Waiting Rooms of Architecture

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Malgorzata Maria Olchowska in dialogue with the collection of the Red Star Line Museum

What precedes architecture? In the exhibition and book of the same name Waiting Rooms of Architecture, artist-architect Malgorzata Maria Olchowska (b. 1982 in Bartoszyce, Poland) explores how personal and collective memories influence our view of the built environment. According to Olchowska, there is no limit to the resilience of cities: ‘Cities rise and fall, as the war in Ukraine and the earthquake in Turkey and Syria have reminded us. City districts that are now in ruins will be rebuilt at some point.’ To mark the issue of her first monograph, published by the Flanders Architecture Institute, Olchowska will engage in dialogue with the collection of the Red Star Line Museum.

Exhibition | from 31.03.2023 to 26.04.2023
Book | webshop vai.be or Red Star Line Museum bookshop
Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp

"Our brain sees something and reconstructs it based on things we’ve seen or experienced in the past. My work emerges in the same way. It is made up of constructed images."
‐ Malgorzata Maria Olchowska
"The Red Star Line Museum tells the story of the people who left to pursue their dreams. I focus on what remains: the building or the city as artefact."
‐ Malgorzata Maria Olchowska

I am not going to cry (trailer)

"For me, a waiting room is a space waiting to be discovered and designed. Everything is still possible."
‐ Malgorzata Maria Olchowska

Malgorzata Maria Olchowska

Waiting Rooms of Architecture

Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) and Red Star Line Museum

Malgorzata Maria Olchowska

York Bing Oh and Malgorzata Maria Olchowska

collection team
Bram Beelaert, Greet Voorhoof, Hilda Van Hove

Nino Goyvaerts (VAi), Kristien De Waal, Patricia Mannaerts

public outreach
Ine Van De Velde, Dorine De Vos, Nazanin Djavaheri (Zik-Zak)

press and communication
Egon Verleye (VAi), Fara Deburchgrave, Mieke Vervoort

Barbara De Coninck (VAi), Malgorzata Maria Olchowska, Vlad Ionescu

administration & support
Greet Van Halewyck and Patricia Mannaerts

with the support of
Flemish Community and City of Antwerp

Red Star Line Museum Montevideostraat 3 2000 Antwerp (BE)
Friday 31 March 2023 → Sunday 23 April 2023
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00
Free access

The book Waiting Rooms of Architecture will be on sale
during the vernissage on 30 March
and in the bookshop of the Red Star Line Museum

family Sunday
09.04.2023 from 13:00 to 16:00
An activity for children from age 6
No need to register

Press contract

Egon Verleye
communications & PR
Flanders Architecture Institute
T +32 (0)3 242 89 73
E egon.verleye@vai.be