The exhibition “Ma Yansong: Landscapes in Motion” provides a retrospective of MAD’s research and practices through 52 projects spanning almost two decades across an expansive space of more than 3,000 square meters. It also constitutes the MoCAUP’s first solo exhibition of architecture since its opening in 2016.
As the largest, most comprehensive, and critical exhibition since MAD’s founding in 2004, “Ma Yansong: Landscapes in Motion” is divided into four chapters: “Dialogue,” “Progress,” “Feelings are Facts,” and “Rhapsody.” More than half of the exhibits have never been viewable by the public, including Ma Yansong’s hand sketches, detailed drawings from design development, proposals from landscape and structural collaborators, architectural models, and image and video archives of construction process.
The main section of the exhibition commences with more than 180 questions posed from current and previous architects from MAD. The questions touch upon topics related to urban development, architecture, daily life, the role of architects, the future, and dreams, all of which MAD members consider and doubt when designing. Selected questions are further put on a huge circle table, hoping for visitors to further engage in ongoing, extensive, and profound dialogues.