Enchanting Views — Europalia Romania
free entrance // opening: 16.01.20 / 18:30
Examining the Romanian coastline planning strategies as part of the historiographies of leisure architecture in socialist spaces, the exhibition sees architecture as a sensitive seismometer that records the dynamics between the developer (the state), the architect and the consumer (the tourist). Projecting a new vision of socialist modernity, the realities of Black Sea architecture bring to our attention a wide range of narratives about architectural vocabulary and the shifts in architectural thinking and production taking place in the East.
Enchanting Views proposes a new reading of the visual and symbolic identity of the Romanian Black Sea coastline, placing architecture at the centre of a time-specific visual culture, and helps to understand the local tourism policies and the experiences of modernity. The structure of the exhibition is primarily interested in the process of visualising architecture, and raises questions about the practices of representation and contextualization of the architectural object, about the implications it had in both shaping individual and collective memory, in mirroring the core values of socialist societies and in creating new possibilities for correlating professional attitudes, practices and intellectual preoccupations.
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