Museum Without Buildings

23 Jun 2019 – 15 Sep 2019

Le Petit Versailles

New York
New York, United States


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Chapter 1 participants: Théodora Barat, Dépense Défensive, Lydia Eccles, Thomas Adam-Garnung, Nicholas Vargelis, and all those who will improvise in the garden.


Museum Without Building is a collaborative and itinerant proposal by Yona Friedman, pioneer of the concepts of mobility and improvisation in architecture: the construction of an architectural structure, open to fonctions, creations, activations, workshops and research. The modules of Yona Friedman also function as “stages” for a living artistic ecosystem.

“Starting in the late 1950’s, I began with the idea of a ‘mobile architecture.’ It was important that the inhabitant and user could be able to design by themselves their own living quarters. This program involved a technique which allowed to easily move all parts of the structure (walls, ceilings, floors) in any position, as simple as moving furniture. The technical solution I proposed was called ‘Spatial City,’ made up of a spatial skeleton: ‘the infrastructure,’ in which living spaces were inserted. This concept was guided by the improvisation of the inhabitants, replacing traditional planning with a process of ‘trial and error’ for both architecture and urban design.”
Yona Friedman, Biosphere, 2018

Starting on June 23rd, chapter 1 of the museum will be activated by several artists. Théodora Barat proposes an installation that combines scavenged materials from construction sites with engineer stones and Nicholas Vargeliswill construct an electrical infrastructure for the museum. For the opening on June 23rd the artistic collective Dépense Défensive will read a poem written for the museum. Also on June 23rd the museum will feature a display of text and pictograms from Yona Friedman along with the construction of “furniture +” made from scavenged and recycled materials.

Chapter 1 of Museum Without Building continues on July 13th at 8:00 pm with Thomas Adam-Garnung performing The Hazardous Encounters. And on July 21st at 8:15 pm Lydia Eccles presents her video diary Through the Intimacy of My Own Mistakes.


Nicholas Vargelis

Sylvie Boulanger


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