Thursday, June 16, 2011, 7 pm
The Ruinous.
The Reality of the Rocaille as a Model for Current Architecture


Lecture by Luc Merx
In cooperation with Akademie c/o Neuer Berliner Kunstverein


Decline in the art of the 18th Century is more than an arbitrary, autonomous subject. The ruinous is the core of an architecture that nowadays is associated primarily with the ornamental, with elegance and opulence, but far less with subjects such as peeling paint, cracks or proliferous vegetation. Yet it is the ornament of the rococo which often is a stylization of decline. The baroque obsession with an imagined past allows manifold references to the present obsession with the authentic or a reality imagined as past.

Luc Merx is working as a practicing architect at the borderline of architecture, design and art. His office Gagat International was founded in 1999 in Rotterdam. He has taught at various universities such as TU Eindhoven and TU Darmstadt and was head of the Master training at Academie van Bouwkunst in Maastricht. Currently he is professor at TU Kaiserslautern. Luc Merx is the initiator of the research project
Rococo Relevance. As part of a group of architects, architectural theorists and historians, here he examines parallels between architecture, design and art of the 18th Century and the influence of computers on present design.

In German language