Schee Schiach

Episode 1/3
Herbert-Bayer-Platz 1, 04020 Linz Map
Wed–Sat 2–5 pm, Fri 2 pm - 8 pm

For millennia, mankind has thought about what is schee [beautiful] and what is schiach [ugly, unsightly], without ever having come up with a definitive definition. It was and is no different in the architectural discourse. At least since Vitruvius (1st century BC), who placed architecture on the three legs Firmitas, Utilitas and Venustas (solidity, usefulness and beauty), the aesthetics of the built space has been a much-described characteristic. Since then, there has been a passionate debate within the discipline about how houses and landscapes should look in order to please the eye. However, the gap between “experts” and “laypersons” is even greater.

The exhibition schee schiach does not even try to give a conclusive answer to the question of what is beautiful or what is ugly. It's much more about finding out what themes are beneath the surface.
For example, how did the ideal of a dream house come about and does it correspond to reality? How were aesthetics linked to ideologies in the past and is this still the case? How does modern communication media change our perception and will artificial intelligence explain what a beautiful building looks like in the future? What is sustainable beautiful and is sustainability beautiful?