Exhibition at the IAA: Startha Éagsúla/Alternative Histories
  • 14 Dec 2020

Exhibition at the IAA: Startha Éagsúla/Alternative Histories

Curated by Jantje Engels and Marius Grootveld, in collaboration with the Drawing Matter Trust and the Architecture Foundation, London, Startha Éagsúla/Alternative Histories is a unique international architectural exhibition now on show in the elegant Georgian first floor rooms of the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square.

The original Alternative Histories exhibition comprised 85 models produced by the same number of practices. Following runs in London (Cork Street Galleries March-April 2019), and Brussels (CIVA, September 2019), Alternative Histories has come to Dublin. For its Irish incarnation, the final leg of the exhibition’s tour, the curators have invited nine additional Irish architectural practices to join the original five. Those were Noreile Breen, Clancy Moore, Tom de Paor, Ryan Kennihan, and Taka, while the newcomers are David Leech, Paul Dillon, Steve Larkin, Thomas O’Brien Architects, Elizabeth Hatz, Grafton Architects, Niall McLaughlin, GKMP, and O’Donnell + Tuomey. The Dublin iteration of the exhibition has a definite Irish twist.

The full exhibition catalogue is available here.

Alternative Histories comes to Dublin at a time when Irish architecture is being lauded around the world, typified by, but certainly not confined to, O’Donnell + Tuomey winning the RIBA Gold Medal in 2015, and Grafton Architects winning the 2020 Gold Medal and the 2020 Pritzker Prize, to follow on from their celebrated curation of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Alternative Histories provides an opportunity to reflect, and to consider contemporary Irish architecture in both European and historical contexts. Unique in concept, the exhibition engages the broadest public in a fresh and accessible examination of the design process, fostering a deeper understanding of the way architects think, the culture of building creation and the alternative futures buildings can have.

Preview the exhibition here.