Lewerentz’s St Petri at 50: context, fragments, and influence
July 2 – August 28 2016
Exhibition Opening July 2, 11am
264 35 Klippan
+46 435 281 76
During a career that spanned more than sixty years, the Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz challenged the very language of architecture—from his early sublime classicism to the raw, honest, archaic forms of his later buildings which culminated in his masterpiece in Klippan, The Church of Saint Peter. This exhibition celebrates Lewerentz’s accomplishments at St Petri through archival drawings, images, and fragments of process, placing it within the lineage of his greater body of work.
The exhibition also serves to introduce the work of architect Bernt Nyberg through his films of St Petri and interviews with Lewerentz, giving voice and image to an architect who never lectured and rarely spoke about his work. Initially meeting on the construction site of St Petri, the two architects developed a close relationship which resulted in multiple collaborative competition entries and exercised significant influence on the direction of Nyberg’s later architecture.
To accompany the exhibition, a new publication on the building and its architect investigates the structure’s continued validity in a contemporary context. Through invited essays from architects and scholars around the globe, this book serves as a manual for the exhibition and provides numerous answers to the question: “Why is this building important?”
Made possible through generous support from:
- The Swedish Church, Klippan Parish
- The City of Klippan
- ArkDes / The Architecture and Design Center, Stockholm
- Online resource for the history of the church, its architecture and extensive photographic documentation: www.sanktpetrikyrka.se
- The Klippan Parish of the Swedish Church: www.svenskakyrkan.se/klippan
- The Klippan Arthall: www.klippan.se/upplevagora/kultur/klippanskonsthall.284.html
- Lewerentz's S:t Petri at 50 Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Lewerentzs-St-Petri-at-50-216801358832