Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination
Snohetta Architects, Biblioteca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt, 2002. Photo: James Willis.
Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination September 10, 2009 – November 1, 2009 Janice Laking Gallery Curator: Sascha Hastings Organized and circulated by Cambridge Galleries. Logotopia (from the Ancient Greek logos, meaning “word” and topos, meaning “place”) presents a range of stunning library projects–Canadian and International, contemporary and historical, real and imaginary. The exhibition explores the library in its various typologiesóthe Universal Library, the National Library, the Community Library, and the Private Library, plus a section on Technology and the Future of Libraries. The exhibition takes visitors to places and times as diverse as ancient Alexandria, contemporary Montreal, small-town Ontario, war-torn Baghdad and cyberspace. Architects, writers and artists explore the library as a concept and a built form through four distinct categories: the Universal Library, the National Library, the Public Library and the Private Library. This multi-disciplinary exhibition and publication features original artworks, commissioned essays and stories, contemporary library architecture, library lore and ephemera, and pop culture icons. Featured projects include Biblioteca Alexandria in Egypt by Snøhetta Architects, the Grande Bibliotheque in Montreal by Patkau Architects, the Hespeler Library in Cambridge by Alar Kongats Architects and Library of a Poet in Japan by Shigeru Ban Architects as well as the MacLaren Art Centreís transformation from a Carnegie library building into an award-winning art gallery. In addition, Logotopia presents thematically related objects of art, literature, new media and pop culture. The exhibition is accompanied by a 128 page illustrated publication including contributions by writers and artists as well as architects. Featured Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects, Kongats Architects Inc., Patkau Architects, Shigeru Ban Architects, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Snøhetta Architects. Featured Artists: Adam David Brown, Douglas Coupland, Denis Farley, Guy Larame, Michael Lewis. Featured Writers: Lise Bissonnette, Ray Bradbury, Alberto Manguel, Robert Jan van Pelt, Nora Young.