David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material


From 7 June 2017 to 30 July 2017



Form, Heft, Material, the mid-career survey of world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye’s work to date, launched this June at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.

The exhibition, organized in collaboration with Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Art Institute of Chicago, offers insight into the global architect’s unique approach, highlighting the ways he weaves local geographies and cultural legacies into his celebrated designs. Showcasing over twenty examples of his built works, including the Moscow School of Management (Skolkovo), the exhibition also provides rare access to Adjaye’s research strategies in the early stage of design development.

David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material is the first exhibition of a major architect at Garage and inaugurates a new chapter in the Institution’s longstanding interest in developing discourse around contemporary architecture and its role in society today. Adjaye’s firm Adjaye Associates has developed an exhibition design specifically for the Museum, bringing his characteristic sense of light and pacing to Garage’s historical modernist building.

“I am thrilled to bring Form, Heft, Material to Moscow, a city that was critical to the development of my approach to working in diverse geographies across the globe,” said Sir David Adjaye. “Garage is an incredible institution whose international perspective and capacity for stimulating interdisciplinary dialogue has made them an ideal partner. I am honored to be part of the Museum’s deepening engagement with architecture.”

Here we’ve put together materials to help you get ready for a visit to the Museum or to take a deep-dive into the themes of current exhibitions and programs at Garage.

Public program
The public program for the exhibition David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material offers of a series of events focused on the current state of architecture and its role in contemporary society.

Developed in conjunction with David Adjaye’s solo exhibition at Garage, the program invites visitors to have a closer look at the ideas and practice of one of the world’s leading architects and see the city we live in from a different angle.

The public program will begin with a conversation between David Adjaye and Garage’s chief curator Kate Fowle. Adjaye will talk about the ideas that inform his practice, the main aspects of his work, the role of architecture in the contemporary world, and the need to draw public attention to cultural heritage.

A series of lectures and discussions taking place throughout the summer will bring together a group of artists, photographers, migrants, and activists who are willing to share their views of Moscow to present an image of the city seen through the eyes of its inhabitants, who are often able to point out things that are invisible on the surface.

The architects of MARCH Architecture School will present the research project Asiapolis featured in the exhibition, and talk about and the questions the project has raised, using a specially created map of the world.

 A documentary on the life and activism of British sociologist Stuart Hall—one of the pioneers of British Cultural Studies and a leader of the New Left—will be screened at the open-air cinema on Garage Square.

The public program also includes family events. In workshops for children, and adults, participants will learn how to design a façade, draw architectural plans, build models of contained spaces and modular furniture—and work in a group to design a building of recycled materials.  

Visitors who come on tours of David Adjaye’s exhibition, will have a chance to learn about the key principles behind his architecture and the materials he works with, look into different stages of design development and make their own architect’s sketches in the exhibition space.

The inclusive program for the exhibition features tours for visitors with various disabilities: Russian Sign Language tours for the deaf and hard of hearing; a series of debate club meetings for blind and partially sighted visitors; and tours involving extra learning materials and visual aids for visitors with developmental disabilities.


Architect David Adjaye and Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago, Zoë Ryan in discussion with Garage’s Chief Curator Kate Fowle

The architect and curators who have collaborated on David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material discuss the exhibition.

Wednesday, June 7
Garage Screen summer cinema