Reconsidering Exhibition At The Resnick Pavilion – “Hans Richter: Encounters”, LACMA
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Project Size: 12,000 SF
Project Completion: 2014
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has asked FFP to help rethink exhibition design for several of its shows, including “Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy”, “Hans Richter: Encounters”, “See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection“, and “Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky“. The challenge was to create a temporary exhibition space that not only supports four shows from distinctly diverse timeframes and varied media but, also, that recognizes and responds to the unique architectural character of Resnick Pavilion, where it will be housed. To strike this balance of respect for art and building, FFP will break up the main gallery space into a series of “rooms” set on either side of a circulation spine. While perceived by the visitor as rooms initially, these spaces slide along the spine so as to create a continuous, undulating path through the exhibit. The location of these walls is informed by the beams of the Pavilion. The north light of the gallery beyond is continually visible down the center spine, and functions as an organizing element that draws people toward it through the exhibit. Variation in projection, art and furniture location accommodate flexibility between the four shows.
The exhibition Hans Richter: Encounters will examine Richter’s fascinating career as both an innovator and a collaborator for the first time. The exhibition presents around 150 works by Richter complemented by work by his colleagues. Richter’s films, including several not previously released, will be shown simultaneously on screens throughout the exhibition.