The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Supports the Renzo Piano Building Workshop Exhibit: Fragments at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City
24 June 2013

Running from June 27 to August 2, 2013, the exhibit will include a model and specific design details of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece

A collaboration between Fondazione Renzo Piano and the Gagosian Gallery to stage an exhibition of models of architectural projects spanning more than thirty years by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be solely funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The exhibition, entitled “Fragments,” will run from June 27 to August 2, 2013 at the Gagosian Gallery at 522 West 21st Street in New York City.

“Renzo Piano and his colleagues at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop have designed some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century. The architect’s vision and creativity continue unabated in the 21st century and are manifested through a number of important projects worldwide. We have enormous admiration for Renzo Piano’s Building Workshop,” said Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. “The exhibition reveals the genius and innovation behind some of the most inspiring architectural designs of our time, manifesting at the same time Renzo Piano’s creative evolution and trajectory, as well as the design elements that have come to define him as an architect.”

The exhibition consists of 24 tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each chronicles the design process of a single building—from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. Among these projects is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, due to be completed in early 2016. 

In 2011, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop unveiled the final designs to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a sustainable education, arts, and recreation complex now under construction in Athens, Greece, comprised of the 42-acre Stavros Niarchos Park, and state-of-the-art facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. These designs, as well as a model of the Center, will be displayed as part of the Fragments exhibit.

“We are honored that the Cultural Center will be represented in this exhibit,” continued Mr. Dracopoulos. “And are especially pleased that patrons will be able to get a peak at what we hope will become a symbol of 21st Century Greece and of contemporary Athens.”