On Penelope Curtis’ Patio and Pavilion: The Place of Sculpture in Modern Architecture

Brian Hatton


This is more of an engagement with Curtis’ classic text than a book review, its author being more concerned with expanding on the significance of some of the points made in Patio and Pavilion. Hatton explores the relationship between the artwork (mostly examples of sculpture) and its architectural container (that is, the pavilion, museum or gallery), and way in which that binary is deconstructed in the work of a number of architect-artists from Mies van der Rohe through to Dan Graham, where the pavilion itself becomes the object of display.

pavilion, sculpture, installation, display, Penelope Curtis, Mies, Dan Graham.

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DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2013w07bh

Biographical note
Brian Hatton is a lecturer at the Architectural Association in London and the Liverpool John Moores University. In 2009 he was Senior Mellon Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and with a grant from the Graham Foundation, is working on the theme ‘Wandering and the Subject of the Open Plan’.