Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Since 2004 Virserum Art Museum has been arranging major exhibitions on wood and wood architecture. During the course of preparing for the next big exhibition to take place in the summer of 2010, the notion of sustainability has been an ever-present topic. The term has been so commonly used that it is in danger of losing any real meaning. We want to push the discussion about architecture, urban and social planning beyond the immediate. We need your help to do this.

Help us to disseminate the debate
In conjunction with the announcement of this call, we're launching this blog, please use it - debate, discuss and pass on the call!

Virserum Art Museum wants to showcase the Architecture of Necessity
We want to show the Architecture of Necessity. Send us information! We want text, drawings and pictures of exciting projects that fall within the remit of the call. It can be buildings, larger projects or city plans. The projects should be current or implemented within the last five years. But we are also interested in plans, ideas and visions. Submitted examples do not have to involve the use of wood, despite wood being the obvious choice of material for a country like Sweden. Participation is free!

Honourable Mention
The exhibition will take place in Virserum between May 9 and September 19, 2010, after which it will go on a tour in Sweden, Scandinavia and the rest of the world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, written in both Swedish and English. An international jury of architects will award honourable mentions to three outstanding contributions, to be announced in August 2010. The exhibition will be housed on the first floor of Virserum Art Museum's Paperhouse, which is Sweden's biggest continuous art exhibition space.

Virserum Art Museum
Virserum Art Museum was established in 1998 in Virserum in Småland, Southern Sweden. The community has a population of about 2,000 and is a former hub of the Swedish furniture industry. The art museum is run by a non-profit organisation with the aim of providing a public space for the narratives and experiences of ordinary people. Since 2004, Virserum Art Museum has hosted major themed exhibitions every third year on everything related to wood, with a focus on wood construction and architecture. The art museum views itself as an ecomuseum which means we are dedicated to contributing to the development of the community, not just socially, culturally and democratically, but also economically. Virserum is located in typical Swedish woodland areas and the purpose of the exhibitions has been to promote the refining of the resources of the forests, so as to create more jobs and to ensure that the renewable and CO2-binding material can contribute to an environmentally friendly development.

Virserum, September 2009
Henrik Teleman
Director, Virserum Art Museum

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