Produced in collaboration with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements of Dhaka, the exhibition presents more than 60 projects by Bangladesh architects. These works by both successful professionals and emerging young architects are depicted in the photographs of Iwan Baan, one of the world’s best-known architecture photographers.
The inheritance of Louis Kahn is the starting point for the exhibition’s analysis of Bengali architecture. Architect Niklaus Graber, curator of “Bengal Stream” with Andreas Ruby and Viviane Ehrensberger, went to Bangladesh to study Louis Kahn’s buildings, including the famous Jatiyo Sangshad Bhabanin Dhaka, home of the Bangladeshi parliament. The trip offered an opportunity to discover and observe the interesting architectural scene in this country suspended between tradition and modernity. Hence the idea of taking it around the world in an exhibition illustrating the architectural history of the Asian nation and examining the influence architects such as Louis Kahn and Muzharul Islam continue to have on contemporary local constructions. The exhibition is accompanied by a volume of the same name, published for the occasion by Christoph Merian Verlag, which not only serves as a catalogue with information on all the projects presented in the exhibition but takes a deeper look at the themes it addresses in essays by the curators and by local experts including Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, Saif Ul Haque and Manzoorul Islam.
Title: Bengal Stream. The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh
Curators: Niklaus Graber, Andreas Ruby, Viviane Ehrensberger
Dates: 2 December 2017 – 24 June 2018
Location: S AM Swiss Architecture Museum – Basel, Switzerland
Photos: by kind concession of S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, architecture photos by Iwan Baan