13 July 2010
Many Happy Returns – Artforum
Winter Palace galleries being used as a hospital during World War I, circa 1914
July 2010
Koolhaas discusses OMA's curatorial masterplan for the Hermitage, and the state of museums today.
Few individuals have so radically altered the vocabulary of architecture as Rem Koolhaas, whose theoretical writings and groundbreaking structures largely gave form to our turn-of-the-millennium understanding of the metropolitan landscape and its cultures. As part of this nearly four-decade-long program, Koolhaas and OMA have often engaged with questions of art, proposing buildings for institutions such as Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and, in fact, much of the analysis surrounding those projects was on display at the 2005 Venice Biennale, where the architect's installation Expansion—Neglect presented vast amounts of information about the changing demands for contemporary art under the sign of globalization.

TIM GRIFFIN
: What's been your relationship to the idea of the museum, and how do you see the status of the museum today?
REM KOOLHAAS: Well, I’m in the position of someone who, through competitions, has thought a lot about museums but has built relatively few...
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