Perfect Acts of Architecture

March 2–June 18, 2002

Organized by the Wexner Center and curator Jeffrey Kipnis, Perfect Acts of Architecture features the work of internationally renowned architects Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, and Bernard
Tschumi. Perfect Acts showcases 130 examples of two-dimensional work — ink and graphite drawings, collage, photo montage, and watercolor — created between 1977 and 1987. During this sluggish economic period when new building was curtailed, these architects fueled an intellectual scene filled with passionate debates involving philosophy, criticism, and social thought. Thus the stage was set for an eruption of “paper architecture” and graphic experimentation of incomparable beauty and depth.

Perfect Acts of Architecture was organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. The exhibition was presented at the Wexner Center with the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Wexner Center Foundation. Hotel sponsor for the SFMOMA presentation is The Argent Hotel.

Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis with Madelon Vriesenborp and Zoe Zenghelis, Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture, 1972; collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York