August 19, 2016Goeritz, Partners Design St. Peter Exhibition in Sweden
Hansjoerg Goeritz, professor in the School of Architecture, was part of a team who recently unveiled an exhibit and book celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Church of St. Peter in Sweden. Goeritz, who co-served as curator, designer, editor and author, worked with Matthew Hall, Auburn University, curator and designer; Nathan Matteson, DePaul University, graphic designer; and other collaborators and contributors from six countries.
The Church of St. Peter, a masterpiece of architecture designed by world-famous Swedish architect, Sigurd Lewerentz, is located in the town of Klippan, Sweden. The exhibition in the Klippan art hall celebrates Lewerentz’s accomplishments through archival drawings and images, placing it within the lineage of the architect’s greater body of work. It also introduces the work of architect Bernt Nyberg by featuring Nyberg’s films of the building of St. Peter and interviews of Lewerentz, giving voice to an architect who never lectured and rarely spoke about his work. Lewerentz was 78 years old when he designed St. Peter; he passed away in 1975 at the age of 90.
To accompany the exhibition, a publication produced by Goeritz and team investigates the structure’s continued validity in a contemporary context. The book serves as a manual for the exhibition and addresses the importance of the church.
In all, the exhibition and book required extensive collaboration of designers, architects, curators, editors, artists, translators, printers and scholars from Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Collaborators include Per Ivansson, architect; and Mariana Manner, artist. Contributors were Janne Ahlin, Stockholm School of Art and Design; Claes Caldenby, Chalmers, Gothenburg; Adam Caruso, Caruso St John, London; Nicola Flora, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II; Jonathan Foote, Arkitektskolen Aarhus; Paolo Giardiello, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II; Thomas Bo Jensen, Arkitektskolen Aarhus; Ann-Marie Nelson, Priest, Klippan; Gennaro Postiglioni, Politecnico di Milano; Wilfried Wang, University of Texas Austin; Ola Wedebrunn, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.