Design Trust Feature Grant

Countryside, The Future

Countryside, The Future is an exhibition that addresses urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). A unique exhibition for the Guggenheim rotunda, Countryside, The Future will explore radical changes in the vast nonurban areas of Earth with an immersive installation premised on original research. The project extends investigative work already underway by AMO, Koolhaas, and students at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Wageningen University, Netherlands; and the University of Nairobi.

The exhibition will explore artificial intelligence and automation, the effects of genetic experimentation, political radicalization, global warming, mass and micro migration, large-scale territorial management, human-animal ecosystems, subsidies and tax incentives, the impact of the digital on the physical world, and other developments that are altering landscapes across the globe.

Countryside, The Future is organized by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, Anne Schneider, Alexandr Zinoviev, Sebastian Bernardy, Rita Varjabedian, Yotam Ben Hur, Valentin Bansac, with Ashley Mendelsohn, Assistant Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, at the Guggenheim.

Key collaborators include Niklas Maak, Irma Boom, Federico Martelli/Cookies, Janna Bystrykh, Stephan Petermann, Clemens Driessen, Lenora Ditzler, Kayoko Ota, Linda Nkatha, Etta Mideva Madete, Keigo Kobayashi, Ingo Niermann, James Westcott, Jiang Jun, Alexandra Kharitonova, Sebastien Marot, Fatma al Sahlawi, Vivian Song, and additional faculty and students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands; Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands; and the University of Nairobi.

About AMO

Cofounded by Rem Koolhaas in 1999 and now directed by Samir Bantal, AMO is the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). AMO applies architectural thinking to domains beyond building, often working in parallel with OMA’s architectural projects to fertilize building with intelligence from an array of disciplines. AMO has worked with Prada, the European Union, Universal Studios, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Condé Nast, Harvard University, the Hermitage, and Virgil Abloh’s Off-White. It has produced exhibitions including Expansion and Neglect (2005), The Gulf (2006), Cronocaos (2010), Public Works (2012), and Elements of Architecture (2014) at the Venice Architecture Biennale; When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 (2013), Serial Classics, and Portable Classics (both 2015) at Fondazione Prada, Milan and Venice; Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” (2019); and Making Doha (2019). AMO published The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (2001) and Great Leap Forward (2001) with the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Content (2004), Al Manakh (2007), Al Manakh: Gulf Continued (2007), Project Japan: Metabolism Talks (2011), and Elements of Architecture (2014 and 2018).

About Guggenheim Foundation

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation was established in 1937 as an innovative, risk-taking institution committed to the most advanced art of our time. Driven by the mission of the larger Foundation, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in 1939 and, in 1959, moved to the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building that has become its enduring symbol. The Museum serves as a vital cultural and educational center welcoming visitors from around the world who come to experience cutting-edge special exhibitions, the Museum’s iconic architecture, and works in the collection, including a selection of Modernist masterpieces as well as significant holdings of Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, Conceptual, and international contemporary art.