The Neues Museum is featured in the 4th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The Triennale is an open platform for debate, research and the promotion of contemporary architecture. This year’s edition, entitled ‘The Form of Form’ and curated by André Tavares and Diogo Seixas Lopes, aims to explore the possibility of architecture as a cultural device. The programme is structured around three core exhibitions: ‘The Form of Form’, ‘Building Site’ and ‘The World in Our Eyes’ as well as a number of further exhibitions and associated projects.
The ‘Building Site’ programme features a drawing mapping out the restoration of the ceiling of the Roman Room at the Neues Museum. The museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was rebuilt by David Chipperfield Architects and reopened in 2009, after more than sixty years as a ruin. The complex mapping of the restoration strategy demonstrates the multitude of individual procedures that were necessary for the conservation of the fragile original material. The drawing captures three distinct layers of information: the printed layer is a survey of the existing conditions prior to restoration; various codes and hatches instruct the conservators on how to treat the building surfaces; and the hand-drawn pencil annotations are added on-site, recording the work that has been done.
The Triennale takes place from 5 October to 11 December 2016.