M Leuven organises a digital conversation with Adam Caruso and Freek Persyn

About the soft and the productive museum - 08 April 2021, 20:00

In the context of the solo exhibition 'House of Card' by German artist Thomas Demand in M Leuven, Valerie Verhack, curator of Demand's exhibition, sets up a conversation with architects Adam Caruso (Caruso St John Architects) and Freek Persyn (51N4E). The conversation takes place digitally on 8 April at 8 pm.

A while ago, Caruso and Persyn worked on architectural proposals for two Belgian museums: ‘KANAL’ in Brussels (in collaboration with Thomas Demand) and ‘M HKA’ in Antwerp. As both proposals will never be realized, the architects will show their plans to a broad audience for the first time.

Based on their designs, Valerie Verhack, curator Contemporary Art at M, will have a talk with Caruso and Persyn about two approaches to museum architecture in Belgium: "the soft museum" and "the productive museum". Both architects will talk about their collaboration with Thomas Demand and explain how their proposals came about.

The conversation takes places digitally, on Thursday 8 April, at 20:00 (CEST) in English. Register freely through this link.

Adam Caruso studied Architecture at McGill University. Together with Peter St John he founded Caruso St John Architects in 1990. Their portfolio includes public and commercial projects as well as projects on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Adam regularly writes articles for international architecture publications and teaches at ETH Zurich.

Freek Persyn graduated in 1997 from Sint-Lucas in Brussels, shortly afterwards he co-founded 51N4E. This international architectural firm designs projects that contribute to social and urban transformations. Freek also works as a professor at ETH Zurich.

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