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Installation view of OMA Progress

The Barbican Art Gallery was transformed by an exhibition on OMA, one of the most influential architecture practices working today. 

Celebrated as much for their daring and unconventional ideas as their inventive buildings, the work of OMA and its think tank AMO anticipates the architectural, engineering and cultural ideas transforming our material world.

Co-founded in 1975 by Rem Koolhaas as the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, OMA, comprises seven partners and a staff of around 280 architects, designers, researchers and support staff in offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong. OMA/Progress was the first major presentation of OMA’s work in the UK and coincided with the opening of their first buildings here, Rothschild Bank HQ in the City of London and a Maggie’s Centre in Gartnavel, Glasgow.

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

The exhibition was curated and designed by the Belgium-based collective, Rotor. To make their portrait of OMA, Rotor enjoyed unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and the opportunity to ask candid questions. The result was a compelling selection of materials from archives, collections and OMA-offices across the globe.

Supported by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, The Netherlands Architecture Fund and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Additional support provided by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture and the Flemish Representation in the UK.

Exhibition printing supported by Epson.

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‘It’s very rare that an architecture show lifts the spirits or manages to raise a laugh‘
Time Out