Read an excerpt from the Utzon Center's original exhibition prospect for Horisont. See the exhibition in the Western Foyer and Western Broadwalk from 14 to 28 October.
The meaning of Horisont
In April 2018, the Utzon Center presented Horisont: an evocative exhibition in celebration of Jørn Utzon and the poetic, humane layers of his life’s work coloured by his immersive travel studies of foreign landscapes, people and cultures.
Using a mix of new exhibition material, sensor-driven technologies and drawings, models, photographs and film recordings from Jørn Utzon’s archive collection, the exhibition highlights the mindset of an extraordinary architect and eight of his most important projects: the Hellebæk House (1952), Langelinie Pavilion (1953), the Roman Houses (1954-57), Sydney Opera House (1956-66), Silkeborg Art Museum (1962), Bagsværd Church (1967-76), Kuwait National Assembly Building (1969-82) and Can Lis (1971-73). Every project is exhibited on black-stained, platform-like podiums in a dark room only lit by spotlights and large film projections that wake up as the guest moves through the exhibition.
The exhibition design does not include any walls, but is, in principle, one big free-flowing space, only partitioned by a three-metre tall ribbon of semi-transparent textiles that double as the canvas for projections. In this way, we intend to create an aesthetically beautiful experience with Utzon’s architectural universe that integrates new technologies, tactile materials, immersive film installations and original archive material that together retell the story about how his life’s work evolved and was revitalised alongside his travels in diverse regions of the world.
The 200-600 metre squared exhibition will open for the first time in Utzon Center, Aalborg, followed by a relaunch at the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, and at Sydney Opera House in coincidence with the 45th anniversary of Jørn Utzon’s Opera House.
“‘Horisont’ refers to the importance of widening your horizons and the value of travel for an architect’s creative and critical formation.”
Line Nørskov Eriksen, Exhibition Curator