Béton

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
From 25 June until 16 October 2016

David Maljkovic, Missing Colours, 2010 © David Maljkovic / Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam

Tower blocks, streets in the sky and space age design for new cities – city planning in the post war era was concerned with more than just building. It was the realisation of a “concretopia” made possible by the most advanced material of that time: concrete. Aiming to change society, brutalist architecture virtually gave shape to utopia. Today, many of these achievements have vanished from the architectural map through being demolished or renovated to an extent that make original intentions invisible. Béton is an exhibition that highlights concrete’s modernity as a material, but also the social and ideological implications of progressive concrete architecture.

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