Modernism's Temporary Structures

Modernism's Temporary Structures

Tues 26 Sept 2017

7.00 pm — 8.30 pm
Inverleith House, Edinburgh (find us)
Inverleith House Green Room
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During the 1960’s there was worldwide fascination for temporary, open and flexible architectural structures- from transparent living pods, to universities on rails and pop-up parliaments. The Front Range Glasshouses at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh belongs to this stylistic tendency, although, ironically, it’s proved extremely durable. Join Richard Williams, Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at Edinburgh University for a lecture exploring this fascination for temporariness, what it means, and how it relates to current trends in architecture.

This event is running alongside Plant Scenery of the World, an exhibition at Inverleith House celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Botanics' iconic modernist glasshouses, the 'Front Range', opened in 1967 to house plants collected in tropical regions by British explorers. The exhibition presents new, commissioned and existing work by Laura Aldridge, Charlie Billingham, Bobby Niven, Oliver Osborne and Ben Rivers alongside rare and unseen archival material, botanical paintings by Isik Güner, Jacqui Pestell and Sharon Tingey and historical paintings by R.K. Greville from the Garden’s own collection.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please get in touch via if you have any special access requirements.

Image: The construction of the Front Range (1967). Courtesy of RBGE Collections and Archives.

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