Bengal Stream at German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt

Thu 6 Jun - Sun 20 Oct' 19

Followed by the successful inaugural exhibition in Basel at the Swiss Architecture Museum, and in Bordeaux, France at Arc en Rêve, the "Bengal Stream-The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh" opened in Frankfurt, Germany on 6th June 2019

Bangladesh’s architectural world is masala (Bengali মাসালা) — an intoxicating mixture of contrasts. In the delta region, it is not only the boundaries between land and water that are blurred. Past and present merge anew. An enduring witness to this is the architecture, as the exhibition of 60 projects by established and young Bengali architects shows. Bamboo structures from the past meet monumental walls of béton brut, while Bengali latticework ornaments (jali) originally made from brick transform into semitransparent fabric. This oscillation between local and international influences was already apparent in the modern movement in the Ganges Delta. Hence, there are significant traces of Louis I. Kahn to be detected in the oeuvre of local protagonist Muzharul Islam, which can be seen in original drawings. An exhibition by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, produced in collaboration with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka.

Bengal Stream – The Vibrant Architecture Scene of Bangladesh exhibition is an exhibition by the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum, produced in collaboration with the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka. The exhibition originally started at S AM in Basel, Switzerland on 1st December 2017 ran until 24th June 2018, followed by Basel the exhibition traveled to Bordeaux, France at the “Arc en Rêve, Centre d’architecture.” The exhibition opened at its third destination on 6th June 2019 at the DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany, and will be running until 20th October, 2019.

Check out more information on the exhibition at Bordeaux and Basel.


Exhibition opening: 6th June, 2019, 19:00.
Running until: 20th October, 2019
Time: Thu — Sun 11.00 — 18.00, Wed 11.00 — 20.00.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum
Schaumainkai 43, 60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany [Map]

Thursday, 6th June, 2019, 19:00.

SYBILLE LINKE, Head of the Cultural Office FrankfurtMain
PETER CACHOLA SCHMAL, Director, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
ANDREAS RUBY, Director, Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum (S AM)
NIKLAUS GRABER, Exhibition Curator
KAZI KHALEED ASHRAF, Director, Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka


Cultural Change Lectures and Discussions
Wednesday, 12th June, 2019, 19:00 — DAM Auditorium

KAZI KHALEED ASHRAF, Direktor Director Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements, Dhaka
MARINA TABASSUM, Marina Tabassum Architects
NIKLAUS GRABER, Graber & Steiger Architekten

Social Change — Lectures and Discussions
Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 19:00 — DAA Auditorium

NAHAS AHMED KHALIL, ARC Architectural Consultants
ANTJE VOIGT, Crossboundaries Architektenpartnerschaft Lenhardt + Voigt

Climate Change — Lectures and Discussions
Wednesday, 21st August, 2019, 19:00 — DAM Auditorium

SAIF UL HAQUE, Saif Ul Haque Sthapati
DAPHNE FRANK, Cities Fit for Climate Change (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ)
JOACHIM ECKHARDT, Stadtplanungsamt Department of Planning and Housing FrankfurtMain

Bengal Stream Films

BOISHOMMO (with English subtitles)
Wednesday, 28th August, 2019, 20.15.
Bangladesh 2014, R: Adam Dawla
Introduction: ADAM DAWLA

BAMBOO STORIES (with English subtitles)
Wednesday, 18th September, 2019, 20.15.
DE 2019, R: Shaheen Dill-Riaz
Introduction: SHAHEEN DILL-RIAZ (requested)

Special Education Programme

Pupils of cooperating Frankfurt schools under the direction of Bettina Gebhardt are involved in the creation of the exhibition by producing Jalis — the typical Bengali latticework ornaments.

Exhibition Flyer for details:

Media coverage:
Prothom Alo | Detail.De

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