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Forecast and Fantasy: Architecture without Borders, 1960s to 1980s

Book presentation and discussion with Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets, Jesko Fezer and Indrek Sirkel

Forecast and Fantasy stages a meeting point for scientific predictions and futuristic fantasies that were manifested in architecture and art from the 1960s to the 1980s. The works gathered here emerged from the new technological reality that followed the Second World War, and took it along unexpected paths: foreseeing the replacement of work with games and collective pleasures in computerised societies, turning away from the overarching machine logic and replacing it with myths and romantic ideas of the human being, or looking for traces of other civilizations from space, instead of conquering it. Focusing on Eastern European conceptual architecture and drawing it together with selected parallels from the West, the book presents a new reading of the ‘postmodern turn’. It also recontextualises phenomena such as ‘paper architecture’, constructivist aesthetics and geometric abstractionism.

The book includes 799 color and black and white illustrations from among others the following architects and artists: Kirmo Mikkola, Hardijs Lediņš, Jozef Jankovič, Zdeněk Hölzel, Jan Kerel, László Rajk, Gábor Bachman, Yuri Avvakumov, Totan Kuzembaev, Vilen Künnapu, Ain Padrik, Mari Kurismaa, Toomas Rein, Kai Koppel, István B. Gellér, Zoltán Gyertyános, Predrag Ristić, Stefan Müller, Constantin Flondor, Avo-Himm Looveer, Tibor Gáyor, Anna Halprin, Tõnis Vint, Leonhard Lapin, Stano Filko, Alessandro Poli, Jüri Okas, Alexander Brodsky & Ilya Utkin, Mare Vint, Sirje Runge, János Sugár. The publication also features work by collectives DNA, Archizoom Associati, NER, Archigram, OHO, Dvizhenie, Superstudio, and materials from magazines and publishing projects Arkkitehti, Japan Architect, Archigram, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Bercsényi 28-30, and Ehituskunst. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name at the Estonian Museum of Architecture, 20 January – 30 April 2023.

Andres Kurg is an architectural historian and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) in Tallinn.

Mari Laanemets is an art historian and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) in Tallinn.

Indrek Sirkel is a graphic designer, educator and publisher based in Tallinn and currently is a junior researcher and doctoral student at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA).

Leonhard Lapin. Monument to Tallinn, 1976. Exhibition display, gouache on wood. Museum of Estonian Architecture László Rajk. Interruption. (Monument to ÁÉV no 43 and FŐBER). 5 Projects, 1977. Must-valged fotod, arhitektuurijoonised. Sárospataki kunstigalerii Yuri Avvakumov, Mikhail Belov. Sepulchral skyscraper or Self-elevating metropolitan columbarium, 1983. Silkscreen on paper. Private collection Jozef Jankovič. Project of Representative Sculptor's Studio, 1976. Combined technique on cardboard. Slovak National Gallery