Architekturmuseum originally arose out of a study collection for students of architecture. It therefore makes perfect sense for the museum to conduct teaching and research using this quite unique collection. And given the fact that many similar institutions are currently re-examining the history and theory of the presentation of architecture, we would like to use the collection as a basis for making practical contributions that continue this legacy.

Why should students of architecture be concerned with the history of architecture? Why is it useful?

The fundamental issues that concern us as architects in the present rest on a foundation of issues that have already been answered in the past. It is therefore important to augment the creative and forward-looking energy of architecture students with a corresponding knowledge of history so that they have a foundation with which to recognize and measure the potential of their own concepts and ideas.

What does “curatorial practice” mean? What value does the communication of architecture have in the context of a museum? Are students an intended target group for the museum?

In seminars and lectures, architecture students gain an understanding of how the planning and curating of exhibitions are a part of architecture. At the same time, by actively taking part in preparing exhibitions, they can identify with the context and aims of the exhibitions. In my view, the Architecture Museum should be a place in which the students are able to bring in their own ideas.

Do you have a particular ideal that you would like to put into effect with your appointment at the Department of Architecture? An objective of your own?

I would like to bring about a change in how the public understands the role and position of architecture in the present day: the Pinakothek der Moderne has four collections – contemporary art, design, graphics and architecture – and my aim is to integrate the architecture collection more strongly with the other disciplines so that visitors appreciate what these disciplines have in common? In addition, I would also like to heighten awareness of the social dimension of architecture.

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