Montage has been hailed as one of the key structural principles of modernity, yet its importance to the history of modern thought about cities and their architecture has never been adequately explored. In his talk, Martino Stierli will chart the history of montage in late 19th‑century urban and architectural contexts, its application by the early 20th‑century avant‑gardes, and its eventual appropriation in the postmodern period. Focusing on photomontage, the film theories of Sergei Eisenstein, Mies van der Rohe’s spatial experiments, and Rem Koolhaas’s use of literary montage in his seminal manifesto Delirious New York (1978), Stierli demonstrates the centrality of montage in modern explorations of space, and in conceiving and representing the contemporary city. He looks at architecture, photography, film, literature, and visual culture, featuring works by artists and architects including Mies, Koolhaas, Hannah Höch, Paul Citroen, George Grosz, El Lissitzky, and Le Corbusier.
Martino Stierli is The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, a role he assumed in March 2015. Martino oversees the wide-ranging program of special exhibitions, installations, and acquisitions of the Department of Architecture and Design. His exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 (co-curated with Vladimir Kulić) is currently on view at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, he co-curated, with Ann Temkin, the exhibition From the Collection: 1960–1969. Stierli is the author of Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film (Getty Research Institute, 2013), Montage and the Metropolis: Architecture, Modernity and the Representation of Space (Yale University Press, 2018), and co-editor of Participation in Art and Architecture (I.B.Tauris, 2016) and Before Publication: Montage in Art, Architecture, and Book Design (Park Books, 2017). He has organized and co-curated exhibitions on a variety of topics, including the international traveling exhibition Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and The Architecture of Hedonism: Three Villas in the Island of Capri, which was included in the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2014. Stierli holds a PhD from ETH Zürich. Previous to joining MoMA, he was the Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Art History. In 2012, he was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.