2019

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

Brutalism and its Cultural Implications in Hong Kong: Late modernism or the beginning of a new tradition?

Organisation:
M+, West Kowloon Cultural District, Design Trust

2019 M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow Oliver Elser holds a degree in architecture from Berlin Technical University. He is now a curator at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main, focusing on topics such as Postmodernity, architecture models in the 20th century and Brutalism. In 2016, he served as a curator for the German Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. He also co-founded the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture, a new research cluster of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the DAM. During the M+/ Design Trust research fellowship, Elser will look into Brutalist architecture in Hong Kong. Through juxtaposing buildings in Hong Kong with those in Mainland China and Taiwan, he attempts to unveil the cultural implications of Brutalism – especially within the realm of architectural discourse of the 1960s and 70s.

The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship programme consists of two separate fellowships investigating issues related to architecture and design. One supports research projects focused on Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area in an Asian or global context, and the second supports research projects related to Asia more broadly, closely in line with the curatorial position of M+, the Hong Kong museum dedicated to visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Past fellows include: Ling Fan (2015); Joseph Grima (2016); the team of Daniel Cooper and Juliana Kei (2016); Thomas Daniell (2017); and Hugh Davies (2018) and the team of Fan Lok Yi and Sampson Wong (2018).

About the Partnering Institution:

Oliver Elser holds a degree in architecture from Berlin Technical University. He is now a curator at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main, focusing on topics such as Postmodernity, architecture models in the 20th century and Brutalism. In 2016, he served as a curator for the German Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. He also co-founded the Center for Critical Studies in Architecture, a new research cluster of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the DAM. As an architecture critic, he writes extensively for newspapers and magazines alike