Modernism as a Ruin: An Archaeology of the Present

The catalog Modernism as a Ruin: An Archaeology of the Present is edited by Sabine Folie, with contributors Philip Ursprung, Juli Carson, Kai Vöckler, Sabeth Buchmann, Folie, Ilse Lafer, Lisa Lee and Doris Leutgeb (DAP; Amazon).

The exhibition, on view last year in Vienna and Liechtenstein (review by Helen Chang), included work by Yona Friedman, Giuseppe Gabellone, Cyprien Gaillard, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, Gordon Matta-Clark, Florian Pumhösl, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij, Robert Smithson, Rob Voerman and Stephen Willats. According to the description:

The exhibition sets its sights on modernity’s design for a more humane and contemporary society since the early twentieth century: a design for new forms of living and new cityscapes. What happened to this utopia?
The architecture and design concepts by the artists represented in the exhibition contemplate “models” of utopian, pure design in their state of deterioration. Sometimes preserving moments of the crystalline, they are riddled with decay, entropy, ruin, and “rust” (Smithson), yet find nourishment from the idea of the bricolage, the implementation “of that which is there,” from the concept of recycling, so to speak.