press release

"Variable Dimensions" is a descriptive term commonly used in captions of artworks, especially in the field of contemporary art, but rarely used in the field of architecture, where dimensions are used for construction and hence naturally pre-defined. This exhibit suggests a fresh look on this difference and reinvents dialogues around the relationship between artists and architecture.

Organised by core subjects, it covers topics such as the relationship between contemporary cities and architecture, the virtualisation of urban social relations, different aspects of living and discussions on the home and domestic space, architectural and modernist utopias, and, lastly, works that are directly related to ideas of scale, size and measuring instruments and systems. It showcases historical and contemporary works by artists from different generations and nationalities side by side, whose artwork promotes the discussion on topics that expand or narrow the relationship between art and architecture.

The exhibit stems from the publication Artists and Architecture: variable dimensions, published by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, in Paris, 2015.

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Absalon, Alexandre Périgot, Alison Knowles, Andreas Fogarasi, Brevet_Rochette, Bruce Nauman, Carlos Bunga, Carlos Garaicoa, Dan Graham, Daniela Ortiz, Damian Ortega, David Claerbout, Cevdet Erek, Erwin Wurm, Evariste Richer, Farah Atassi, Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Gordon Matta-Clark, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Isa Genzken, James Casebere, Jean-Pascal Flavien, John Baldessari, Jorge Méndez Blake, Juan Araujo, Julião Sarmento, Julien Bismuth, Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Larissa Fassler, Lawrence Weiner, Leonor Antunes, Liam Gillick, Matt Mullican, Mel Bochner, Morgane Tschiember, Nazgol Ansarinia, Olaf Nicolai, Olafur Eliasson, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Peter Downsbrough, Peter Friedl, Pierre Besson, Pierre Huyghe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rita McBride, Rui Toscano, Saâdane Afif, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Stanley Brouwn, Stephen Willats, Thomas Bayrle, Thomas Demand, Thomas Ruff, Vito Acconci and Walid Raad.

Curated by Gregory Lang and Inês Grosso